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Laptop Battery Status? Answered

I have a Dell Latitude E6400 that may or may not have a good battery (I bought it used on eBay). I noticed that the battery status light blinks orange about 4 times, then blue and repeats. It does this when I have it plugged into AC. The manual says that if it is alternating orange/blue, it detects a non-Dell AC adapter. Alternating orange and steady blue means temporary battery failure. I'm not sure what the second option would look like. I have a non-Dell AC adapter.

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JM1999

Best Answer 4 years ago

Try getting a new battery.

If you didn't buy it brand new chances are that the seller swapped out the good battery for a worse one before selling.

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Arya42JM1999

Answer 4 years ago

The non-Dell AC adapter won't damage it, right? I might get a new battery if it doesn't last long when not connected to power.

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JM1999Arya42

Answer 4 years ago

It shouldn't but if the manual says it will detect a non dell adapter then you might have to be careful.

If you get a battery from somewhere like best buy they should have a refund policy so if it still doesn't work you can return it.

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Arya42JM1999

Answer 4 years ago

I charged it today and the battery light didn't blink orange and blue this time so maybe it's ok. I noticed when it was blinking the battery became quite hot, so I will watch it to see if it does that again.

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JM1999Arya42

Answer 4 years ago

Did you buy the laptop brand new?

If so the battery may need wearing in before it will work to its fullest capacity.

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Arya42JM1999

Answer 4 years ago

No, it is used, so much that the CMOS battery is dead. Since I got it off ebay I don't know how much use it had but based on apperance, it have been used a lot.

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JM1999Arya42

Answer 4 years ago

Sometimes the seller will sell something faulty, it is a shame on their behalf for doing that to someone but hey - some people just don't care.

Is there any way you can return it to them via ebays return policy?

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Arya42JM1999

Answer 4 years ago

The seller did inform me that the battery was untested, so no guarantees. I'm actually more concerned about the non-OEM charger I bought for it. The battery light hasn't flashed, nor has the battery gotten hot again. Was that just a one-time problem?

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JM1999Arya42

Answer 4 years ago

Maybe there was a little bit of dust on the charger creating a short circuit or there was a little malfunction in the charging in the beginning that the PC has now resolved.

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Arya42JM1999

Answer 4 years ago

That was probably it.

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JM1999Arya42

Answer 4 years ago

Thanks for the best answer, I hope you never have problems with it again :)

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TinaPie

4 years ago

Try getting a new dell battery.

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Vyger

4 years ago

Borrow a dell one from some one for a few minutes and check it with the correct adapter.