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2730p power options weirdness (vista)

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#1 zer0nix


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Posted 27 July 2012 - 01:39 PM

first of all, i can't seem to get the bios battery test to work; each time, it simply quits about 30 seconds into it (at zero progress) and the log somehow shows that the user opted to quit the test (paraphrasing)

secondly, the battery details in vista have a tendency to change inexplicably. initially, it would display that the with a 90+ % charge it held about 4 hours of use. then, suddenly, that same charge represented only a little more than 1 hour of use (and would actually drain as quickly!). then, a few days later, it was back to being about 4 hours of use.

currently, the icon is displaying a 100% charge and it is not indicating at all how many hours of use that represents.

what the heck is going on?

UPDATE: just decided to try out the battery again and here's the result.

2:30 am... showed it had 96% charge, 1:20 left
4.49 am... is over 2 hours later and now it shows a 25% charge with 45 minutes left...

wth is going on? how do i fix this?

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#2 Eric Bennett

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:52 PM

This tends to happen when a laptop battery is failing.

Here is a guide from eHow to see if the battery is failing:

  • 1Right-click on the battery icon in the taskbar. Usually it is located near the clock in the lower right-hand corner. If there is a "Properties" option, select it. If not, go to "Start" then "Control Panel." Select "Power Options." If your hardware manufacturer has included a battery health utility (both HP and Dell do on some models), you'll see an option to check the battery health in the window.

  • 2Check the battery health through the BIOS if you don't have the required utility. Restart your computer, and click the key that launches the BIOS setup as soon as you see the laptop manufacturer's logo. Usually, F12 initiates the BIOS setup, but it does vary from maker to maker. You should see a cue in the upper right-hand corner of the screen telling you which key to press.

  • 3Navigate to "Battery" or "Power Sources" in the left information pane of the BIOS setup by using the up and down arrows. The exact wording varies by manufacturer. When you land on the correct entry, you should see the battery status indicating the battery's health.

  • 4After powering off, remove the battery from the laptop and press the indicator button located near a series of small LED lights if you are uncomfortable poking around in the BIOS screen. To eject your battery, look for a release lever on the bottom or side of your machine. When you press and hold the test button, if you see any colors other than green or if lights are flashing, you likely have a battery problem.

  • 5Note the exact color and behavior of the indicator lights. Check with your manufacturer to determine the status of your battery if it is not clearly marked on the unit.

  • 6Plug in your laptop without the battery in its slot, and try to power up. If you are able to run the laptop directly from the AC power adapter, any power issues you are having are almost certainly due to a failing battery. If you cannot power up the machine with the AC adapter only, you may be looking at a problem in the power connection board or even in the motherboard itself.

Read more: How to Tell If Your Laptop Battery Needs to Be Replaced | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_8032316_tell-laptop-battery-needs-replaced.html#ixzz21x7sVJtK

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#3 Artrooks


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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:54 AM

Hello zer0ni,

Check out this HP link: HP Battery Check; Frequently Asked Questions for Notebooks Running Vista or Windows 7



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