Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop - battery problem
This laptop had not been used for several months, during which time the battery went dead. When I first plugged it in, it refused to charge past 10%, and the power light cycled 4x Red and 1X White, over and over. As there were no settings for the Battery in the bios, and I had heard that some similar models had a 'training' option in the bios, I decided to upgrade the bios, thinking the battery option may be added to the bios. As the battery was below 10% charged, I had to run the dell (.exe) bios upgrade from the run menu with a '/forceit' switch, to get by the low battery restriction. That was 55 minutes ago, and now the power light is steady white, and the battery is up to 66% on the dell battery meter in control panel\power options, and appears to be charging normally.
If you have the same problem, and have already upgraded the bios to the latest version, you may be able to reflash to the same version to get the battery out of the 'loop' that mine was in, and if your bios version is older, a reflash to the latest version may solve the problem and save your battery.
I wonder how many batteries have been needlessly discarded as a result of this glitch.....assuming that mine will work properly when finished charging.. X my fingers!