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Tecra M2 - battery meter/ battery life problem

Question: Tecra M2 - battery meter/ battery life problem

When running on the battery, at the start it suggests some 3 hours of life with 100%, but after less than an hour the system suddenly goes into standby.

I get no "low level" warning any more. The Toshiba Power Saver actions are set up to alarm at 20% and go to standby at 10%. This matches the settings under control panel / power options.
I tried a new battery but the symptoms are exactly the same.

Any ideas?

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Answer: Tecra M2 - battery meter/ battery life problem

Nothing immediately springs to mind, but I have a few questions which may help to elicit more information:

- Do you need to plug the M2 in to the charger to make it come out of Standby?
- What happens when you come out of Standby? Does it indicate near 0% of some other value?
- Does it recover from Standby or has it lost any BIOS settings (e.g.) wrong timedate?

Might be worth checking to see if you did anything prior to the problem which may be a factor.

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It's so strange. Today when I turned on my laptop, suddenly, there was a message that my battery has problems so the computer might shut down suddenly. I tried different strategies, like uninstalling the battery driver, or letting the computer completely die. When it turned off itself at 6%, I turned it back on, and it was at 2 minutes battery life. Then in a few minutes, it said 4 minutes battery life for 6%. Now, it's passed an hour, and it says 3 minutes, but changes sometimes to 1-4 minutes. The battery meter is completely wrong, and I don't know what to do since it is closing the computer way too early. I'm still not sure what the problem is. Please help me.

Answer:Laptop Battery Meter is Completely Wrong and it says there's a problem with the battery

How long have you been using the laptop with battery? Is it still under warranty?

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My battery meter occasionally drops suddenly to indicate that 0% charge is remaining even when in fact substantial battery life remains.  When this happens the dead battery indicator on the keyboard flashes as well, and the charging icon indicates "plugged in, not charging."  A few minutes later things will go back to normal, with th battery meter suddenly showing whatever the true charge is.  I know the battery is not actually dead when the meter drops to 0% b/c I can unplug the A/C adapter and continue running the laptop for upwards of 30 minutes (which is the longest I've tried).  Also, the fact that the meter will suddenly jump back to indicating a nearly full charge suggests to me that it isn't a battery problem, but rather a problem with the system that detects battery charge. Any idea whether the problem is with the battery or elsewhere and how to fix it?  I'm still under warranty but would prefer not to have to send my laptop to a service center and be without it while it's being fixed.

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The power meter has stopped recognising the main battery although it recognises and reports on the secondary battery (the one that replaces the CD Drive). The indicator light registers that the battery is present and if it is fully charged on not.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Tecra M5 - Power meter has stopped recognising the main battery

Sorry mate but what notebook model you have exactly?

What system is running currently?

Did you install some updates which could affect the battery status?

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The product specs for tecra a3 in this website states 3.46 hours-mobile mark.I get less than that although enough to watch a movie.May I know what this specs is based-perhaps a high capacity battery and not the battery that came with the unit?

Answer:Tecra A3 Battery Life

Hi,

the battery's life depends on what power setting you are using in battery mode. The 3.46 hours can only be reached in the lowest setting. Another thing is that not all batteries from the same type run the same time (normally only small differences). And after a while in use a battery's life time will decrease until it finally stops working (in a few years).

But maybe your battery just doesn't work properly and needs to be replaced.

Bye

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Got this lappy a week ago (1.6 dothan, 512/60/64 video)
Everything is fine, but I'm concerned with battery life from standard pack.

Once charged fully it shows a bit lesser then 3 hours of work.

Then time diminishes quite quickly. At 90% it gives 2:24
Manufacturer and several reviews claim that battery life should be at least 4 hours.

I have reinstalled Toshiba Power Management. Then XP asked to reinstall Common Modules.
However it didn't help much.

May I have a broken battery or this longevity is good for this machine ?

My old Notebook had an battery calibration utility at BIOS setup.
Is there somewhat similar ? It looks that system reads battery value improperly.

Answer:Tecra M2, Battery life

At first Check Toshiba's site and Microsoft for any updates to the OS or drivers that may help.

Regarding battery life, I know on older batteries, they worked like how you mentioned.

They will only list a change in time remaining at certain points of the battery.

For example, it may report 100% for 30 mins, but then drop to 50% all of a sudden.

But this only happened on the NiCad batteries because they didn't have a "smart" sensor in the battery to detect the small changes.

The battery you have is a Li-Ion, so this problem should not exist.

Depending on what you were doing at the time and what power management settings you had it set to, this will also play a part in how fast your battery drains.

Having the wireless on when you don't have wireless setup will drain the battery faster.

Playing CD's/DVD's, watching movies & playing games will all drain the battery faster.

Power management settings, if set to "Always On", it will cause the CPU to run at full speed even when on battery.

This is a BIG drain on the battery, as well as leaving the LCD brightness on MAX.

Check your settings, make sure it's set to Portable/Laptop and try dropping your brightness down.

If these suggestions don't help, it's possible you have a bad battery, if so, you may want to get it replaced.

Good Luck!

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I used to have an M2 which had a battery life of around 3hr 45. Last Jan I got an M3, and was surprised it was only 1hr 30 running just Word and a low memory music program. Closing the screen and running only the music program pushed it up to 1hr45. I'd assumed it was because it had a faster cpu etc. but two of my friends also had Toshibas and they thought it was a battery issue.
So what's the battery life of a 1.83GHZ M3 supposed to be?

Answer:Tecra M3: Question about Battery life time

Hi

According to the unit description the battery should run about 3hours.
But the battery working time depends from many different things and this is not a precise value. It???s very important how you use the notebook, which programs are running, how old the battery is, how many devices run together is, etc???
In this case generally it???s not easy to say if the battery has a fault or not.

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Hi,

Since beginning 2015, I own a Toshiba Tecra Z40-A-16C.

I noticed some strange behaviour with regards to the battery life indicator. When the notebook is fully charged, the indicator shows 100% remaining. And, when I use the notebook, the percentage slowly decreases, as expected.
However, once it is somewhere around 50%, the indicator suddenly decreases and says it has only 5 or 4% left and I should plug in immediately.

Any ideas on how to fix this issue?

Regards,
Oliver

Answer:Tecra Z40-A-16C - battery life indicator issue

The battery may need calibrating. Recharge and discharge it completely a few times.

If it still happens, the battery may need replacing. You can check the wear level using HWMonitor from cpuid.com.

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When I first got my 8100, I found the battery would go drain from 45% straight to 3%. I thought it was just because the laptop itself was quite old and hasn't been used for a while. So I bought a brand new battery on eBay. I charged the new one completely and tested it but the same thing is happening. After about an hours use, it says there's around 43-45% left then suddenly it beeps indicating that there's only 3% remaining.
Is there something I can do about this?
Thanks

Answer:Tecra 8100 - weird battery life

Hi

Are you sure that you have bought a new battery in Ebay.
Many parts are used in the ebay and sometimes people sell the second hand parts as a new one.
I think the batteries should be bought directly from the Toshiba authorized service provider. Then you could be 100% sure that you have bought a new and compatible battery without any malfunctions.

You know, if the battery is new and not corrupt the rapidly discharging should not happen.

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Seven years ago I bought a Tecra 780DVD, five years ago a Tecra 8100, and two years ago a Tecra S1. They?re all still in regular use and I?ve now used six lithium ion battery packs. My experience suggests these four guidelines are worth observing:

1. It's best to hibernate and remove the battery if the laptop will be idle for more than 2-3 days.
2. Operating lifetime varies quite a lot between battery specimens even with the same operating conditions.
3. Leaving the charger plugged in with the ?fully charged? light on doesn?t seem to do any harm (despite some recommendations).
4. Best not to junk the battery the first time it fails to charge. The trick described below may reset the battery and get more useful life out of it.

Tecras show ?end of life? for the battery by making the battery lamp flash orange or stay off when you try to recharge. Last week when I got back from holiday this happened to the 780 (now a WiFi print server) and it felt like d?j? vu because all four batteries (three on the 780 and one on the 8100) that I?ve previously had fail expired in just the same way ? they failed to charge after 7-14 days of hibernation with the battery left in. I feel this can hardly be a coincidence.

