I have a Compaq Armada E500. 2 Batteries that both report as good, one is new. I cannot power the laptop off the battery at all. Laptop is dead unless its on AC power.
I have verified the 3V battery connected to the motherboard is good, replaced the Voltage Regulator board, and also done the bios memory check on boot up. Nothing has helped. Is that a good indication my motherboard has an issue?
Oh, I also do see the 103 - Charge Circuit Failure message on boot up, so I'm assuming that's confirmation that the MB is toast.
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Sounds like the you might need to replace the battery. Also check the power supply reconnect make sure connection are tight etc... its a long shot but make sure wall outlet is also active as well! Sometime it takes 20- 30 mins for an old battery to begin to recharge:)
Unless you took the batteries to a service center, I am dubious about your ability to confirm the main battery is holding a charge. The average lifespan of these kinds of batteries range between 3-5 years and is likely at the end of its lifespan. This would explain the diminishing performance over the last year if there were significant power or power circuit issues, they would likely be observed on AC power as well. This model of laptop requires the battery calibration utility be run in order for the laptop use the battery. In fact, the battery can show a full charge and still not function if the utility and battery have not been properly configured.. . . instructions on HOW TO do this below. If this doesn't FixYa then the battery will need to be replaced (links to replacement sources) www.BatteriesOvernight.com/HP-Batteries,----- OR --- www.new-laptop-battery.com/Compaq/?Compaq-Armada-E500-battery.htm. You will still have to run the configuration utility when you receive your new battery. Link to Armada e500 manuals:http://bizsupport2.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c01124216/c01124216.pdf How to run config utility: Standby and hibernation must be disabled for the battery to discharge completely and shut off. To use the Battery Calibration utility, first identify whether the battery requires calibration bylaunching the Power Management applet as described above. On the Battery Calibration tab, allinstalled batteries will be displayed in the primary list box. Next to each battery name will be anindication of whether calibration is required for that battery. If calibration is necessary, the phrase“Needs Calibration” will be displayed. Select the battery to be calibrated, and click the StartCalibration button. During calibration, the utility will display an icon on the Windows System Tray to indicate thatcalibration is in progress. Each phase of calibration (charging or discharging) will also bedisplayed. Calibration is complete when the icon is no longer displayed in the System Tray.Battery calibration requires several hours for completion. If you choose to continue using thecomputer during the calibration process, it must be connected to AC power.The calibration process must be allowed to finish without interruption. Performing any of thefollowing actions will prematurely terminate calibration: Clicking the Stop Calibrating button in the Compaq Power tab. Unplugging AC power from the computer. Unplugging the calibrating battery. (This action may result in data loss if a second battery isnot installed.) Undocking the computer. Pressing the power or standby button. Powering down or suspending the machine by using the Windows menu.IMPORTANT: If the calibration process is interrupted, it cannot be resumed. You mustrestart the computer and start the process again.
CALIBRATING WITHOUT THE UTILITY
To calibrate a battery on computers without the battery calibration utility, complete the following
1. Remove the second battery, if present, so that only the battery needing calibration remains in
2. Dock the computer or connect the computer to AC power.
3. Turn on the computer.
4. Check the current battery capacity level by positioning the cursor over the battery icon in the
5. Allow the battery to charge to 100%. You may use the computer, but the recharging process
will require more time.
6. Set the system to “drain” mode on the battery conservation settings by pressing Fn+F7, or
select Start > Settings > Control Panel > Power (or Compaq Power in Windows NT).
7. Undock the computer or disconnect the computer from AC power.
8. Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode by clicking Start > Shut Down > Restart the
Computer in MS-DOS Mode > OK.
9. Allow the computer to discharge until it shuts off.
10. Dock the computer or reconnect AC power.
11. Allow the computer to charge again to 100% as in Step 5.
See if you can track down the power rating for the ports on the laptop, and the rating on the cam. This will tell you whether it's the cam exceeding the power or bad ports, and you will also know the power requirement for getting a different cam if necessary.
An immediate boot fail normally either indicates a flat cmos battery or a faulty processor.
My advice is to take to a qualified repair shop, as notebook are not as easy to work with as desktops and finding the cmos battery alone can be a headache.