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Join Date: Apr 2009
05-16-2010, 04:44 PM
Some have said that their Mini got stuck in Airplane Mode somehow. One even said Airplane mode was off, but when he turned it on, then back off again his battery would charge. More info here: http://en.community.dell.com/support.../19429285.aspx
Dell techs in that thread also said to update to bios A04, so the update you plan to do might just do the trick.
And of course some say their batteries just died out of the blue, but hope that's not your case.
Join Date: Apr 2009
05-19-2010, 04:34 AM
Oops, Airplane mode was a Dell piece of software that came with Dell's Ubuntu 8.04.
You probably don't have that in 10.04. More details are here:
Ubuntu on the Dell Mini: Aircraft Manager for Ubuntu 9.04
they also have a package for 9.04 but no mention of anything for 10.04
Do you still have the 8.04 OS disc from Dell? I wonder what would happen if you tried that OS again.
Join Date: May 2010
06-02-2010, 03:40 PM
The new battery for my netbook arrived (from the delightfully named Ding Wen Chen corporation aka www.365peak.com) about an hour ago.
This new battery, as well as having twice the capacity of the one Dell provided with the machine, was 30GBP cheaper than a new battery from Dell, so I live in hope that it was a good buy.
I have fitted it and plugged in the machine and:
(1) a good start -no flashing amber LEDs, just the white LED that is supposed to light up showing that charging has started;
(2) powered up the machine just now and both the BIOS and Ubuntu 10.04 actually see the battery - apparently only 15 minutes more charge required, but as it is a brand new battery I am following the manufacturer's FAQ (which is really detailed and all manufacturers should include this with notebooks as well as replacement batteries - all my notebook batteries would have lasted much better if I had followed these guidelines) and giving it 14 hours before attempting to use the machine on battery power alone.
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