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Q: Battery level doesn't increase

Laptop is plugged in however the battery level doesn't increase, even when the laptop is turned off. I already tried a new battery and a different charger, I already tried uninstall and update battery drivers, update the bios, update the Windows 7 and nothing worked. I would like to try all possibilities before send the laptop to someone else try a repair. Thank you.

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From the protocol driver I am calling NdisRequest to set an OID, the miniport driver is receiving the OID with a delay of 16ms. I like to know how I can increase the IRQ level of NdisRequest call so that the miniport receives the OID with no delay. Does any body know about this?

Thanks in advance.

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Hi All, The sound on this laptop is very low. I have been using the laptop for preseantations (no souns needed), in the past. I didn't realize till I started using it more. Anything I play (youtube, netflix ..... etc), no matter how much I try to increase the sound, its not helping, sound still low. What to do? any help here would be appreciated.

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My laptop is Yoga 500.
What is the optimistic value for "Low battery level" and Critical battery level"?
What points shall I consider in setting these two battery levels?
Is it safe to run the "Battery calibration" in this laptop, some posts mentioned running the Battery calibration meshed up the system.
Moderator comment: Model added to subject for clarity.

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My laptop is Yoga 500.
What is the optimistic value for "Low battery level" and Critical battery level"?
What points shall I consider in setting these two battery levels?
Is it safe to run the "Battery calibration" in this laptop, some posts mentioned running the Battery calibration meshed up the system.
Moderator comment: Model added to subject for clarity.

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so HP advertise the HP Beats Special Edition 15-p058na Notebook PC to have a batterty life of approximently 8 hours but my laptop charges to full and will stay on for about an hour and i do not hve keybored lights on and have my screen low too , but i also have sent my laptop back to hp because my harddrive stopped working and they checked everything for me but sum how my battery is ok !!! REALY NOT HAPPY HP BECAUSE I PAID £699 FOR THIS LAPTOP

A:battery level

How old is the laptop? That is not a new model. How old is the battery?

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If I were to replace my battery on my dell latitude c600 with a new battery with a higher milliamp level or mah level what would be the difference?

same voltage and charging current but higher MAH LEVEL on new battery what would happen?

cons and pro's please

thank you.

A:MAH Level on notebook battery

Somewhat longer run time depending on the difference.

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Its strange but my battery goes from 16% to 23% (Or etc% To etc%) in one minute, once when I get down to about 10% I have to hurry and find my charger because that is no longer accurate.. Does this mean my battery wearing out? The battery and the computer is one year old.

A:Battery Level Jumps Up and down

Try calibrating your battery.
Reading these tips might be helpful: Battery Life Problems on Laptops with Windows 7

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IN the past, I was able to have the battery level display open continuously. In W7, I can't figure out how to do this.

I've found a gadget which displays battery, but it also displays other things that I'm not interested in having take up space.

A:battery level window

Try this:

Osiris Development - BatteryBar, the most accurate battery meter for Windows

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Bare with me on this because I'm not the most computer literate.Oh! I'm also sorry if this is in the wrong area.

Recently, my 5 month old laptop keeps switching off when the battery (not plugged in with charger) is between 40%-50% level. I've googled and done everything it's suggested but it's still doing it.

It just switches off completely without any warning. No noise, no sound, it's not over-heating (I don't think).

My laptop model is medion akoya MD98844 & runs on windows 8.1

Thanks in advance.


A:Laptop switches off at 40%-50% battery level.

Laptop batteries only last a couple of years so you probably need a new one.

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Hi, I am using ab 522tx laptop. The critical battery % for both on battery and plugged is 7%, if I set it to a lower % unforunately it comes back to 7% automatically. Is there any way to lower it to say 2%-5%? The default Low battery and Reserve Battery levels are 12% and 10% respectively. Thanks

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Hello there !
This is my very first post in this forum. I've read some best tech support site, and you guys are on the list ! So I'm really looking forward for your help

So apparently the wear level of my laptop battery is just getting higher and higher. In 3-5 days, the wear level usually increasing for 0.x% and I really don't want this thing happen. I check this wear level by using Battery Care.

I have done some surf in internet about batteries and stuffs and here is my habit with my battery and my laptop :

Since I'm a gamer and I need the best performance of my laptop, I rarely unplug my charger from my laptop while playing game, but I often unplug it (if the battery is full) if I'm not playing any game.
Reason : From what I've searched in internet, they said that it is okay (won't do any wear) to plug the charger into our laptop anytime, includes keeping it charged while the battery charge is 95% - 100% is okay. The battery is built-in so I can't unplug it when it reaches full capacity.

Sometimes, I play some games on this laptop while sitting on the bed. I know it's bad for our laptop somehow due to easily getting high temperature and bad air circulation.
Reason : I don't know whether it will harm the battery or not.

Sometimes, while I'm doing some works, I fell asleep so my laptop turns off due to lack of charge from the battery. Maybe setting the battery threshold to make it sleep will help ?
Reason : Hard t... Read more

A:Battery Wear Level keeps Increasing

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I have just obtained an Asus Eee 1015PED Netbook and the battery indicator doesn't appear to be very accurate. Can anyone recommend a reliable replacement. I have googled but would appreciate some recommendations from a user. Thanks.

A:Battery Level Indicator for Netbook

The only one that I can think of to recommend is PassMark BatteryMon
Not free, but I have used it in the past as a battery tester.

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I search how to modify Low battery and critical battery level by using registry.

On the web, i have only found topic about the sound of the alarms..

I have used snapshop methode to got this key.. but i have not success.

I hope this key existe.

Thank you for your help.

A:How to setup Low battery level by registry key ?

Why don't you just modify the settings in the Control Panel - Power Options panel?


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i have critical battery sound set on my laptop to turn on at 10% and then 7% and shut the computer down at 5% if i do not do anything about it. problem is, sometimes i have the volume real low or off and dont hear it. is it possible (in windows, not an external program, although i will look to externals if not) to set the volume at a standard when the critical alarm goes off? in example, my laptop is at volume 2, then it hits critical level of 10% battery left, i want the computer to automatically bump up the volume to 20 or 30 depending on what i choose. kinda nit picky i know, but hell i know it can be done, if not in windows surely someone can recommend a good program. thanks to everyone who takes time to read and reply. -n00b

A:critical battery sound volume level?

You would need a special program just for that function, that whenever it needs to report the battery condition it would also raise the volume level. I've never seen anything like that. Have you tried doing a google search?

