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Cuts out every time i put mains lead in

When it shows batterie low and i go to put ny mains lead in it switches the computer of and it dose this everytime so i have to leave it to charge for a while so that i can use my computer without mains its only just started doing this could you please advise what may be the problem

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  • tazzo26 Dec 08, 2008

    the mains lead charges the batt when not in use but if we want to use the laptop with the mains lead in it just shuts the computer of totaly

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I had a customer with the same problem. Turned out to be his charger was faulty.

I would suggest getting another, or even a test one, maybe the local computer store can test out the laptops charging system while you are there, and if its faulty they can supply you one too.

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All three of these errors are connected to the back up
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To resolve this problem:
1. open memory flap on base of laptop (small philips
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2. find the small connector with 1 black & 1 red wire
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3. disconnect above connector and gently pull the
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4. get replacement battery. Either
a. call IBM spares (07900 247 490 in UK) and ask for FRU:
02K6502. UK price is about £8 + £15 delivery + VAT.
b. if comfortable with soldering iron: Carefully open the
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Remove the solder tags from the battery (these are spot
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battery from any computer shop, jeweler, or camera shop.
Using electrical tape, insulate all round edge of battery
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battery - note polarity. Red wire to +, black wire to -.
Using more insulating tape, wrap battery so that all
exposed metal is covered.
5. put new battery into laptop (reverse steps 1-3)
6. start up computer, error 192 has gone, but still shows
161, 163. Select OK.
7. reset date & time, and OK
8. when screen shows 'O / I' restart laptop using on/off
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WHILE STILL HOLDING "F1" TURN ON THE MACHINE
AND
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Hi there.
Errors 161, 192, 163.
All three of these errors are connected to the back up battery.
To resolve this problem:
1. open memory flap on base of laptop (small philips screwdriver required)
2. find the small connector with 1 black & 1 red wire coming from it.
3. disconnect above connector and gently pull the Red&black wires. The backup battery should just pull out from under the casing.
4. get replacement battery. Either
a. call IBM spares (07900 247 490 in UK) and ask for FRU:
02K6502. UK price is about £8 + £15 delivery + VAT.
b. if comfortable with soldering iron: Carefully open the packaging on the backup battery using a sharp knife.
Remove the solder tags from the battery (these are spot welded so need to be cut/broken off). Buy a new CR2025 battery from any computer shop, jeweler, or camera shop.
Using electrical tape, insulate all round edge of battery
Solder the leads onto the new battery - note polarity. Red wire to +, black wire to -.
Using more insulating tape, wrap battery so that all exposed metal is covered.
5. put new battery into laptop (reverse steps 1-3)
6. start up computer, error 192 has gone, but still shows 161, 163. Select OK.
7. reset date & time, and OK
8. when screen shows 'O / I' restart laptop using on/off switch at side.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!

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