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Cannot get the laptop to boot up with battery power

I cannot use the laptop on battery power only, it will not boot up on battery if you boot up with power it will run but only for a short time on battery. The computer is new

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    My laptop is doing the same thing....if yours is new you should return it there is a 1 year warranty....mine is a year old so no warranty left

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There are allegedly at least ten million dodgy lithium ion batteries out there and subject to recall. Claim on your guarantee.
Recently I was pestered into getting a cheap used laptop for a yachtsman. He wanted it to run a charts program but when tried on battery it only ran for half an hour. After an overnight charge it ran for 2 minutes. The computer store that originally sold it when new tried it on their test battery but it still wouldn't boot. They said the laptop was no good. By now the complaints were giving me earache but a new battery was on its way from China. It wouldn't boot on that one either, quitting after several seconds. To shut the blokes rattle I gave him his money back. What was very odd was the fact that if mains power was used during boot-up, a whole DVD movie could be played on battery! This would indicate that the lithium ion cells are OK, very strange. To try to salvage something out of the mess I bought a similar model spares-or-repair on eBay. To my amazement the battery from the scrap laptop boots my laptop (Advent 7016 AKA Gericom Blockbuster N251S6) no problem. Allegedly these "smart" laptop batteries have safety trip circuits built in to prevent them from catching fire. If the current trips are set too low the laptop won't boot-up as empirical results indicate that booting-up uses a lot of current, (its a bit like starting a car).
In my case it was in effect 4th battery lucky, so I don't have much faith in the computer shops technicians who said the laptop was no good. Putting WindowsXP SP2 on and doing a defrag also helps and a new coin cell for the BIOS is also a good idea. This machine really flies now!
With a decent battery your laptop should boot OK even when the battery is only half charged. Good Luck!

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  • david_benyon Feb 26, 2009

    I forgot to mention that a friend once purchased a new camcorder that had had its new OEM battery switched for a used one that was on its last legs. I wonder how that happened! Incidentally these Lithium Ion batteries are only expected to last for 400 to 500 charge-discharge cycles and they don't like heat.

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I agree . Return it . Is seems to have a bad battery or connection

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