Dell Mini 9 Hardware Issues / Problems Inform everyone on any issues or problems with your Dell Mini 9 hardware.
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Join Date: Jan 2009
11-06-2009, 03:06 AM
I did not remove the battery. They shipped my mini back without doing anything, except losing the screws, and separately shipped me a new battery. I also explained the problem via chat, but I don't know if the people testing it understood.
To be fair, I have not seen any problems yet, but the problem was intermittent.
Join Date: Oct 2009
11-07-2009, 07:30 AM
i got my mini back and the results read: "we were not able to replicate your problem"
totally furious, i turned on the mini and did my own testing once again and now it stays charged! unbelievable. i dont know what caused it to go back to normal, but the only thing i did was remove my ssd (yes the screws disappeared), and now it works like normal. im thinking maybe users who are having this problem might want to do the same... remove the ssd and leave it out for 2 or 3 days to see if you can reproduce the same result i did. dell didnt do anything to my mini and its all fine now. i was very surprised to see that windows now reports how much time i have remaining, something that did not show up in the past.
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Portland, OR
11-17-2009, 10:08 PM
So it appears I have been bitten by this bug too. About a month ago my machine decides to stop taking a charge. A friend brought over his charger and plugged it in, and sure enough the light came on. So Dell sent me a new charger.
However now I am experiencing something similar to what many of you are. The laptop seems to take a bit of a charge, and will now at least boot into Ubuntu. However once booted, the machine will no longer continue to charge. The battery meter will stay at whatever level it was at when booted. If I unplug it the icon switches to battery power and when plugged back in the screen gets brighter and the charging icon is displayed again. But the charge level never goes up.
I am on BIOS A04 still and never updated to A05. I do run Ubuntu 9.04 but based on this thread the OS certainly doesn't seem to have anything to do with it. We run Dell's here at my office but based on personal experience I would not buy or recommend another of these machines to anyone else. I know several friends with minis and every single one has been back to Dell at least once in the first 6 months. And I get the biggest pain cause I bought mine with Ubuntu and the support is completely separate from Windows support, even on the same hardware. THAT is truly lame. So, now I get to call them back again, and send it back for a mobo replacement.
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