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Dell/XP Battery/Power issues. NOT re: battery fires/recall

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by Meathead, May 3, 2007.

  1. Meathead

    Meathead Guest

    Dell Inspiron 1000. Dinosaur, I know. Bought from a long time friend
    last year. He had recently replaced the battery AFTER all of the
    problems/recalls. Batt is only 1 year old max. Lightly used.
    Problem is that 8 times out of 10 when on battery power (full charge)
    the thing shuts off cold with no warning/indication at all. And every
    time it does this the battery is always between about 50% and 65%.
    This goes back to right after I got it last fall.

    And perhaps related (or not...): Last month I adjusted the power
    managemnt options. Now it won't sleep or hibernate at idle (on its
    own) with the A/C plugged in. You have to close the lid. I've
    fiddled and refiddled and rebooted. No luck.

    Any ideas? Links? Thanks in advance!!

    Meathead, May 3, 2007
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  2. Meathead

    stiffman320 Guest

    It sounds like that battery cycle might be messed up. Try charging,
    discharging and putting it in the freezer. No joke! It says to do that
    on dell.support.com
    stiffman320, May 3, 2007
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  3. Meathead

    Meathead Guest

    How can I discharge it if it keeps shutting down at 60%?
    Meathead, May 4, 2007
  4. Meathead

    stiffman320 Guest

    I'm not sure about that. Actually, before you freeze you battery, go
    to control panel, power options. There's a thing in there that you can
    set it to shut down when the bat. gets low. Maybe its set really high?
    stiffman320, May 5, 2007
  5. Meathead

    Meathead Guest

    Unfortunately, no. I did the freezer trick. Well see what happens.
    Thanks. Turns out (I think) the batt is not OEM dell but
    aftermarket. Maybe it is just crap after unning on short cycles
    without being discharged. Memory effect? Thx.

    Meathead, May 6, 2007
  6. Meathead

    Meathead Guest

    Did the freezer thing. Not better. Almost assuredly the behaviour is
    actually worse now. Any other possible fixes?
    Meathead, May 10, 2007
  7. Meathead

    jaap Guest

    To fully drain the battery I reboot to DOS and exhaust it till the
    laptop switches off. Not a subtle solution but it works :)
    jaap, May 13, 2007
  8. Fully draining the battery was a good idea for old NiCad batteries, but
    is a BAD, BAD idea for lithium batteries.
    Barry Watzman, May 13, 2007
  9. Meathead

    jaap Guest

    Ok, I see.
    Still, keeping Li-ion batteries out of the notebook for a period of four
    to five months wrecked two of my Sony BP71... There's nothing in the
    manual about this problem.
    jaap, May 13, 2007
  10. Lithium batteries cannot be allowed to fall below a critical voltage
    level or they will be destroyed. But normally it takes 1-2 years for a
    charged battery to fall that low, the discharge rate is only typically a
    percent or two per month. Best practice is to give the batteries some
    "exercise" every 2 or 3 months.
    Barry Watzman, May 13, 2007
  11. Meathead

    jaap Guest

    Well, that would be the scientific explication but my batteries died
    within that period.
    jaap, May 13, 2007
  12. Meathead

    Meathead Guest

    Well, I am OP here on this particular thread. Freezer trick didn't
    help. Found the recalibrate option in the BIOS menu and did that.
    Now it's even worse than before. So...what now? (listens for "just
    buy a newer lapper, dude."). Thx.

    Meathead, May 28, 2007
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