T23 IBM will not operate on battery power & won't charge battery.
I purchased a used T23 IBM laptop 1 ghz, running on Windows XP. When plugged in, the battery indicator lights up yellow, but when I check the power meter it shows the battery @ 0%. The detailed information shows the battery status Power State: On Line, Critical. The unit will only operate on AC power. I have tried using two differnent used bateries and even tried using a brand new one. The power meter does not indicate that the battery is charging. I have tried using the power cord as well as the docking station. As this is an old laptop, I am hoping there is a suggested fix that I can do myself.
Re: T23 IBM will not operate on battery power & won't...
There is also the possabillity that the circuit that handles the battery charging is fryed.
in that case you have to use the ac or find an external portable power battery that uses the power input.
I have the same prob. used laptop, tryed a new battery and even took it in to a repaire shop. thats what they told me.
not worth it to replace the circuit board. it would be close to the cost of another used laptop.
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Try ejecting it and putting it into the other multibay to see if it works. What sort of symptoms is it exhibiting? It is probably dead as this is an old system and parts wear out over time, especially dvd-rom drives. These are pretty cheap and can be replaced easily. Make sure you save the dvd rom frame and ide connector from the drive as you will need this to apply to another drive.
I would return the drive if you bought it on ebay for a functioning one. Most reputable sellers will test items before shipment and refuse shipment if it fails testing. Other fail safes are having a period of time to test the item and return it if defective.
It doesn't look to me that you're doing anything wrong there. Was there a specific installation requirement for the battery?
I recently changed my battery on my IBM/Lenovo and all that was necessary, was to let it charge fully before usage.
If you say your battery was charged for "a few days", then I assume there is something wrong with the battery. Next to your taskbar you should see a battery symbol. Double-click on it and you should see the Thinkpad Power Manager. If there is a tab called "Battery Information", see if that gives you more details. Look at the Manufacturing date!
If you really can't run the laptop without being connected to a power source, I would definitely return the battery or at least call the vendor. If your computer is running fine otherwise, there should be nothing wrong with the machine itself.
If you can take a screenshot of that battery information window adn post it here, I am happy to look at it.
PS: You're doing the right things when you try to use the laptop without an external power source - that's the whole idea, isn't it?
Do you get steady or blinking CHARGE indicator light on the laptop somewhere? If not, the WALL-Wart/External power supply or its connection is bad. This can be due to stressed wiring, bent DC socket or cold-solder joint where it mounts to the motherboard (inside case)... or bad outlet (house socket) or a blown PS
If you have some electronic skills and are not afraid to open up your laptop then I might have a solution for this. It could be a known problem in T23 where one component is loosen from the mainboard and in that case it can be fixed with a soldering iron. Other possible cause is blown fuses. But to confirm this you have to remove the keyboard and do the check.
This is a commin IBM issue fans going Bad ... to try and free it if it's just dust you can actually blow into the vent with compressed air and free up the Fan ... The IBM T series all check fan before powering up.
The replacement is not too difficult to do.
The safest air is the can type to blow in there.