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Hi EightForum,

I really hope you can answer this simply request.

Nowadays is pretty common to have a new Ultrabook, laptop or notebook for general purposes. A very important feature is to have a healthy battery. We all know that Lithium-batts do a terrific job and are more resistant than never, but after many years of experience, I've learnt that having a software like "Eco charge, Battery care, Smart charge...etc " is a clever and vital feature already present in major brands BUT HP, believe or not. I've just received a new Ultrabook Spectra x360 with windows 8.1, and so far I cannot find any special battery function for this request, even worst nobody can answer in their forum either; I really can't understand this flaw in HP. So, I'd like to know is there any reliable battery software that can allow me to keep the battery charge to 80% and no more, even connected to AC power.

I've seen several that keep info about battery and how to optimize but none with the simple function that I need.

Any help will be highly appreciated.

A:How can I set maximum level of battery charge for notebook

I honestly don't think it is possible to change what is built into the hardware and ACPI that ships with the computer. Would take a program that can access and change the settings in ACPI and this most likely would have to come from the manufacturer.

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I need help as my ACER Aspire E15 laptop stopped from showing a low battery warning and will just hibernate as it reached critical battery level. I tried to check the advance setting on the power option but still no hope. One time, it warned me again but not anymore. My laptop is just 6 months old as it was bought back in November 2015. HELP! THANKS! BEN

A:No low battery level warning message on windows 8....

In this case, you can follow the steps below and check if that works:1. Right-click on the battery icon at the bottom of the screen and select "Power Options".2. If you are not able to view the battery icon, you can go to "Power Options" by clicking the "Start" button, clicking "Control Panel", clicking "System and Security", and then clicking "Power Options" (this step may vary depending upon your Windows version).3. Click "Change plan settings" and then click "Change advanced power settings".4. In the next popup, first check if "Balanced [active]" is the actual active profile.5. Then click on "Battery"-"low battery notification" and check if both options are "ON".6. If the options are not On, turn them On and click Apply -> Ok. If the issue still persists, you can contact nearest Acer service center using the following link for further assistance: Hope this will help you.

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Have a laptop with Win7 Pro installed. Is there a feature in this OS that lets me know my battery charge level when I using it? Thanks.

A:How do I determine battery charge level in Win7?

Yes, there should be something in power options, and you should be able to put the icon down in the lower right corner on the taskbar. Haven`t touched a laptop 4 a while, but I know it`s there.

Doesn`t it show something down there when it`s unplugged now ?

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?Hi,What is it mean?(attached the screenshot above)Do I need to replace the battery? If yes, is there a video to explain the necessary step-by-step to do it?Thanks!

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I am using a Toshiba tablet and its important for me to have a battery charge level in view all the times.

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Hi, I hope someone can help. I have an Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop that was originally Vista but now is running 8 pro.
The problem I have is that since I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro, I no longer receive an on-screen message warning of low battery level.
I however still have the battery level indicator in the task bar,which still functions correctly.
Any comments,ideas welcome.
Regards Dominic

A:No low battery level warning message since windows 8

Did you do an upgrade installation of Windows 8 over vista or a clean install?

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I have acer laptop "132487-ACER00-E3-112M/CDC/2/500/W8.1/MINI-SLV". I bought it on Jul 2015. But only 2 to 3 months it showed problem regarding battery. Laptop shut down very short of time while this laptop battery is expected 6 to 7 hrs. I replaced battery from acer care centre on June 2016. But problem is not solved. Now Laptop turn off at 95% battery level without any notification and it charge very quick within 15 mins. When I replaced battery it respond better at beginning of time. Please help~!

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Hello experts, I want to know why HP does not allow users to change the critical battery level in the power options to anything lower than 7%. I've checked many other manufacturers' laptops (ranging from Dell, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus) and no other manufacturer locks this setting at such a high percentage.  The highest I found was 5% and most allowed you to change it lower (even down to zero in one instance). I even checked some of HP's other laptops and found that 7% seemed to be the norm, with one locked at a ridiculous 9%! It makes no sense why HP appears to rob us of precious battery life by forcing the computer to hibernate at 7%.  I am fully aware of the detriments to running a battery down to zero (and I don't want to run it down to zero), but why does HP feel the need to have such a large reserve of battery life when all other maufacturers seem fine with lower amounts?  Are HP's batteries somehow inferior? HP touts the Spectre x360 with up to an impressive 12 hour battery life.  I just want to be able to get the most out of my battery without HP forcing me to hibernate way before the battery level gets anywhere near danger levels. Will HP issue a BIOS update to the Spectre x360 (and indeed the rest of its range of laptops) to allow us to change the critical battery level to something more reasonable (say 3% minimum)?

A:Why is Critical battery level locked too high and cannot cha...

Hi ddizzle ,  I understand the concern about the unit going to hibernate only at 7% , Its simply to save battery life , However i realise how frustrating that could be . however This option is infact customizable.   Go to Power options > Slect the power plan > Changed advanced power settings > Under that go to the battery section - it gives you options of what action to do when battery goes critcail - What is the percentage when the battery should be considered as critical  & the critical action aswell  Its totally customizable as per your needs    Hope this helps .  

Although I am an HP employee, I am speaking for myself and not for HP.**Click on ?Kudos? Star if you think this reply helped** Or Mark it as "Solved" if issue got fixed.

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My laptop dies if I am on the battery and the battery percent gets between 25-40% then it will just completely shut off. It never used to do this for the first 8 months i've owned it. Now it does it every time I'm on the battery. Any ideas?

also, right before this started happening I was getting GREAT battery life out of my battery, so I don't personally think the battery has gone bad, however you may feel different!

A:Laptop COMPLETELY dies before low battery level??

Batteries for laptops typically only last about 1 year before their capacity starts to dwindle. Since you are only 8 months old, I would call whomever made the laptop and see if they will warranty it for you. What you are describing is exactly what happens when the battery loses it's ability to hold a charge. From 40-0 in a flash.

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I'm running Win 8.1 on a tablet with a dock that has a seperate battery and I'm having an issue where the docks battery will be completely used up and then will not charge unless i remove the tablet and jump start the battery in the dock so to speak.
I would like to be able to set a reserve battery level for the docks battery specifically but Windows seems to pool both batteries together while acknowledging them both as seperate.
Is it possible to seperate the batteries so I can have a reserve battery level for each one individually or is this a hardware issue?

