Ok - I will admit first thing - I know almost nothing! Nada. I am seriously deficient in Techie genes. I am just a WannaBe. Now that's out of the way, I need help with a Laptop problem. Actually, I have two giving me trouble, ...but the HP is already dead, so I'll concentrate on the Dell, which is barely hanging on to life. It is an Inspiron 1150, about 16 months old, XP. It is a piece of....... lemon. I can't afford a new one now, and as the Screen, System Board, Power Brick, Keyboard and Optical Drive have been replaced, it's probably worth fixing. But, I think it is having Serious POWER/BATTERY problems. The power indicator light (on the lower front lip) blinks madly and the whole unit is acting weird. It is also running HOT. The battery life is much shorter and occasionally the battery will not charge at all. I have noticed that all power problems seem to be less troublesome when the machine has been left in my cold car for a while. The Blink Pattern seems to be a code of four Amber and one Green, then a pause, in rapid sequence. (I have searched Dell's website for its meaning, but can't find anything.) Startup takes as long as 5 minutes; Shutdown hangs up...sometimes until I stomp on the power button in frustration. (I have tried installing Fixes from MS and Kelly's Korner, to no avail.... ) I don't know what to do next. Hate buying a new battery if the brick is bad - or vice versa. Warranty is expired. My newer laptop has died altogether.....which is another subject, for another post. Can any of you Real Techies help me with this? Thanx
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I guess the main question at hand is how old is this computer?
Is it running Windows XP?
I hate to say it, but this happens with every laptop. All batteries go bad.
Startup takes as long as 5 minutes; Shutdown hangs up...sometimes until I stomp on the …
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