It has been a long time since my last post but I have run up against a problem that really has me stumped and being an IT pro it makes me feel like a total idiot.
Here is my problem:
My original battery started to discharge within a half hour of being fully charged so I got a new battery. It worked OK but didn't last as long as the old one did but I could at least have it off of the AC for a little bit. Then one night it needed to install some updates so I let it do its thing and went to bed. The next day I tried to turn it on and it was stone dead. So logically I plugged it in and the charging indicator flashed red and turned blue right away indicating a full charge. I thought that was odd so I unplugged it and tried it again, nothing.
I decided to leave it plugged in while I was at work and when I got home it was the same scenario. So I bought a new battery because I had the second newest battery for a year and they aren't that expensive. I got the new battery the other day and plugged it in and returned to work. When I got home, same thing; blue light but the laptop won't turn on when it's unplugged. After banging my head on the desk repeatedly for 10 minutes and disassembling the laptop to check any loose connections I turned to Google on my wife's laptop to help me figure this out.
What I have tried:
Two AC adapters with identical I/O
Running the laptop off of just the AC which works and the laptop recognizes the absence of the battery
Deleted Microsoft AC Adapter and ACPI Compliant Control in device manager
Tried different screen positions (someone said it worked for them with an NV series laptop)
Checked my BIOS for any settings but InsydeH2O 3.5 doesn't show any battery or power settings at all
Flashed the BIOS with an update
Restored to factory defaults which was also to solve an unrelated issue
I have not tried:
The original battery because I haven't found the box I packed it in.
Any and all help is appreciated.
Laptop: Gateway NV79
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium