All thanks in advance here. I know we've got a lot of tech savvy folks here, so maybe someone can help me. Basically, earlier today my laptop decided that when it's not plugged in, it will immediately shut off and refuse to turn back on. I imagine the battery is somehow dead or something? Maybe this is a typical problem (I hope so), and if so, not terribly expensive to fix. The laptop is just shy of two years old, and I usually leave it plugged in even when I'm using it, except for brief periods, so maybe that killed the battery, I don't really know. So, anyone know what's up? Anything I should try to see if I can get it to work unplugged? If the battery is dead, what's it cost to get a new one installed? Thanks again, gents.
Yeah, you should be able to buy a new battery from Dell for around 100 bucks. Leaving it plugged in all the time does kill the battery, most likely it will only last a year or so if you do that. If you just leave it plugged in though, might as well just do that and forget about the battery.
Last week when I was having trouble with my laptop booting up I starting hitting all of the "F" keys and found something that might be helpful. One of the "F" keys took me to some kind of setup screen during boot up. On one of the setup pages was a screen that showed battery life. I guess you could check that to make sure it's your battery? My laptop is ~10 years old so maybe things are different now.
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