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Laptop battery/charging issue

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by listentothis, Jan 20, 2007.

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  1. listentothis

    listentothis Thread Starter

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    I own a Toshiba Satellite P25 running Windows XP SP2.

    I'm in a funny situation regarding my battery/battery charging that I've never heard about...I recently purchased a new battery because my old one wasn't holding a charge. The battery WILL charge but only when the laptop is powered off or in standby. When the power cord is inserted, the instant I power on, the charge light turns off. I've checked the power while in Windows and it reads "AC power, discharging" instead of "charging." On very rare occasions, the charge light on the laptop will remain on for a while after I turned off the computer but will eventually go out.

    I've tried playing with the amount of plug I insert into the laptop, but it makes no difference. I'm suspecting it's a hardware problem with the actual port inside the laptop, like maybe it's loose? But that doesn't explain (IMO) why it only charges when the power is off. Or is it likely to be the power cord itself?

    I'd love to hear what you pros think. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Actually, if it consistently charges with the laptop off, I'd be suspecting the internal power supply/charging circuit, not the jack itself.
     
  3. kiwiguy

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    Is the new battery a genuine Toshiba replacement or a third party substitute?
     
  4. listentothis

    listentothis Thread Starter

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    The circuit inside the board?

    And yes, it's a genuine Toshiba replacement.
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Yes, it's the power converter/charger inside the laptop that I'm talking about.
     
  6. listentothis

    listentothis Thread Starter

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    Do you know if there's a way to repair it? I'm hoping it'd be as simple as a solder.

    If not, buy a new motherboard?
     
  7. JohnWill

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    I have no idea, and I doubt it's possible to diagnose on the description given. This is an issue that requires hands-on diagnosis. I doubt it's as simple as solder, but it's impossible to say.
     
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