A:Reserve Battery Level - Multiple Batteries

I'm not real good with tablets, but the exact make and model would help us to research this.

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I have a soundblaster card and all of a sudden I have no sound.

updating or reinstalling does nothing...
and i have NO option to increase the volume level or adjust it in anyway
Basically when i go to control panel -> sound and audio devices

it grey shades the volume controls[device volume] and speaker settings so i can't even do anything with it

A:No sound <-- drivers installed, but no option to increase sound level

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i installed vista on my laptop and noticed that on a full charge i get about 3 hrs and 10 min out of the battery. on the same laptop, running xp media center 05, i get about 2 hrs and 10 min. vista does have a performance mode and a longer battery mode, which xp does not have. i didnt really like vista because it is not compatible with some of the software i love to use, so i am going to stick with xp until vista improves dramatically. what can i do to XP to have a longer battery life like in vista? is there some app or something? i want that hour of battery life back. thanks

A:Increase Battery Life

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This 10% alert battery level is no longer working since 2 days.
I am using W10 versus 1511. Last update KB 3133431.
Any idea to restore this useful alert?

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I use CPU-ID HW Monitor to monitor my laptop temperature and Battery Capacity. Since my earlier factory supplied Battery worn out. I bought a new battery from my nearby market. On First Day it showed 4% wear level. I didnt care much as its too less. I has been a week now. When I checked My Battery Status Today it shows wear level of 42%.I have DELL XPS 15 L502x. Is there a way to reduce the wear level. I am just surfing internet with this laptop. Yesterday I played EuroTruck Simulator 2 for Two hours keeping the Laptop on AC Supply.

A:Battery wear level reached 42% in just one week. Am I cheated?

Replacement batteries may be different quality. Not all batteries are equal. The "local" battery you purchased sounds like an inferior battery.

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I have just purchased a new HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13 laptop last week with Windows 8.1 installed as the operating system. It is the first time I have owned anything with Windows 8.1.

Anyway, I am wanting to adjust the Critical Battery Level in Power Options to something lower than the default 7% that HP has set. When I try to change the number, it will not save and it just magically jumps back to 7%. This means that my laptop will hibernate when the battery level reaches 7% and I cannot turn it back on unless I plug it into AC power. 7% equates to roughly 40 minutes of battery time and I find this setting way too conservative.

I have done some research on this issue and have found the following:
Some suggest that PC manufacturers will somehow lock this setting to an arbitrary minimum and the user cannot change it to anything below this minimum (it appears HP have set it at 7% in my instance).This link suggests using power.cfg and the command line to make the changes How To Lower the Critical Battery Level to 1% in Windows 7

Steps I have taken to try and resolve this:
I have tried the powercfg.exe method described in the aforementioned link to change the critical battery level to 1% and initially it appears to work. When I open up the Power Options screen, it indeed says 1%. However, when I actually test it out by using the laptop, it will still automatically hibernate at 7% battery level - it simply ignores the 1% setting.
I have also tried using powerc... Read more

A:Cannot lower Critical Battery Level in Power Options

That is because it is coded into Windows to not allow anything lower. Also if you drain the battery all of the way, it ends up causing the battery to have a shorter life span, and less available time on battery. They make add on batteries, that act like a lap pad.

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When my laptop is on critical battery level it suspends automatically. How do I avoid that? I want it to run until the battery is completely empty. Yes, I know I may lose data and damage the laptop; I do not care.

I know the answer is somewhere around the POWERCFG utility but that thing is way too complicated for me.

I use Windows 7 Professional x64.

A:Disable automatic suspend on critical battery level

Hello Ruido, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That's correct. The settings for this will be under Battery in your Advanced Power Plan Settings. You would just need to set what action or level you want for "On battery" under each item under Battery.

Hope this helps,

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Windows doesn't alert me of low battery power and the battery dies. It has been happening for the past couple of days now. I have checked the power plan settings and see that is is suppose to warn me at 16% and is suppose to hibernate at 9%. Anyone know what is causing it not to do either?

A:Windows Fails to Alert Battery Level and Shuts Down

Could you give us the specs for this laptop, seeing as how your System Specs are for a desktop?

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Thanks for visiting this thread and any advice you have.

The Laptop this is in regards to is a TOSHIBA A205-S7468 (not the C855 of my specs).

I'm finishing a few upgrades on this older, backup of mine (replaced screen, RAM upgrade, clean up) and the battery was in need of replacement. So, I purchased a new replacement on Ebay (I know, right) and it is working ok, but there has been a few red flags.

There was a brief episode with battery level and charge status, but I seemed to correct it by following some instructions on other threads here. It's now stable and 100%, HOWEVER, it reports it has 25% wear level and will only charge to 100% using 75% of it's capacity.

I've uninstalled (and then scanned for hardware changes) the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery Driver (this seemed to straighten out battery level/charge status flags). Checked and made small recommended changes to power saving option (critical level, etc...). Drained it completely and recharged fully (per instructions).

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts or advice as to why a new battery would be limited to 75% capacity (and be 100% fully charged)??

Here are screenshots:

A:Installed new Laptop battery, 100% charge, but 25% wear level? Help

Did you calibrate the battery as described in this article:
How to Calibrate Your Laptop
(Scroll down to "How to Manually Calibrate a Battery")

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Though BB10 launched for quite long time, I just got one last month and this is the second BlackBerry I reached ( my friend owned a BlackBerry Z10) . Here is my personal feelings of BB10 focusing on its battery life during a month of usage, but probably most users are quite up on it already...
My BB10 has been updated will result in a longer battery life, but for heavy users like me. Coming from the previous note2, it can no provide enough power. Sometimes I unplugged at morning 7 a.m. and can hardly last till 6 p.m, only some calls and browsing. It last 6-8 hours on average with OEM battery, but over 10 hours per day with the MPJ 2750mAh extended battery I got from my friend.
I have tired some apps like Battery Guru, and lower setting, but not particularly pleased to the result, especially some apps doesn't seem to detect when the battery is being charged.
Like most my previous cell phones, I have spend the better part of each day looking for a place to plug it in and top up the charge until the friend owned Z10 gave his spare MPJ replacement battery to me. I never had a car charger and never needed one, just believe they are not good for mobile phone?so I purchased a corresponding MPJ charger myself.
To sum up my feeling, it is a great BlackBerry bussiness phone as always, but If you are a heavy user, this is not the phone for you unless you got a powerbank or replacement battery.
Also, I wander if there other ways to increase battery life?

