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    Hey everyone,

    I have a Toshiba laptop (celeron, low end, about 4 years old). When I got the laptop it had no battery, but worked fine. Then I bought a used battery for it on Ebay (seller said battery is good), and upon trying to charge it I would get "Charging, 0%" in Windows XP. I assumed the used battery from Ebay was completely dead, at which point I purchased a brand new battery from an online source. When the new battery came in, Windows still says "Charging, 0%". Also, when I go into Battery Status/Info in Windows XP I get the exact same Battery Unique ID (serial number), regardless of which of the two batteries I put in (but if no mattery is in, there's no info given, which is logical). Needless to say, as soon as I disconnect AC power with either battery in, the laptop immediatly dies. Now I'm very confused. The machine shipped with Windows ME (on a start up CD), but I never ran the startup CD and instead just installed Windows XP Pro on it. Could this possibly be a software issue? Could this be a bad charging curcuit? If anyone has any ideas at all, please post....

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugened
    Hey everyone,

    I have a Toshiba laptop (celeron, low end, about 4 years old). When I got the laptop it had no battery, but worked fine. Then I bought a used battery for it on Ebay (seller said battery is good), and upon trying to charge it I would get "Charging, 0%" in Windows XP. I assumed the used battery from Ebay was completely dead, at which point I purchased a brand new battery from an online source. When the new battery came in, Windows still says "Charging, 0%". Also, when I go into Battery Status/Info in Windows XP I get the exact same Battery Unique ID (serial number), regardless of which of the two batteries I put in (but if no mattery is in, there's no info given, which is logical). Needless to say, as soon as I disconnect AC power with either battery in, the laptop immediatly dies. Now I'm very confused. The machine shipped with Windows ME (on a start up CD), but I never ran the startup CD and instead just installed Windows XP Pro on it. Could this possibly be a software issue? Could this be a bad charging curcuit? If anyone has any ideas at all, please post....

    Doubt it is a Software issue. Are you sure that the external power supply is working correctly. I am not familair with that model, though sometimes, laptops have several conductors in the power supply. Make sure you have proper voltages on all the wires. You may have to do some research to determine what the voltages should be.

    Try a new charger/power supply. See if that clear up the problem.

    If all else fails, it seem like the internal charger for the battery is broken. It may be able to be fixed, but it will probably take some work.

    Good luck,
    Michael

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