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Skuryliw
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Battery not charging, but saying it is

Hello everyone, I bought my HP Pavilion dv6000 almost about a year ago, and just now I'm starting to notice some problems with the battery.  After a couple months it wouldn't fully charge to 100%, it would just sit at about 97-99%, which wasn't that bad because if it went any lower it would charge back up to that %.  However, my battery isn't charging at all now.  I plugged it back in at at about 80% when I realized it wasn't going up.  I still have the message saying that its charging.  The battery doesn't drain rappidly either, it just drops about 1% every two days or so.  Right now the message says "73% available (plugged in, charging).  Is there anything I can do to fix this myself?  Is it a problem with my PC?  Battery?  Or the AC adapter.  I'm thinking its not the AC adapter, because its still able to sit at the same percent for a few days.  Any help is would be amazing
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erico
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Has the actual length of use capability diminished? You haven't mentioned any time frames. It does help to be able to compare. If you really want to see how the battery is doing, just run it  to empty and see how far to full capacity it charges. Li-Ion batteries are very different that Nicads. Nicads last longer and can be refreshed but a lithium Ion battery cannot. Not charging to capacity is usually an indication of a battery on its way out.  Normally you will get a few years out of a battery, but not always.




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Skuryliw
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Last week it was at about 80-85%, and it just drops a percent every few days.  if I unplug it from the AC adapter and run it just on the battery, the battery drains but it doesn't recharge back up.  Probably time to get a new battery, but I just want to make sure its that and not anything else.
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That is understandable. Go to this HP webpage and follow the troubleshooting steps. The link is specific to your laptop type.




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Try this.  Hopefully that helps.

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First off, as recommended you do need to calibrate your battery so that you get an accurate figure on the life of the battery as well as the capacity that it has at any given time. With that said, once calibrated,  the type of behavior you describe is indicative of a dying battery. At one time batteries in laptops did indeed last several years with no problems. However as the demand for lighter laptops has grown the single heaviest  part of the system, the battery, has taken the biggest hit.  Smaller batteries are lighter, BUT also have lower capacity in the long term. while technology has given us batteries that do last longer between charges, the higher drain placed on them by the larger and more powerful processors we have have also placed a greater strain on their lifespan. The trade off has given us light batteries that supply a lot of current but have short life spans. Ideally we should be using several batteries, swapping off regularly, or better yet running dual batteries, like the old Dell Latitudes did...  batteries are a major compromise.
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