A:To increase my BB10 battery life?

Try lowering your usage and closing background apps. I am not too familiar with BB10 so I cannot help much.

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Hey guys here are my specs:

P4-M 1.86ghz
80 gig HDD
DVD burner
15.4 inch screen

Are there any programs out there that will help me reduce the amount of power being used? I'm using one right now but it doesn't seem to be all that great. The battery runs for around 2:30 hours on a full charge. Thanks

A:How to increase battery length on laptop?

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Besides setting power options, is there anything one can do to increase laptop battery run time?

I'm sure having sufficient memory will result in fewer hard disk accesses so that should have some effect on battery time.

When selecting a replacement hard disk, is there anything to look for in one or another that will affect battery time? It would seem a lower spin rate would use less battery power; but, would it, really?

Is there anything else?

A:Anything that can increase laptop battery time?

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My ladyfriend is having battery problems with her HP ze4610 laptop running XP Home.
She keeps it plugged into the A/C wall outlet about 99% of the time, so shouldn't her battery be charged all the way when she uses it the other short 1% times that it is unplugged and running on battery? The computer is not that old, a year, maybe.

She said the other night while unplugged and doing some important work on it for a few short hours(2 or 3, maybe), a pop-up message came up saying it was shutting down from lack of power and to save her data, or it would be lost(which she LUCKILY was able to do before it shut down very quickly).

My question there an utility on her HP that can tell her how well her on-board charger is functioning while the laptop is plugged in? (It must not be charging too well, and we'd like to know how well)
And tell her how much the battery is charged at times it is unplugged?

(I'm a real dummy about laptops)

A:Is there a utility on HP laptops to monitor battery charging and power level?

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My Lenovo computer had built-in software that allowed me to limit the maximum charge to 80% to extend battery life. Does Dell have something similar? My model is XPS 13 9350. 
I read on old threads that Dell Quickset is the only battery tool, and it does not have this functionality. Is this still the case? 

A:Software to limit maximum battery charge level/percentage

Hi Mjackson02
Thanks for writing to us. Unfortunately there is no Dell dedicated tool that can allow to set a threshold for battery charge. 
The only option is to disable via these steps
Dell Battery Meter -> Battery Life -> Disable Battery Charging.
Do provide us your system tag#, email address and name via private message

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Windows XP Pro SP2, while setting up and testing new UPS and loss of AC power settings, my "Low battery alarm" & "Critical battery alarm" slider bars (under Power Options Properties) are stuck at 94%. I moved them out here for easier testing, but now I cannot lower either of them below 94%. The low battery alarm can adjust above 94% (94-100%), and I understand not being able to adjust it below what the Critical battery alarm level is, but the Critical alarm level will not adjusted below 94%. Crirtical level will adjust between 94% and whatever the Low alarm is set at. So the real problem looks to be the Critial level cannot be adjust below 94%. I have enabled/disabled both settings in every combination, but no help. Searched the web and this forum and not found any answer yet. Any ideas?

A:Xp Pro Activate Critical Battery Alarm Level Slider Stuck

After jacking with this all morning, the only work around I could find was to uninstall the UPS. After this, I regained full control of the slider bars, then set to the levels I wanted, rebooted, UPS was reinstalled, and levels stayed put.

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I've been using a Dell inspiron 1545 from about 3 years now and exactly after 2 years of my buy, the battery failed and it started showing me to replace the battery and always notified me about contacting dell for a new battery.
I didn't take this of much concern so i just ignored the message and kept on using my battery with my adapter plugged in. After 4-5 months of such usage, My battery completely failed and doesn't even offer me even a minute of backup, when i remove the power socket. Then i realized the importance of a new battery and then bought a new battery from Dell.
Its the same battery with the same specs and also the same family type. After i removed my defected battery, I replaced my new bought Dell battery and realized that my battery is working fine. its charging well but at some time, it says "Plugged in, But not charging" Which is rare for any new battery, which is bought brand new.

This is how it looks now after i remove the AC adapter plug and when i depend on the battery backup. it is providing me a backup, but I see a yellow exclamatory mark beside it. Which I think should not be present. it also says "Low battery" when there's already 99% of battery left!
I've also followed some online steps
1) updated by BIOS to the latest  2) Followed some other steps like uninstalling the battery ACI in the device manager and etc...
i would love to get this problem solved. I'm using a PA-12 family adapt... Read more

A:Bought a new dell battery and still my laptop battery doesn't charge!

Hi Utkarsh. I Actually FIXED this problem months back. and I exactly want to help you on this so that you can fix it yourself too..
the problem which is creating your battery to show an exclamatory mark is your power settings.
so follow these steps to get rid of that sign and a perfectly working battery.
1) Click on your battery icon (left click) you should see an option called " More power options" at the bottom of the popup.
click "More power options"
2) Now you will be taken to your control panel where you can see all of your power plans and under each plan, you will see an option called "Change plan settings"
3) Click on "Change plan settings" for your active power plan. Now you will get redirected to another control panel window, where you can see two kind of power options to get adjusted. that is, when you battery is plugged and when your battery is unplugged.
4) Don't touch those options, just click on "Change advanced power settings" at the bottom left of that window. THIS IS THE AREA WHERE WE NEED TO FIX!
5)After you click on "Change advanced power setttings", you will see a POWER options popup, go to the bottom and then you can see something called "Battery" with a plus sign on the left. click it.
6) Now you just have to change the levels for the following values
                   --> Critical battery level ( you can change it to 10%)
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Hello there!

I have an ASUS K50IE laptop that i had for 2 years now. been working fine until 2 days ago.

this problem has been bugging me for the last 2 days. here's why.

my laptop suddenly didn't detect my battery. thought it was because my battery was dead. I searched the net on things to do before "throwing in the towel" on my battery and today i came across a blog where the instruction was to uninstall the Microsoft ACPI compliant control method battery driver. I did just that and my battery suddenly worked! well sort of. now here's where it gets all weird.

every time i open my laptop i do the following:

1. plug in AC to laptop.
2. turn on laptop.
3. unplug AC.
3. laptop runs on battery.
4. log on to windows.
5. battery icon shows up as an empty charging icon then shows the "Battery is not detected" icon again.

please take note that my laptop is still ON and WORKING. so this means (MAYBE?) that my battery is working.

is it a battery problem? or the driver is just messed up?

please anyone who encountered this and had SUCCESSFULLY fixed the problem. coz i need to fix this right now.

thanks and more power to you all!

