Question about Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook
Since last month, everytime I turn on my laptop I get this message: "This battery cannot be identified. This system will be unable to charge this battery. Press F2 two times to enter Setup. Press F12 and any key to enter boot menu." My battery life has decreased tremendously and the computer will shut off after about 15 minutes w/out the use of the adapter.
I tried calling Dell for help, but since my warranty is up they are pretty much useless. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to help my battery before I spend close to $200 for a new one. I tried pressing F2 and F12 like the message said, but I am not really computer savy so I did not know what to do once the menus popped up! Please let me know if there is a way to troubleshoot my battery. Thanks!!
The BIOS flash was EASY (not scary like I thought it would be) and the problems disappeared immediately. Whew! I was worried about flashing the BIOS, but like I said, it was simple. Thanks for the advice, folks.
Don in Tucson
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Posted on Jan 03, 2010
I had the same problem. When: "This battery cannot be identified. This system will be unable to charge this battery. Press F2 two times to enter Setup. Press F12 and any key to enter boot menu." appeared. I realy didn't know what it means. So by reinstaling Operation System I also tried to reflash BIOS. After reflashing BIOS that message disappeard, so i don't need to press anything while booting.
Posted on Mar 21, 2009
There may be an option in the bios (press F2) once there you have to use your arrow keys to move around, look for a tools option and see if there is a calibrate battery option. if not, I'm sorry to say but there is no other choice, you will have to get a new one, and in a years time, this will probably happen again. some laptop batteries just have a poor design. you can prolong battery life by removing it when you know it is going to be bligged in and in use for a long time, completely drain the battery every 30-60 days then give it a full charge (12-20 hours of charging with the laptop being used).
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