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Battery error on startup

By rev_olie · 4 replies
Feb 10, 2008
  1. Hey
    I have a dell inspron 1501 running XP. Im not sure what the battery/ PSU is but when i start windows before it loads a black screen comes up saying the system cannot recognise the battery and will be uinable to recharge. It then gives me a list of options like press any key to continue which starts windows normally and when he cable is plugged in it still re charges. I also get another option which takes me to the BIOS. Does anyone know whats been going on/ happening?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    I'm a tad worried about Hardware failure, namely the DC converter board.
    I suppose what I'm implying by that, is always do backups.

    Anyway, try this:

    Laptop off
    Remove power adaptor
    Remove the battery

    Slide and hold the battery-bay latch release on the bottom of the computer, and then lift the battery from the bay.
    Blow out any/all dust, on Laptop and Battery terminals

    Leaving both the battery and mains power out,
    Hold down the Laptop On button for 30 Seconds (dispersing any/all internal voltage)
    Put the Battery back in
    Plug in the Power Adaptor
    Turn on your laptop
    Reply back
    (just wanted to see if you're still reading this!)
  3. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 560

    right ive done what you said but the message still comes up so do you have any other ideas :D :(
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Replace the battery, better than replacing the motherboard!
  5. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 560

    hmm i was hoping you wouldt say that £70 is an outrage low but thaks for the help ayhow
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