A way to check that laptop's charging circuit is working?

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Alex Ethridge

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I took an HP Pavilion DV6000 laptop in on trade today. It works just fine as long as it is connected to wall current. It has a battery in it; but, I don't know if the laptop's charging circuit is bad or if the battery, itself, is bad.

Anyone know of a way to determine this without opening up the laptop's "innards"?

I don't want to buy a battery and then find out the charging circuit doesn't work.
 

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Wow, and to think it could have been fixed for free if we had known it sooner. HP says it is outside the warranty period ans also outside the "enhanced" warranty period issued because of this defect. They said the cost of repair is usually $440 and they offered a discount to $259.

They will then extend the warranty another 90 days.

I wonder if it is really worth that. Waddiya think?
 

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Someone brought in a laptop today that uses the same battery. Its battery was nearly at zero so I put it into this one to see if it would charge. It did. So, I replaced the CMOS battery and it now keeps good time. I'm going to use it as a desktop computer (connected to wall current) for a couple of weeks. If it gives no problems, I'll buy a battery for it.

I wonder if this battery is pie in the sky or if it really is a 10400mAH. There are different manufacturers and different sites that offer this capacity. One I found was a Samsung.
 

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I've seen those batteries before, they are twice the size of the standard battery and stick out from the laptop, which isn't a bad thing for cooling.

Also, once you get a battery or have a battery in it you should update the BIOS. Updating the BIOS can prevent many of the failures that are attributed to this series.
 
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