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Blink battery light - orange

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by darkcirca, Jun 20, 2008.

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  1. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    I got my D630 in yesterday. It was going perfect for awhile, then out of no where the battery light on the bezel started blinking orange.

    Is there a reason for this? I took the battery out and put it back in and it went away. I haven't seen it since, but still not sure what the battery light means.
     
  2. The General

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    That means the battery is low.
     
  3. darkcirca

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    That's strange, as it was plugged in for about 3-4 hours when it did it...and once the battery was taken out and put back in it went away.
     
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    May be a glitch, see if you can reproduce it and under what conditions it happens.
     
  5. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    If you press and hold the battery light for 5 seconds it does it...Just tried that to see what it did (as I had been testing my older laptop last night).

    It goes green, then I believe 4 (it's hard to tell) blinks of orange, then green, then 4 blinks of orange.
     
  6. darkcirca

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    When it's doing its blinking, if you pull the power cable, the laptop turns off entirely.

    I removed and reinserted the battery, now it works fine. I don't understand what is wrong with it, I can't hold the button down on it to "test" it's performance without it going nuts?
     
  7. The General

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    Could you confirm which light it is that's blinking. You originally said "battery light on the bezel started blinking orange", which would indicate a low battery. Do you mean the one on the bottom of the battery?
     
  8. darkcirca

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    When you press the button on the battery, like to test to see the life remaining (The hold down pressing, that shows lights if your battery is getting old), it shows no bars, but the little light on the bezel, the battery light (which normally shows low/charging/etc) starts blinking green-orange-orange-orange-orange-repeat.
     
  9. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    Well something is wrong with the battery. We tried one of the 9 cell batteries and it worked fine. Guess I'll be calling Dell to replace this crap one.
     
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    they are pretty cool with replacing defective batteries so it shouldnt be a problem.

    I had a 9-cell that lost most of it's charge in only a few months. I looked online and found that it's actually not an uncommon problem. I used Dell's online chat (very good btw), and they sent me a new battery. All I had to do is send back the defective one within the time period (i wanna say 7-10 days, I could be wrong though) and it was all set. :)

    Good luck on your battery replacement.
     
  11. darkcirca

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    Yea I'll be giving them a call in the next few days as to get a replacement. Mine is a 6 cell, but now I've got a 9 cell on loan. Guess I'll be holding onto it until I get a replacement it. I can't get anything right - everything I order has something wrong..
     
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    Ah, yeah, I know the one. To be honest, I've never had that work properly (shows how much charge, indicator showing long-term aging never seems to show up). We can be fairly certain, however, that that shouldn't be happening.

    The same thing has happened with the 4-cell and 9-cell with my Latitude D420. I get 50 minutes out of the 4-cell and 4 hours 30min on the 9-cell (Which may not sound bad, but this is a laptop which should have up to 7 hours!)
     
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    I've never had an issue getting the button to work on other machines.

    I don't know what made me test it, but something did..and I am very glad I did.
     
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    They are sending a new battery out monday. I still don't think they understand what I was trying to say..they wanted me to install drivers -- for a battery, ugh. I wish they would just shut up and listen, and then maybe, just maybe they'd understand.
     
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    Got the replacement. It does the same thing. The 9 cell doesn't though...
     
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    Try this, try with another ac adapter, if that doesnt work call dell, the motherboard might be faulty.
     
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    My mom's Latitude D510 is doing this, and it wasn't before. It just started doing this after I installed a new hard drive. :twitchy:
     
  19. AndyBurns

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    When it blinks orange/off/orange/off it is because the battery is low

    However other patterns are possible, I discovered after leaving mine inthe car overnight on a cold night, that it blinks orange/off/orange/off/blue/off when the battery is too cold, and will refuse to boot.
     
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    I have seen this about 60-70 times on the Dell 120L, and it usually fixes the problem by changing the battery, but Dell has admitted that the battery on that computer is cr*p, and as posted a couple of post above here, it might be the motherboard as that has also fixed the problem on the 120L.
    As far as with the D630 I have not seen the problem with any of the 3 ones we have as they are pretty sturdy and good computers.
     
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