What might be causing the status lights blinking red all the time?

Hi,
  I have a Dell Inspirion 600m and when I turn on the computer all the status lights (power, HDD etc.) blink red while the computer is on.  When I pull the power cord out the computer goes into hibernate automatically.  I have no settings telling the computer to do this.  When I pull out the battery and hit the button to see how much charge is left all the lights blink green three times and then stop.  Does anyone know if this is an indication the battery is dead?  Is this a symptom of something else?

Thanks,
Pat
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jamietonerCommented:
It could be a bad battery or ac adapter. The error you're getting indicates a temporary battery failure. First turn the system off unplug the ac adapter and remove the battery(if you have a 2nd battery remove it as well), press and hold the power button for 30 secs to 1 min. Another solution is to completely drain the battery, to do this where it immediately goes into standby, try starting the system with the just the battery and enter bios and leave it there till the battery is drained.
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jamietonerCommented:
Oops forgot to add the rest. After you release the power button plug it just the ac adapter and power the system on, enter the bios and reset bios defaults(press F9 or alt+F on the main bios page).
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jamietonerCommented:
Now restart the system let it boot, shut it down, insert the battery, start it up and see if the issue continues.
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johnb6767Commented:
Does the lights behave normally with the battery out of the system, just on AC power?
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pbenitoAuthor Commented:
All,
  Thanks for the tips - I will try them and see how they work.

  The lights behave normally when the battery is out and the laptop is on AC.

Thanks,
Pat
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