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Default Battery not recognized, flashing orange light - 09-19-2014, 12:15 PM

Alright, so recently I got a Dell Mini 9. It works great, I installed Android x86 on it and it runs good. Anyway, when I received it, it had XP on it, and the battery wasn't recognized. The first time I booted it up, a BIOS message appeared saying the battery wasn't recognized and wouldn't charge. It's the stock battery. I haven't seen the message again.

Anyway, it still doesn't work with Android. I have tried flashing different BIOS revisions, and that resulted in a bad flash forcing me to do a crysis recovery, which worked.

Still no battery. Any help?

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Default 09-20-2014, 12:33 AM

This can happen with some non-Dell batteries. Sometimes pulling the battery and reinserting will clear it.


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Default 09-20-2014, 01:02 AM

It's the stock battery, haven't tried different batteries.

I have read things like Airplane Mode, and have tried that with no luck.

Also tried something for depleted batteries, and I figured that might be it as the laptop hadn't been used for a few months. Also no luck.

I haven't seen the "battery not recognized, will not charge" message since it first popped up, so don't know what's going on there.

Should I just order a new battery and see if the current one is faulty?
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Default 09-21-2014, 12:59 AM

Are you still seeing the flashing orange light? If so, it's not charging. At this point, original batteries are some 5-6 years old and the cells may well have failed.


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Default 09-27-2014, 05:49 AM

I am still getting the flashing light, but something interesting happened. I left it to charge for about a day, and when I turned it on, it worked fine. Then I unplugged it, just for kicks, and it stayed on for probably 1 second and then turned off. Before this, it would just abruptly turn off when unplugged. What does this mean?
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Default 09-28-2014, 12:56 AM

It means the cells in the battery are old but leaving it on the charger for a long time allowed them to revive. This is not unusual. But the cells are still in very poor condition.


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