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Windows 7: What is this wierd icon on my notification?

03 Mar 2014   #1
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
What is this wierd icon on my notification?

I have this wierd Battery icon in my notification bar and I am trying to figure out what is it.
This is the icon in the notification bar.What is this wierd icon on my notification?-bat-wierd.png
It shows blank popup window when clickedWhat is this wierd icon on my notification?-click.png
List of all my processes in TaskManagerWhat is this wierd icon on my notification?-process.png
I dont know how it came there.




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03 Mar 2014   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

My guess is it's from a program Dell pre-installed with auto startup.
Try a clean startup and see if the icon is not displayed.
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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04 Mar 2014   #3
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Most likely your laptop battery is low or failing. Wireless keyboard and mice software will also show a low battery if you loaded the software. I don't particularly like all the extra monitoring stuff running on my machine so don't load it. My mouse or keyboard will just quit working and I know it's time to change the battery.
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04 Mar 2014   #4
derekimo

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Similar thing mentioned here,

What is this battery icon in my system tray?
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04 Mar 2014   #5
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

That is a Bluetooth (BT) symbol on the battery in the notification window and the battery icon on your Systray is X'd out.

The 2nd image title tells you a little more "Input Device's battery Status"

So here's my question.... do you have any BT devices paired to the machine? A mouse, KB, headphones....

Yes? Connect the BT device and re-open the BT battery icon - what does it tell you now about the BT battery?

edit: I found an instance where a BT Apple mouse caused conflicts with the system battery on Linux. How this relates to Windows is uncertain.

Another question: What picks are presented on the alternate menu when you right click that BT battery icon?

See if Maxi's Dell battery link provides any answers to the battery icon on your Systray being X'd out. I'll bet that it is the battery conflict (I've lost bets before to Maxie though).

A quick test would be to uninstall the BT input device, if there is one.
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04 Mar 2014   #6
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

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06 Mar 2014   #7
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks a lot.
And Slartybart ,Thanks man. It was my phone connected via bluetooth and Its disconnected. The icon shows up whenever I connect my phone via bluetooth. But I cant figure out why its showed Input device.
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06 Mar 2014   #8
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

You're welcome, I'm glad the mystery was solved. I learned something too, I never knew there was a BT battery icon - thank you!

I don't know the answer to the "Why is it an input device" question. Although, I have a few guesses...
  1. There are some reports of devices being incorrectly categorized in Devices and Printers - maybe this is another instance of that. There is MS fix to correct this for certain devices (printers I think), but I don't know if that would affect any change for BT. Let me try and find the KB and read some more... I'm not sure I can find it again, but I will look.
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  2. As tech advances, phones are being used to control other devices (TV remote control)... so maybe it really is an input device.
There is still the question of why your Systray Battery icon is X'd out.

When you disconnect your phone, is the Systray Battery icon normal?
No? See if Maxie's Dell reference helps with that.

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06 Mar 2014   #9
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart
There is still the question of why your Systray Battery icon is X'd out.
Mine does that when I have no battery plugged in, just using the power cord.
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06 Mar 2014   #10
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart
There is still the question of why your Systray Battery icon is X'd out.
Mine does that when I have no battery plugged in, just using the power cord.
Thanks Derek,

I should have asked that question too! Is there a battery in the compartment?

Perhaps a moot point now - the thread is marked solved.

Bill
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