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My personal laptop, which has been plugged in while at the hotel to keep battery charge up, just shut itself off. Twice. Hopefully this is more a sign that the battery (six years old) is actually loosing it's ability to hold a charge rather than something more ... dire. Since I didn't bring the power source with me to training classes, it shall need to wait until after today's sessions to trouble-shoot.

Meanwhile, at least I did get to deal with a couple e-mails that needed quick attention. And lunch is good. This is all to the plus.

We now return you to your Regularly Scheduled Life.

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singingnettle
Sep. 15th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. Probably your battery. They're only supposed to last a year or so, you know.
madshutterbug
Sep. 15th, 2005 10:34 am (UTC)
*heh* The whole thing is six years old. Battery & laptop.
madshutterbug
Sep. 15th, 2005 10:42 am (UTC)
And, actually, it's only been the past 12 months that I noticed any problems with the battery. So that's pretty good, if they're only supposed to last a year - two. I'd actually purchased two batteries with the computer (six years ago). One was dropped a couple years back, and the guides by the connection leads were broken, and that battery would no longer make a connection.

I think I can get replacement batteries, but frankly, as old as this laptop is I think I'd rather replace the laptop. I've been figuring on this happening sometime in the next six months.
marjai
Sep. 15th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
1. Reseat the battery. Probably couldn't hurt to clean the contacts while the battery is out.

2. Consider heat issues. Overheating will cause any PC to turn off.
madshutterbug
Sep. 15th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Laptop was not in the travel case, and I always use it on a little stand that allows for air movement around it while on the road. At home, it's up on a Rubbermaid wire shelf, though the docking port does somewhat block the fan. I'd just turned it on, had maybe 15 minutes of work done when it shut down the first time, and it was on less than 5 minutes the second.

I'll try reseating the battery later. Right now, it's plugged in to wall power and working, and the battery icon is showing no charge. We'll see what happens after giving it time to charge, cleaning contacts, and reseating.
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