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0% Laptop battery, yet fully charged.

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  1. RogerX

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    I dont know what happened, but today when I turned on my laptop it consistently shows that my battery is 0%

    Obviously this isn't true as im using it right now to post, my laptop also shows that its fully charged (The LED light is lighted indicating that it is 100% charged)

    What can I do here? I'm quite sure its not a problem of a virus because i've scanned my computer and all. I am using a Toshiba laptop, using the Toshiba powerplan. And if needing more info, I shall provide but I don't think thats necesary for this problem.

    Not sure if this will make a huge impact, however.
    On my laptop there is this wheel that you can turn to increase and decrease the volume. Yeah, this isn't functioning anymore (found both these problems when I turned on my laptop today)

    EDIT: Reformatted the Laptop yet both the problems still persist, please help :(
     
  2. vic2pc

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    What exactly is showing 0% for the battery? Windows itself, or some other third-party battery-monitoring app (maybe provided by Toshiba)?
     
  3. RogerX

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    Sorry for such an unclear opening.

    The Windows itself is showing it at 0%. There is no other indicator installed onto my system.
     
  4. RogerX

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    doubtful. What is the make and model of the machine?
     
  6. RogerX

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    Thank you for your reply.

    Toshiba Satellite M200

    I have a theory as to why this problem has occured. A family member of mine has recently confessed that she has been turning the computer off through the button (improper shutdown) after telling her the state of which my computer is currently in.

    Just to clarify further; I took the AC out while the laptop was running to check if it was actually a battery issue. As a result my system is still running with or without the AC
     
  7. valis

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    does the battery still show 0 when it's running on battery?
     
  8. RogerX

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    EDIT: Nvm

    No, strangely its increasing from 0%

    Plugged it back in and it goes back to 0%

    Dumbfounded.
     
  9. valis

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    what do you mean, it's increasing? Whilst unplugged, I assume?
     
  10. RogerX

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    Yes, you are correct.
     
  11. valis

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    Honestly? I'd not worry about it. My lapper at home does the same thing, I just chalk it up to eclecticness. I'm sure it's a low-level issue, but shy of reformatting (which you've already done, and it didn't fix it) I don't think it would fix my issue.

    With yours, it's some hardware issue somewhere.....I remember once my 5 year old dumped a sugary drink on my wife's lapper, and even though I disassembled it and cleaned it up, the sucrose eventually wore out the internal voltage regulator, and it would no longer take a charge.

    I don't think that this is as severe an issue as this, but not sure yet.

    What is it increasing to while it's unplugged?
     
  12. RogerX

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    I'm really really glad to hear that. Very much believed that this is going to be quite a bothersome issue.

    I'm guessing it'll increase to 100% I see the battery (The battery life is very short) increasing 3% to 7% so on and so on. And as stated before it's decreasing back to 0% when the AC is plugged in.

    Well... if there isn't too much more to talk about this matter i will validate this thread as a solved :)
    Thank you very much for the help, it meant a lot.
     
  13. valis

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    no worries, that's what we're here for.

    Odd that it is increasing whilst UNplugged....I'd not mark this solved yet, but monitor it and let us know how high it gets before beginning to drop back down.
     
  14. RogerX

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    Will do that right now.

    So far increased to 9% - Very strange thing occured: suddenly it says the current power source is the AC power (Which is obviously unplugged) and now the battery power remaining is unknown.

    Will keep updating this post.
    Back to showing battery - at 9%
    decreased to 8% (Starting to believe that my computer has a mind of its own!)
    back to 9%
     
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