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Re: The battery cannot be identified.

* Peter Rapisarda <peter.rapisarda@gmail.com> [110401 10:38]:
> Hello all,
> I am a student who is just learning LINUX for the first time so I basically
> have NO idea what I'm doing so please be patient with me.  In an attempted
> to complement my studying I decided to resurrect an old laptop which is a
> Dell Inspiron 2200 with a Intel Celeron M processor.  The hard drive had
> gone bad so I replaced it and purched a verison of debian off of OSDisc.com
> and used that to install debian on my "new" system.  Everything works great
> except when I start up the computer i get a message that says:
> Time-of-day not set - please run SETUP program
> WARNING: The battery cannot be identified.
> This system will be unable to charge this battery...
> Is this a problem with the battery itself, or did I install something
> incorrectly maybe?  If I leave the laptop plugged in it works like a charm,
> but the second I take the plug out of the wall (even with the battery
> inserted into the laptop) it shuts off.  As you can imagine this is
> extremely annooying and I have no idea what to do.  I don't want to go out
> and purchase a new battery until I'm sure that's the issue.  Any help would
> be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> -Pete

This should not have anything to do with the operating system installed.
Try shutting down the laptop, leaving the battery in and the power cord
plugged in.  If the battery has not gone bad, this should recharge the
battery in a few hours.  Then, unplug the power cord and turn on the
laptop.  If it doesn't come on at all, you need a new battery; this is
what I suspect from your description.  If the computer comes on, but
Linux does not run properly, post back with details, e.g. the
power-on-self-test (POST) runs normally, but it cannot find a bootable


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