Recently the power icon on the toolbar began saying "89% remaining, charging", ALL the time. If I unplugged the PC it shut down as if there was no battery. Sent it to Circuit City's warranty folks and they said it was a defective battery. Replacement battery wouldn't charge at all. 2nd replacement battery arrived today and power indicator displayed, IMMEDIATELY upon putting the battery in "89% remaining, charging" and if I unplug the PC it's dead immediately. Any help?
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Re: Battery and/or charging problem with zd8000
Yours might be a case of a batch of factory defect batteries. Bring it back to Circuit City and ask for a replacement but ask if you can get from a different batch. If they will not agree, show them the problem and try it in their presence. Though you may also ask for a check up of the output of the adapter and its charging/powering capacity.
Another thing you can try is to power up then shutdown your laptop normally (even if have to use AC). With the PC off let the AC adapter focus on charging the battery for a couple of hours at least (overnight preferably).
Then try again using the PC battery only. If this does not work guess your back to Circuit City.
Good luck and kind regards.
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I would say the battery. You can take the battery and get it checked. Usually over charging the battery kills them after a while...My new cell phone makes a noise when power reaches 80?...And these new batteries are catching on fire from overcharging..But I vote your battery is going bad..
Step 1: Windows 7 Laptop Battery not charging b> Careful management of battery charging and power consumption settings on your laptop computer is essential if you spend a lot of time away from home or the office. To stop your Microsoft Windows 7 laptop from running out of juice at a critical moment, you can change the battery and power settings for the device. Select the battery meter icon from the desktop toolbar to change the laptop's power plan. Click the battery meter icon in the notification area on the right-hand side of the computer's desktop taskbar. This launches the battery and power plan options dialog box. Find the battery status display at the top of the dialog box. This shows the remaining charge in the laptop battery, and indicates if the battery is currently plugged into a power supply and charging. Click the check-box beside the power plan option that best matches your current activities. Select "High Performance" if the laptop is connected to an external power supply and the battery is charging. Choose "Balanced" if you don't need to save power and you want Windows 7 to optimize the laptop's power settings. Select "Power Saver" if you need to run the laptop on only battery power for as long as possible. Click anywhere on the desktop screen to exit the battery and power plan options dialog box.
You do not say which operating system you are using.
Right click on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen > properties > notification area > tick the Power under System Icons - Select Which Items to always show > Apply > OK > float the mouse on the battery icon to see % of charge and charge time remaining.
This could indicate a bad battery. Try removing the battery and powering on the laptop. If the power LED remains white then you have a problem with the charging circuit. That means your battery could be defective or the battery charging circuit on your motherboard is faulty.
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.
If it is under warranty, return the battery pack. If not, you can try to discharge the pack as much as you can, and then recharge it. Most packs are made up of several smaller batteries. When you don't discharge the battery pack all the way, some batteries have more charge than others, and will stop the charger when THEY get full, leaving the others 'starved'. Finally the others only have the 10 minutes charge you are seeing. You will likely not be able to get the 'better' batteries discharged enough, and will have to buy a new battery pack. tom