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Battery problem... My computer is not recognizing the battery. When I double click the ac power icon in the lower right, the power meter does not show a battery. When I hit function and F3 to check the battery meter, all fields are blank. Every once in a while the battery charging light will blink green, I unplug the ac power and the light turns to orange immediately. Now I think I just need to get a new battery but my ac charger cord is bad. There is a bad connection somewhere in the charger...I just have to make sure that the green light is on on the charger...I can wiggle the cord/move it to get the green light to come on and then it charges my computer. My attitude has been that since this is working, why buy a new charger. I still think it is the battery since I am on the laptop right now with the ac power cord. I have no idea how old the computer is...I am guessing almost 3 years. Thanks for the help!

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  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2009

    When I unplug the ac power cord the laptop immediately goes dead and will not run on the battery power. Battery is 100% charged according to the power meter.

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This issue can be caused by any of the below possibilities. 1.- Computer AC / DC cable is bad not allowing the computer battery to charge.
2.- Battery is bad.
3.- Battery charger board is bad.

Solutions:
1.- Computer AC / DC cable is bad not allowing the computer battery to charge
Verify that the AC and or DC cable is not bad by testing the computer only with the power plug connected and the battery out of the laptop.
2.- Battery is bad
It is possible that if the power plug is good that the computer battery is bad. Leave the computer connected to the power with the battery connected in the computer for at least one hour; if the battery does not charge, consider having the battery and/or the laptop serviced or repaired.
If the computer and/or battery is not in warranty consider just replacing the battery as it is very likely that it is just a bad battery.
3.- Battery charger board is bad
If the battery has been replaced or an alternate battery from an alternate identical laptop does not work in the computer, it is likely that the power or charger board within the laptop is bad. It is recommended that the laptop be serviced or repaired.


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