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Power Meter Reading for Battery is Incorrect

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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
June 16, 2005 10:28:05 PM

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Ever Since I installed a new bigger Hard Drive (from12 gigs to 60 gigs) and
Windows XP Home, my Power Meter on the laptop has been giving me bogus
readings. It will drop from “3:00 hours remaining� to 80% in an hour then
drop to 3% ten minutes later without warning and lock up my system.

Just this evening, I started and unplugged the laptop at 7:30pm and meter
said 100% and 3:00 hours left. At 8:20pm power meter said 2:43minutes
remaining.

At 8:44pm the audible alarm sounded showing 3% battery left, (it never did
show a text alarm at the 10% like I had it set) The audible alarm keeps
beeping until the laptop shuts down or I plug in the power cord. At that time
I plugged in the power cord and the meter shows 3%.

I have tried three different batteries, with the same problem.

Does anyone know how to fix this problem?
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
June 17, 2005 1:03:54 AM

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Have you searched the manufacturer's website? It sounds like a
hardware problem rather than the software. Also try Googling the
problem like; keywords: "laptop battery low new hard drive" or
"laptop battery monitor incorrect"
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
June 18, 2005 10:21:38 AM

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jjv wrote:
> Ever Since I installed a new bigger Hard Drive (from12 gigs to 60
> gigs) and Windows XP Home, my Power Meter on the laptop has been
> giving me bogus readings. It will drop from "3:00 hours remaining" to
> 80% in an hour then drop to 3% ten minutes later without warning and
> lock up my system.
>
> Just this evening, I started and unplugged the laptop at 7:30pm and
> meter said 100% and 3:00 hours left. At 8:20pm power meter said
> 2:43minutes remaining.
>
> At 8:44pm the audible alarm sounded showing 3% battery left, (it
> never did show a text alarm at the 10% like I had it set) The audible
> alarm keeps beeping until the laptop shuts down or I plug in the
> power cord. At that time I plugged in the power cord and the meter
> shows 3%.
>
> I have tried three different batteries, with the same problem.
>
> Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

If this is an older computer formerly running Win9x/ME, are you sure
that the computer hardware supports XP? What does the vendor's support
site say about running XP? Some older computes need a BIOS update for
XP, some have proprietary power management drivers to handle the
battery, etc.

Q
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
June 19, 2005 1:16:02 PM

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Yes, this was a Win 98 system. I have updated all the bios and drivers.

"Quaoar" wrote:

> jjv wrote:
> > Ever Since I installed a new bigger Hard Drive (from12 gigs to 60
> > gigs) and Windows XP Home, my Power Meter on the laptop has been
> > giving me bogus readings. It will drop from "3:00 hours remaining" to
> > 80% in an hour then drop to 3% ten minutes later without warning and
> > lock up my system.
> >
> > Just this evening, I started and unplugged the laptop at 7:30pm and
> > meter said 100% and 3:00 hours left. At 8:20pm power meter said
> > 2:43minutes remaining.
> >
> > At 8:44pm the audible alarm sounded showing 3% battery left, (it
> > never did show a text alarm at the 10% like I had it set) The audible
> > alarm keeps beeping until the laptop shuts down or I plug in the
> > power cord. At that time I plugged in the power cord and the meter
> > shows 3%.
> >
> > I have tried three different batteries, with the same problem.
> >
> > Does anyone know how to fix this problem?
>
> If this is an older computer formerly running Win9x/ME, are you sure
> that the computer hardware supports XP? What does the vendor's support
> site say about running XP? Some older computes need a BIOS update for
> XP, some have proprietary power management drivers to handle the
> battery, etc.
>
> Q
>
>
>
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