A:Windows 7 ACPI doesn't detect battery but battery is working

I had a problem similar a while back. Try this
1.Shut down the laptop
2.Take out the ac cord and the battery. Hold down the power for about 10 seconds to remove electric charge in the capacitors.
3.Put the battery back in and reboot.
4.Start windows normally, and See if the battery is recognized.

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I've been looking at the 17 inch laptop models for the past 7 years and this has been my observation.
Even though nowadays you can get 10 inch devices with 1920 by 1080 res it's a hit or miss with getting a 17 inch laptop with that same resolution. It should be by default for 17 inch devices
The bigger issue is that the battery size has been getting smaller and smaller. My old 17 inch pavilion pc has an 8 cell battery which could have given me 3 hours.
As processors became better from 3rd ge to 4th gen to the latest 6th gen, the battery size has dropped from 9cell to 6 cell to now 4 cell. So effectively, as the processor is becoming more efficient, you should get more battery life but they trade that for a smaller battery.
I mean, how can you have a 17 inch laptop with the same battery size as a 12 inch laptop? That just doesn't make sense.
So with the latest 6th gen processor a 17 inch laptop with 4 cell battery can go 5-6 hours. If they had a 9 cell put in, you could possibly get 12-13 hours battery life. That's a full days work right there.
Anyone have an idea on this?

A:Battery performance increase but size decrease

Normally we look at the total capacity of the battery in mAh rather than the number of cells. A 1-cell 20,000 mAh battery will last longer than a 20-cell 10,000 mAh battery pack.

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I have a dell studio xps 1340 with a 320GB Seagate Momentus 7200rpm hard drive. I was wondering if there is any way I could edit the firmware to reduce the rpm of the hard drive to something like 5400rpm to increase battery life. Any ideas?

A:manually reducing hdd rpm to increase battery life...

Sorry, I don't think that is possible, at least without a lot of advanced tweaking. You'll probably end up bricking the drive if you try.

Wish I could bring you better news.

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Just wondering because i am using my Laptop without battery>

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No not at all.


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Hello,I bought 2 month ago a Flex 3-1570 laptop.Most of the time I use it with the AC adaptor connected. Only sometimes I need to use the battery.The battery is not detachable and there is no "Battery Conservation Mode" or "Lenovo Power Manager".In these conditions how can I maximize the battery life?What is better:Connect and disconnect the AC adaptor several times a day, to maintain a charge level between 40% and 60%.orKeep the battery always 100% charged ?I had an older Lenovo laptop with a detachable battery and it was a very nice thing. I attached the battery only when I travelled and I think this was the best option to save the battery.Thank you 

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Im uninstalling the uneeded program because i will take laptop tomorrow for journey tomorrow to WeyMouth. I need my laptop will work for like 2 hours before 10% of battery flat.

Also i will install 2 games to play on my lappy.

I think stating HJT will helps you to find a uneeded programs for me to remove.

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I have changed two batteries since I purchased my Laptop. I bought it 15 months back.
So, I have been going through the things that make my laptop batteries' life short.
After Reading many articles about batteries, I have made some inferences:
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2) Never bring the battery to discharge fully or below 30%.
3) Plug out the battery when gaming. Keep the battery exposed to lesser than 40 degree celcius.
4) Discharging the battery at higher rate reduce battery life.

SO, Here is what i am doing. I pull out battery while gaming. I never charge more than 85%.
Also need some suggestions from you to increase the battery life.

A:Method to enhance laptop battery life and increase discharge cycles.

Quote: Originally Posted by Imrankhan

I have changed two batteries since I purchased my Laptop. I bought it 15 months back.
So, I have been going through the things that make my laptop batteries' life short.
After Reading many articles about batteries, I have made some inferences:
1) Internal stress inside the battery will be at peak, when it is Fully charged. Actually keeping it plugged in for long time causes, temperature increase inside the battery and life is reduced.
2) Never bring the battery to discharge fully or below 30%.
3) Plug out the battery when gaming. Keep the battery exposed to lesser than 40 degree celcius.
4) Discharging the battery at higher rate reduce battery life.

SO, Here is what i am doing. I pull out battery while gaming. I never charge more than 85%.
Also need some suggestions from you to increase the battery life.

A possible cause is purchasing "cheap" batteries, which may or may not apply in your case; they can also be a source of extreme overheating which can cause damage to internal parts. The last part is just an FYI.


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I deleted files using Explorer in Win XP, using Shift+Delete

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How can I solve this problem? Why didn't the amount of free space increase?

---Ami H.

A:Deleted files VANISH&free space doesn't increase!!!

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Hi all,

First off, thank you for reading. Please help if you do know a fix, and if not, thank you for looking!

I am posting here to see if I simply need to set a setting differently.

A desktop computer I built for a friend, who also had me build one for his friend, is having issues with one to two random reboots a day. I had him take a photo of the error message that he was getting. Here it is.

Here is the link if the photo doesn't work for you:

This computer shows a battery icon, that is full, in the tray in the lower right. That seems weird since it is plugged in, however I read somewhere that if a comp. has a UPS plugged in that Vista shows the battery level on the computer. It did it's reboot thing when I was there once, and the UPS beeps twice and the light turns orange. Funny thing is though, with this recovery thing running it just brings windows back up, just like a temporary blip in service. It def. powers down though.

So my initial thought is, well, it's gotta be the backup power supply. So I had him plug into a surge protector that was connected to the wall for a day to see if he got reboots, and he did. So that tested to see if it gives a battery error even if the computer is plugged into the wall, and it does. This shouldn't be a CMOS battery problem, because it happens everyday, and works fine in the inbetween...but am I wrong? The real kicker with all of this is that... Read more

A:Solved: A desktop, plugged in, gives "critical level" battery error?

Update! It rebooted when plugged into a power bar, AND when the USB cable was still attached to it. He is testing without the USB connected.

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Does this help?

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Is there a chance do define two different audio levels?
I guess I am not the only one listening to music with my computer - so I'd like to avoid awkward and looooud system sounds while turning up my stereo...

is there a chance to do so? I know that apple has it, not sure bout win7...


A:Low system sound level, high music level?

I think I understand your question. I use powered partner speakers and in my audio controls for my sound card it has output levels and then and then my music manager has it's own. First I set my sound card at around 1/3 volume +- and then go to the mm and set a volume to around 1/2-3/4 full volume. Then at my speakers I adjust the volume to a clear but loud volume. Then going back to the mm I'll use it's volume only which is controlled off my keyboard and it seems to work well. You still will run into situations where things are too load or too soft and other than in your music files there really isn't much you can do about that, just be ready to ride your volume a little.

