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HP 530 Laptop battery or AC adapter or software issue. Dies anytime

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by FriedBiltong, Apr 28, 2010.

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  1. FriedBiltong

    FriedBiltong Thread Starter

    Apr 28, 2010
    Hi all

    I have an HP 530 laptop (1.6 dual core, 1gb memory, 250gb HDD (was 80gb), windows 7 ultimate 32-bit build 7600 (was vista home basic))

    My PC runs like a dream. Recently it started giving me problems though. It dies when it wants to. There's no pattern to it.

    Sometimes I'll run it on full battery and it'll hold on for 2 hours. Other times full battery keeps on going for 5 mins and then dies indefinitely. Okay sure, you'll say I should replace the battery, but that's not all.

    If I run the PC on AC adapter it can sometimes keep on going without the battery for a while. Other times it'll die after 2 mins. Sometimes it charges the battery full and then keeps on going with the battery the whole day long, other times it discharges a full battery in 20mins and dies. If I unplug the AC adapter for a while and plug it back in it seems to solve all the problems for a short while.

    If I delete the AHCPI battery manager in Device manager settings it also solves the problem for a short while. These problems only started when I installed Windows 7.

    I have deducted that it could be that:
    1. I need to replace the battery.
    2. I need to replace the AC adapter.
    3. I need to go back to Vista or XP:(
    4. I need a BIOS flash.
    5. I need a software fix or setting on Windows 7 of some kind.

    Somebody please help!!!
  2. maceman


    Mar 1, 2010
    Hi FriedBiltong,

    It could be the AC cord or jack. You can easily check it out by moving the cord, usually close to jack. Look at the light, there you can see if power is connected.
    Laptops works without battery too, so you can skip that part too.
    Hope it's not too serious..
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