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I'll start by saying that I'm aware of the large number of forum posts out there about Inspirons and battery charging issues. I've spent a good number of hours searching for solutions, but it seems that my problem may be more on the unique side.
I got the computer knowing that it was not charging its battery, thinking it would be a quick fix. I started by ordering a new battery, then went on to replacing the power chord, both of which were cheapo knock-offs and neither of which changed anything. Like I said, the battery is not charging, but the computer is aware that it is there. The bios menu shows the battery as 0% charged, status: Idle. Then when I boot up into Ubuntu it shows the battery status at 100%. I can confirm that the battery is in fact completely empty, as no indicator lights light up when I press the battery test button.
I guess what I am wondering is if the problem is obviously in the computer itself, or if I should really spend the extra bucks to try out the Dell brand battery and charger.
Thanks in advance,
-Alex
 

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Hello ahiam and welcome to TSF,

Before shelling out for a new battery, you could try and find a "loaner" to test with. Possibly someone you know, or a local computer shop has a compatible Dell branded, battery you could try. Generic batteries are hit-or-miss (usually miss).
 

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Ahiam, when you go into your Bios setup screen, is the charger recognized or does it say unrecognized? Do you see a feature to recalibrate the battery?
 

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Thanks for the replies,
gavinzach, that's a good idea, I should give my local computer store a call and see if they have a spare kicking around.
Fred, the charger is detected as '60W charger'. The only option specific to the battery is screen brightness.
One thing I forgot to mention is that I am now back to the old charger (cat chewed up the new one!), and, while it seemed to act just the same as the old, I never got a chance to check the Bios setup with it plugged in.
-Alex
 
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