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I cannot use IE on my desktop, but several other applications (e.g. outlook) can access the internet. When I ping my router from the desktop, it works fine, but when I ping the desktop itself from the desktop it times out.

Pinging the desktop from other computers on the home network work fine.

Is my stack screwed up, or do I have a problem with the network adapter?


A:Low-level Connects work, not high-level

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Does anyone know how to disable Level 1 and Level 2 cache in CMOS
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I have a problem of windows xp not booTing after installing windows sp2

Many thanks

A:Disable Level 1 and Level 2 cache in CMOS

If there is no option for it in the BIOS you probably cant do it. Its not advisable anyways - and i also doubt your problems with SP2 come with the CPUs cache.

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I have a problem with my Compaq Presario 2500 laptop power supply. It works fine on AC power, but the battery does not charge/kick in at all. As a result, it would automatically shut off if the power connection at the back is disturbed/loosened.

I have bought a new battery, but it would not kick in either (in case the AC power supply is disturbed/moved). Hence, I keep on loosing my work due to accidental switch offs.

Please help.


A:Battery doesn't charge

How old is this Laptop? Might be under warranty and the Laptop just doesn't charge the battery.

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I have buy a new laptop... to protect the battery I switched it off and used it just on the cabel... an now I don't remember how to switch it on... please help me!!!

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I just got a new Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, and the battery doesn't work. When I first plugged in the charger, a weird sound seemed to come from the laptop. I can only describe it as slightly wet and whirling, if that makes any sense. It definitely wasn't the fan. Now when I hover the cursor over the battery, it says (plugged in, charging), but the percentage is steadily dropping as if it wasn't plugged in. This is my replacement laptop after the first Yoga wouldn't even turn on, so any help would be much appreciated, as I really do not want to return this one too!

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I have an computer, battalion cz-13, and i got it about 3 months ago and it now says 70% available (plugged in, not charging) and its been like this. ive replaced the battery, uninstalled the compliant control method and to no avail will it say charging and going up to 100%. it even says it decharged to 69% and charges back up to 70% at random times. HELP

A:Battery Doesn't Charge above 70%

Since you have only had it for 3 months return it to iBuyPower and have them fix it.

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This started when I managed to zap all the system files and drivers on a Win98 laptop (don't ask). Got the OS reinstalled and everything working except the laptop now thinks it doesn't have a battery. Battery itself is fine, and I've been through all the troubleshooting steps on the Dell site with no joy. Add Hardware says the battery has the correct driver. Machine works fine when plugged into the adapter (and since I use it only occasionally, this is acceptable). I'm obviously not going to spend any money on a machine like this, but it's an annoyance that I'd like to fix.

A:Laptop doesn't see battery

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Ok so basically i've purchased a Lenovo U31-70 laptop which seems to have battery issues.The battery will not charge, it stays on 0% without charging. I've upgraded my BIOS, installed 3 different windows versions, none of them seem to work.I am just curious, as im tired of trying, where can I purchase a battery so I can replace it?

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A:U31-70 Doesn't start up & Battery issues

Hi Alexand,
Welcome to Lenovo Forums.
Method 1.
I had issue where it did not charge at all. Disabled the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery driver. Shutdown the pc and unplugged it overnight. Switched it on. Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery still disabled. Enabled it and restarted. Now it?s charging. Try that?
Method 2.
You may shut down the computer completely, unplug the power cable, remove the battery and let it rest for about 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, put the battery in its place, plug in the power cord and restart the computer to check if the issue persists.
Method 3.
A simple way to check the integrity of the battery is to remove it entirely and plug in the power cable to the laptop. If the laptop powers on properly, the problem is likely with the battery.
A non-charging battery can sometimes be caused by an overheating laptop. If the laptop is charging for a very long time then the battery becomes quite hot. As the temperature rises, the battery sensor misfires, telling the system that the battery is either fully charged or missing completely, causing the charging problems. This problem becomes far more likely when using the laptop on the couch or in bed, with a blanket or pillow covering the cooling vents. Let the system cool down and take the time to make sure that the air vents are clean and unobstructed.
I hope the above information helps.
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My laptop seems to be completely out of charge, and the only way to use it is to plug it in. If it becomes unplugged, then it immediately shuts off. I am running Windows 8 Pro on a Samsung Series 9 Notebook (P900X3B). It is not a fresh installation of Windows, it was updated from Windows 7.
The battery indicator in Windows 8 states that the battery is at full charge, but it really isn't. I can't remove the battery because it is built into the laptop. Is there any way to fix this?
Thanks, HB

A:Laptop battery always at 100%, doesn't charge at all

Hi -
Samsung does make some sacrifices in order to keep the Series 9 so thin and light. The battery, memory, and solid state disk are not user replaceable.
They’re sealed up inside the laptop case, and while you might be able to remove some components and replace them by performing minor surgery on the notebook, you’ll probably void your warranty in the process.
About all I can find .........................
See Series 8 >> Samsung ATIV Book 8 Review and scroll down to Battery life -

Is this yours ?? Or do you mean the Series 9 ??

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Hello everyone, I've been using my Lenovo U31-70 for a few months now with no issues until a week ago when attempting to start up the computer I encountered problems. At first, it took a few minutes for the system to start up and then that even stopped working, reaching a point where the power button is on, but the screen stays black and no start-up process is in effect.  I've read about issues like that and eventually followed a guide by someone who said it might be related to the battery. I removed the internal battery - and to my surprise - the computer works fine (a bit slower now from direct current), no issues on start-up.  What could I do now? the battery L14M2P24 is nowhere to be found, not even with the official labs. Is there any solution or the battery is dead and I'll need to send it abroad? Regards and thank you,

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A:U31-70 Doesn't start up & Battery issues

 Hi hornedz ,
Welcome to the Community Forums.
To best check on the battery performance you may run powercfg /batteryreport  elevated cmd .
I was also thinking of probable power relation on wake up under battery option that may also exhibit same symptom wherein if the pc is on this setting waking up is affected. 
You can initially set power options to high performance first.
Under advance option to disable hybrid sleep.
Disable fast start up. and clean boot to eliminate software related causes.
When you removed the battery it ,ay be the you were at the same time ended some processes causing the delay in wake/ start up. The settings above are changeable that is worth a try. 
You can also try checking battery performance using Energy Manager.
Uninstall to test and re install from the support site.
Yoou may also check the part availability thru Lenovo Encompass in your location .
Test the performance with such changes and update us how it goes.

