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Replacement battery for Dell Inspiron 1501 won't charge

\015 I just bought a replacement battery for my Dell Inpspiron 1501 laptop. This was a replacement battery purchaed from a company other than Dell to save some $$$. The battery works fine, but the laptop will now not take a charge. Is there a way to fix this, or has Dell built something into the laptop to prevent people from buying cheaper replacement batteries?\015

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If your old battery was doing the same (not charging), then is is because the charger is not charging the battery. Do you have a friend with a Dell laptop? Maybe you can use a borrowed charger to test and see if it will charge the batteries. To answer your question , no Dell does not have anything built in to prevent you from using a 3rd party battery.
\015\012If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
\015\012Thanks, Joe
Yes, they do have somethnig built in to detect if you are using a non-Dell battery, ergo you would not receive messages like "Battery cannot be identified" at boot up, and a warning that the system won't charge the battery. It is simply a ploy to ensure users buy Dell batteries at their inflated price. It's also known as anti-competitive behaviour in the business world.
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\015\012Just so you know, they incorporate the same system with the power adaptor. If you use a non-Dell one, it will state that it cannot determine the power adaptor type and then let you know that the laptop will run slowly and will not carge your battery. Another way to make sure you behave and buy only Dell spares. Incidentally, with the adaptor it knows if it's a Dell one because Dell use the centre pin of the adaptor jack connector to send a 2.5V ID signal to the laptop. The positive and negative of the 19V supply is on the inside and outside of the metal barrel of the jack plug. Internal pin is solely for ID signal.
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\015\012I'm afraid the only recourse is to purchase a Dell adaptor if you wish for the battery to charge. I'd recommend a second-hand one from eBay. Try to buy the highest wattage one you can.
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