I was recently given this laptop and thought I would restore it and give it to the kids, however, I've decided to keep it after looking at it as it was too much for the kids and not something that they are ready for.
Anyway, the problem I have is, is that the battery isn't lasting very long at all if not plugged into the mains (about 20-25 minutes)
I brought a new battery thinking that was the problem but it turns out it isnt. It's still asking o be plugged in even after being on charge overnight.
I have noticed that the conector at the back (where you plug in the mains adapter) is very loose and needs to be supported by a towel or something if you want it to charge.
I was thinking of taing it to be reparied at PC world but would like to know if there is a way I can do it first.
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Re: Batteries not lasting
If the connector carrying power to the mother board of the laptop is loose/faulty - to fix this yourself will require stripping down the latop to the motherboard and getting the soldering iron out.
Re-soldering any loose or dry joints and rebuild the laptop.
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Restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer You could select the option start at last known configuration that worked this will tell you if and what file has been corrupted or missing then you will know if its a hardware issue You might use the system restore to restore your system to an earlier time click start all programs If it is a hardware issue the system restore might not work Restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer. Use the system restore to restore your system to an earlier time click start all programs accessories system tools you should see your system restore option if it is a hardware issue the system restore might not work Manual restore points that you specify with the System. Configuration utility Installation restore points that occur before you install a program or a service you can use the system checkpoints or the installation restore points to restore your computer's settings to a date when it operated correctly. This may also help determine the cause of the configuration error.
To perform a system restore, follow these steps: 1.Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK. 2.On the General tab, click Launch System Restore. 3.Select Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next. 4.Calendar dates in bold are possible restore points. Click the most recent one to view system restore information. 5.Select a system checkpoint or an installation restore point, and then click Next. 6.Close all other programs. 7.To start the system restore, click Next. 8.Your computer restarts. Repeat steps 1 through 8 until you fix your configuration issue.
You can always restore the computer to a point when it was working fine. For a laptop when you say factory defaults we've two things 1)Factory defaults on the Bios - as soon as u turn on the laptop we press F8 key or DEL(depends on the brand of the laptop) to get to the BIOS and you've an option to revert to the factory defaults. It is advisable not touch the BIOS if you are not sure about this firmware 2)The operating system (lik windows xp,vista & 7) there is nothing called factory defaults for this all we've is a installation of the Operating system itself. However we can revert or restore back to last know good configuration mode.
How to start your computer by using the Last Known Good Configuration feature
To start your computer by using the Last Known Good Configuration feature, follow these steps:
Start your computer.
When you see the "Please select the operating system to start" message, press the F8 key.
When the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, use the ARROW keys to select Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked), and then press ENTER.
If you are running other operating systems on your computer, use the ARROW keys to select Microsoft Windows XP, and then press ENTER
try going back to the last configuration that worked by: turning on the laptop keep hitting f8 until you see a option screen for windows use your arrow keys to select last configuration that work if that doesn't work try safe mode with networking and go to the hp support site and download the most recent video driver for your model you can find the model number on the bottom of your pc
Hi there. It sounds to me like the machine could be overheating causing the machine to shut down unexpectedly. Purchase a can of compressed air and give short blasts through the air vents and the CPU fan (located under the laptop), keep on doing this until you have cleared all the dust or any other foreign objects that could have clogged the air vents, as soon as you are happy that all the dust is cleared restart the laptop and it should now stay on for a lot longer, if it does not please feel free to post back.
You need a new battery. Rechargable batteries eventually die and need to be replaced. The best way to make your battery last is to let it run all the way down each time before recharging.
As for the display, this sounds like a serious problem with the screen. How long the screen will last is impossible to guess - it might keep working the way it is for a few years, or it might die within months.
If your laptop is under warranty, send it to HP for repairs. If not, you should find out how much it will cost to repair before sending it in. If you want to buy a battery and take your chances on the screen lasting, I would suggest buying a used battery through eBay (or another source) rather than spending full price, just in case the laptop dies.
If you decide to keep the laptop and get a used battery, I suggest backing up important files regularly.
When you switch the laptop on, tap the F8 key a few times and the machine should boot to a black page with white lettering.
You will be given options of "boot" you can try "last known good configuration" but I would opt for "safe mode".
If you can get into safe mode go to Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore and then select a time and date to restore your machine back before this problem started.