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Sorry for my bad englishThere is was a problem in the hinge and i replaced it but after replacing the hinge i found that the laptop doesn't work with battery but the battery icon in the task bar reads the battery charge but doesn't charge it ,i checked all the connection but everything is ok , what could be the problem? , i replaced the battery but the same problem exists  

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my pc failed to recognize the battery status, on battery report the PC does not recognize the battery ...

A:Portege Z30 A-1D3 doesn't recognize the battery


Can you please tell us which Portege model do you have exactly?

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Hey guys,
I am worried now.
What can I continue my lesson without my laptop? Right now, the battery is not working any more! I need ur helps!

Thank you!

A:Hp DV2000 battery doesn't work! Plz, help me!

Do you leave your battery attached to your laptop when it is plugged into the power supply? If so...DONT!!
It's always best to pull your battery when you are not mobile, since batteries have cells that contain "memory" and can only accept a certain amount of charges, or "hours of charging."

Also you want to allow your battery to FULLY drain before you charge it again. Also, allow it to charge 100% and then either remove the battery or power supply unit.

As far as the battery you have now you may need to obtain a new battery; either through your warranty or purchase of another.
Once a battery is dead, it's usually done.

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The battery is not working at all it keep changing but its 0% nothing when i insert it the small LED that is beside the power change cable start to blink red colour then blue red then blue but when i remove the battery nothing its just blue there is no any red blinking

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recently I've bought a new battery for my Tecra (the original one was able to power the laptop for less than 10 minutes).
When I put the new battery (which is fully charged) into my laptop and try to power up, the system hangs with black screen
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It happens with or without AC/DC adaptor connected.
If I replace the new battery with the old one, or remove it and boot on AC/DC power, the system boots properly.
If I boot on AC power, and insert the new battery and disconnect AC power I can work until the next boot - so it seems that
the new battery is OK.
the new battery is not genuine toshiba but WhiteEnergy. I waS using this brand with my previous sattelite and was working ok.
Do you have anny suggestions or settings to change ?
The symptoms are quite weired for me.

A:Tecra S5 doesn't boot on new battery

> The symptoms are quite weired for me.
For me too. Settings to change? I really don?t know what kind of settings can make the whole thing better.
When you start your notebook on battery power supply only, can you enter BIOS settings?
Have you tried to set it to ?default settings? and check if anything will change?

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When I boot up my computer is says that it doesn't recognize my battery and that it will not charge. But after I continue and use my computer it works fine and charges. I have a Dell inspirion 1501 with Vista on it.

What can I do to fix this?

A:Computer Doesn't recognize battery

Sounds like either a bad ac adapter or a bad battery. anyone you know with the same model adapter you could test with? Any chance this machine is still under some kind of warranty?

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I have recently bought a new Thinkpad AC ADAPTER and a new 12 cell battery to my "Thinkpad T60 1953" notebook.

After i received them I pluged both new devices into the notebook but battery cant get charged!!...

Whenever i plug the new ac adapter to the notebook when is not turned on the lighst start blinking like: 1. orange battery and green litle plug lights appear, after a second shuts and apear green batery and green litle plug and after a second just apears the litle green plug lightened, this cycle continues until i take the plug of adapter from the wall socket.

ehn I turn on the notebook with the ac adapter there is always a beeping going on like the notebook is switching on and off intermitently with some seconds between the beeps. Here first theres a orange light with a green light when the notebook is switched on but after a second appears a green battery light then lighs go off and start all again. its very noisy.

I made two litle videos on cell phone i order for someone see whats happening when the notebook is turned off with ac adapter plugged and when is turned on with acadapter plugged:



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A:ThinkPad T60: New battery doesn't charge!

Can you explain briefly what was happening that promted you to buy a new battery and AC adpter. Why did you think they both needed to be replaced?

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Don't know if this is the right place to put this, but I'm using a Dell Latitude cpi a400xt laptop, the battery light continually flashes orange and the power bar says it's at 0%. It's never worked, just wondering why it might be. (incidentally, I do have a battery )

A:Laptop battery doesn't work

It could be that the battery is dead or that the voltage regulator in the laptop isn't working and teh battery isn't being charged.

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I have a Macbook Pro (2006 model) which doesn't charge the battery, but functions normally when plugged in to an external power source.

Some liquid was spilled onto the computer, which most likely caused this problem. In any case, I believe I've narrowed the problem down to either the left I/O board or the motherboard itself. I can most likely obtain a used and functioning I/O board to replace the old one.

So, I was wondering if there is some way if I can find out for sure which one it is ? And since the computer can properly use the power adapter when plugged but just doesn't charge the battery is it still possible that it is the I/O board ?

Thanks in advance,

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I have purchased HP 15-AF114AU Notebook about 2 months ago. For the past one week, the battery doesn't charge beyond 90%. Once the bettery reaches 90%, the indicator shows "plugged in, not charging".Initially, it used to charge upto 95%, then it dropped to 94% and now 90% in a span of just one week. I have tried recalibrating the battery by draining it completely and charging it again, run tests using HP Support Assistant and the component test from BIOS, all show the battery to be OK. But still the battery doesn't charge beyond 90%, no matter what I do. Please help.

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I am running windows 8 pro wmc on my HP laptop. One month ago I have bought a new battery. From last one week, when I start my laptop it shows that "plugged it, not charging". When I shut down down, it started charging the battery. After a full charge, my laptop performs good and battery worked for almost more than 2 hours.

Please help me. Whats the issue with my laptop. Thanks in advance for your help.

A:My laptop doesn't charge battery when it is on!!!

Maybe you need to Calibrate the laptop to the new battery: Calibrate Laptop Battery

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I have an issue with a G50-45 notebook. The owner is an older acquaintance of mine who couldn't use it with the WIndows 8, which is the original OS comming with it, so in order to install a WIn 7 was needed an update of the BIOS (Downloaded from the official Lenovo support center ofcourse). After the update I finaly managed to boot Windows 7 on the notebook, but now it won't turn on, while battery is on. I tried the battery draining suggestions mentioned not once or twice in this forum, and nothing gave result.(Ref: )  When pressing the power OR the Novo button it is getting in a cotinous boot loop while battery is on. I tryed many varieties, but while the battery is installed - the notebook keeps restarting, but when I remove it and power on only on AC, evrything seems to be going quite well. So after I installed the new OS, I digged myself into the forum, and I ran onto the above mentioned techniques, but unfortunatelly after several tries - I give up. My question is - do you have any other ideas? Is my problem hardware, because it does not exit when I remove this particular hardware - the battery, or it is some issue because of the updated BIOS?  I hope somebody will give me the next direction how to fix what I did, please =) Thank you in advanced  BRStacy   

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I have read on here that in the case of reformatting to get rid of viruses that one should do a low level format and I do not understand what that is. I have read the article from Microsoft that some have linked to that is suppose to explain the difference, but it does not explain it to me.

