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Problem with the battery.

Hi and my problem is with the battery not holding a charge. We haven't used the laptop that much and even less with just the battery. I guess I'll have to buy a new battery but my concern is: I read that the problem is in the BIOS and if one doesn't update the BIOS the new battery will suffer the same fate as the original did.Have you heard of this? And how does one update a BIOS?
Thanks in advance for any and all help.

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  • toosharp4me Dec 04, 2007

    Just to chime in that this seemed like a great little laptop until: 1) the battery will not hold a charge to save it's life 2) plastic parts inside the AC 'port' broke nearly rendering the item useless (!!!) until we fixed it with hot glue and a piece of WOOD (b/c it's non-conductive) and 3) the system crashed, had to re-install, now my sound card drivers and monitor drivers are missing and Sharp's driver's area on their website sucks balls.  :-(  Based on this experience, I would not buy Sharp again in spite of the compliments I've gotten on this machine.

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Laptop batteries are notorious for having short life spans if not 'babied' correctly. Similar to car batteries, discharging and recharging can only last for so long, until they, without notice, stop holding a charge. This is for batteries acroos the board, whether Acer, IBM, Black or White, they just don't last very long. They are made as a consumable. The BIOS trick may be true for some, but not for all issues. To update the BIOS, one has to visit their respected Notebook manufacturer's website, usually under 'Support' or 'Downloads' section and check to see whether you have the most current version. If one does not have the most current, download either the floppy version (if floppy disk drive available), or the executable one to your PC. The floppy type will automatically (usually) format and created the BIOS or 'firmware' update disk of your choosing. Full instructions are usually on the support site.

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