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30-Jul-2012, 10:08 AM #1
netbook power trouble
Just got a 7 inch netbook as a freebie with something else from ebay. I think the battery is dead. It won't turn on at all when its on battery and it doesn't charge. Whenever I try turning it on when its plugged in it powers up and tells me "Your main batteries are running very low on power. Please change the batteries at your next opportunity" and then turns off after 60 seconds. As far as I can tell these netbooks are pretty generic, there's no indication of make or model etc. It runs on Windows CE 6.00. Is there any way of getting it to run just on ac power?
P.S. I've tried removing the battery to no avail.
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30-Jul-2012, 10:17 AM #2
Now you know why you got it as an eBay "freebie".

It might make a good doorstop.

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30-Jul-2012, 10:22 AM #3
lol fair enough. Oh well, thought it might be worth a punt trying to revive it.
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30-Jul-2012, 11:35 AM #4
Sounds more like its not getting AC power to recharge the battery. You should be able to run a netbook without a battery in most cases so maybe the power adapter isn't putting out enough power(ie. faulty). However if its running Windows CE its gonna be more useless than a normal network, those models usually have ridiculously horrible specs and not really useful for anything when they do work, which in most cases isn't very often. Don't spend any money on it, if you can try another power adapter that has the correct voltage, plug polarity, and an amperage thats equal or greater then what is required then go for it. Also check and compare the voltage of the power adapter to the bottom of the unit to see if it even matches, the included adapter may not be the right one.
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30-Jul-2012, 11:56 AM #5
Thanks. Unfortunately I don't really have any other chargers that I could use, I managed to find a wire (designed for use with the psp) that I could use to power the netbook using my actual laptop (which is itself plugged in). That resulted in the same thing.
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30-Jul-2012, 07:24 PM #6
Return it to them as DOA. You could also try buying a generic adjustable power adaptor from Radio Shack and see what it does. WinCE does sound like complete fail, though.
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30-Jul-2012, 08:42 PM #7
It's honestly not worth the cost of a new power adapter though.
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31-Jul-2012, 09:03 AM #8
yeah, can't say I plan on spending any money on it, I do have an adjustable power adapter which can be set to 7.5V, but there's no end on it that'll fit the netbook
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