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Power button flashing

Why is my power button flashing on my axim x30?

Flashes back and forth from amber to green while charging and never stops at steady green when fully charged. Full charge drops down to about 60-70% in an hour and at first dropped 1% every 15 sec's. Am on my third battery, so unlikely needs new battery.

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  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2008

    i have a similar problem, where when i plug the cable in, it jumps from 60%, to 100% fully charged, whilst flashing green/amber, then when it is unplugged, it drops in battery power by the minuite.., i have tried cleaning up the connections, with little success. i have opened up the PDA and it does look like there may be some dry-joints on the power connection socket attached to the main PCB, so i am going to try and re-work it, i'll let u know if successful.... N8

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Clean the battery connectors on both sides, so on your Axim and on your battery.
Also try to push the battery against the connectors, maybe put a sheet of paper between it or so.

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