Flashing icon at the top right of my Dell Inspiron 6400
I have a flashing red and green light next to the power light at the top right hand where the screen is joined to the body. The one that is flashing is the battery icon with danger sign inside it. It flashes when it is plugged in and when it is running on battery. When I switch it off and it is still plugged in it continues to flash. However, if I take the adapter out of the computer it stops flashing. What is it and how can I resolve it? Thanks in advance! Aileen
ok so i have a inspiron 1501, and it is a LITTLE over a year old (well i bought it new last year around this time) and all of a sudden when i start up my computer it says that the AC Adapter was not recognized. SO my cord always gets knocked out, so i didnt realize that my computer wasnt ever charging, so now my computer is at 0% battery, plugged in, NOT charging. but my computer still works plugged in. nothing was showing up on my battery icon for about a week after this happend, and NOW all of a sudden, its doing the 4-orange 1-green blink. i dont know what i should do :(
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The user manual will supply an in-depth explanation of the led-indicators, aswell as there are normally small icons assigned to each light, sometimes engraved in the plastics, normal lights to be active at average usage are the Power led indicator, will glow as long as device is turned on, the Wireless led indicator will glow when the wireless network module is active, the CPU led indicator will flash occasionally when system is idle, and rapidly when system is active under load, and the Battery led indicator will be active when device is running on battery power. When device goes into sleep or hibernate mode the sleep led indicator might continuously glow or slowly switch on & off varying between systems.
sounds like your main battery needs replacing,move your mouse over the battery icon in the system tray(by the clock),to see if the battery is charging. If it is battery needs replacing. This can cause all kinds of strange issues .
The flashing orange light indicates that the battery isn't working properly. This could be due to either the battery being worn out, or a battery fail safe has kicked in. Either way the battery will need to be replaced in order to fix this. Since the performance isn't quite right, I'm going to say that a fail safe has engaged, you can confirm this by running the computer without the battery and see how the performance is. You will need to replace the battery, and the replacement will make the machine work properly.
Ok, probably not the battery. With Dell machines, once they overheat to a significant level, it locks an overheating code into the bios, so you will have the light codes at start up. I've had three C840 machines with an overheating issue come through my shop. In order to get the machine working again, you will have to fix the problem that caused the overheating, then there is a download at Dell's site to clear the code. If the initial problem isn't fixed the code won't clear. On the machines that I worked on, 1- had a hair wound in the fan and the other 2 had bad fans one burned up the processor. I believe the 6400 and the C840 is basically the same machine. It's been a while since I worked on those machines so I can't remember exactly where the clearing download is at Dell's site, I do remember reading several forums at Dell on the subject. I hope this approach helps a little more than my last. If you have any more questions please ask.
Battery is shot, time for a replacement. Keep in mind that a Dell battery can aquire a dead short, this won't hurt the system, but it can keep the machine from starting up. If you find that your machine won't start up try pulling the battery.