OS: Windows XP
Problem: Windows XP power meter doesn't recognize battery
I just upgraded my hardrive from the original 40GB hard drive to a 160GB hard drive. As a result, I had to install Windows XP from scratch. The reinstallation CD that came with my Dell doesn't include hardware specific device drivers that I need. So I used another computer to download the drivers from Dell's support site - mainly the network, video, and BIOS drivers. This all seemed pretty straightforward until I attempted to install the BIOS and video drivers.
When I attempted to install the BIOS or the video drivers, the install seems to require that you have AC power and a certain amount battery power which it didn't think my machine had so it prevented me from installing those drivers. The main one I need is the video driver for the default drivers from Microsoft aren't cutting it; it can't get the high resolution that I want and the painting/refresh is pretty slow.
I poked around the power meter dialog and it doesn't seem to recognize that I even have a battery - it says "doesn't exist" on the dialog . And Windows XP seems to think that I'm running on AC power the whole time. The odd thing is I can put in my old 40GB hard drive which still works and that installation of Windows XP sees my battery just fine.
So, my question is how do I get Windows XP to recognize my battery? It can't be anything to do with the battery itself as the old Windows XP installation sees it just fine. I want to think that I need a special device driver or something but I don't know where to get it - or even if that is my problem. Nevertheless, my new installation of Windows XP on my new 160GB hard drive is pretty useless right now.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by George Cutrell, 22 February 2009 - 05:10 PM.