Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Laptop won't run on battery

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Laptop won't run on battery

    Tell me if you guys have ever heard anything like this.

    My laptop (Compaq 700) carputer was running fine, then all of a sudden one morning it wont operate without the power cord. I can load it up fine with the power cord and windows detects the battery and says it is charging and also says it has 96% power remaing. As soon as I unplug the power cord..the laptop abruptly shuts off. On the back of the battery there is a button that lights up 4 LEDs to indicate battery level. All 4 Leds light up which indicate the battery is full. I have no idea what is going on.

    Anyone have any ideas?
    Mercedes Benz CLK 430

  • #2
    Thinks its the battery?
    Mercedes Benz CLK 430

    Comment


    • #3
      [QUOTE=MoFo](Compaq 700)QUOTE]

      That is a POS... I have one now I'm ready to punt. All sorts of power problems.
      ,./(0)3

      '04 Canyon 4x4 pickup

      [---PC on hold----working on external fiberglass "tool" box---]

      Comment


      • #4
        Busted charging circutry is my guess. I think you may have to replace the motherboard
        A digital mind lost in an analog world.

        Learn to ask smart questions!
        http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

        My car PC: The Lost Cause!

        Comment


        • #5
          you sure you dont have the power setting set to shutdown when power lost? right click on your desktop select properties, goto your screensaver tab, goto your power settings, and then review all the options. there are different power schemes you can set your system up for that will cause it to behave certain ways. let me know if that solves the problem. thanks, rob

          Comment


          • #6
            thanks for the replies. I checked the power settings robc but there is no option like that on this computer. I'm thinking its the battery. I left if charging for hours but it stays at 96%. Perhaps there is a fault in the battery's circuitry.
            I ordered a replacement battery which will arrive in a few days. I will post the results with the new battery in case anyone else ever has this problem.
            Mercedes Benz CLK 430

            Comment


            • #7
              Our store has seen more than a few of these problems. They are usually in Compaq or HP laptops. Usually, it's the internal power converter that fails, causing the system to run exclusively on the battery, whether plugged in or not. It simply cannot charge the battery, because a crucial connection wore out/burned out/broke inside the laptop. Usually, this converter is an embedded device, meaning to replace it, you would have to replace the entire motherboard.

              For now, if the laptop isn't under warranty, a new battery is the best first course of action, especially if the battery is more than a couple years old, since it would be needing to be replaced soon anyhow.
              If a new battery doesn't fix the problem, you might want to give Compaq a call to see about how much they would charge to even take a look at the little bugger, then, if possible, get some idea as to how much they would charge to replace the motherboard. If nothing else, at least get the number of the mobo from them, so you can buy a new one off EBay and pay a friend a couple beers/sodas to replace it for you.
              The ALEXIS Project
              MP3---VIDEO---GPS---REARVIEW---OBD---SKINNING
              Color Coding :
              DONE / MOSTLY DONE / BASE FEATURES / WORKING CONCEPT / NO CODE COMPLETED

              Comment


              • #8
                Oh, yes, been there done that.
                My Compaq laptop used to run from battery during cranking - not anymore!
                Sucks.
                00 Saturn SL2, boosted @ 8 psi - CarDomain
                Newest install - my quickest ever
                My 2nd carputer - b4 I broke the touchscreen
                My very first carputer - voted the most ghetto

                Comment


                • #9
                  Try going into the bios and see if there is an option to "refresh the battery" That will run it thru a complete discharge/charge cycle. It may help.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Yuriy
                    Oh, yes, been there done that.
                    My Compaq laptop used to run from battery during cranking - not anymore!
                    Sucks.
                    Did you try using a new battery on your compaq?
                    Mercedes Benz CLK 430

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      what type of battery is it? LiCd?

                      you might just have probs with the battery.

                      I used to be able to user my laptop 3 hours with the battery, now it cannot even boot and it lows fast ennough to not have time to hibernate.

                      next lappy I get have lithium batteries.
                      -Mars

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        If it's a Compaq M700 it has a LiIon battery pack. Unlike NiCd's and NiMh's that degrades by use/abuse the LiIon's have a liftime of about 2-3 years from the production date, "regardless" of how you treat it. It isn't supposed to work any longer than that. I had the same problems twice with my old M700, replaced the battery and everything was fine. The battery pack IS rather expensive, but I managed to get it replaced by warranty both times
                        ...not to mention replacing the TFT screen five -5- times (yes that is FIVE).
                        Now the service guy runs out the back door when he sees my car.

                        Tom
                        VIA EPIA M9000/120 GB/Xenarc 700TSV/Opus 90W DC-DC
                        Haicom GPS/3Com 11g Wi-Fi/D-Link BT
                        WinXP/myHTPC/InfoMap Navigator Eu/PhoneControl w/T68i
                        Blaupunkt HU & speakers/Velocity active subs/Alpine amps

                        Progress: removed while waiting for nano-itx

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Yeah it looks like it is LiIon. Thanks for the info guys.
                          TommieG you said you had the same problem...did your battery die abruptly as well.
                          One night mine was working great with 90 min on full charge...then the next morning..bam!..nothing.
                          Mercedes Benz CLK 430

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MoFo
                            Yeah it looks like it is LiIon. Thanks for the info guys.
                            TommieG you said you had the same problem...did your battery die abruptly as well.
                            One night mine was working great with 90 min on full charge...then the next morning..bam!..nothing.
                            Yes both times it died suddenly, just like that.
                            Imagine, I was on tour both times, and really needed to use the pc without the power supply.... well, that's just my luck

                            Tom

                            BTW
                            here is how it looks on the inside ;-)
                            Attached Files
                            VIA EPIA M9000/120 GB/Xenarc 700TSV/Opus 90W DC-DC
                            Haicom GPS/3Com 11g Wi-Fi/D-Link BT
                            WinXP/myHTPC/InfoMap Navigator Eu/PhoneControl w/T68i
                            Blaupunkt HU & speakers/Velocity active subs/Alpine amps

                            Progress: removed while waiting for nano-itx

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Is it possible to repair such a battery? Can you buy replacement blue cylindrical things or would it be the circuitry at fault here. I guess the blue things are the cells.
                              Mercedes Benz CLK 430

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X