Dell Battery Question

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raybro

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Howdy folks... My Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop is doing a strange thing. Immediately following POST (i have the diagnostics screen enabled) and before the Dell blue bar, I get a message that reads something like this. "WARNING. The battery is not recognized and it may not be able to be charged. Press any key to continue" It will just hang there until a key is pressed.

I've had this once before when the original battery was dying after about a year and a half. At that time it would charge OK, but would only last about 30 minutes. Purchased a new battery (not from Dell) and warning went away with normal boot into XP. That was about 6 - 8 months ago.

This started happening when recently I unwittingly unplugged the AC adapter with the machine on and the battery ran completely down. Been doing it ever since. The difference between this event and the last time is again the battery charges normally, but now lasts over 2.5 hours when running on battery power. So it does not constitute a functional problem, just a pain in the butt to have to remember I have to hit a key to boot. :( (n)

Anyone got a clue other than to buy another battery. (hardly seems worth it)

Raybro
 

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Thanks for the links, etaf. About the only thing I have found so far is the possibility that BIOS update may help. The newest version is 2.6.3 (rel 2007) and I have v2.6.2 running. I have a USB Floppy drive, so I can use that to do the job. There is no battery recalib feature listed in my BIOS. In fact, nothing about batteries at all.

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