A little back story,
I have been moving around the country for about two years now and finally have landed stable enough to unpack some boxes and to my surprised I came across my Dell Mini 10v.
When I booted it up I got an error telling me that my battery is not recognized and that the system could not charge the battery, I half way ignored that because I thought that it was completely drained after having being turned off for over two years and expected it to charge while it was on. This wasn't the case and I am now bombarded with White / Orange disco lights, courtesy of Dell.
I have searched far and wide throughout the internet finding things that told me to take the battery out and hold down the power button for X amount of time to drain the internal batteries then try again, this didn't work. I then found something that suggested I turn the netbook off and plug in / out the power connector for a second or two each time so the solid white light came on telling me that it has power. Stumbling across another handy utility to flash my BIOS but every option that I choose on the screen won't work, telling me some error related to the version. At the BIOS giving me errors is where I stopped last night in my efforts to give portability to my poor Mini.
The white light will stay solid for about a minute or two before either flashing White / Pink in long intervals then turning into White / Orange flashing in fast intervals.
My Mini originally came preinstalled with Windows 7 Starter but I immediately scrapped that for Xubuntu and had no issues with my battery charging or battery longevity. I unfortunately had to scrap Xubuntu for a Windows 8 USB I have laying around due to a forgotten password (hey, it's been two years :P).
tl;dr My Mini 10v won't recognized its own battery. Halp.
Edit: I just checked my service tag and found out I have a 10v instead of the regular 10. Sorry! D: