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Acer Aspire One won't run on battery, only on main.

Discussion in 'Acer' started by wedouglas, Feb 13, 2009.

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  1. wedouglas

    wedouglas Notebook Guru

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    I got an Aspire One a few months ago and it worked fine. I hardly ever use it.

    I brought it with my on vacation and when I went to boot it up, it wouldn't turn on. Figured the battery was dead so I put the power cord in and turned it on.

    After an hour or so, I unplugged the power cable and it instantly shut off. Thought it was weird, but whatever.

    I just now noticed though that the battery light blinks orange. XP says the battery is 100%, but if you unplug the AC power, it instantly shuts off and it can't be turned on without the AC.

    Any ideas? Worked fine a month ago and I probably haven't even touched it since then.
     
  2. ATG

    ATG 2x4 Super Moderator

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    Hmm..try to remove the battery and leave the netbook for like half an hour. Then put it back and try again. It does sound like a faulty battery though..
     
  3. espian8

    espian8 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have the same EXACT problem!! please let me know if you found a solution to your/our problem other than applying to acer for a replacement. thanks
     
  4. des842000

    des842000 Newbie

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    My Acer is doing the same thing. I am sending my netbook to Acer to let them fix the problem. My guess is that the battery is faulty and that they may need to recall some batteries. I will keep you guys posted on what Acer says or does.
     
  5. jeremysdad

    jeremysdad Notebook Evangelist

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    There have been a few reports of faulty batts on Aspireoneuser.com...

    Some people have had luck with Acer expressing them a new battery, wherin they send you the new one and then you send them the old. Call and see what you can work out.

    Even if it takes a week that you can't use a battery, it's better than shipping your baby off in a drab brown box...

    Also, you can try flashing your BIOS with the utility provided from Acer's DL site. Newest is v3309, and has been reported by many to fix issues such as these.

    Read: http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=11734

    Except that you can download that file from Acer here: http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/notebook/as_one_150.html

    Just unzip, and run the exe from within Windows. Machine will reboot, and you should be good to go.
     
  6. LostAcerUser

    LostAcerUser Newbie

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    I am running Linux and have the same problem and did what was said above and it dont work?
     
  7. kiriakost

    kiriakost Notebook Deity

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    The power jack are also used as a mechanic switch , about setting the proper power source .

    If the power jack got misused even ones , the damage to it , its permanent .

    What i am trying to say are , that in the scale of importance ...
    The power jack comes first , and the condition of the battery second.
     
  8. ayarbee

    ayarbee Notebook Geek

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    Batteries can die if they are left in the laptop for a long time without charging. Some drain from the battery will take place and can put the battery into a deep discharge and it can 'forget' how to charge.
    Most modern batteries cope will with being topped up very regularly and can also cope with full discahrge and recharge cycles. Some manufactures will recommend a particular approach, but generally draining a battery very deeply will result in failure to charge. Sometimes this can be rescued, but sometimes it cannot.
     
  9. rag

    rag Newbie

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    hi! i had the same problem. dead battery! i own an acer aspire one A110 with linux installed. when i powered up using the power cable, power management in the OS (linux in my case) showed battery power 100% charged. confusing? you bet! the laptop was telling me that the battery was fully charged but when i tried to start up using the battery - nothing! i tried charging the battery without turning the machine on (just plugged in to the mains using the power cable and left it for a few hours). the little battery indicator kept blinking red but nothing happened, the battery didn't charge up. i took the battery in and out and tried again umpteen times. nothing!
    then i noticed something - when you pop the battery in and out of the pc there are two clips at each end that lock the battery in place - i hadn't ever thought about locking the clips in place. i thought the battery kind of clicked in to place and the locks clicked in to position automatically - they don't! (bad design detail if you ask me). if you lock the battery in place with the clips then everything works. the battery charges up (the red light indicator stops blinking and remains constant while the battery charges and then turns green when it's fully charged). everything works as it should! if you don't lock the battery in place using these clips then it's as if the pc doesn't recognise that the battery is installed. it's as simple as that. well... it was for me. hope it's just as simple for you too.
     
  10. netacer

    netacer Newbie

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    OK, folks, here is the real answer. Some models of the Acer Aspire One have a small code problem in the BIOS. That problem prevents a discharged battery from recharging. Acer can update the BIOS quite easily and all will work fine. Your batteries are probably A-OK. You just need a code tweek. I got one on mine and all is well.
     
