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Dell :: Latitude E6400 Battery LED Flashing


I have a Latitude E6400 running Windows 7.

Just booted up my machine: for some reason the battery LED light is flashing. The battery seems to be charging and if I take out the power chord, the computer keeps on running on battery power.

Update: when the battery completed charging, the battery LED just switched off.


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