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I am trying to help out friend with an older lap top (Toshiba Satellite 1415 S173).
I reformatted it with XP SP3,and therefore lost the original drivers.
Laptop runs fine but doesn't seem to take a charge (new battery), and there is no battery indicator for me to check the status of battery or to see if it actually charging. I tried to install drivers from Toshiba but they are not compatible with SP3 (SP2 only).
My questions are:
1. Could the missing drivers be an issue with charging.
2. Would the A/C not charge the battery even though it is powering up the laptop?
Depending on the age of the laptop, his battery might actually be dead. Some laptops can operate without a battery but run on straight AC current. Did you say this battery was new, or was it the original one?
We have had a problem with 2 separate laptop AC cables where the wire responsible for charging the bettery broke right at the flexible part where it connects to the laptop. I removed the insulation, soldered and spliced the 2 wires inside, and it solved the problem.
I would suggest just replacing the cable if possible, rather than committing surgery on it.
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