Battery drain

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IITMocker

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When my battery is less than half full, it will only charge the battery when I turn off the lab top. If I am using the labtop, the battery drains it down to almost nothing despite being plugged in. I have the battery icon running, and it seems that it constantly alternates between "plug in" and "battery usage," but will not stay as plugged in permanently.

I checked the cords and power adapter (to see if it's truly plugged in) and tested different wall connection, but got the same result each time. Is it my battery or is it because of what I am running on the labtop, which requires a lot of power? I usually have 2 or 3 programs running at the same time, including wireless.

is there any "fix" for this problem or do I have to buy a new battery? It's only been 1 1/2 yr.
 
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:) Maybe someone else knows something else to do but in general I would say you need a new battery. They do reach that point and a year and a half isn't that uncommon for a laptop battery to fail.
You probably all ready know it's the battery it's just a matter of having to purchase another one when it seems like they should run longer than they do. Luck Jazz
 

JohnWill

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You could also be experiencing issues with either the P/S or the laptop internal power module. Could the power jack be loose, that happens a lot, especially if you carry the laptop around with the power cord plugged in, or someone trips over the cord.
 
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