Dell laptop / Vista showing incorrect charging, battery status?
Posted on 2008-06-14
I have a Dell Inspiron 1526 laptop (basically one of the very cheap laptops from Best Buy). It is running Vista Home Premium.
Lately, the charging status indicator on the task bar is showing erroneous information. For instance, it never shows a charging battery status anymore - it thinks it's always discharging the battery - despite the fact that it is physically charging. As a result, it shows very weird numbers, like right now (while plugged in) it's saying 19% left with 886 hours remaining.
Unfortunately, the biggest problem with this is that the laptop uses the different power schemes, like dimming the monitor, etc, which can be quite annoying.
Does anybody have any idea how I can correct this? Is this a Vista problem, or Dell's?