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Battery Light blinking at 'near' full charge...

Discussion in 'Dell XPS and Studio XPS' started by thumper300zx, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. thumper300zx

    thumper300zx Notebook Consultant

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    My XPS battery light is blinking (four short orange, long white) when close to fully charged. It will never get to 100% (98 or 99 and stops charging). When I unplug the AC adapter, it continues blinking for a while until the battery discharges a bit, then it stops.

    I was under the impression the blink code was on a failing battery, but the battery is charging near full and holds a charge, and blinks when near full instead of immediately when AC is plugged in.

    Any ideas? I called Dell on this and I can send it in RIGHT before my warranty expires, but I'd like to know what the problem is.
     
  2. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell? Super Moderator

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    Is this an M1330 or M1530? Is the battery genuine or aftermarket? Does this happen with other batteries, if you have any others with which to test?
     
  3. thumper300zx

    thumper300zx Notebook Consultant

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    Actually, it's an L701X.

    Also, when I boot up, after the Dell Splash screen, it gives me two beeps and prompts me to press (with associated messages)

    F1
    F2
    F12
     
  4. mknott

    mknott Notebook Enthusiast

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    I dont have a clue with the battery light flashing etc but two beeps at the start could be related to the cmos battery. what messages are given for the F1, F2 and F12.

    im guessing F1 may be something like boot normally, F2 enter bios and F12 boot options.
     
  5. thumper300zx

    thumper300zx Notebook Consultant

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    Correct. F1 = continue, F2 = Setup/Bios, F12 Boot options.

    Anyway -- I'm just gonna send it in -- may as well.
     
  6. beriaanirudh

    beriaanirudh Newbie

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    hey thumper300zx.. i have dell XPS and i m facing exactly the same problem as u did , but my warranty has recently expired :( .. can u plz let me know how to solve this thing.. ??
     
  7. mknott

    mknott Notebook Enthusiast

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    does it give you any message or just beep and display the f1 f2 f12?
     
  8. mknott

    mknott Notebook Enthusiast

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    according to the manual, 2 beeps means no ram detected however if no ram was detected it wouldnt show the F1, F2, F12 options.

    can you confirm that the correct amount of ram is found.
     
  9. beriaanirudh

    beriaanirudh Newbie

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    hey mknott... i didnt check the ram .. and it does display f1, f2 and f12 at start ( only when battery near full) .. but my problem is the minor one : the blinking battery display at near full.. everything else is fine : the battery , backup, charging... blinks is the only prob..
     
  10. virtual_teenstation

    virtual_teenstation Newbie

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    I am having exactly the same problem with my Dell XPS L701x.
    did you find any solution for your problem. If yes - kindly share that with me.

    thank you




     
  11. Frankyg

    Frankyg Notebook Enthusiast

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    Same problem; your battery is in a 'temporary failure state' is the error that is displayed if you check the 'Dell Battery Meter'. See the screenshot.

    I've reported mine to Dell, (who asked me to install latest BIOS, which didn't fix it) Dell have agreed it's faulty and are sending me a replacement under warranty. Still don't know what caused it - but you may find that the battery will continue to deteriorate and hold less and less charge before throwing the error time after time.

    HTH
     

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  12. ablibli

    ablibli Newbie

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    I am facing the same problem as well. On the Same model (L701x).
    Frankyg, were you still under warranty when Dell agreed to send you a new battery? Mine just expired, so I am not sure I'll be as lucky :p
    Thanks for the reply.

     
  13. Frankyg

    Frankyg Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes, I was still under warranty. Guess you could try, wouldn't do any harm.
     
  14. alfpatricio

    alfpatricio Newbie

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    I have the same model and exactly the same problem. Does a battery replacement solves the problem? What about the CMOS battery? (warranty expired :twitchy:Thank you, guys for the postings.)
     
  15. thumper300zx

    thumper300zx Notebook Consultant

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    So here I am almost a year later -- just living with this battery issue -- but the resolution IS INDEED just getting the battery replaced.

    Wish Dell would've just known that and sent me a new battery. I actually had called a couple weeks before warranty died, but they wanted me to send in the laptop and I was NOT in a position to do so at that time.

    So, looking to buy a new battery now.
     

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