Question about Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook
I just bought a replacement battery for my Dell Inpspiron 1501 laptop. This was a replacement battery purchaed from a company other than Dell to save some $$$. The battery works fine, but the laptop will now not take a charge. Is there a way to fix this, or has Dell built something into the laptop to prevent people from buying cheaper replacement batteries?
If your old battery was doing the same (not charging), then is is because the charger is not charging the battery. Do you have a friend with a Dell laptop? Maybe you can use a borrowed charger to test and see if it will charge the batteries. To answer your question , no Dell does not have anything built in to prevent you from using a 3rd party battery.
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Posted on Nov 28, 2008
Yes, they do have somethnig built in to detect if you are using a non-Dell battery, ergo you would not receive messages like "Battery cannot be identified" at boot up, and a warning that the system won't charge the battery. It is simply a ploy to ensure users buy Dell batteries at their inflated price. It's also known as anti-competitive behaviour in the business world.
Just so you know, they incorporate the same system with the power adaptor. If you use a non-Dell one, it will state that it cannot determine the power adaptor type and then let you know that the laptop will run slowly and will not carge your battery. Another way to make sure you behave and buy only Dell spares. Incidentally, with the adaptor it knows if it's a Dell one because Dell use the centre pin of the adaptor jack connector to send a 2.5V ID signal to the laptop. The positive and negative of the 19V supply is on the inside and outside of the metal barrel of the jack plug. Internal pin is solely for ID signal.
I'm afraid the only recourse is to purchase a Dell adaptor if you wish for the battery to charge. I'd recommend a second-hand one from eBay. Try to buy the highest wattage one you can.
Posted on Dec 25, 2008
I'm using a Dell power supply and Dell battery with my Inspiron 1501. Updating the BIOS fixed the problem. The battery was fully charged during the BIOS update BTW.
Posted on Feb 16, 2010
A new dell inspiron 1501 battery comes in a discharged condition and must be charged before use . Upon initial use (or after a prolonged storage period) the 1501 battery may require three to four full charge/discharge cycles before achieving maximum capacity.
New dell 1501 batteries are hard for the device to charge; they have never been fully charged and are therefore "unformed". Sometimes the device's charger will stop charging a new battery before it is fully charged. If this happens, remove the battery from the device and then reinsert it. The charge cycle should begin again. This may happen several times during the first battery charge. Don't worry; it's perfectly normal for the inspiron 1501 battery
Posted on Mar 03, 2010
Update your BIOS:
Posted on May 30, 2009
Trouble Shooting for Unrecognized Adapter
1. Check along the wire and the dell inspiron 1501 Adapter box for any signs of abrasion or physical damage.
2.Check the connection between the power cord and the Adapter box. Also the status LED’s color.
3.Check the port in the laptop for any signs of damage and see if the Adapter connector is tight or wiggles.
4. Connect the Adapter to the computer and open up BIOS and check whether both the dell 1501 battery and the adapter is recognized or it gives an unrecognized adapter error.
5. Reseat the battery and the laptop ac Adapter power cord and check if it works.
6. Try flashing the BIOS once if possible, because I recall a bug in one of the older inspiron notebooks in which the dell inspiron 1501 adapter was recognized after the BIOS was flashed, but they would have most probably got it fixed by now.
If all of the above steps dont fix the problem, the Adapter has probably gone bad, Contact Dell Tech Support.
Posted on Jan 26, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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