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Why doesn't my computer recognize my battery?

My Inspiron 1501 has suddenly started saying it does not recognize my battery every time I turn it on. I have not changed the batter at all. Why is this happening?
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    Off the top of my head, I can think of three things to look at:
    (*) 1. Check the battery lifespan by holding the battery-indicator button on the battery itself. At first, the five dots will light up to indicate how much power is left on the battery (5 = almost full, 0 = almost empty), but if you keep holding it down, the lights will flash and show how much the battery is worn-out (5 = almost useless, 0 = almost new).
    (*) 2. Check the adapter. If your battery is less than 100%, while it is turned off, plug it into the adapter and see if the "charge battery" light turns on. You may need to wiggle it, re-plug it in, etc. Why? Because DELL adapters tend to wear out quickly due to a hidden 2nd function that it has. There is a "Dallas" chip in the adapter itself that sends a signal across a single wire on the outer edge of the adapter's cable to your laptop; if that chip dies or any part of the cable is bent too often, that message doesn't get sent and your adapter won't charge your battery. (But will still power-on your laptop.)
    (*) 3. Your motherboard. Most likely the socket you plug the power adapter is broken (test it with another adapter).

    If the motherboard had a problem, don't feel bad. That's a big problem that doesn't have an easy fix. If the battery needed replacing, that's somewhat understandable; they last a few years and you can use one of those $40 OEM DELL batteries on eBay. The adapter failure is the painful issue; the Dallas chip isn't necessary and a software work-around will get past it, but Dell will not sell adapters without Dallas and will not create a work-around.
    http://getsatisfaction.com/dell/topic...
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    this just really sucks. Dell has marketed a known defect and will do absolutely nothing about. Drain the Dell users to the end. I have owned 5 dells and will never own another. It is almost time to get a new laptop. I am torn betwen another laptop or a tablet. I dont' know enough about tablets yet but will make a decision soon! Sorry for you dell you are not in the equazion....
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  • It seems like that adapter is bad or otherwise battery. I recommend you to some of dell support site. Or try to do BIOS update of your Computer.
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    pressing F3 stops the error from coming up so when the error comes up just hit F3 and bingo no more error
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    • Same problem here, and the F3 Fixed it like Magic. Hope I remember it in the future! Thank You, Judson. Maryann
    • the F3 plus FN key will bring up the battery indicator
      the F3 on my Dell brings up the Search ( sometimes lol )

      What I found helped with the battery issue --- take out the battery and Reinsert it ,,till it starts working again! And it will ! So I think there might be something wrong in that battery compartment. A completely Dead battery suddenly works again,, and the message will go away - for a while anyway, till you make the mistake of taking out your battery ( seems to be what triggers it OR your battery draining completely cause you accidentally disconnected from powere and didnt know it ) .

      I had a newish battery that suddenly seemed to Die just after I threw away all the info that would have gotten it replaced ( and I also threw away a battery that was the original and most likely would have come back to life too - like my purchased one that suddently said it was dead. So - try taking your battery in and out and see if that doesnt FIX the problem. And like someone else said -- check your connection and your charger to make sure it is really working properly too - as all these things are possible causes as this machine is really made with a lot of known issues ( or is the problem that it is made out of the country ?? Hmm.... ).

      Irregardless - I got my battery to work again.
      -- and Dell never could help me with it - as this issue was from Day One -- but they did make a change in my registry that I never got to "document" in case I needed to do that change again, which was supposely part of the issue - and you wont find that "change" written up in any of their helps. I thought that was the FIX as that is what they did when I originally had that error.

      Dell really wants you to be dependent on them for help ( and have to be a repeat buyer ) -- and, of course, you will pay for that help - not like some of the other manufacturerswho give you Free Help indefinitely!

      So that said -- think about buying from a company that still builds quality equipment versus one that only wants to make you a repeat buyer in a short period of time - whether it be their faulty battery compartments or from other hardware/ software issues.
      Dell really wants you to be dependent on them for help ( and have to be a repeat buyer ) -- and, of course, you will pay for that help - not like some of the other manufacturerswho give you Free Help indefinitely!

      So that said -- think about buying from a company that still builds quality equipment versus one that only wants to make you a repeat buyer in a short period of time - whether it be their faulty battery compartments or from other hardware/ software issues.
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  • Charles Floyd. I hope it's not too late, but please don't get sucked into buying one of those expensive, grossly overpriced, overrated, and over hyped TOYS called tablets! They're more than useless money suckers. No REAL keyboard, but someone will sell you an expensive excuse for one, drop it accidentally, too bad, there goes another couple hundred, at least, if you just break the fragile screen on one of those fragile things. Tablets are NOT computers! Save money, and grief. Buy a REAL computer. A laptop.
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  • To Margaret Gregson who commented that Dell replaced the Motherboard as the solution for this battery issue.

    Well.. I know some consumers that had their motherboard replaced also, but I have to wonder if that was really what needed to be done. As I have had my Inspiron 1501 a long time - and with this issue -- so it is NOT the motherboard, at least not in my case. I do think there are parts that aren't exactly as they should be - thus, why taking the battery in and out will fix the error. I think the compartment or components are bad thus have to have placement just so.

    The ones who had Motherboards replaced, that I know of, were not the exact same model. And, again, I really didnt think that was the issue when they told me what was happening and the solution. but it was under warranty and they did it "for free" - so no matter!! If they had had to pay for one, then that would have been of issue!!!
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  • I’m excited
    http://www.goodbatteryer.jp/
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