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Calibrating Notebook Battery - Odd Behavior

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  1. dino7

    dino7 Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    Moved from Hardware Forum

    I'd like to "CALIBRATE a new battery for an HP notebook. Why? because when I was playing a YouTube video directly from the new Battery after it was Fully charged..the video would not play in a most healthy way.
    I checked the BIOS and it has the latest from the HP website.
    When I plug the computer with the AC adapter it plays healthier.

    I assume as [any] Battery loses its charge that it might cause some issues..Correct?

    These were the basic steps I followed:
    perform the following steps to calibrate your battery>connect the ac adapter fully charge your battery (99-100%) disconnect AC adapter> shut down computer restart computer and press the ESC key when the power light turns on>select F2 System Diags from Startup menu> Select Full Hard Disk Test>leave the system on and allow the system to fully discharge>this may take up to six hours depending on the battery>connect AC adapter>power on system>Launch Battery Check to validate the calibration was completed successfully. If the battery status is still "Calibrate", you need to complete the steps again. If that doesn't calibrate it the second time the battery needs replacing. Please contact HP.

    In the BIOS Menu I did not see the term Full Hard Disc Test. I'm running the Hard Drive Long DST Test now. Is this correct? is there any harm in Calibration using this test?

    Thanks again,
    Raphael

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    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
    Processor Count: 8
    RAM: 6134 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M, 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: 450 GB (391 GB Free); D: 15 GB (2 GB Free); E: 0 GB (0 GB Free);
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  3. dino7

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    This is the specs of the Battery. The battery is advertised; It is a "Non-OEM battery" but 100% compatible.
    Specification:

    • Condition: Brand New - Grade A cells.
    • Battery Type: Li-ion
    • Voltage: 14.4 Volt (14.8 Volt compatible)
    • Capacity: 5200mAh (better than 4400mAh)
    • Smart surge short circuit protection
    • High quality UL SA CE RoHS approved
     

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  5. dino7

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    Thank YOU!
    Did the initial battery Specs look correct or good to you (with the attachment) when compared to the advertised Specs?
    I have run this same video on two other notebook computers and they both were able to play the video off the battery..not requiring the AC adapter.
    I've personally never had this kind of a problem before and based on what I've seen it indicates the battery could be defective or not powerful enough to run the notebook.
    Not certain what other drivers might be involved with this that might somehow cause this so-called erratic behaviour I'm seeing? It's possible it may be something other than the battery?!
    Waiting for the last Calibration to finish so I can test things out..
    Sincerely, Raphael
     
  6. TonyB25

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    Is the computer more than 4 years old?
     
  7. dino7

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    Yes! and Thank YOU...
    This method seemed to work:

    Method 2: Calibrating the battery while PC is not in use
    Calibrating the battery requires complete charge and discharge cycle. To calibrate the battery while using the PC is not is use, complete the following steps.

    The calibration may take 1-5 hours depending on the age of the battery and the configuration of the notebook PC you own. The PC should not be used while you perform the following steps. Completing all the following steps will also calibrate the battery so that the power meter readings are accurate.

    1. Shut down the notebook PC.

    2. Connect the AC Adapter to the notebook PC and to an electrical socket.

    3. Charge the Notebook PC until the Battery Charge light is Green . This indicates the battery is completely charged.

    4. Press and release the Power Button to start the computer.

    5. Press the F8 key several times when the startup Logo or the laptop manufacture name displays.

    6. When the Windows Advanced Startup Menu displays, select the Startup in Safe Mode option.

    7. Remove the AC power adapter from the notebook PC.

    8. Allow the battery to discharge completely until the notebook PC turns off.

    9. The battery is now calibrated and the battery level reading on the power meter is now accurate.
     
  8. TonyB25

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    If the computer is more than 4 years old, then the "new" battery probably isn't recently manufactured. Modern mobile device batteries do not need to be calibrated. They work perfectly fine out of the box.
     
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    Thank YOU! The computer is older than 4 yrs. If you look at post#2/attachment it shows the battery age to be 423 days. The battery was nearly useless until it was Calibrated.
    In general whether it's OEM or Generic doesn't performance decline as the charge rate lowers?
    The warranty expired on 11/25/2010.
    Any other things to check that might be affecting this?
    Tx, Raphael
     
  10. TonyB25

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    I'm not familiar with HP's battery utilities. But if the computer is 7 years old, I don't think the battery was manufactured just over a year ago.

    Seven years is a long time for a laptop. Best to put money toward a new one instead of toward batteries for an old one.
     
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    The battery is not OEM as posted by the OP {quote]It is a "Non-OEM battery" but 100% compatible.[/quote]

    I just purchased a NEW, as in recently manufactured (date is on the battery) for an Acer laptop from 2011 in March of this year.

    Batteries + Bulbs, a US chain, https://www.batteriesplus.com/
    sells Duracell non-OEM batteries for laptops that are 100% compatible. I took in my model number and they ordered the replacement battery.
    When the battery arrived, they called. I took the laptop to the store, fitted it in and made sure it was recognized and was able to be charged to 100%.

    The battery also came with "calibration" instructions. I followed them rather than the ones Acer gave for the battery that was in the laptop when new.

    Some people might figure why waste money on a 6 year old laptop. Well, when we travel, that's the laptop we'll take. If it gets banged up or stolen, it won't hurt as much as damage or lose of a newer laptop.
     
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