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My battery won't charge in my Dell E1705

In a previous post someone had this problem and said that it was fixed by flashing the bios. How do I do this? Where do I get the needed bios info from. Thanks.

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  • joecieslik Jul 31, 2009

    I to thought it was the battery so I did purchase another new one and it worked just fine until it ran down too. Thats when I noticed the charging icon on the tray did not have the lightning bolt through it anymore. As for the power supply I have checked it with a meter and it's reading the correct voltages. I did go to the dell website for the bios file but now because I have a battery that is less than 10% charged it won't let me redo the bios. This is very frustrating. Anyone know how to recharge my 2 battries or how to bypass the error message so I don't have to buy a THIRD BATTERY just to redo my bios?

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The current bios version is A09. The bios version on your system can be found under the Dell splash screen when you first turn on your computer or by going into the bios itself. If your version is older (A08, A07, etc), you can go to http://www.dell.com and at the bottom click Drivers and Downloads. Get the 7-digit alphanumeric Service Tag form the bottom of the laptop and enter it when prompted. It will take you to the Download page specific to your computer where you can then download the current bios.

While some battery issues have been taken care of with a bios update, in my experience the issue is usually the battery itself not being able to hold the charge. On average batteries develop problems about a year to 2 years after purchasing the laptop, just in time for the warranty to run out. This means a new battery will need to be purchased. I have also run into the power adapter not charging the batter properly due to the the adapter failing or a break in the cord coming from the wall outlet or from the brick to the laptop. Verify that the power adapter is working properly.

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  • barrymtm Jul 31, 2009

    Now that I know you have a new battery the problem sounds more like the power adapter or the power outlet on the laptop itself. A lot of the Dell laptops use the same type of power adapter and so you might be able to borrow one to see if the batteries will charge. I've had the adapter cables get breaks in them that will cause intermittent charging or no charging. The brick could have also crapped out on you. Another problem could be where the cable plugs into the back of the laptop. Sometimes the cable can get jammed or pushed in and it causes the solder joints on the motherboard to break, which in turn causes no power. I'd get another adapter to test first.

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I have purchase a memory upgrade KByte and not sure how to install. I went to www.kbytememory.com and found nothing to help me.


This looks very much like my old M90... you pop out the battery, locate and unscrew the memory door, and then snap in the new memory. Then restart the laptop... if it beeps at your (this is called a beep code) then the BIOS doesn't recognize one or both of the sticks. Assuming all goes well it should prompt you and say something to the effect of 'amount of system memory has changed, press F1 to continue or F2 for bios'... go into BIOS and confirm its reading the new memory amount (2GB will say 2064). This model apparently only accepts 2 x 1GB sticks so hopefully you didn't order 2GB sticks... unless there's a BIOS update you can install the mobo won't recognize memory sticks greater than 1GB. Good luck.

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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:
Check the dell laptop battery and Connections:
1, Remove the battery from the system.
2, Look at the connectors in the bay and on the battery for signs of physical damage.
3, Check the battery charge by pressing the status button or image on the battery near the LED’s.
Note: The lights indicate the current amount of charge on the battery. If all the LED’s come on when you press the button, the battery is fully charged. If fewer lights are lit, then the battery is partially charged. If any lights flash, or blink, there could be a problem with the battery.
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:
Inspiron systems 3700 3800 7500 4000 4100 4150 8000 8100 8200 Latitude systems CPx H CPt V CPx / CPt C600 C610 C640 C800 C810 C840 Note: It may be necessary to slide the face plate left or right on some batteries when switching bays. 2, If you have access to a second computer like your own, try to charge your battery in that system.
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”
2, Be sure your system is the one listed in the Your System section on the left.
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.
Select the link to download the most current version of the BIOS:
1, Save the program to your desktop.
2, Go to the desktop and double click the icon.
3, You will be given the option to either create a BIOS disk or flash the disk from the hard drive.

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:
How to Enable Battery Recalibration
Try to charge a second battery like your own if possible.
If the second battery won’t charge, the problem may be caused by the charging system in your computer.
If the battery still won’t charge after you have done this troubleshooting,it mean you should replace your old battery,you can go to www.sales-battery.com to choice a new dell laptop battery replacement
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Hi there!

Try to check a few things first.

Go to the BIOS set up, which you can access by pressing f2 when you start up the computer,
Then go to the option that says battery info,
Check if the ac adapter is detected,
And check if the battery is detected,

If any of this things is not detected
Then try this things,
If in the ac adapter it says unknown,
boot to your windows normally
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12% on the battery charge.
Then download the latest flash BIOS
update your BIOS then after you update it,
it should fix your not charging issue and fix the unknown ac adapter if ever that's the case,
But after you do that and the same thing happens,
You'll need to replace the motherboard of that computer.

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  1. Try a different AC adapter if one is available. The system IDs the adapter by the pin in the center of the DC connection to the system. If the pin is bent or missing, then the system cannot ID the AC adapter and the Battery Charger is disabled.
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The bios can only be flashed if you have more than 10% battery charge. check if you have any other AC adapter. is the battery does not charge with another adapter then it could be a battery or motherboard fault. Try another good known battery, If even a good known battery fails to charge then its a motherboard issue. Call technical support and get the motherboard replaced.
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