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Shut down with battery at 92%

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I bought a very tidy used ACER Travelmate 240. Everything works fine but when using battery only it completely shuts down after 5 - 6 minutes with the battery showing 92%
O/S is Windows XP Home. SP3

I took the battery out and put back in and it then ran for 45 minutes before shutting down with the battery showing 45%. Fully charged to 100% but since then it has reverted to the original 5 - 6 minutes to shut down.

I understand from a friend with another Acer that this may be a common problem and there is a patch that can be downloaded?

Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks.

Edited by pottersfriend, 23 May 2010 - 03:19 AM.

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There is no patch to fix the battery problem if it's the battery itself. It may simply be a case of the battery having reached the end of it's useful life which eventually happens to all rechargeable units. Furthermore, it's life could hve been shortened by misuse by a previous owner.

Many laptop owners leave the battery attached for hours or even days at a time when they are using mains power for most of that time. That's especially the case if they bought a laptop for using mainly at home as a more compact alternative to buying a desktop PC with wires everywhere. In such a scenario you are supposed to fully charge the battery then remove it & store it away. Failure to do this will severely shorten it's working life.
I suspect that's what has happened to yours.
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