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Laptop Battery Charging Problem

Posted on 01/02/2013 4:27:30 PM PST by VA Voter

How do I confirm that the recharging problem is the computer and not the battery? I have a Dell Latitude running XP. I downloaded CNET program BatteryCare and bought a new battery. It's not charging at all and everytime I move the laptop it shuts off since the level of charge is 0%. If it's the computer then the expense to fix it is probably more than it's worth.


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1 posted on 01/02/2013 4:27:31 PM PST by VA Voter
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To: VA Voter

Your charger may be bad(it may be the reason that your old battery went bad). I would have it checked out.


2 posted on 01/02/2013 4:29:57 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

The easiest way to tell if it’s the charger is to try charging it with another charger. Chargers actually fry frequently.


3 posted on 01/02/2013 4:31:57 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: VA Voter

If you have a docking station tryy charging out of the station. A charger designed for just the laptop 65w will not charge a laptop in a docking station. 90w needed. Try charging without turning on laptop over night. Check battery settings in control panel. Batteries that are totally discharged do strange things sometimes.


4 posted on 01/02/2013 4:41:08 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: VA Voter

Laptops are getting cheaper to replace than repair.

I had a laptop quit working a few months ago. It was less than 2 years old. Local Tech said it was probably the motherboard. Manufacturer Tech Support couldn’t even tell the Tech the price of a motherboard replacement nor where to order one.


5 posted on 01/02/2013 4:41:32 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: VA Voter

I would bet on the connection of the charger where it is connects to the laptop motherboard. That’s where they fail first. The connections on those is really weak. It’s the little connection just inside the case and mounts on the motherboard. Requires the dismantling of the case to get to the motherboard and re-solder the connections to the motherboard itself. I owned a computer store and have seen it over and over.


6 posted on 01/02/2013 4:43:16 PM PST by CynicalBear
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To: VA Voter

Sounds like either the plug receptical is broken or the cable that plugs into it has a broken conductor.


7 posted on 01/02/2013 4:45:12 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: VA Voter

Check brand website to see if the battery has been recalled. HP has some recalls. I have a bad battery for a HP and removed it and run the laptop on the charger. If it will not run on a charger the charger is probably bad.


8 posted on 01/02/2013 4:49:08 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: VA Voter

If you have a docking station try charging out of the station. A charger designed for just the laptop 65w will not charge a laptop in a docking station. 90w needed. Try charging without turning on laptop over night. Check battery settings in control panel. Batteries that are totally discharged do strange things sometimes. The charger could also be bad. It run the computer just fine with charging. This also happens if some how you got the wrong charger. I have seen dells running on a HP charger just fine but the battery won’t charge.


9 posted on 01/02/2013 4:53:16 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: VA Voter

You have an old laptop (re: running XP). I’ve bought three for family members in the past month alone. Spend the money and get a new one. Period.


10 posted on 01/02/2013 4:54:05 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: VA Voter

When you say you move the laptop and it shuts off do you still have the charger plugged in at that time? Laptop chargers have a tendency to break wires right where the wire meets the molded plug that plugs into the laptop.


11 posted on 01/02/2013 4:55:51 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: VA Voter

The charger for my Vaio laptop died on me recently, got another one through ebay. It wasnt that expensive to replace.


12 posted on 01/02/2013 4:57:31 PM PST by psjones (u)
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To: VA Voter
Plug the laptop in without the battery. If the laptop is not operational, it's probably the power supply or the contact between the power supply and the laptop.

If it is operational, check where the battery contacts come in contact with the inside case of the laptop. Using this information, if possible, Place the laptop in an orientation where the weight of the battery will bring it into better contact with the laptop contacts inside. If the battery charges in this orientation, you should be able to get this fixed very cheaply: it means the copper contacts are the issue and they just have to be cleaned and bent slightly to make better contact with the battery.

13 posted on 01/02/2013 4:57:31 PM PST by FredZarguna ("The fundamental laws [of a] large part of physics and the whole of chemistry are completely known")
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To: VA Voter

Try this: with the laptop plugged into the charger, remove the battery, then put it back in. Don’t know why this works on some laptops but it does. The battery indicator in the lower right corner of your laptop screen should show that it is charging.


