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Flashing amber battery light

My amber battery indicator light keeps flashing but the laptop is plugged in and operating on AC power.

When i unplug the power and plug it back in, the light goes out for a few minutes and then starts flashing again.

Can you tell me what is causing this.

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  • jambozi Jul 13, 2008

    Thanks for your quick response. The laptop has been plugged in all day, and the light is still flashing. Is this an indication that the battery is not charging properly? It has been maintaining less and less charge over the last few months. Do I need to replace it?

  • jambozi Jul 14, 2008

    Thanks very much Worlvet, the answer and links were very helpful.



    Much appreciated,

    J.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    FLASHING AMBER LIGHT

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Sure, this just mean your are in charging mode, but your battery is at full charge. Should your battery need charging and in charging mode the lights would be green most likely.

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    Glenn Rogers Jul 13, 2008

    I see. Yes, these batteries do reach a point where they retain less and less of a charge. This is normal and results from use and age, combined or separate. Even the Lithium Ion batteries today, although they last longer, suffer from the notorious memory effect. Most laptop makers will tell you to recalibrate your battery several times a year.

    You would go to Control Panel, click on the Power button, you may or may not have a calibrate button. However, all this does is something you can do yourself. You go to power options, select Always On, now disconnect the A/C cord and allow your laptop to run until the battery is completely drained. This is basically what it means to calibrate your battery. By doing this, the little chip inside your battery will take note of the time it took to drain down. Then, when you are on battery, and mouse over the icon in the system tray you will get an accurate reading on how much time is left for battery power usage.

    Now, should you replace it? This depends on how often you use battery only. If you never use it, then you can wait until its convenient to you to replace it. If you use the battery often, then this becomes a more urgent need.

    I will look up your battery and provide you with an online retailer that is reliable and trustworthy. Give me 15 minutes.

    If you have another question go ahead and ask using the comment box below.

    Thanks,
    Worldvet


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    Glenn Rogers Jul 13, 2008

    Hi,

    Here is the page at Ebay, where you can compare the 'buy it now' prices. I always compare with who is willing to ship it for free. You also want to do business with a power seller that offers at the minimum a 7 Day DOA warranty. So, if you buy from these people, check the battery right away.

    This is a page at a reputable seller online duracell direct. You can compare this price against what is offered at Ebay.

    Thanks for rating, but would you change it from Trying, as we don't really Try to do anything, We are here to give you clear answers for free. We don't get paid, most of us who do this have done this in free clinics for years and years.

    If you feel I've provided you with enough information to make a sound decision or understand your issue, please change the rating I would greatly appreciate it.

    Regards,
    Worlvet


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    Glenn Rogers Jul 13, 2008

    Thank you and you may call on me anytime. You can find me via the Find Experts link on our home page. I am usually on page 2 or 3 or at this link.
    http://www.fixya.com /users/worldvet/

    I work on Laptops all the time and usually have two or three on my bench at any given time and even work with RVrs who FedEx their laptops to me and I send them on to where they expect to be next.

    Take note, that should your laptop suddenly stops working when connected to the A/C adapter, the battery charge lights go off and your laptop shuts down. This is a known issue with Dell power adapters and requires replacing some electronic parts on the power adapter itself. But, you are usually better off getting a replacement given the cost to repair the power supply. Still, a lot of these adapters sold as used have the same problem. So, I would go new from an Ebay retailer for a replacement charger.

    But, today you don't need to give up on a laptop just because its old. Mine is eight years old. I'm working on one that is just as old and only needs a new hard drive. So, keep in mind that fixing your laptop is the least expensive way in which to do mobile computing so long as you are not doing CPU intensive CAD apps or editing DVD movies.

    Worldvet


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