Battery latch placementYea, there is a latch on the bottom at the opposite end of the compartment that the battery slides into. Look for a small lever that you slide over. There are two on the bottom. One is for your DVD player the other is about two inchs below the Windows XP sticker. It is easy to see if you close your lid and flip your laptop over. If you are trying to feel around for it while the laptop is sitting on your desk you probably won't find it. Just flip it over.