You don't have to boot the machine to charge (some folk forget that.)
Hello to all!
I have been trying to bring my old laptop back to life. It is an HP Pavilion D7 Entertainment Notebook / 1225ez. Running on AMD Turion(tm) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile ZM-82 2.20 GHz, 4GB, 32-bit Windows Vista.
Since it would get very hot and make lots of noise, we had stopped using it regularly. Over the last 3-5 years it has only been switched on few times.
I decided to attempt to bring it back to life (how naive was I!) by getting a new battery, RAM and SSD upgrade.
My main problem lies with the battery: the old battery is a genuine HP, which came with the laptop roughly 7 years ago (after searching and reading other similar posts, I understand that it has past its lifetime long ago).
The laptop stopped charging it and it would show as 0% batter. Of course only worked with the power adapter connected. "HP Battery Status" returned as "INVALID: battery not inserted properly..." which of course is NOT actually the case as the battery is placed correctly.
So I bought a new battery on Amazon and a can of compressed air to eliminate any dust related causes. I also bought a SSD (Kingston 120GB V300).
The new battery came with 52% charge and for the first time in ages I could use the laptop without the power cables. I replaced the hard drive with the new SSD as well and switched on with a Ubuntu image containing USB to install it. However, within less than 10 mins laptop shut down and I wasn't able to complete the Ubuntu installation. I then connected the power adapter to charge it and went ahead and installed Ubuntu to the new SSD.
At this point a new error appeared:
For some reason the system gets stuck after the log-in page / the screen is purple and I can see the cursor but nothing else. Can't see any interface or command prompt.
So I switched the hard-drive again and left the laptop to charge thinking that in few hours I can switch it on and use it on Windows cordlessly even if not on Ubuntu for now.
I am back to the square one: the laptop doesn't switch on without being connected to the power adapter. It is constantly showing 5% battery and unlike the old one saying "plugged in, charging" but with no difference in the percentage.
When I run the same "HP Battery Status Check" it first returned the same error "Invalid" but then very rapidly changed the health to returns "Replace".
I tried to uninstall/disable/scan for changes instructions for the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery driver and to my surprise the battery icon started to fill the bar icon (the continuous cycle which represents battery charging) but after few cycles (roughly a minute) it stopped.
In short, I can't switch on the laptop without connecting it to the power adapter.
- although the old one is, the new battery is not a genuine HP battery but it is the right one (or at least should be)
- not sure if this is relevant at all but I use a power plug converter as my laptop came with a Swiss style plug which doesn't fit the UK sockets / this has not been an issue though in the past...
- again not sure if this is relevant but the clock settings have been playing up / the clock and date seems to be far behind. I first realised this when all the browsers would give a certificate error for all the websites.
- I have tried various support pages on HP as well as guides / for some reason I failed to find the maintenance guide specific to D7-1225ez (there are only generic ones) because when I was originally trying to disassemble the laptop in order to clean the fan etc, I couldn't get past the "removing keyboard" stage as none of the online guides(including those from HP) had the right instructions for my model of laptop
I'm not sure if I should contact Amazon to ask for a replacement battery or simply return it. I was planning on even ordering a RAM upgrade to the max 2X4GB)..
Any help is highly appreciated. Thanks