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My laptop's power light keeps flashing amber?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by toughtrasher, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. toughtrasher

    toughtrasher Senior Member

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    Hi, I didn't know where to post this (it's a technical issue), so I just posted here. Please move if you'd like, mods. But don't delete, I need answers (And the Yahoo! Answers community sucks so much dick like not even kidding).

    Anyways,
    one day I was using my Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop with only it's battery in there and all of a sudden, it just shut down. I'm left with a shut down laptop and the power light (the one that shows if it's on or not) was amber (orange-ish) and it was flashing.
    I plugged the charger in because I thought it was just low battery, but then I fell asleep and I woke up, it was still flashing with the battery in and it's plugged. It won't turn on.

    I take out the battery and plug in the charger, and it turns on fine..
    HELP BHW?
    Thanks, you guys are my favorite community < 3
     
  2. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Was going to say power jack, but if it works fine without battery, it's going to be charger or battery most likely.

    Are they original? Could also be charging circuit.
     
  3. Winchester

    Winchester BANNED BANNED

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    Battery is burnt out - you need a new one. No repair for that; I used to work in ID repair and we see it a lot, buying a surge protecting power bar might help too
     
  4. toughtrasher

    toughtrasher Senior Member

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    Yes, they are original. Stock from when I bought them.

    Oh, that's horrible.. I can't afford a new battery now as I'm investing my money in IM.
    I'll just have to deal with no battery, and no mobilization..

    Alright, thanks guys..
     
  5. Winchester

    Winchester BANNED BANNED

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    Best of luck - you should also check the warranty as sometimes battery burn out can be covered
     
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    Maybe try Dell support instead of a marketing forum?
     
  7. akashasnani

    akashasnani Regular Member

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    If your laptop is in warranty period than go and just replace battery.
     
  8. roamer

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    Did you try hitting enter and/or the power button?. My laptop does that when it's set to auto suspend (standby mode) instead of turning the display off (it stores ram into memory and goes to sleep), and then the power led goes to a flashing amber state instead of green. This is key here, as if it was the battery, it would be the battery led flashing, not the power led.

    Try putting your laptop into standby mode (or hibernation) and you'll see what I mean. Also, depending on your laptop and the mode chosen, it may or may not take a while to fully restore the system after you hit enter (or power button if enter doesn't work).

    If the above fails, it's time for support or to replace the battery :(.
     
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  9. GimmeMoney

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    Same thing happened with my dell and in my case, it was a faulty battery that was the problem.
     
  10. roamer

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    Oops! :( . I hope it's not OP's case, though probably is, given your experience with the same brand.
     
  11. Winchester

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    If it had done the same thing while plugged in and only on battery you'd be right but since it boots fine from plugged in state it is sadly the battery

    Yeah dell is infamous for their terrible batteries if you ever work at a repair shop and someone tells you they've got an issue with their battery you can place the smart money on Dell then Acer
     
  12. toughtrasher

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    I'm sure it's the battery. It works fine without the battery but plugged in. And when I put the battery in while plugged in, it still works but the light is flashing and then I unplug with the battery in and BOOM shut down.

    It's unfortunately down.. I'll have to check the warranty or buy a new one for like $25 at eBay. There goes my money. -____-