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Battery not charging


I have a Dell latitude notebook, very old and still running on Win 2000. The problem is that the battery won't charge. I have changed the battery and it still won't charge. Are there some sort of setting that can turn off the charge function? The Battery works fine when I test it on another notebook.

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Re: Battery not charging

No, the problem is in the power circuit of the motherboard. I believe on your model, it's ann additional piece which can be replaced, but I'm not 100%.
Probly not cost effective to repair unless you do it yourself.
Good luck

Posted on Nov 22, 2007

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Laptop Battery Won?t Charge?

If your dell laptop computer runs normally on the AC adapter, but the battery won’t charge, please try the following troubleshooting steps:
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1, Remove the battery from the system.
2, Look at the connectors in the bay and on the battery for signs of physical damage.
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4, Reinsert the battery; push until it locks into place and the latch snaps back to the locked position.
Swap Bays or Try A Second Computer:
1, Some systems can run with the battery in either bay. Try swapping bays if you have one of these systems.
The following systems permit a battery to be used in either bay:
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Flash the BIOS:
Flashing the BIOS can correct many hardware issues.
NOTE:Dell recommends that you update the BIOS on your system, only if you are having problems
1, Go to “The Dell support site”
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3, Click the Downloads tab
4, Choose your operating system from the drop down menu
5, Select FlashBIOS Updates as the download category.
6, Click Go.
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1, Save the program to your desktop.
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Run the Recalibration Utility if Your System has One:
This utility runs the battery all the way down and then recharges it completely. The process takes several hours so it is best to run it overnight. Use only the recalibration program specified for your system. Using any other program could void your warranty!
Latitude LM, Inspiron 3000 and Inspiron 3200 systems use this recalibration program: BATRECAL.EXE
Inspiron 5000, Inspiron 7000, and Inspiron 7500 systems use this program: I75BRCA0.EXE
Latitude LS, Latitude L400, Latitude X200, and Inspiron 2100 enable a recalibration option on the Power page of the BIOS Setup Program:
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