In two previous posts, (Dell Hell Again and Dell Hell Again continued), I told my tale of trying to update the BIOS on my old Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop. Well I finally took the old 80GB hard drive, and loaded Windows XP on it, and then tried to update the BIOS. Once again I got an error -144 message, but this time I went and Googled the error message and found many pages to read. The Dell official forum pages were absolutely useless, but buried in the results I found a forum with a posting from 2008 with the same problem that I was having. It suggested removing the battery and then running the BIOS update. I did that and sure enough, it worked!
There is a saying that “no good deed goes unpunished”. After feeling really good at what I had accomplished, I then plugged the battery back into the laptop and heard a “beep”. Looking at the battery icon on the tray showed that the battery was “charging”, but at 0%. I left the laptop alone for an hour and when I checked the battery again, it still said “charging” and “0%”. So, in short, my laptop has the latest BIOS now, but will not charge the battery!
After reading about the battery not charging, I will have to replace the battery and/or the A/C adapter. Dell and HP both put an extra wire in their A/C adapters that tells the Motherboard to “charge” the battery.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress, (or lack thereof).