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Sean Y.
Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 11:04 pm:   

Hello all. I'm posting this for a friend of mine. She has a Sony VAIO PCG-SR5K laptop running Windows 2000 with 128 megs of RAM. The laptop is a little less than 2 years old. As of a few days ago, the battery refuses to charge. The battery panel indicates that battery wear is only 2%, but that capacity is at 0%. The battery has gone through 73 charge cycles, which I've been told is not that much. The battery panel also indicates that the battery is "charging", even though it isn't.

We've searched through the help topics here, we've done google searches, and have posted on other tech. websites and have come up with nothing. For a while I thought that it might be the internal backup battery, but I know that isn't the case because removing the main battery and/or unplugging the AC adaptor does not affect the clock nor does it mess up any of the system settings. This is all really strange because my friend was running the laptop on batteries two weeks ago just fine.

I apologize for the long post, but wanted to make sure that all the details were clear. I want to say that the battery is dead, but given the fact that it was fine two weeks ago, that's hard to believe. Also, I've never experienced batteries dieing all of a sudden in any electronic equipment I've ever usually happens gradually, no?

I'm not a computer expert and neither is my friend, so any insight/help from people in the know would be really appreciated. Thanks!

-Sean Y.
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 - 10:08 pm:   

A 2 year old Laptop battery and 73 charge cycles leads me to believe that perhaps the battery has developed a week cell which could "Happen" all of a sudden much like a cars battery, the only way I know of to test it is simply removing it and putting it on a load tester/battery checker, most Batteries Plus stores in the states will do this for free.

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