I still had another old 780 battery and an old 8100 battery that both failed about two years ago, so I did some tests. The two 780 batteries showed 10-11 volts on a voltmeter but when I put them in the laptop and connected the charger the charge light still fla... Read more

Answer:Experiences Over Seven Years With Battery Life In Tecra Laptops

Hello Johnson

It seems you are very big fan of Toshiba notebooks :)
Many thanks for this long case study and for sharing this informations with us.
I am sure that this info helps many community users.
Our community need more users like you. ;)

Best regards

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My S430 is running Win 7 Pro. Until yesterday it was functioning fine. Yesterday it shut down when the battery ran out with the Windows 'Critical Battery Issue' message. It was closed and was meant to be in Sleep mode.  After charging overnight 10+ hours the Windows battery meter says that the battery is at 0%. The Lenovo battery meter says that it is at 0%.  Clearly, it should have fully recharged by now. I have tried restarting the laptop etc. with no change.  So now either the battery is not charging, or, both meters are reading it wrongly. How can I resolve this problem?













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Answer:After Critical Battery Issue shutdown battery meter displays 0% constantly S430

This issue was resolved by a full Windows and Lenovo update and then several reboots.

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Hi everybody,

I have a few years old Satellite M35X-S149, no problems so far however I've been experiencing very poor battery life (like 10 minutes from fully charged to 0%). I reconfigured the power options so that it would do nothing even when battery power went to 0% (no auto hibernate) and it runs for another 45-60 minutes after it has reached 0% battery.

So i guess the battery is faulty but not dead and I believe there is some kind of "meter" that is not working as supposed, is there any way to reset o calibrate it?

Anybody has run into this same problem?

Thanks!

Answer:Poor battery live on Sat M35X - how to reset battery meter?

Hi,

I can give you an hint how to recalibrate the battery:

1. The battery should be loaded completely to 100%
2. then you will have to modify the powersaving profile like following -> hibernation & standby off, disable the options which shuts the machine off when the batt. level off so the machine should shut off when the battery is on 0%
3. Let the machine work for how long the battery lasts
4. After the machine shuts off by itself when the battery is COMPLETELY empty let the battery charge (the notebook should be powered OFF)
5. Check if it worked and repeat it if the result does not satisfy you
6. In case of NO success I would replace the battery

Greets and good luck

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Answer:Laptop battery not charging, battery not identified, 0% battery life

It sounds likely the charge circuit on the mainboard is damaged.  Contact Dell to have the mainboard replaced under warranty.

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I have tried calibrating the laptop using the hard drive test and the manual way, but it still shuts down with the battery after discharging 1000mAh.This battery I bought is a 11.1V 8800mAh battery. At 15% on the battery meter, the remaining capacity is 7890mAh.Here is a picture of the HP Battery Check: So I shuts down even when the battery is not empty. With this so far, I can say that either...1. The battery is sh*t quality.2. The battery is not fully compatible.3. The laptop can't take something with a larger capacity. Can someone help me with this issue?And if it is indeed a sh*t battery, where should I be ordering a 'legit' good quality repacement battery?

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I have just replaced my CMOS/BIOS battery today, as , I have faced some critical problem regarding regular BIOS date/time reset after system shutdown. But I want to know how do i recognize, that my new batter is totally ok or functional.

Battery Meter gadget shows that "battery Not charging"
Is it a gadget problem?

Is there any method available so that I can track that my new installed CMOS battery in PC is working fine?

Please help me.

Answer:Battery Meter shows CMOS battery not charging

The battery you have replaced is solely there to maintain the clock and other BIOS settings (if you have changed them from their defaults). It will not prevent you from booting your system if it is dead/missing; all it means is that you will have to enter the BIOS each time and make the correct settings and time. This battery is not rechargeable.

Do you still have to enter the correct time, or is the BIOS maintaining this now you've changed the battery?

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This all started when I had my laptop on my lap, and the battery slipped out of place (one of the clips must have slid to unlock).  Battery meter, when hovered over, shows that laptop is "plugged in and charging" but shows a red X over the battery.Wifi meter shows the blue "thinking" circle, when hovered over shows I am connected and have internet access. Another thing that's not working is the screen brightness and volume meters that appear when unsing Fn+arrow keys (they still function, but the meters don't appear on the screen). This is such a strange combination of problems, I have no clue what's going on. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the lenovo energy management drivers, with no luck. EDIT: And now I'm getting this error when trying to reinstall lenovo energy management 

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Hi guys..

I have wired problem here ..My laptop's battery meter doesn't move up and down when i plug in the charger .. But it's charges normally 10% 11% no problem in that..

Am using Win7 7264 I though maybe it's bug or something so I tried my vista the same charging without moving

any suggestions

Answer:Battery Meter problem

This maybe a motherboard problem. I would go to hp website and see if they have a new firmware for your laptop. Since this happens in Win7 and Vista if I read your post right.

