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Battery power problem

A few months ago my battery's life after it was charged had been decreasing steadily, and now it it virtually dead. As soon as I plug out my computer it dies, and there is NO power provided by the battery. What happened?

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The battery contains cells (about 12 batteries linked together, normally in groups of 3)
They will die just like any other rechargable battery will.
The main difference is if one individual cell dies, it can dramatically shorten the amount of power your overall battery holds.
Replacement batteries are easy to find, but they can be expensive. If you replace it, then anytime you intend on running the laptop from mains power for an extended period, remove the battery.

Posted on Apr 13, 2008

  • Peter Thompson
    Peter Thompson Apr 13, 2008

    Just a side note. The betteries in these are not your common household batteries and can explode (really explode) so under no circumstances should you open the battery pack.

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