HP laptop battery issues...
May 28, 2007 8:29 PM Subscribe
Help me diagnose my laptop battery problems...
posted by drpynchon to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
So I have an HP zt3000 series laptop that's about 4-5 years old and has just been functioning like a champ. I love this laptop.
However... These last few days, the battery has been going all wonky. While running, it sometimes charges, and other times just randomly stops charging and begins to discharge despite being connected to AC. No obvious precipitating factors. When it stops charging, the only way to get it to work again is to remove and reconnect the battery. Removing and reconnecting the power adapter does nothing, and the adapter looks fine. The system runs fine without a battery in place on AC power. Of note, this is the original battery and as expected, it ain't what it used to be as far as battery life is concerned. Also of note, these problems started after I started messing around with an Ubuntu dual boot (which is working fine otherwise for what it's worth). The problem is present in both Ubuntu and XP.
I doubt it's related to Ubuntu or some other software issue. Since I'd like a cheap solution, I'm really hoping this is a matter of a battery gone bad, and not something having to do with the motherboard or whatever hardware the computer uses to charge this thing.
Any ideas would be appreciated.