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"Plugged In, Charging" But Battery Discharges

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  1. popekay

    popekay Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone,
    I got a HP 530 laptop (vista home basic) from a friend to fix. It only powers on with battery power and not with ac power but it shows "Plugged In, Charging". If after powering up, you insert the ac adapter, it works fine although the battery doesn't charge.

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  2. lawson_jl

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    Sounds like you have a bad battery in the system. You also may have one of a few but growing number of notebooks that require you to have a battery in the system for them to be turned on. Replace the battery and you should be fine.
     
  3. popekay

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    Thanks lawson_jl.....I tried it with another battery but the problem persisted. What could be wrong?
     
  4. lawson_jl

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    You can check the output of the AC adaptar with a multimeter to see if that's correct. Otherwise it's likely there is something wrong with the charging circuits in the laptop itself. That will require professional service.
     
  5. popekay

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    Thanks lawson_jl for your help so far. I've tried up to 3 differrent AC adapters but nothing happened. And for the charging circuits, do you think changing the motherboard would be the best option?
     
  6. lawson_jl

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    It would likely be cheaper to buy a new laptop rather then have a shop change out the motherboard.
     
  7. brandonbr

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    Yup just go and buy a new one or have it replaced if it is still under warranty.
     
  8. popekay

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    Thanks alot. I think I'll just get a new laptop.
     
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