How to Get an Inspiron to Recognize a Battery

To get your Dell Inspiron laptop computer to recognize a battery, the battery must be properly inserted into the proper compartment. If the battery is only half inserted or inserted incorrectly, your laptop won't recognize that the battery is connected and will not be able to use it to power itself. Once you get the hang of inserting your battery correctly, you'll be able to get your Inspiron to recognize and use the battery.

Instructions

    • 1

      Verify that you have the appropriate battery for your Dell Inspiron laptop. The "Compatible Models" listing on the label of the battery and the box the battery came in should match the model number on your Inspiron laptop. For example, if you have a Dell Inspiron 1000 (which you can find by looking at the model number printed on the laptop case) your battery needs to be compatible with the Dell Inspiron 1000 for it to fit in your computer.

    • 2

      Turn your Dell Inspiron over so you can see the bottom of the computer. The empty compartment in the bottom of the computer is the battery compartment.

    • 3

      Insert your Dell Inspiron battery into the compartment. The metal connectors on the battery itself line up with the connectors on the inside of the battery compartment on your computer. The label on the battery will face inward, and you will be unable to see it once the battery is inserted. When inserted properly, you will hear a clicking noise, indicating that the built-in plastic clips have secured the battery into place. You will not be able to remove the battery without pulling on the lock release with your finger.

    • 4

      Turn your Dell Inspiron back over and open its lid.

    • 5

      Press "Power" to turn on your Dell Inspiron. Your Dell will now recognize the battery.

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