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Inspiron 1525 "Plugged In, Not Charging"?


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agc84

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I have Dell Inspiron 1525 that I've had for about 2 years now. When I plug it in to charge it, my computer will say "Plugged In, Not Charging." Every once in a while, if I move the power cord around enough, it will begin to charge, but that's extremely rare. Also, when it is "Plugged In, Not Charging" it stays at the same battery level for as long as it's plugged in. For example, if the battery is at 88% and I plug it in, it will stay at 88% for as long as I have it plugged in, hours, days, etc, but it will not charge the battery to any higher %.
Any ideas on what I can do to fix this?
Thanks!
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Welcome and Thanks For Using Geeks To Go!

It sounds like it is more of a software problem, not your battery itself. Follow the following instructions and see if they work for you, if they don't we can troubleshoot a little more!

1.Open Device Manager
(Vista/7) Start> Type: Device Then click Device Manager
(XP) Start>Right Click My Computer>Properties>Hardware Tab>Device Manager
2.Open the Batteries category.
3.Under the Batteries category, right click the "Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery" listing, and select Uninstall.
WARNING:Do not remove the Microsoft AC Adapter driver or any other ACPI compliant driver.
4.On the Device Manager taskbar, click Scan for hardware changes. (Alternately, select Action > Scan for hardware changes.)
The notebook should now indicate that the battery is charging.

Good Luck!
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Okay, I followed all of those steps but it's still not charging.
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I have done a little research, and though i know this sounds crazy..., try tapping the Inspiron logo on the top left of the keyboard! :)
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