Plugged in, Not Charging
by Nick6196 - 8/18/10 2:21 PM
I have read the other posts regarding the "plugged in, not charging problem". I am having the same problem, with two different laptops in fact, and was hoping that the problems I'm having might shed some more light on this seeming mystery. I would ideally like to find a solution to this problem other than "reload the OS and if that doesn't work send it somewhere".
I have an Acer Timeline X running Windows 7. It says "plugged in, not charging", but also indicates that there is some battery life, over 50% usually. There also seems to be a change in the battery life every few days (sometimes more sometimes less), but I have never caught it looking like it is charging. When I unplug this one from the AC it dies instantly.
My girlfriend has a Toshiba Satellite E105-S1402 running 64 bit Vista with a similar problem. This laptop stays on when removed from AC power, and when it runs low on battery power and gets plugged back in it charges until it reaches about 10 percent or so. I did the device manager thing with uninstalling the battery driver and that kind of worked. It charges for a few seconds every few minutes or so.
Also, I don't know if this is relevant or not, the problems in our laptops both started after we moved into an older apartment an lived there for about 3 months. Maybe the problem is related to the voltage or something in this old apartment.
I'm wondering first whether these problems are related or just coincidence. I am then wondering if this is a hardware or software problem. And of course I am also wondering if there is a way to fix it, or if this information sheds some light on the underlying problem. My Acer has no warranty and I will probably just replace it. My girlfriends Toshiba has a warranty but school is starting soon and we're not excited about sending it off to the manufacturer and being without a computer for a month or whatever. Thanks for the help!