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Postby bigh0rt » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:50 pm

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.
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Re: Laptop Help

Postby bigken117 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:33 pm

what kind of laptop? You should be able to remove the battery without disassembling your laptop.
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Re: Laptop Help

Postby bigh0rt » Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:09 pm

bigken117 wrote:what kind of laptop? You should be able to remove the battery without disassembling your laptop.

It's a Dell XPS
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Re: Laptop Help

Postby jfg » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:37 am

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.
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Re: Laptop Help

Postby Neato Torpedo » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:02 am

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Re: Laptop Help

Postby markj11 » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:33 am

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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Re: Laptop Help

Postby acsguitar » Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:32 am

There are lights on the back of your battery. When you take the battery out and press the button on the battery what happens. How many lights out of how many lights light up.

Do they just blink randomly?
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Re: Laptop Help

Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:20 pm

Does it work if you just take out the battery and plug it in? Does the Dell splash screen show up at all? Can you help me with my Calc 3 test tomorrow?

Oh, and it's a REALLY good idea to take out the battery when you know you are going to have your laptop plugged in for a long time, helps with the battery life a lot.
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Re: Laptop Help

Postby bigh0rt » Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:21 pm

PlayingWithFire wrote:Does it work if you just take out the battery and plug it in? Does the Dell splash screen show up at all? Can you help me with my Calc 3 test tomorrow?

Oh, and it's a REALLY good idea to take out the battery when you know you are going to have your laptop plugged in for a long time, helps with the battery life a lot.

Multi-variable Calc is easy. It's just methods of integration that you learned in Calc II re-taught. That's what I recall it being, at least.
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Re: Laptop Help

Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:24 pm

bigh0rt wrote:
PlayingWithFire wrote:Does it work if you just take out the battery and plug it in? Does the Dell splash screen show up at all? Can you help me with my Calc 3 test tomorrow?

Oh, and it's a REALLY good idea to take out the battery when you know you are going to have your laptop plugged in for a long time, helps with the battery life a lot.

Multi-variable Calc is easy. It's just methods of integration that you learned in Calc II re-taught. That's what I recall it being, at least.


oh, calc 3 has been much easier than calc 2. I'm not worried about it(heck, I'm here trying to fix a stranger's computer :-D ) what are the answers to the computer problem though?
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