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Solved Dell Laptop battery failure

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tryshz, May 18, 2019.

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  1. tryshz

    tryshz Thread Starter

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    Have had this laptop for a good while and it has always worked ok.
    Gradually, the time it took to recharge the battery took longer and longer.
    I always have the laptop plugged in when I am using it because the battery life has always been lousy.
    Now the front of the laptop has a flashing red light - message that says battery has experienced a catastrophic failure and needs to be replaced.

    Question - if I always have it plugged in when I use it, is getting a new battery critical? Dell batteries are pretty pricey.

    Question - can I buy a laptop battery not made by Dell and cheaper - or is this a bad idea?

    Question - is this problem big enough to justify getting a new laptop - think I've had this one since 2011

    Here's the sysinfo stuff:
    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2430M CPU @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 6038 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, -1988 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: 576 GB (472 GB Free);
    Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0YH79Y
    Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

    Any help you can provide will be SO appreciated!
    Trish
     
  2. managed

    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Answer 1 - you can use it without a battery.

    Answer 2 - you can get a cheaper battery, chances are IMO it will be fine but see Answer 1 !

    Answer 3 - That's your decision. What model is the Dell you have now ?
     
  3. tryshz

    tryshz Thread Starter

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    Thank you so much for the answers! They were very helpful - good to know I can use it plugged in regardless of battery not charged.
    Will seriously consider getting a cheaper battery - thanks for your input

    I have a Dell Inspiron N7110 64 bit Intel i5 core 240GHz 6 GB RAM

    Trish
     
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    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    You're welcome. :)

    It's better if you remove the battery if you use a laptop with the power lead connected a lot.

    (The 2 main things that shorten a laptop battery's useful life are heat and the number of times it's charged/discharged).

    Nice laptop.
     
  5. tryshz

    tryshz Thread Starter

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    Thanks much for all your help - think I'll stick with just using the power like I have been. Appreciate your sharing your expertise!

    Trish
     
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    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    I use my laptop that way, no battery and powered by the charger.

    (If you feel it is please click on the [Mark Solved] button at the top of your page).
     
  7. tryshz

    tryshz Thread Starter

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    Took out the battery - it's working fine! SO grateful!!

    Trish
     
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    Well done. (y)
     
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