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Old 27th Nov 2011, 11:56 AM   #1
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So I've had my laptop for roughly three months and just today, it told me that my battery is on Temporary Failure State, which means it only works while plugged into an outlet. Its a Dell Inspiron, which gave me absolutely no problems until now. I just wanna know what could have caused my battery to shit the bed so quickly. Because I only have a one-time battery replacement and its otherwise $180. If anyone knows anyway to prevent this or had this happen I'd love to hear.
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Old 27th Nov 2011, 12:03 PM   #2
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Not sure how the consumer laws are in the US, but over here they'd be required by law to replace your battery for free of it broke that soon after you bought it.
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Old 27th Nov 2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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Likely there is a shorted cell in the battery pack. It happens. I would go ahead and get the replacement. I am surprised that the battery is $180. What model is it?
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bumper-to-bumper warranty doesn't cover it? Or only covers one over the course of the warranty?
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I didn't have an Inspirion, but I do have a Latitude that didn't have a good battery, either.

My guess is that Dell doesn't focus too much on batteries. You might have to drag your power supply around with your laptop
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I have an HP and in less than a year my battery did the exact same thing. My friend told me it's from using too many charge cycles, meaning plugging it in and unplugging it too much and keeping it plugged in constantly also messes up the battery.
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Mine's dead too I have to lug my charger around everywhere now. Can't remember how long it's been dead but it's a dell Inspiron too. They had a warranty on it for a year though? My hard drive broke and I got a new one for free...
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Yes, I do have warranty coverage. And truth be told, it probably is from being plugged in too much. Too bad that I can't get a new battery until two weeks from now, as its finaks week at school :/
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