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New Thinkpad Battery Won't Charge - Old One Charges Fine

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by CDobyns, Jan 16, 2010.

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  1. CDobyns

    CDobyns Thread Starter

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    I've got a Thinkpad 600E running WindowsXP, which has performed pretty well, although the original battery (understandably) just refuses to hold a charge very long any more - although it will reliably recharge when the laptop is running on A/C.

    I decided to invest in a new (genuine) IBM replacement laptop battery, which upon receipt, just wouldn't seem to go into the recharge cycle. The recharge light (lower left screen hinge) only blinks orange. Assuming "defective battery", I requested and received a return merchandise authorization, and returned the battery and requested a replacement. The replacement arrived, and the same problem.

    Although not outside the realm of reasonableness, it seems improbably that two consecutive replacement laptop batteries would be defective. Under power options, the replacement battery appears to be being recognized - although just not charging (graphic shows a "circle and bar" running through the battery image).

    So, clearly (at least to me),
    1. There's nothing wrong with my A/C adapter
    2. There's nothing wrong with my existing (old) battery
    3. There's nothing wrong with the battery charging circuitry

    Again, this is a genuine IBM laptop battery, with the exact same model as the old one and it seems to defy reason that this battery also has some sort of defect. Any suggestions on a way to "kick-start" the new battery into recharging?
     
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