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What are signs and symptoms to when your battery is dead?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by ultraman, Mar 11, 2006.

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  1. ultraman

    ultraman Notebook Consultant

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    I have a 2 year old notebook, a Compaq R3000.

    It was functioning perfectly until today...I turned it on but the light which indicates that it is being charged just blinks....I take the bettery out and use only AC power...No blinking..when i put the battery in...blinking...

    So basically it just blinks when i power on...and When the bettery is gone I get no blinking..

    Any idea what it could be? I figure it is probably the battery or even the charger...any suggestions?
     
  2. David86

    David86 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Maybe it mean that the battery is getting old..
     
  3. drumfu

    drumfu super modfu

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    blinking usually means charging

    steady means fully charged

    do you have access to an owner's manual?
     
  4. dr_st

    dr_st Notebook Deity

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    It doesn't work.
     
  5. Androo

    Androo Notebook Evangelist

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    Well, as one uses a battery, the strength and duration of the charge begins to deteriorate. The more it gets charged the less life it will have. Eventually, the battery will have so little life that you need a new one. Thats the main way that I know my battery is going. (IE 3 hours unplugged --> 1 hour unplugged) etc.
     
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    pmorkert Notebook Enthusiast

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    Agreed.

    I had a toshiba satellite a long time ago, and the battery life went from originally 3+ hours to about 10-15 minutes in about 2 years.
     
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    dragonesse Notebook Deity

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    Well, can you boot your laptop on battery (no AC)? Does it run on battery for an extended amount of time? If you answered no to one or more of these questions, odds are, your battery has died.
     
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    Darbyjack Notebook Evangelist

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    or the connection between the battery and laptop could be loose/ dodgey
     
  9. qohelet

    qohelet Senior Member

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    In my compaq notebook "blinking" does not mean charging. rather, it means that the battery is already beginning to drain (low battery) and it's asking to be charged again.

    my compaq has three indicators on the status of battery.
    1. blinking in orange color= low battery status (needs recharging)
    2. steady orange color= the battery is charging
    3. steady light green= battery is fully charged

    Ultraman,

    The problem can be either on your lappy or your battery. If you can, try borrowing the same battery from your friend. if the battery is charging while you plug in ac, then you can be sure that the problem is in your battery and you should consider buying a new battery pack.:(
     
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