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rudie rudie is offline
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Default Battery Question - 11-24-2012, 05:55 PM

I have a mini 1012 which has sat unused for about a year. It would not power up and the battery was drained. Well I finally stopped being lazy and bought an a/c internal jack, which I guessed was the cause of the non power up issue. Took apart the laptop and replaced the jack with one I bought off ebay.
Put it back together and now it works (I am typing this on it) but at the start up screen it says it cannot recognize the battery. I took the laptop apart again to see if there were any loose cables or pinched wires. Plugged a/c adapter in and the charging light came on (not the orange lamp) I walked out of the room and the charging light was off and at start up got the same message.

So after this wall o text, is my battery bad or is it the laptop?
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Dell_Abhishek_B Dell_Abhishek_B is offline
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Default 11-27-2012, 08:39 AM

Hi Rudie,

As the system was lying idle for more than a year the batter might have to be replaced. Before getting the new battery, please make sure that the charger is enabled in the BIOS. The steps are:
1. Restart the system and tap F2 on the Dell logo.
2. Click on the Advanced tab and make sure the Charger behavior is set to charger enabled.

You can also try to reset the BIOS to defaults by pressing the F9 on the BIOS screen and then press F10 to save and exit.

If you are using Windows 7 with the system, you can use the battery health meter to check the status of the battery. The steps to check the battery health meter are as follows.

1. Press Windows key and X together.
2. Check the battery health in the Windows Mobility Center.

Hope this helps. Please reply for any further questions.

Thanks and regards
Abhishek B
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Anamandy Anamandy is offline
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Default 03-14-2013, 10:23 PM

Could just be a dead battery. Generics are cheap enough. I purchased one for 25 bucks and it works great. For some reason the batteries are really crappy on the 1012.
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