I just replaced the battery in my Inspiron B120. I was told to condition the battery by letting it run out and then charging it fully three times. On the second time of charging it I noticed the battery light starting rapidly flashing orange while it was still plugged in. It was solid green to begin with (per the manual), then flashing green (also per the manual), but then started flashing orange. I unplugged it and it stopped. It had charged the battery to 98% when I turned the computer on, so it seems that it's properly charging. I never had the orange light come on with my first battery, this is completely new and I have not been able to find any answer to why it's doing it. The manual indicates that it should flash orange when the battery is low and not plugged in. For me, the computer is plugged in and charging and the orange light comes on.
Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? Is there something wrong with the new battery I bought?
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Where did you purchase the battery?
If not from Dell, it could be a used battery that has been "reconditioned" and is probably no good.
Run the battery down and not how long it runs before completely discharged.
You (should) have a Lithium Ion battery, which does not need to be recharged multiple times to achieve full charge. This was true for Nickel-Cadmium batterys and to a lesser extent Nickel-Metal Hydride.
Ya I have the same problem, only mine seemed to come out of nowhere. I think it may have something to do with the fact that I literally timed my battery life on my b120 and it lasts for exactly 6 seconds at 100% charge before it dies. I have it plugged in 24/7 and now the battery light blinks orange. my battery is the original dell battery that it came with so I don't know what could be causing this.
I too have experienced the same issue after installing a new battery (purchased off e-bay from battery monster).
the charge seems to hold, but then the computer shuts off completely without warning once the power gets low.
I just joined this forum for this same problem. The only thing is, my battery is still the one that came with my Dell Inspiron 9400, I have it for a few yrs, but it just started doing the flashing thing yesterday. My power meter reads 100% but as soon as I unplug my computer, poof it turned off. And then when I reboot I get the safety window wanting me to start back up in safe mode.
Is this something I can just ignore except for the flashing light, or do I have a problem that I have to get taken care of?
My Inspiron 4000 is flashing 4 amber and one green. Otherwise it is working fine, battery lasts about an hour and the light flashes whether its on mains or battery. Why don't Dell publish the cause of these 'messages'?
My M90 is flashing four amber, one green as well. It is the original battery and is almost two years old. The LEDs on the battery do nothing. The battery meter says the battery is performing normally and is charging. If I unplug it from AC, it shuts off instantly. Is my battery toast or is it something else? I haven't found anything definitive in the help section. How can I determine if it is the battery or the charger?
Try your charger and battery individually in another laptop. If both are OK, you probably have a system board DC power socket problem.