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Does bios need updating with new battery?


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#1 bongirl

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 02:12 AM

I have a Toshiba Satellite A665 with Windows 7 Home Premium. I recently bought a new 12 cell Lithium Ion battery (not a Toshiba one, but a cheaper one). I think the one that came with my laptop was a 6 cell? I charged it in the laptop plugged in for 24 hours. I unplugged the laptop and the battery only lasted about an hour. Plugged it in, battery would only charge to 45%. Sometimes it would say not charging even when plugged in. I contacted the seller and they told me to go to Toshiba website and download and  install update my bios because of the new cell in battery. They also said to calibrate my battery, to charge and discharge it twice. They said the 12 cell battery is bigger than a 6 cell, so if need be they can replace it with a 6 cell. Does this mean a 12 cell won't work in my laptop? My computer checks for updates automatically. I am afraid to mess with the bios. I am not very tech savvy and don't want to ruin my computer. What to do? Thanks for your help.

 

 



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#2 GreenGiant117

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 02:18 PM

There shouldn't be a need for that, I have upgraded batteries on HP's many times, and never had to do any sort of update, the first couple times I charged the larger batteries the estimates were way off, but once it learned the new battery it was fine.

 

Sounds like you just got a cheap second rate battery.



#3 bongirl

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:46 PM

So, everything should automatically work correctly by just putting the battery in and letting it charge plugged in? And 6 cell or 12 cell will both work? I think it is a bad one. I noticed it looks warped. This is an ebay item. I hope to be able to return it without doing the suggested bios, etc. stuff they suggested.



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 08:39 AM

I only recommend buying genuine replacement batteries not cheap generic batteries. I have had only bad luck with generic batteries. Buy a genuine Toshiba battery, use the part number from your original and buy the exact replacement. Genuine batteries are more expensive but I have rarely had problems with them.


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 01:07 PM

Thanks so much for your prompt help! I am returning the battery, getting my refund, (yea!) and shopping for the Toshiba real deal battery. It's nice to be able to get answers when ya just don't know!






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