Yellow flashing light on my Dell 1200 laptop [Solved/Closed]

Becks - Dec 10, 2008 at 06:20 PM - Latest reply:  antonio
- Aug 16, 2010 at 11:46 PM

My Dell Inspiron 1200 laptop has a solid green light on the bottom left front, which indicates the power is on and right beside it is a yellow flashing is always one point a message came up on the screen saying something about the virtual memory is full or something....don't know if that has anything to do with the blinking yellow light.

My question is....."What is this light and what can I do to get rid of it...or it is harmless?"

My operating system is Windows XP

Thank you!

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xpcman 19103 Posts Wednesday October 8, 2008Registration dateContributorStatus July 17, 2018 Last seen - Dec 10, 2008 at 07:42 PM
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If the right light is always flashing amber (even when you have charged the PC for 3-4 hours) it probably indicates that the battery is failing.

Copied straight from the manual:
the left light:
Turns on when you turn on the computer or pulses when the computer is in a power management mode

the right light:
If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the light operates as follows:
" Solid green: The battery is charging.
- Off: The battery is adequately charged, the computer is turned off, or no battery is installed.
" Rapidly flashing green: An error has occurred regarding the battery.

If the computer is running on a battery, the light operates as follows:
" Off: The battery is discharging normally with use.
" Flashing amber: The battery charge is low

Thank you, xpcman 2

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can the laptop still operate without the battery and just work off of the electrical line?
I have on of those small Acer computers and when I plug it in to an outlet, after more than 4 hours, the amber/reddish light is still flashing on and off, on and off. For some reason it won't fully charge and appear green. Does that mean that my battery is a little under the weather or something?? I'm not exactly a genius when it comes to computers so could someone please help! Anyone have the same problem?
xpcman 19103 Posts Wednesday October 8, 2008Registration dateContributorStatus July 17, 2018 Last seen - Feb 6, 2009 at 12:52 PM
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YES it can
Hi there,

I am having the same problem. The only thing is when I have the battery in place I get the 3 yellow blinking lights then one green light. I am assuming I need a new battery but in the meantime am trying to just use the ac adapter. When I remove the battery and just plug in the adapter I can't turn the computer on I just get the two outer lights blinking green constantly. Am I doing something wrong?? How can I use just the power cord without the battery?

Thank You!!
nicole you just take out the battery and plug the adapter into the port