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Is something wrong with this laptop's battery?

by jonsushi / January 19, 2007 12:50 PM PST

My brother's got a Gateway laptop, with a model number of 7326GZ. When it was new, we could get a couple of hours (IIRC) out of a fully charged battery. But for quite a while now, when we run it on a "fully" charged battery, the power icon shows that it only has about 30 minutes left (AND it says the battery's charged to 100%). And after about 30 minutes, it will lose power and shut off. When it was newer, this power icon would say "x" number of hours (if I remember correctly, it was always about 2 hours or so) left with a 100% charge.

I've tried recalibrating the battery, but that hasn't changed anything.

So, we're wondering what the problem is. Is the battery bad? Do we need a new one? Or am I just not calibrating it correctly? If any more info is needed, just let me know.

Here's the directions I followed on recalibrating the battery:

http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Gateway/7305GZ/4204faq25.shtml

We'd really appreciate any help.

Thanks in advance.

Jon

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Probably bad...
by PKsteven / January 19, 2007 2:59 PM PST

battery. My camcorder battery says the same, 100% and x amount left, but I get maybe 15 straight minutes out of it. They do go bad and many times it depends on the battery, if the instructions say to make sure battery is almost drained before recharging, etc...you had better do so or it develops a memory which will say full charge but drain from the charging point. Possible the charger isn't working right either but just my honest opinion, I would look for another battery. Can you take it in and have them test it?

Paul

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Ok, thanks.
by jonsushi / January 20, 2007 1:11 AM PST
In reply to: Probably bad...

There is a shop in town that might be able to test it. I'll check that out.

Thanks.

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Batteries do age
by Willy / January 20, 2007 3:55 AM PST

Batteries do age and after about 18mos. expect a problem if not sooner. At that time, even if it still charges it just not the same battery when new. So, yeah you need a new battery. In best scenerios, two is best as you swap them out every week or day as required, this helps prolong hi-levels of charge. Also, any charge done too often before its really needed, may cause a false charge level and/or reduce the charge life or the life of the battery. Many times, allow the battery to fully drain and then do a recharge to see if that corrects the problem. But, if you had the battery for at least 12mos. or longer recharges aren't as effective as explained above.

tada -----Willy Happy

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