Why is my Dell Inspiron 1520 not charging the battery?

m September 14, 2010

I have a Dell Inspiron 1520. When I remove the power cable the laptop turns off. The icon in the notification area shows a picture of a battery with a red cross on it. When in go in to the setup and select the battery info it says the battery is not installed. What is the problem and how can it be fixed? Thanks!

  1. Josh Fox
    September 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    It sounds like the battery has died. If your BIOS allows it, you could try recalibrating the battery, which will drain the battery and then attempt to charge it to full capacity. You can see if this is available by going into the BIOS setup during boot up. The common buttons for Dell laptops are either F2 or the Delete key right when you see the Dell logo after pushing the power button.

    There should be a Battery section in the menu. If there's not a Calibrate option anywhere in that section, instead of pressing F2 or Delete, press F12 to access the one-time-boot selection menu. If it's still installed, there will be a Diagnostics option. One of the options there is the test the battery for problems.

    Also, be sure to remove the battery, check the terminals to make sure they aren't damaged or dirty, then put it back in.

    Otherwise, you probably need a new battery to replace yours with. You should be able to find one, along with prices, on the Dell support site.

  2. Anonymous
    September 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Your battery is probably bad. This is the Dell replacement for your laptop:


    If you have the option, buy the Dell battery. After Market batteries are almost alway junk.