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Hey all, Happy Holidays to everyone :)

Someone I know has got a Dell Vostro 1000 laptop and for some reason the laptop says that the battery/charger is undetected and then the charger can't charge the batter. I took out the batter and blew out the terminals that connect it to the laptop and that didn't help. I did notice that the battery said a voltage of about 14.5v on it. I have looked at batteries on the internet and they all seem to say that it should be 11.1v for that laptop. I then looked at the charger and it said 19.5v on it. Now in my mind that sounds a little odd as this laptop now has 3 different voltages all before the VRM's.
Basically I was just wondering if any one could shed some light on this problem and why the voltages are like this.

Thanks, Jack-O-Bytes
 

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As far as the different voltages go, My dell uses a 19.5 volt PS and the battery is 11.1 volt. When I replaced my battery I was finding two different voltage batteries that supposedly fit it, a 14.5 and an 11.1 but the original was an 11.1 volt so that is what I bought. Does the laptop power up with just the PS plugged in without the battery installed. If it does try to calibrate the battery. you do that by running the battery down to where it shuts down, then leaving the unit plugged in until the charger says it is fully charged. My dell tells me this when the charge light flashes orange. hope this helps.
 

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Hey there, Thanks for the reply :)

The battery is totally flat all the time. The moment the cable comes out the laptop turns off instantly. It says that it can't charge the batter because it isn't recognised. However I dont think that the battery has been changed at all.

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have same issue , my research came up with d/c regulator board issue. Please do the following carefully:
1. Unplug your laptop.
2. Remove the battery from the laptop.
3. Wait 2-3 minutes
4. Now press ON (power button on laptop) for 1 minute
5. Then release the finger and wait one more minute.
6. Now plug in the power cable (dont insert battery yet) and press ON button.
 

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Hmmm Thank you :) any idea what I do after number 6? I presume I then load into windows, Shut down and then re-insert the battery and try to charge it?

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Yeah I tried that now and it just went away for a short while and then came back again. Looks like something that she is going to have to live with lol. Batteries are quite expensive at £45 :S

Thanks for the help
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