Laptop battery icon says "plugged in, not charging"

By adlb1300 ·
I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 that is running Vista. It still has the original battery but I did have to replace the AC adapter about a year ago. I replaced it with a Targus that is intended for use with this system. It has worked without an issue until a day or so ago when I began seeing that the battery icon when moused over showed the message "plugged in, not charging" with the battery showing 15% charged. The computer runs fine when plugged in but cannot charge it. Also tocday I started getting a message that the computer could not detect the AC adapter when I started the computer. However, the computer is running off of the AC right now and for the last 4 hours without issue so it has to be detecting it. I have tried to remove and insert it back into the computer and I have tried to uninstall and reinstall the driver for the battery which is a solution I found on here without success. Any help that can be provided would be greatly appreciated.


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What is happening here is that the Mains Adapter

by OH Smeg In reply to Laptop battery icon says ...

Is in the process of failing completely. They can start off by not producing sufficient voltage to charge the Battery and then the amount of Current drops. This continues till it stops working. I would suggest buying a new mains Adapter.


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by adlb1300 In reply to What is happening here is ...

OH Smeg thanks for the reply. I was worried it was the battery or adapter going. At least the adapter is cheaper but still unhappy since I spent 100 bucks a year ago for the one that is going.

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Well if this helps any

by OH Smeg In reply to Thanks

I have found that the one from the NB Maker tends to last longer than after market ones. They seem to be more robust and can take being left plugged in to the Mains all the time even if the NB is not present.

The other thing to look out for is the fact that if a NB Battery is left at a state of charge at anything but fully charged it can develop a Memory and never charge above that value that it has set for itself which shortens the Battery life even faster.

But with any NB you should work on a 12 - 18 month between Battery replacements and if you get any longer it is a bonus but not to be expected. It is also possible to have the Battery Pack repacked with new batteries and most times with higher capacity batteries for less than the cost of a new battery, With the bigger capacity battery's used in the repack it gives you a longer Battery Life when you can not use the mains.


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Same problem

by koneko_yoru In reply to Well if this helps any

Just today my battery didn't want to charge. Hovering over the battery icon, it states "plugged in, not charging" with 15% battery remaining. It works with the charger plugged it, but it will not charge my battery. I do have the bad habit of always leaving my charger plugged into the wall weather I am using it or not, and I also leave my computer charged in while it is turned off all night. Is the problem still with the adapter? I have not gotten any new parts for this computer since I got it.

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