Laptop troubleshooting forum: Laptop: Sudden battery failure or something more?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) October 26, 2012 4:41 PM PDT

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Laptop: Sudden battery failure or something more?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 10/26/12 4:41 PM

Laptop: Sudden battery failure or something more?

Dear friends, I have a HP Pavilion DV3 notebook running on Windows 7. It was purchased in December 2009. The battery has been slowly weakening but before it would last at least an hour. About a fortnight back, suddenly the battery has failed to power even for a minute. If the power plug is pulled out, the computer switches off, and does not even provide time to shut down properly. In my experience, battery failure occurs gradually, and not so suddenly. I don't mind replacing the battery. But, I do not know if there is any other problem besides the battery in this notebook. Could there be any other problem besides a weak battery? I would be grateful for any input on this issue, before I proceed to change the battery. In addition to this, if I do get a new battery for my laptop, can you please advise me on some of the best practices of keeping my new battery healthy? These batteries are expensive and I'd like to get the best performance out of it and maximize its life span. Thank you!

--Submitted by: Gururaj B.

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