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lrguitarman
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plugged in not charging ? bios flash without battery ?


laptop : Dell XPS M1530

had it only for a year or less.

battery was fine until two days ago, plugged in, not charging , stuck at 4%.

did a LOT of research online, tried all the methods & combination of removing / reinstalling ,...etc. none worked.

read that if i flash bios then it should work. problem is that i can not flash bios since battery is (perceived by the system) less than 10% .

how to fix this ???

would system restore / restore to factory settings resolve this ?

please help . i'm quite sure the battery it self is fine and this is rather a software thingy.......
can't be the power adapter, when I ran the diagnostics it is clear for the adapter, and the system is working fine if the adapter alone is plugged in, tried different wall outlets, no difference.
- the messages i get:
If only adapter plugged in : "The AC adapter and battery MUST be plugged in before the system bios can be flashed"

If adapter and battery plugged in : "Make sure the battery is more than 10% charged to flash bios"

..............please help !
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lrguitarman
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Re: plugged in not charging ? bios flash without battery ?

please advice, and please tell me how to flash my bios with out getting the msg of my battery being <10% !

thank u

 

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scronch
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Re: plugged in not charging ? bios flash without battery ?

OK I'm not an expert so please research this yourself before proceeding...  I had to re-flash my BIOS to test a cooling fan issue.  But the Dell hard drive flash package would not allow flashing the same BIOS level over the existing one (A011 over A011).  So I found that there is a way to override this kind of check.  When I ran the BIOS executable, I had to choose No so that it would create a floppy (if no floppy, you need to figure out how to get the files onto a bootable CD-R).  Then I booted off the floppy.  It told me it had updated the BIOS (but of course it didn't, it ran way too fast for that, and this is what I expected from reading online postings).  So in the DOS environment that I booted to, I did DIR and found the executable for the BIOS flash.  Mine was something like I8200A11.exe.  Then I had to execute it in the DOS screen as follows:

I8200A11 /forceit /forcetype

There is also some "jabil" option but the above worked for me.  It flashed the BIOS over the same version (which I was worried was corrupted).

BE AWARE THAT FLASHING THE BIOS WRONG CAN TURN YOUR COMPUTER INTO A PAPER WEIGHT!  Look into this yourself and proceed at your own risk.  It worked for me, but it might not work for you.  Do a search on "dell bios forceit forcetype" and some other searches and learn all about it.  Good luck, hope you find a solution.

husky0894
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Re: plugged in not charging ? bios flash without battery ?

DO NOT flash the BIOS without a working AC adapter and a charged battery.  That's a hardware issue you MUST fix before you try flashing the BIOS.

 

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lrguitarman
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Re: plugged in not charging ? bios flash without battery ?

Thx for the replies.

I called dell support, for 50 minutes ! during which,  i was transferred 5 times ! they did not tell me anything i didn't know, insisting it seems to be a "dead battery".

 

I am still not convinced that my battery just went dead overnight ! it was and has been always working fine, and i barely use the computer on battery (like once every 3 weeks maybe ! ) on a computer that is a year old only. with no major decline in battery life, just one shot down into 4% plugged in not charging issue.

unfortunately i don't have a friend who already have a similar battery and i know it is not available in stores (best buy) (unlike other brands, hp...etc.). so i have to buy a new battery, and see what i can do. perhaps if it charged, then i will flash the bios properly and see for myself what the issue was exactly.

that could be safer than risking going into the hassle of a new mother board which warranty doesn't cover...

thank you again !

 

i hope it is possible to "downgrade" ? bios.

 

 

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railgun
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Re: plugged in not charging ? bios flash without battery ?

I just started experiencing the same exact issue with my M1530 as well.  Mine is nine months old.  I recently updated the BIOS as well, but I had no issues with that process.  I can only imagine that it is the cause.  I'm now on A12 as well.  Perhaps it's not an improper BIOS flash, but rather the BIOS itself?  I'd buy that more than the former. 

rlamontagne
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Re: plugged in not charging ? bios flash without battery ?

I too have been having this same problem with my laptop (m1530, bios A12) for about a month now.  I have two batteries, and like you, they just stopped charging one day (no degradation over time).  Could it be the day I upgraded the bios to A12?  It's possible, but I didn't notice there was a problem until both my batteries were dead.

My laptop is 15 months old and out of warranty, but talking to dell xps support, they said I could extend the warranty for the remainder of the 2nd year and they would replace the motherboard.  I hate to do that if the problem can be fixed with bios A09.

I've been doing research as well and this appears to be the most promising solution, but I have not had any luck so far booting to flash drive.

 

Has anyone overcome the problem?

 

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ddd1ddd
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Re: plugged in not charging ? bios flash without battery ?

lrguitarman

Flashing your BIOS is not without risks; and should be a last resort. The Dell forums are full of people who flashed and wished they hadn't. What is the source that flashing will definitively solve the problem?

If the power cord is removed, will the LT continue running on battery until it is down to "0"? Does the LT run well otherwise with the battery removed? How sure are you that the battery does not have a problem?

The power adapter seems unlikely to be the problem.

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rlamontagne
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Re: plugged in not charging ? bios flash without battery ?

SUCCESS AT LAST!!!!!!

Using this tutorial I was finally able to make a workable usb boot disk.  Then copied Bios A09 to the root of the flash drive.

Then restarted and from the cmd prompt I ran "1530_A09.exe /forceit"

The bios flashing was uneventful and upon restarting the battery started charging again. 

Good luck to the rest of you guys.

 

railgun
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Re: plugged in not charging ? bios flash without battery ?

I downgraded as well and the battery seems to be fine.  I expect to see A13 in the near future. 

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