Power cyles on and off repeatedly when plugged in to car
The cord does not appear to be the problem. I have been having a low battery message in the past couple weeks when i should not have. when the unit is plugged into the car charger it just cyles on and off wiht only the "Garmin" boot up screen coming on.
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The problem is most likely one of two things. 1 - bad battery 2 -bad charger plug. I suggest you try the home wall charger if you have one. If not - it is a good investment to have a second charge cord. Try a new one from Wal Mart - you can always take them back. This has been a long standing issue with the cords on some models. You might talk Garmin into giving you one free if yours proves to be bad.
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There are a few things to check. The LED lights can tell you a lot. This will tell you more about the battery:
On the taskbar, double-click the power cord icon or battery icon to open the Power Meter dialog box.
Note: If the power cord icon or battery icon does not appear on the taskbar, click the show hidden icons button.
Press Fn+STATUS to view the power status box, which opens
in the upper-left corner of the screen. The power status box shows the
current power source, the battery charge level, and the power management
Look at the battery charge indicator (if applicable).
LED green - Battery is fully charged.
LED orange - Battery is charging.
LED blinking red - Battery charge is very low.
LED solid red - Battery is malfunctioning.
Note: This LED only lights up when the notebook is connected to AC power.
Press the battery meter button on the battery. The battery meter lights indicate the percentage of battery charge remaining.
Wait for a Low Battery warning message to appear.
If your battery charge indicator displays what looks like an inaccurate charge, you may need to recalibrate the battery.
To recalibrate the battery as mentioned, try this:
Connect the AC adapter and then turn on the notebook.
As soon as it starts and you see a startup screen, press the F2 key.
In the BIOS Setup utility, use the TAB key to select the Advanced menu.
On the Advanced menu, select Battery Auto Learning, and then press the SPACEBAR to select Enabled.
Use the RIGHT ARROW key to select the Exit menu. On the Exit menu select Exit Saving Changes, and then press ENTER.
At the Setup Confirmation prompt, select Yes, and then press ENTER.
The battery recalibration process begins and a screen opens showing you the progress.
When the recalibration has finished, and the message "Press [Esc] key to exit" appears, press Esc. The battery charge indicator now displays an accurate battery charge.
Check the AC adapter and power cord. It sounds as if either one end of the cord near the transformer box is loose, or the end that plugs into the computer is loose/not connecting properly. Failing that, make sure the wall socket you have the cord plugged into has power (try plugging something else into it). If everything I mentioned checks out, there could be something wrong with your battery.
know one here can answer any of that.
if the power pack is good, 19vdc in to the mobo then its GOOD>
if not not.
if the battery is bad, it can cause a dead system. shorted batteries do that, so leave it out. and run on the power pack
why not do that?
lets say battery out it still fails..
so the power pack is bad or the jack on PC is bad.
ive seen cloned battery packs from china fail in 1week
many. if you watch the news ,some catch fire, and lots of recalles.
even hp.com has recalls.... for this... as do all makers....
Batteries by there nature are problematic, for 100 years now...
whats the point there? use HP packs?
why not have 2 batteries , so when one fails the other yells
see I WORK>?
Are you using the garmin power cord or are you using an aftermarket cord? Some after market cords have usb plugs that although they plug right in to the power port on the unit, they tell the unit that you are updating the database. The unit displays only a picture of a computer connected to the unit and that's all it will do. Their is a way around this. Simply wait until the unit displays the about photo of the computer attached and then unplug the power cord from the unit. After the screen clears immediately replug in the power chord. This must be done quickly before anything appears on the screen. If you're too slow, simply repeat this step until you manage to replug the unit before anthing appears on the screen. Once plugged in as about the unit will operate normally on the external power source until you either turn it off or unplug it. Simple repeat above when ready to resume use.
Here is another thing you can try. Unplug the power cord, and then remove the battery. Press the "Start" button and hold for 5 seconds. Replace the battery back into the computer and plug in the power cord. Start the machine and see if the low battery message still comes up. Sometimes the program that monitors the battery status gets confused. Doing the above should straighten it out. The Acer should start up and the AC power light should be lit. Look down in your task bar for the battery Icon or go to Battery Status in Control Panel and see if it shows that the battery is charging. Even newer batteries can go bad (rare) but if this is the case and a cell has shorted out in the battery, then your only recourse is exchange under warranty.
pull the battery and check it with a dc power meter that measures voltage if you got low/no power you'll have to buy another battery/ also try using the power cord w/o the battery installed. it theres no light anywhere means the ac power converter /supply has died.