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Armada e500 battery problem...

by kjcssk / November 18, 2003 2:44 PM PST

The battery in my Armada won't charge, and the computer doesn't recognize it under POWER OPTIONS. I've tried a good batery in it and it still won't power up the laptop, nor will it recognize the good battery.

When I press the test button on my battery, the first 2 lights come on but very faintly. You have to cup your hand around it to see them. The good battery: all 5 lights lit up brightly.

Is my mobo shot? (I have no other problems other than the battery)..................

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Re:Armada e500 battery problem...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2003 8:21 PM PST

How old is each battery and how old is the laptop?

If the battery is over a year, then it's suspect.

If the laptop is over 3 years, then it's suspect as well.

Repair can exceed what a new unit is, so get an estimate.


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Re:Armada e500 battery problem...
by David Chan / November 18, 2003 11:56 PM PST

MOst Laptops can operate with direct mains electricity even without the battery inserted.
You simply plug the charger directly and operate the Laptop.

Check the following:
Somewhere on the side of the case (ususally) near the power switch there is a tiny hole for resetting the Laptop. Press it and see if it will boot up afdter that.

The other possibility with an old Laptop is the MoBo battery may be dead. I am not sure if such a battery exists as I have no topen up a Laptop but if it does and it's dead then the BIOS may not boot.

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Second reading. It's an laptop failure. Fuze?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2003 12:02 AM PST

If this was my laptop, I'd be disassembling it and poking around the battery contact area for physical contact issues and for continuity of the traces from the battery area to inside the laptop circuitry.

I'd pull out a magnifying glass to inspect the contacts for corrosion and the printed circuit board for cracks or a fuze that I could test with an ohmmeter.

Keep in mind that the cost of repair can exceed what a spiffy new laptop can cost.


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Re: Armada e500 battery problem...
by RyckZ / June 12, 2004 2:19 PM PDT

Have you solved your battery problem yet? I have experienced a similar problem with my Compaq Armada E700 laptop. Orginally I thought I just had another bad battery. The laptop was repaired once for power issues, and it now seems the battery issue still exists. After buying a brand new battery, I found it would not always charge. After applying pressure to the front of the battery, I found I could get it to charge again. Although I dred the process, it looks like I need to disassemble the laptop and start looking for cold solder joints or oxidation on the battery contacts.
Just wanted to let you know what I had found so far.

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