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Dell Latitude 100L power problem

Posted on 2009-07-13
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The battery light fl;ashes orange continually, whether connected to the mains or not. This is meant to indicate low battery. The battery is 100% or close at the time.
Any ideas?

Many thanks.
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Question by:Peborgh
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by:MiniDevo
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Could be a faulty sensor on the battery. I would swap out the battery and see if the battery light continues to flash. If it does, could be an issue with the on board Dell battery sensor.
Batteries tend to only be under warranty for a year, so you may have to suck up the cost of a new battery.
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dbrunton earned 2000 total points
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I'd be inclined to try and flatten the battery.  Leave the laptop on until the battery is totally flat.  Shut down for an hour then start up again (if it will) and flatten again.

Then try a recharge and see how it behaves.
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by:Peborgh
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I am trying the power-down, etc... as we speak.

peter
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by:jamietoner
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If the battery light is a flashing orange rapidly that indicates a failing battery. How old is the battery? These batteries only have an expected life of 1-2 years(usually only warrantied for 1).
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by:PCBONEZ
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I agree.
If the battery is over 2 years old and doing this then it's time for a new one.
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by:Peborgh
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dbrunton,

I did the two empty/recharge cycles and all seems OK now. The computer is 4.5 years old - and so must be the battery!

peter
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by:PCBONEZ
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Be careful when you purchase a replacement battery.
LI laptop batteries go bad EVEN if never used.
One that's been sitting on a shelf somewhere for 2-3 years is near it's end of life already.
Check the manufacturing date code before you buy.
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