Notebook Battery Madness

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I have a brand new Compaq Presario 906 Notebook. It's a pretty nice machine...but it fails to accomplish the one thing notebooks should -- run off the battery.

No matter how long I charge the battery using the AC adapter, the meter in the system tray always reads between 15-20%. Also, if I unplug the AC adapter while the notebook is on, the power immediately shuts off. Curiously, I can sometimes turn the power on when the notebook's unplugged, so the battery doesn't appear to be completely useless. Even then, however, it never lasts more than thirty minutes.

Also, is there anything special involved with removing a laptop battery for examination,etc? Or does it just slide out?

Where do I start on this problem? Thanks for the help.
 
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Usually there is a button or a catch that releases the battery and it slides out. A new laptop should not have a defective battery, I would return it or ask for a new battery
 
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you said its a new machine, did you let the battery charge all the way when u first got it? Laptop batterys usually only last a short period of time, thats why most people just plug them into a wall outlet. I wouldn't be unplugging it while you have it on, you could lose important data, since thats not a proper shutdown. Try contacting compaq to see if the battery is faulty, you don't want to void any warranty, and then see if you can get a longer lasting battery. goodluck.
 
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