Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook ?

I Have a Toshiba A135 Laptop I just bought from Ebay. The battery message says I have 6 % life on battery and battery not charging. Does this mean the battery needs replaced or the laptop not charging the battery? I hate to buy a new battery and find out its not the battery.


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You have not clarified that its a new one or a second hand one. In any case If it has a problem, Please inform ebay about the problem and they'll make the seller pay for cheating you in selling you a defective piece.
Now your problem part .Its true that it can only be established in a repair shop that which one is the culprit the battery or the charging board.But there is one more thing ,i.e. the charger. Borrow from some of your friend just to check if it is charging.Exchange both Laptop and chargers. Then at least you can establish the charger is defective or not. You can also check the charger using a multimeter.
I have got something on net regarding this
\015\012 Try removing the battery and reinserting it. Make sue it is properly inserted.\015\012
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\015\012If computer is working OK while plugged in, then battery may be faulty.\015\012If computer is having problems then maybe power adapter is glitchy.
\015\012 \015\012 \015\012 \015\012 \015\012\015\012 \015\012Clarification added 4 days ago:\015\012 \015\012 I also found this if you are running Windows Vista ...\015\012
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\015\012"This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows Vista. \015\012
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\015\012Understanding battery charging issues.\015\012
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\015\012If the notebook battery is not charging or the notebook does not\015\012indicate that the battery is charging, the most likely scenario is that\015\012the battery itself is operating correctly, but its power management\015\012software may have become corrupt.\015\012
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In order to correct the problem, you will need to uninstall and\015\012reinstall the power management software by using the Device Manager.\015\012
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This document will explain how to uninstall and reinstall the ACPI\015\012Battery listings in Windows Vista, as well as how to obtain and install\015\012updated BIOS files, if needed to correct other battery issues.\015\012
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\015\012Uninstalling and reinstalling power management software in Windows Vista\015\012
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\015\012In order to correct problems with the battery's power management software, follow the steps below.\015\012
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\015\0121. Click Start and type device in the search field, then select Device Manager .\015\012
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\015\0122. Expand the Batteries category.\015\012
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\015\0123. Under the Batteries category, right-click the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery listing, and select Uninstall .\015\012
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\015\012WARNING: Do not remove the Microsoft AC Adapter driver or any other ACPI compliant driver.\015\012
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\015\0124. On the Device Manager taskbar, click Scan for hardware changes .\015\012
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\015\012Alternately, select Action > Scan for hardware changes .\015\012
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Windows will scan your computer for hardware that doesn't have\015\012drivers installed, and will install the drivers needed to manage your\015\012battery's power.\015\012
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\015\012The notebook should now indicate that the battery is charging."\015\012
\015\012 \015\012 \015\012\015\012 \015\012Clarification added 4 days ago:\015\012 \015\012 Another tip I found:\015\012
\015\0121) Turn off the laptop\015\012
\015\0122) Remove the battery\015\012
\015\0123) Hold down the power button for ~1minute\015\012
\015\012Then everything should work fine.\015\012
\015\012 \015\012 \015\012\015\012 \015\012Clarification added 4 days ago:\015\012 \015\012 A similar tip:\015\012
\015\012(1) Turn on computer w/ AC plugged in like always.\015\012
\015\012(2) Remove battery (keeping AC adapter plugged in).\015\012
\015\012(3) Shutdown computer.\015\012
\015\012(4) Replace battery.\015\012
(5) Wait a few minutes, and the lightning bolt icon which has\015\012usually been only flashing is now a steady blue while it charges the\015\012laptop, then turns off when the battery’s at 100%.
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You may try
\015\0121) check the charging light on the laptop in on or blink when the adapter plug in (the adapter should be ok for power on laptop without the battery) the battery fail have to change if the light on., and also have to change the battery if the light blink.
\015\0122) there is a charging hardware problem when the charging light nothing show out when the adapter plug in if your adapter can power on the laptop normally.
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