Is formatting using the XP disk considered low level?

Also, how does one go about using third party formatting tools like killdisk or the format tools from the hard drive mfg? As in, do they have to be burned as an ISO to a cd or can the just be copied onto a cd?

I am assuming they have to be put on a cd as I cannot see how they could run off the hard drive, is that correct?

A:Low Level vs High Level Format

Also, how does one go about using third party formatting tools like killdisk or the format tools from the hard drive mfg? As in, do they have to be burned as an ISO to a cd or can the just be copied onto a cd?As an ISO. The instructions for Killdisk are very easy to followUsing Killdisk will remove partitions and overwrite the entire drive with zerosThat is a low level reformat

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I use Windows 7 on my Toshiba A210-1C4 laptop. Mostly I use my laptop plugged in at my desk but I usually try to unplug and use it occasionally to extend it's life.

However now it doesn't appear to be making the critical battery noise or popping up with the message that the battery is low. This is annoying because the computer then hibernates which takes ages.

Are there any settings I can check or things that might be interfering with the messages? This doesn't happen all the time but most of the time.

Thanks in advance,

A:Windows 7 doesn't notify me when my battery is running low

Hello caleb97,

click once on the battery icon in your notification area and select More power options.
Click on Change plan settings next to your currently active power plan.
Finally, click on Change advanced power settings.

A small window will pop up which allows you to edit all the details of the power plan. Scroll all the way down until you see Battery and expand the tree. Here you can set the percentages at which to trigger "low battery" and "critical battery" events, and whether you want a notification or a specific action to be performed.

This should solve your issue; if you still have problems please post back with any questions you may have.
On a side note, how often do you let your battery discharge and recharge?
It can actually cause it to wear out faster in the long term; also with modern lithium-ion batteries it's not necessary to completely run them empty. They will tolerate partial discharge/recharge cycles very well.
Just don't do it every other day or so - once a couple weeks or once a month is fine.

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Hi all, Recently my HP Pavillion 13 keeps having problems with the battery. On start up it gives the 601 error message. I tried to use the HP Support Assisant. But the Battery Check always stops working! Same thing happens in the BIOS diagnostics tools. Nothing *beep* works and it's driving me nuts... How can I fix all of this?? Cheers, Dinnis

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My company bought these notebooks for some of our products and we install Ubuntu 12.04LTS on them.  When we shut them down and try to charge them it doesn't work.   The light beside charging port is on (like it is charging), but cannot turn on computer after hours of "charging" because the batteries are drained.  It looks like it charges fine when the computers are turned on and charging, but not when we try to charge them without turning them on. We are wondering if this is some known issue and what would be correct procedure for charging these netbooks?

A:HP 210 G1 notebook with UBUNTU doesn't charge battery

Hey, Bit of a late answer, but I'll submit it in case anyone else has a similar issue. There is an issue with one of the BIOS version on the 210 G1, BIOS version F.03. If this is not updated to the most current version you'll find your batteries will drain quite quickly and will not charge properly. Also as your running Ubuntu, you may need to use the UEFI tool from HP to update the BIOS, here it's called the HP PC Hardware Diagnostics 3 in 1 USB Key: Best of luck.

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We recently bought an APC Backup UPS ES 350, with 6 plugs. It seems that no matter what I do, the computer doesn't recognize the UPS battery backup. The computer behaved similarly when we bought a 725BB APC UPS ES long ago. In fact, it hasn't behaved normally since we first bought the Dell computer, which came with a UPS, over five years ago.

Besides hooking up the connection within the battery, charging it (for more than 16 hours in this case), plugging one end of the cord into the battery backup "telephone" outlets and the other end in the computer, is there something else that I need to do? When I try to update the PowerChute Personal Edition, it gives me a message that it cannot locate the battery backup. Help!

A:Computer Doesn't Recognize Battery Backup

First check that the serial cable is connected between the UPS and the PC, then run new hardware wizard and search windows update for drivers.
Make sure the UPS is plugged into a socket on the wall aswell because UPS' activate after loss of power not from having no external power and trying to run something from it.

This is the only thing i can think of that may help.
once the drivers are installed you may have to restart your PC

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Hi all!

I had a probelm with the battery of this laptop. It wouldn't charge, so I bought a new one.

Surprise: it doesn't charge too!

The system recognize it for a little while and just after 20 second or less the battery disappear into the battery manager.

What happens?

Do you have suggestions?



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There's also a speck of something on the touchpad which is VERY irritating.

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Symptoms: Dell Laptop (about 1 year old) only turns on when charger is plugged in. The second the charger is pulled out, the laptop shuts off. The laptop does not seem to charge as it doesn't even recognize a charger as being plugged in. I'd really hate to spend $150 for a new battery/installation already. It has been doing this for 1 day, since coming back from Vegas where I took the laptop with me.
Is there are fixes to this?

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Depending what type of battery, they can be pretty short-lived. If NiCad, they die fairly quickly if recharged when they are not completely dead. They need to be "cycled" and die before being recharged or they "remember" the point they are at when charged as being their new minimum and will not hold much charge.

Lithium batteries and NiMH should last a long time.

Check with Compaq for a battery calibration utility for your machine. It may be that simple. But if the battery still doesn't work right, it probably needs replacement. The chargers are almost never the problem.

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The charger also provides AC power so doubtful that's the problem. It could be the battery or the charging circuit on the motherboard. Former is usually less than $100 to replace but the latter is much more.

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I've recently updated the bios, sound and video drivers like 12 hours before this happened
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And now your notebook doesn’t start anymore or what happens now?
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It's always been on the bottom right of my computer. Right now its plugged in so it says "fully charged 100%".

Go to the start menu and then right click and go to properties and then click on taskbar and then customize and then make sure the checkbox on the very bottom is checked -- "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar".

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