Why is my battery light flashing?

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The battery icon on my Dell Inspiron 1520 is flashing red and then blue. I've tried taking the charger out and just running on battery but it keeps flashing. I've turned it off, let the battery drain a little and left it without charging for a day but after a while the flashing starts again. Is there a problem with it?
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I have a similar issue except my battery is not charging now, even though the computer says it is charging normally. I bought the laptop back in August 2007, so of course the one year warranty is up.
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I have the same problem, the battery light has just recently started flashing, and my computer seems to be performing alot slower, despite being plugged in, and the battery meter on the taskbar saying it is charging.
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have your laptop turned on and plugged in and take out the battery give it a blow and put it back in
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I'm having the same problem. Two days ago the light started flashing, but luckily my computer is running just fine, but it is still bugging me. I've got a inspiron 1520 as well, bought last summer.
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Time to buy a new battery. Save some money and get it on ebay. The blinking is a warning that the battery is dying (like all batteries eventually do). Save the life of your next one by unplugging the battery when its plugged into the wall for long periods of time.
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I have the same problem of flashing orange charging light. The system otherwise is working fine. The battery meter displays a message that the battery needs replacement. What do I do when there is no other apparent problem other than annoying orange flashing light.
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I also experience the same problem as you all. I did some quick surfing and most recommend changing the battery.

However, unsatisfied, I consulted the Owner's Manual (yes, there is a manual in the bag that come along with it for those that didn't even bother to open it)

According to page 54, "...the battery is too hot to start charging if the battery light flashes alternately blue and amber."

The solution is to, "...disconnect the computer from the electrical outlet and allow the computer and the battery to cool down to room temperature, then connect the computer to an electrical outlet to continue charging the battery."

Well, I followed the instruction and it worked! The battery light isn't flashing anymore. Guess I will be saving a few hundred bucks, for now =P
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RE: stormsea7

There may be several blinking light codes, much like cordless drill battery chargers have. Mine had 4 quick red blinks followed by a long blue.

I have a battery life meter and charge meter on my desktop and my battery was only holding a charge of 34% of its original capacity. It also had no problem charging. After leaving it off for about 3 days and turning it back on with AC and battery attatched, I still got the blinking right away, so I highly doubt it was a heating issue in my case at least.

I run a Dell XPS M1330 which is constantly running and always super hot (known heating issues with the video card) but I've never had issues with the battery getting hot. Like I said above, it might just be a different blinking color code.

Thanks for the heads up!
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I think it has something to do with the DELL computers. I have had my laptop for over two years and it just suddenly started the flashing orange thingy and I have let it cool and recharge again but it doesnt seem to work.
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I have the same problem with the flashing light, but the battery seems to be working fine with 96 capacity left. Dell support told me "buy a new battery". I didn't accept that answer and asked who to complain to. I was connected to a manager (in India, I presume) and he eventually approved sending me a new battery at no charge. So, the point is, be polite, but persistent and you MIGHT get a replacement. By the way, I was online with support for 90 minutes, so I'm not kidding about being persistent!
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I have a dell vostro 1520 only 3 months old and the battery light just started flashing orange ive never heard of anything like this
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LyriCillah Qøqer

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guys my laptop is doing that and its just new !!!! i bought it like 2 weeks ago ...w.t.h is wrong..and it shows that the battery is in but its not charging....some1 plz answer
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hi guys my laptop is lighting red but battery is 87% and it not charging why?
plz give me some help
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chandranmuthuswamy

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MINE IS ALSO SAME; DELL BATTERY SUPPLY IS FROM A USELESS PEOPLE IT SEEMS.
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i m having acer n having same problem.......orange light flickering n i hope this doesnt damages my laptop........
though i remove the battery n run on ac and put the battery later on , then its fyn
bt this happens quite often ,m worried......
help
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Hi this is ganesh
DELL VOSTRO 1510 laptop i have
the porblem is that the battery indication icon continuously blinking in blue color.
and my laptop is working only on AC Power not on the batter
it's dead or donno what happened
need assistance..

any help would be appreciated.

Regards,
K. Ganesh Kumar
ganeshkaki@gmail.com
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WOW .. I just had the same problem ..if you are looking at the laptop (DELL VOSTRO 1520) laying flat.. you will see power light which is lights up blue and on right of it..the battery which mine was flashing really fast in blue light. I read about it and kept saying it had to be the charger not battery. I decided to take my battery out and put in my freezer for about 10-12 min. After taking it out, it was cold obviously and a lil bit wet, misty, frost or foggy looking. I put the battery back in and my laptop didnt start back up. I had it plugged in and wouldnt start. I panicked and left it for about 20 min getting its warm temperature back ..and then plugged in... and boom steady/solid blue light meaning it was charging. At first you see the battery icon charging going from down to up...and at times it stops .. however it does recognize the ac power charge and seems normal again after a few times of powering up and down the laptop. weird but working
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I have a dell vostro 1520 only 15 months old and the battery light just started flashing orange. I am wondering if it's a default problem with Dell Loptop? By the way, I had an HP which I never had any issue such is this with it. Please advise!
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Plug in your computer, remove laptop battery and then put it back again. That's it. Your problem will be solved.
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worked for me.Thanks.
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I really hoped this simple-sounding solution (battery not charged / or not charging) would work for me but it didn't.
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I have tried all the above and have a Vostro 1520. I have had it for two years and this started about 1.5 months ago. No matter what I do, and I've done more than the above, it does not help. The battery since has also gone completely dead.
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I have a Vostro V160 or 1600 and my battery light is flashing. I kept it unplugged last night and it's still flashing like crazy yet is working just fine (like right now).
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I have Dell inspirion N5010. When i plug in the charger, the power light is lighting up, and the battery indicator is flashing in orange.Nothing on the screen, no fans, no sound... :( Help
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Has anyone fixed the battery snag successfully by replacing the battery?
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My XPS-1730 started doing this a couple months back. I've tried it all.. funny thing is that my battery reads 100% but it still flashes red. HELP?
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