15030Re: dead/unconnected battery
- Sep 7, 2002
> There are four possibilities as I see it.a dead
> Battery has an internal fault, a broken connection between cells or
> cell.down and not
> Charging circuit in the laptop is broken, so the battery has run
> been recharged. The charging circuit may be built into the battery,though.
> Bad connectors either on the battery or in the laptop, dirty
>Thanks Peter (thanks also to Mike Hicks). I checked out the bios
> A software problem somewhere. Bios setting?
> More than likely the battery has developed a bad cell - sorry...
pages, called Dell tech support, and did a few additional tests.
1. Bios sees the battery, and reports "0% charged" and "Charging...".
This is true whether the battery is in the left or right-side module.
2. The "charge meter" on the side of the battery -- which works like
the Duracell "press and hold" test for regular batteries -- showed no
charge at all.
3. Given these results, the Dell technician told me, it is a sure
thing that my battery is dead. Since it was a more or less
discontinuous failure (rather than slowly decreasing capacity over a
period of time) I am inclined to Peter's suggestion that it developed
a bad cell.
4. The Dell technician suggested that one year was about an average
lifespan for the battery -- and since they only warranty the battery
for one year, and that period has just ended for me, this seemed...
5. Don't know what to say about the jiggly battery, Mike. When I had
my battery in the right-side module, however, I noticed that it did
not fit as tightly as in the left-side -- presumably because of the
extra space allotted for the floppy/CD drive connectors.
Off to Dell.com to order my new battery... later...
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