I have had my Axim x51v for at least 4 years now. The batteries that came with it would super heat and discharge, causing my Axim to go dead and with warings of internal battery criticaly low. One time it fried my unit and I had to exchange it for another. I know about the problems Dell had with the batteries a while back. I purchased new batteries from a local battery store but the problem keeps going on and I'm worried my axim will get fried again. It happened again last night (I posted a question then) and I thought the unit was fried but when I got home from work I swapped out the battery. It rebooted and sync'd up. Is this a battery problem or a internal problem with the axim?
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my power light flashes green/ amber as soon as it is plugged in, with a dead battery. It seems to go to steady amber if the plug is tapped, but goes back to flashing. It will not hold a charge on a new battery.
I assume you're losing Time, Date and backlight settings? It's soldered to the circuit board on the x51 series, not a plug in like the x50's. In the x51's, it's not actually a battery, but a part called a supercap. That's a very big capacitor that wolds a lot of charge, technical stuff. Not for the novice solderer, the part's small and the board & other components are very heat sensitive. Check HTCGeeks or Mobilitysite for (too) many details about this repair. EASY WAY OUT: Some dude came up with an awesome little program you install to fake it out. You set it for how long it takes you to change your main battery and then run it any time you need to change it. It automatically records the start time and resets the clock to that plus x-number of minutes it takes you to swap batteries!!!! Waaay cool and a lot simpler than opening it up if that's not your bag!!! You can find it on either of the sites I mentioned above.
Check to see that it is in fact charging. If the power button light stays amber and never goes green, it could be battery, PDA or charger. If you do get a green, that pretty rules out charger/cradle. If the extended battery isn't an ORIGINAL Dell, and is more than a year old, it's likely the battery. 2 quick checks: 1) Try a standard life battery. If you get exaclty the same result, your Dell's got issues. Might only need a firmware re flash. But if your going to do it, I recomend going to the LennySH WM6.1, it's faster, more stable, cool battery indicator & other goodies. 2)See if the battery is bulging; if it is, it's time is near. There seems to be a real problem with the eBay'ish extended batteries. On the other hand, I've heard a few guys report ok battery life, and just a low *reading*. Dell batts seem to give the best life, the aftermarket just doesn't have it together. If you dare, Lenny's 6.1 can be found on Mobilitysite, read up on it lot's if you decide to go that way.
Assuming the battery is not dead, try taking the battery out for a few seconds to be sure the PDA is turned all the way off. Put the battery back in and close the back. Use the stylus to hold the reset button in (on the back) while you press and hold the power button. If the battery is dead do this while it is connected to the charger. It should diplay a message telling you to press the mail button (to the left of the cursor control button) to the reset to factory defaults. Caution this will erase everything in the built in memory including any programs you installed after you recieved it.
You can get a replacement rechargeable one at batterytrader, here is the link - Dell Axim X51 battery, they also do a couple of extended versions just search on the site, this also fits the dell axim x50 pda batteries
I have the same problem. Its from an over sensitive switch. You arent actually opening the battery case you are pressing against it. This triggers the switch and makes it think you are taking the battery latch off. I haven't actually tried it but you could open up the Axim and cut the cable going to that sensor/switch?
Hi, I am looking for a battery related problem solution on my own Axim X51v, but it is different than yours. One thing I wanted to share with you is that I know if the battery cover lock button is not in the locked position (slid to the right) it activates the "battery door switch". I have occasionally received error messages on the Axim when I turn the screen on and it has missed sounding an alarm. it will say "the battery door switch was open, so the system was put into "sleep mode" to preserve data from being lost" or something like that. So I believe that the position of the latch is crucial. In my case, I think the switch gets dirty. When I get the warning, I slide the switch back and forth a few times and then it stops bugging me for sometimes several months.
So, if you do not have the cover on, then your latch is probably open, and the door switch will be sensed as open. I am not sure what Sleep Mode really does, but I'll bet it will make the Axim appear dead. At the very least, try sliding that latch back to the right. However, I would replace the door, because only friction actually holds the battery in place unless the door is on. It could fall out when you least expect it. Then I think you would lose any unsaved data, and if your internal backup battery was not up to the task, you could lose everything. I hope this info helps you out.
I have the same problem. I've found that the Innopocket magnum case will hold the cover in place and pretty much stop it doing this. Unfortunately, the case won't fit if you have an extended battery.
I've tried taping down the cover with some success, but the hard case worked better.