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Dell Precision M4500 stopped recognizing battery

Q: Dell Precision M4500 stopped recognizing battery

Hello, I have a Dell Precision M4500 laptop which stopped recognizing the battery a couple months back. I have had the laptop for one year now with absolutely no problems up until this happened. I am pretty sure the battery is still good, it's not that old, but since the computer wont even recognize it is in, there's no way to check if it can charge. I am running Windows 7 64 bit. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated, maybe there is a fix before I have to shell out the money for a new battery.

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A: Dell Precision M4500 stopped recognizing battery

Laptop batteries go bad any time, and they are considered to be "consumable" like paper is to a printer. Replace the battery and you should be okay
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A:Precision M4500 Bios will not update from A07 to A08

Hi VisionFire,
Thanks for the post. I would first suggest checking in the BIOS currently installed on your system if the Signed Firware update (opt in) in the BIOS can be found under the security settings and is listed as "Signed Firmware Update". Once this feature is turned on, it cannot be disabled.
If this setting is enabled the system will checks all BIOS updates are dell signed prior to completing installation, If for some reason the .exe file is not signed or corrupted, the installation will fail.
If the setting is disabled. Have you been able to try reinstalling A07 or even flashing back to a previous version before upgrading to A08?
If the setting is enabled. I would suggest downloading the A08 file again to make sure the version already downloaded was not corrupted in its original download.   
For more information on the signed driver settings and BIOS updates see below:
1.       Please note that if the A01 BIOS is currently installed on your system you must first apply the P02 patch (M4500P02.EXE) before upgrading to this BIOS. P02 BIOS link:
2.       Please note that if the A07 or before A07 BIOS is currently installed on your system you must first update to A08 BIOS and then flash to the latest A-rev BIOS. A08 BIOS link:
3.       Please note that if the A09 or before A09 BIOS is currently installed on your system you must first update to A10 BIOS and then flash to the latest A-rev BIOS. A10 BIOS link:
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Thank you for writing to us!
We would suggest you to first flash the BIOS. If that doesnt fix the issue that there could be a problem with the battery and the my system board.
Kindly private message the service tag.
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Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
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My PC suddenly stopped recognizing my camera card ...Click to expand...

The card appears neither in File Explorer nor Disk Management?

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Hi Utkarsh. I Actually FIXED this problem months back. and I exactly want to help you on this so that you can fix it yourself too..
the problem which is creating your battery to show an exclamatory mark is your power settings.
so follow these steps to get rid of that sign and a perfectly working battery.
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click "More power options"
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Reply me back when you've succeeded fixing it.
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A:Dell Precision horrible crashing.

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[at the edge of my comfort / knowledge zone]
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