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Notebook Battery Problems

by bacfield / December 1, 2003 10:08 AM PST

My note book battery recently has taken a turn for the worse. It fully charges in about 15 minutes and discharges in 5 minutes. The battery has been handled properly and charged/fully discharged a few times a week (the battery is only 6 months old). I think the problem may be w/ the power management portion of the software. Any ideas I can try besides buying an expensive new battery?

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1 year warranty.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 1, 2003 10:12 AM PST

Most laptops have a one year warranty. Use it. The expense of a new motherboard will just upset you.


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Re: Notebook Battery Problems
by LeChuck / December 4, 2004 12:08 AM PST

I'm having the exact same problems with my notebook battery.
I'm very sure that is isn't a software problem, because i've swapped the hard drive and performed a fresh Windows installation.
I've also updated the BIOS of my notebook (PB E3255), but even that wasn't the solution.

So if it isn't the software, it's the hardware.
With this in mind, I began to brainstorm and i figured out this: The battery isn't dead of weak, but "he thinks" he is.

The solution to this problem is do completely discharge the battery, so that's what I'm doing now.

First Windows shutdown my notebook because the silly OS thought that the battery was running low (4% to go..).
After being shutdown, my notebook didn't want to start again because he still "thought" that the battery was empty.
So I took the battery out, and I've put it back in after 10 seconds.
After pressing the On button, the notebook boots up and keeps beeping that his battery is empty.
He's doing that now for the last 45 minuits until he's REALLY empty.

I'll post my results tonight, when I'm sertan that this is the sollution.

With kind regards,

Le Chuck

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