Problems With No Battery Charge On A Dell Vostro 1000
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Having no charge on a Dell Vostro 1000's battery can be a result of electrical or software problems. When dealing with a battery that's not charging, always verify that the outlet and laptop adapter are working properly, and allow the Vostro enough time to build a charge. If after a reasonable period of charging time, such as an hour or two, the...
Usage and Age
M/F Dell reports your battery's average life expectancy is one year. High performance components, hard drive and optical drive usage and LCD brightness will affect the battery's charge and performance more than more conservative use. As your battery ages, the total charge capacity will decrease. Replace the battery as it reaches the end of its usefulness to maximize the charge available.
M/F Sometimes a battery will not have a charge because the laptop itself may not recognize the AC adapter. Verify that the adapter you're using offers the correct voltage, wattage and connector the Vostro requires, and use a voltmeter to ensure it is delivering the proper amount. To reset the adapter, unplug the cord from the wall and computer and remove the laptop's battery. Let the computer sit for 10 seconds. Reconnect the adapter and check if the Vostro recognizes the adapter. If it does, reinsert the battery and charge. If not, the adapter may be faulty and require replacement.
M/F Outdated BIOS files may cause issues with power management and prevent the battery from charging. Check Dell's website for updates to your Vostro's BIOS software, and follow the directions carefully to update them and possibly correct the charging problem. Updating the BIOS can cause operational problems if done incorrectly, so speak with a knowledgeable laptop technician or Dell customer service representative for proper procedures before attempting.
M/F In some cases, the laptop itself may contain a residual charge within the internal components that's interfering with proper charging capabilities. This occurs when the RAM and other electronics inside your laptop store energy in their circuitry. Normally this poses no problems, unless the charge reaches too high a level. To discharge this energy, remove the Vostro's battery and disconnect the adapter cord. Press and hold the power button for up to a full minute and release. Reinstall the battery and adapter cord and check for proper charging.