I have a Toshiba Satellite A305-S6916 laptop running Windows Vista. The other night I heard a loud popping noise that sounded like it came from inside the laptop. It kept working just fine, but today after I unplugged it to move it, it immediately shut down. I plugged it back in after moving it, after a moment the "plugged in" light on the front came back on, but the charging icon didn't. I turned it back on while plugged in and hovered over the battery icon, it says "Plugged in, not charging" and I tried reinstalling the ACPI Control through the device manager to no avail. The battery seems like it's draining, as it went from 91% to 90% while I was doing this. It's turned off at the moment, I'm using another family member's laptop to write this up. I wanted to ask here before assuming that it's due to a dead battery, I looked into the popping noise, and to me it sounded like a capacitor blowing (although it doesn't smell like ammonia), but I honestly have no idea. I'm really at a loss right now and I'd appreciate any insight you guys can offer. If it helps, I recently had to replace the fan (a few days ago) and prior to that it was left off for about 4 days while I was waiting for an ESD band I'd ordered to arrive. I was able to replace the fan with no problems, I'm positive that I put everything back together properly. Took pictures of every step and it worked flawlessly for a couple days until I heard the pop. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, hopefully with your help I'm able to diagnose and fix the problem.
Edit: I've had the laptop for over 4 years now, and it only held a charge for about 20 minutes unplugged, so it very well may be the battery, but is there any reason why the battery would pop loudly upon failure? Thanks again for any insight.
Edited by Ketsujo, 02 October 2013 - 10:05 PM.