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ODS_GHOST

No point to keep it on charge mode when you don't plan on using it on battery. =p Especially since the only way I've figured out to run with your GPU while on battery is to turn it on while it's plugged in. =/

freezinghell

so when you got your battery fully charged, you can toggle to Battery Charge Disable, and that would make your battery life longer, while you still use your laptop AC conected?

ODS_GHOST

It will keep your battery good for longer because you're not overcharging it. You should drain it completely every once in a while and fully charge it while it's off.

freezinghell

Some Thinkpad laptops come with a battery aplication from IBM, when your using your laptop with AC, the battery will charge up to an 80 percent to prevent overcharging. Is there a software or something that could manage the same thing on an Alienware?

ODS_GHOST

Not sure. I just disable battery charging unless I plugged it in after using it on battery. Then I fully charge it and disable the charging.

EdAlienArena

Karosuu said:

Is a battery charging mode! Is to toggle between the Battery Status Meter, Battery Charge Disable, and Battery Charge Enable feature.

Thanks Karosuu; I was reading all bout rebooting the PC once or twice, and calling support, and I was like, OMG poor guy... This is the first thing to try - Fn + F2 - when you have the "plugged in; not charging" message on the bottom right-hand corner; then if that doesn't work you can start trying everything else :-S Also take into consideration that you might have problems while trying to use Fn + F2 if you have a keyboard config. other than USA English (and that's a might, since I know ppl that had the problem, and ppl that didn't).

freezinghell

EdAlienArena said:

Karosuu said:

Is a battery charging mode! Is to toggle between the Battery Status Meter, Battery Charge Disable, and Battery Charge Enable feature.

Thanks Karosuu; I was reading all bout rebooting the PC once or twice, and calling support, and I was like, OMG poor guy... This is the first thing to try - Fn + F2 - when you have the "plugged in; not charging" message on the bottom right-hand corner; then if that doesn't work you can start trying everything else :-S Also take into consideration that you might have problems while trying to use Fn + F2 if you have a keyboard config. other than USA English (and that's a might, since I know ppl that had the problem, and ppl that didn't).

*************************************************************************** Also you need to have install OSD for it to work proper.

AlSewald

I had the same problem - "pluged in, not charging" and I solved it using this instructions: http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19329893.aspx Posted by DELL-Chris M replied on 30 Mar 2010 10:52 PM * Shut down the system * Remove the AC adapter connection and battery from the PC * Hold down the AlienHead power button for 10 seconds * Place the battery back into the system and plug in the AC Adapter * Turn on the system and enter Windows. The battery should be recognized now and charging. If the battery is recognized but not charging, toggle FN+F2 until it shows that the battery charging is enabled. Verify this by checking the status bar that the battery is charging

ZeeVeeR

I have tried the above method, but my problem is I cannot figure out how to tell if Fn+F2 is toggling through the options. Where do you look for confirmation? The battery symbol does not change in any way.

Mrmuscolo@gmail.com

good morning, I know here to ask for advice on my Alienware m17x r4.
it has a problem that I can not solve, I hope someone can help me:
if I connect it to the current, it tells me:
in bios that can not recognize the type of power supply
in Windows, it tells me connected but does not charge
The tests carried out:
Connected with 2 other original Alienware 17 r5 power supplies (one mine and one of my brother) and the problem remains, updated the bios 2 times to the latest version on the AW website. The battery has been changed but does not solve the problem. I'm thinking of changing the power jack, what do you think?