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    Battery not charging - Dell Inspiron 14z running Ubuntu 12.10

    Updating this because the problem isn't as solved as I first thought:

    I've just installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my Dell Inspiron 14z. The computer runs when plugged in and doesn't lose power, but it doesn't charge either. The solution of rebooting while it runs off the battery didn't work for me. When I unplug and plug back in, or when I reboot off of the battery and plug in, I get a countdown to charge for which lasts about a second before disappearing. When I go into BIOS or look at the Power Statistics, the computer considers itself to be charging, but there is a rate of 0.0 W.

    I'd really appreciate some guidance here--it looks like a common problem but I'm not sure how to go about solving it. Thanks!
    Last edited by katriel; March 10th, 2013 at 05:43 AM. Reason: updating

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    Re: Battery not charging - Dell Inspiron 14z running Ubuntu 12.10

    I'm posting a quick update to this problem... Thanks!

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    Re: Battery not charging - Dell Inspiron 14z running Ubuntu 12.10

    As you have found out, charging is controlled by BIOS. BIOS is part of the computer and operates independent from the operating system. So my guess is you computer has a hardware problem.
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    Re: Battery not charging - Dell Inspiron 14z running Ubuntu 12.10

    I suppose it's possible, but the problem didn't occur until I installed Ubuntu (for which I did have to make some adjustments to the BIOS). Thanks for the response!

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    Re: Battery not charging - Dell Inspiron 14z running Ubuntu 12.10

    I should amend what I said: when I boot into the hardware diagnostic tool, I can see that the battery isn't charging; BIOS itself doesn't tell me.

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