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Laptop Battery Trouble


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sebastia

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My laptop functions fine while plugged into mains power but when running off battery the power meter drains very quickly (a few minutes) and then it goes into standby mode.

Any help would be much appreciated,
thanks.
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hudihoo

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the battery is dead. Get a new one when you use power don't have the battery in with the new one.
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Maybe the battery's 'memory'.

Don't know about your battery per se, but the first time you charge many of them, the moment you kill the power, if the battery wasn't fully charged this will be it's maximum charge subsequently.

Laptop batteries are pricey, so try this before buying a new one:

Let your battery die right down - to drain it, you could get it right down to critical, just prior to when windows would shut down to prevent data loss. Then, unplug unnecessary peripherals and boot up from a startup floppy.

Eventually your battery will run completely out of juice.

Remove floppy, plug in mains and wait til any l.e.d.'s relating to battery power stop flashing. Don't be tempted to boot up windows in the meantime, otherwise you risk getting back to the same problem.

Let the battery charge fully - I've tried this with Lithium Ion and it worked. Not sure about Metal Hydride, but principle should be the same.

If this doesn't work, then yes - your battery is FUBAR, and you'll need a new one ;)

Also, less likely, but can't be ruled out, there may be a more significant problem with the laptop. Do you know anyone else with the exact same model? Could try their battery first, before splashing out on a new one?

Good Luck

DaveB - Linuxwannabee :tazz:
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