  11. minnesotan

    minnesotan Newbie

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    i am having the exact same problem...
    I just got a "new" battery from Acer, didnt solve it

    I have Acer Aspire 1 A150 with XP

    So flashing the bios worked for everyone?


    *#$% Acer!
     
  12. Some Useless Geek

    Some Useless Geek Newbie

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    Folks, these batteries are kaka. I bought two of the little Aspire Ones with the UM08A73 2200 MAh LIon batteries in them. The first of these gems I have been using very lightly for the last four months or so. The other one sat in a box for a long time waiting for me to configure it for my Australian design partner.

    I plugged both 'pooters into their bricks and let them run on my desk for a day as I was doing Windoze updates and software installation. After that I unplugged them, and guess what? Zippity do dah.

    I tested the batteries at their power terminals. Open circuit. This tells me that the thermal fuses inside the battery pack on both batteries have all opened. The packs are now essentially useless because the perfectly good LIon cells are electrically isolated from the outside world!

    What the heck is Acer up to?!?
     
  13. Some Useless Geek

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    Sorry, meant to include this: I am an electronics engineer by trade. I do radio control aircraft and have smart chargers for charging LIon, LiPo, NiMH, etc. I hooked one of the kaka batteries up to a charger and the charger confirmed that the leads are open. No connection to the cells. Craps!
     
  14. kiriakost

    kiriakost Notebook Deity

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    If you are what you say .... you can revive the pack , as some one and NOT all the batteries are discharged to zero .


    I did that ones ( individual charging ) , and it worked for few weeks , but as long i left the laptop for two weeks out of use , the kaka battery set , did it again .

    The reason that happens , are because this battery packs are using very old batteries , production before three years, called as kaka production at 2009 :D
     
  15. Fr3@k

    Fr3@k Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hej guys, i had the same problem, i called the Acer support and they told me to update the bios, surprising it fixed the issue
     
  16. lucino

    lucino Notebook Geek

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    Another option that worked for me on three Aspire Ones (before anyone suggested a bios update might fix it)(didn't work on two others I tried however but might still be worth a shot if nothing else works)-
    -With the netbook powered off remove the battery
    -Power it on with it plugged into the mains and leave it for a couple of minutes until it fully boots up
    -Carefully slide the battery back into the netbook and leave on for 10 mins plus- if your lucky the battery should now start to charge (if it does leave it charging for at least 3-4 hours straight and you should be back in business)

    I had to repeat this process a couple of times on one of the netbooks before it started to charge.
     
  17. kiriakost

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    There is a "time out" time , if the internal charger fails to start the charge.
    By reinserting the battery , the charger does another try ...

    Not all laptops have the same amount of " time out time " .
    But its true , that if you repeat this process a couple of times,
    its possible to work . ( start a charging cycle )

    Mostly its had to do with the condition of the batteries ( how damaged they are ) .
    The less damaged ones could start again , but you cannot call such a pack as healthy !!
     
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    Yes, I am who I say. I took one of the battery packs apart (through the controlled use of violence) and discovered that the cells were all right, but there was no electrical connection at all between the cells and the connector pins. The cells would take a charge directly off of my charger, but no combination of connections to the pins on the battery pack would show any connection whatsoever.

    However, on the remaining pack I tried the trick of reinserting the pack after the unit had come up on AC power. That pack started charging again and returned to active duty. Now what?!?
     
  20. WYrd Space

    WYrd Space Newbie

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    I have the same problem!! And I just fixed It.
    My Acer Aspire One was fine for a few months. Then all of a sudden the battery will not hold a charge. I found this out by accident, when someone tripped on the power cable and my laptop immediately shut off.

    Looked up onlline and Acer has a battery replacement recall on. Especially for Aspire Versions, See if yours Qualifies at the www.acer.ca

    Also, did a lot more research into what the suggested ways to fix this issue
    1. get a battery tester program (free one BatteryMon2)
    2. If your system saids 0.00V on the battery that is bad (with BatteryMon2)
    3. Download the BIOS Updater from the Acer Drivers & Downloads Section
    Make sure you are downloading the correct version for your Laptop
    4. Install the New Bios and Your computer Restarts
    5. Run the Battery Monitor program Again
    6. Your voltage should be around 9.00V and up
    Ta da Your Charging issue Solved. :)

    If that does not work than your battery is toast. Call Acer for the Replacement Warranty. Good Luck Hopefully This helped Someone.
     
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