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Windows 7: Laptop battery


16 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 
Laptop battery

I was just wondering if anyone has a theory as how my laptop's battery could just suddenly stop working while i was away on vacation.

I have a 2 year old HP dv6600 in very good shape, i have taken very good care of it and it has had no problems, i went away on a 2 month vacation and now when i came back it seems like when i plug in the charger the charge led light on the computer lights up and the blue light around the contact point, everything as it should.

in windows the tray icon says charging, but current capacity is at 0% even tho it says always says charging and the icon keeps animating.. but if i unplug the charger the computer dies immediately.

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16 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

It sounds as though the battery has completely died, and is no longer capable of holding any charge. The only cure is to replace it. If you go on a vacation again, and are not taking your laptop with you, remove the battery to prevent it from discharging to a point where it will no longer charge.
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16 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
It sounds as though the battery has completely died, and is no longer capable of holding any charge. The only cure is to replace it. If you go on a vacation again, and are not taking your laptop with you, remove the battery to prevent it from discharging to a point where it will no longer charge.
I agree with Dwarf, best thing you can do is replace it with a brand new one. They can be quite pricey though, but look at it this way. You'll have a brand new one so you should get more from the new battery, then you would have from the old one.
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16 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Rechargeable batteries don't hold up well to just sitting around and constantly discharging. I do radio control stuff and during the winter months and so forth I put the batteries through 1/2 charge cycles about once per month just to keep them from fully discharging.

With a 2 year old battery, the best bet is to replace it. Usually they start losing their runtime in about a year and are often useless at 2-3 years old anyway.
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