I have a Toshiba Satellite A105 that is 1 and 1/2 years old and the battery will not charge. I can charge it for several hours and it return to reading 100% charged, but after 15 min of use it says critical battery proceeds to hibernate until I plug it in and restart it.
I read on another website that updating my BIOS will fix the problem and I have already done this and I am still experiencing the same issue.
Is there any other way to fix this problem besides purchasing a new battery?
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Re: battery charging problem
Am afraid the battery needs to be replaced.
Am assuming that you are using the original charger of the Toshiba. If yes, a few things you can still try (and it may or it may not work): 1. Remove the battery and clean the contacts both on the battery and the ones inside the battery compartment of the laptop. You can use cotton buds and alcohol. It may be necessary to scrape off any grime, dirt or foreign particles adhering to the contacts. Additionally you may need to gently bend the contact pins of the laptop to provide more pressure to the battery contacts/terminals.
2. With the laptop off, charge the battery continuously for 16 hours or overnight.
If problem persist, guess you're back to the replacement option.
Hope that this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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Check for a BIOS update for your pc. It's not unheard of for this to fix it if there's one available. If not, it may be a bad battery. If you have a Tochiba Tecra or Protege, a battery replacment is covered in the 1st year of the 3 yr warranty.
POWER SUPPLY & BATTERY PROBLEM If the laptop battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be worn out. Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cycles and will lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% and gradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up at all. OR The battery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected the battery drops off to zero capacity in a very short time. If the battery drops to an unacceptable charge level then the battery needs to be replaced. Rechargeable batteries will fail if stored in a discharged state for long periods.
If the rechargeable battery is one to three years old or more, chances are you need to replace it, sometimes using a stiff toothrush on the laptop terminals may get the battery charging again because there is dirt buildup.
Toshiba had issued a bulletin and a BIOS upgrade (version 2.0) to address the battery not charging/working issue (it's a bug in the system is what it is). Make sure that's done before contemplating any hardware changes or repairs.
From what you describe and assuming the new battery was "new", I'd say you have an internal short which is draining the battery over a short period of time. I'd also investigate the accuracy of the battery charge indicator. Download this free utility which will give you a more accurate picture of your battery: http://www.mioplanet.com/products/batterymeter/
I'm assuming you gave the battery a "commissioning charge" when you bought and used it? If not, this is something you should do with all new LI batteries. This bit is reproduced from a website that sells batteries for the Toshiba satellite series:
"2. The new Toshiba Satellite a205-s4777 battery pack needs to be circled
(fully discharged and recharged) three to five times to reach its
3. Toshiba Satellite a205-s4777 battery will undergo
self-discharging when left unused for a long period of time. Thus, it
should always be stored in a fully charged state and kept in a cool, dry
and clean place.
4. It is normal if the new Toshiba Satellite a205-s4777 battery
gets warm when being charged or used. However, please pay special
attention if the battery pack becomes excessively hot. This may indicate
there is a problem with the charging circuit of the electronic device.
Please consult a qualified technician if necessary.
5. To maintain the optimum performance of Toshiba Satellite a205-s4777 battery pack, it is highly recommended to circle (fully discharging and recharging) it at least once a month.
6. New batteries are hard to be charged. Sometimes, your
electronic device may indicate a fully charged condition about 10 to 15
minutes when Toshiba Satellite a205-s4777 battery pack is being charged
for the first time. When this happens, remove the battery pack and let
it cool down for about 10 to 15 minutes then repeat the charging
procedure. Sometimes, the new Satellite a205-s4777 battery will
suddenly refuse to be charged. If this happens, a suggested solution is
trying to remove the battery from the device and insert it again. "
What do u mean by "adjust the cord" ? If u have to adjust by twisting the jack in the power input port then it is neither the fault of the cord nor the of the battery but may be the fault of the power input port. Go to Toshiba service center and they will solv the prob.