14 posted on 01/02/2013 4:59:46 PM PST by gotribe
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To: VA Voter

It could be the DC jack, if you’re plugging it in at the laptop and not a docking station. This happened to me with a Toshiba laptop. Bought a new brick and a new battery, neither fixed the problem. Had to resolder the jack to the motherboard.


15 posted on 01/02/2013 5:11:35 PM PST by snakechopper
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To: VA Voter
Beware of Dell.
Two years or so ago they were turning out laptops with inadequate wattage chargers.
On a particular laptop it required a 140-180 Watt charger and they only provided a 90 Watt.
They kept changing BIOS trying to compensate for low power input and other ridiculous quick fixes.
Took a big fight with irate customers before they finally did the right thing and replaced them with higher wattage chargers.
Was quite a stink on their customer forum, cussing, threatening lawyers, etc, etc.
16 posted on 01/02/2013 5:12:20 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: gotribe; VA Voter

“Try this: with the laptop plugged into the charger, remove the battery, then put it back in. Don’t know why this works on some laptops but it does. The battery indicator in the lower right corner of your laptop screen should show that it is charging.”
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I have done that with my Toshiba.
If I pull the DC power plug, the computer will still run for maybe 5-10 seconds before going dead.
If I plug the DC cord back in before it shuts down, the charge light will come on for a short time (maybe 5-10 seconds), then go back out.
I never ran the computer, now over four years old, on battery, so the battery has probably cooked itself.
I think it is best to cycle the battery from time to time, by periodically operating on battery for a normal charged period.


17 posted on 01/02/2013 5:20:01 PM PST by AlexW
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To: VA Voter
Had a Dell (Latitude?) laptop that needed the battery replaced. After I got a new one, the replacement would not charge unless you actually removed it and reinstalled it, then it would charge. I had to do this each night because it would not charge if the unit was running either, but it charged fine if it was removed and reinstalled.

Had our IT company see if any settings were changed, but they could not find anything either. Still have the darn thing, the wife uses it for email and it still runs fine plugged in, if you expect to need the battery, take it out and put it back in and a few hours later, you have 2 hours of battery power.

Worth a try, after closing the computer, unhinge the battery and reinstall, plug in overnight and see if it charges. If so, congratulations, you are now a charter member of the WTF is going on here club?

18 posted on 01/02/2013 5:38:11 PM PST by par4
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To: VA Voter

I had a similar problem with a laptop and it turned out to be a factory defect with the computer. Found out only when I gave up and took it to a local small business that is a repair shop. They shipped it off to the manufacturer and I got it fixed for free.
I guess some recall defects are not sent to the retail purchaser.


19 posted on 01/02/2013 5:45:54 PM PST by RedMDer (Those that believe in gun free zones should post gun free zone signs on their property and persons.)
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20 posted on 01/02/2013 5:46:38 PM PST by RedMDer (Those that believe in gun free zones should post gun free zone signs on their property and persons.)
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To: VA Voter

Dell is notorious for this battery charging problem. Do a quick internet search and you will see. My Dell laptop became a desktop computer after the first year because it has to be plugged in to work. Even a new battery didn’t help. Same thing happened to a relative’s Dell laptop.


21 posted on 01/02/2013 6:10:01 PM PST by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: VA Voter

Don’t you have a Staples or Office Depot nearby?

They have PC techs. This is a political forum, not the helpdesk.


22 posted on 01/02/2013 6:11:34 PM PST by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: gotribe
Try this: with the laptop plugged into the charger, remove the battery, then put it back in.

What I do is shut down, unplug, and remove the battery. Complete power down. I usually wait a half-minute or so, then replace the battery, plug up the charger, and often it starts charging.

23 posted on 01/02/2013 7:23:40 PM PST by Big Giant Head
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To: VA Voter

It could be your charger or your AC Jack where your power cord plugs into computer. I have a Gateway, and the jack is the problem. It only cost about $15 if you do it yourself. Probably $100 plus if shop repair.


24 posted on 01/02/2013 7:44:50 PM PST by deweyfrank
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To: deweyfrank

Sorry, I meant DC jack. Edison/Tesla, I get confused.


25 posted on 01/02/2013 7:51:11 PM PST by deweyfrank
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To: VA Voter

Did the Icon say “Plugged in Battery not charging”?
If so it’s either your power pack, or the plug.


26 posted on 01/02/2013 11:29:58 PM PST by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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