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Hi,I've had my notebook for almost a year now and I just recently used express charging mode with OneKeyOptimizer and after that my battery meter is always wrong. It stays at 100% and drops to 0 quick. I have tried installing, and un-installing drivers (ACPI,Lenovo Power, etc.) and Disconnecting the battery from the motherboard. I also tried upgrading the BIOS and drivers, nothing. Callibration using OneKey and Gauge reset using power manager and no luck either. I finally tried manually resetting the gauge (fully charging and discharging) and it now drops to 0 more slowly and stay on 0 for 4 or more hours. The battery life is very good (weird!).So I have two questions now:1. Is there something I have not tried except re-installing windows?2. Why did it happen when I only used express charging mode?3. There is no OneKeyOptimizer or Power manager or any type of standard battery gauge software for lenovo y40-80 for windows 10, Is there going to be one soon? 

Answer:Y40-80 Battery meter problem

Hi dilmanous , 
 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
 
Previous power management would not be compatible to Windows 10 after upgrade .
Such apps was designed for think systems originally and that this article would apply ( Document ID: HT104070  Last Updated :01 Feb 2016 )
 
" There is no Power Manager for Windows 10.
ThinkPad systems with Windows 10 have dual-mode battery firmware. The firmware will help to recognize the battery health and automatically adjust the full charge capacity downwards to maintain maximum battery health.
Therefore, it does not require users to manually maximize battery health with Power Manager. " 
 
What you can do perhaps is completely uninstall it and restart , check if the battery status of Windows 10 is working.
As soon as express charging mode was set , synchonization of the app with the firmware may have caused it.
 
One key optimizer currently for Win10 replaces previous battery software and do not share same features as the energy manager in Win8 . 
 
For Windows 10 systems, power manager has been included in the Lenovo Settings application . 
 
At the moment , this may be the closest answer we can have but you can check this thread shared by fellow community member for the same app on this discussion . 
 
Update us how it would go. 
 
 
Regards

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Answer:Problem 6-cell battery with meter Acer Aspire One 532H

Welcome to CH.All three look like good companies. But so many firms nowadays offer batteries.In my opinion, you do not need  buy a new battery just because it doers not reach 100% charge. Even 77% charge is useful.  If the laptop is working good, just wait until you really need a new battery.

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So... I was trying to search that problem (many of us has troubleshooting with battery) but I think I must write that post.First: since month I have error from my Windows 7 (64bit, professional edition): Consider replacing battery, bla bla bla... Is that a problem with my drivers or witch 3 years old battery?Secondly: to that trouble i can add that yesterday my charger has broken... So today i was testing my laptop with other searching some troubles on main board. Tension was not stable until battery was fully charged. Then after 5 minutes (time needs to drop battery level under 60% from 93%) i was again not stable (+/- 1A). So I think it is problem with battery, I'm right?Last thing: is there any software to format battery for Lenovo Y530? I mean I want to try repair my battery if this is possible. I wanted to format battery from my BIOS but there is any option to do this. Is there any software which allows to format battery manually without BIOS? Or just I must upgrade BIOS? Can I get link to download new version of BIOS? Thanks for reply  Ahh I forgot...Is that important in which order I'm trying to install drivers? I bought computer with Vista later I bought Windows 7 and then was troubles with battery and others... So that is important which driver I install first (I mean: "first you must install that driver then that later this and on the end that one")?

Answer:"Consider replacing battery", broken charger and low life on battery power on IdeaPad Y530

See this threadhttp://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-V-Z-and-P-series/Ideapad-Y560-Consider-replacing-your-batter...





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Hi all,
I've owned my Lumia 920 for 3 years now, purchased brand new and always looked after it. I've had no issues until yesterday, except for about 2 months ago the side-camera button stopped working to load the camera app and take photos (app tile and on-screen capture button now).
The night before last, I put my phone on charge whilst I went to sleep and when I woke up in the morning I found that the battery was showing as being in saver mode. I thought the lead had come loose so I let it charge again and confirmed it had the charge icon. When I took out the lead 30 mins later it had even less charge.
I thought the phone might just be going screwy so I did a soft reset (held volume down and power until the screen went off, and then the phone vibrated and reset). When the phone came back to life, it had 100% power.
Within 3 hours I was down to about 50% when it had just been sat on the desk, idle, next to me. I turned the phone off and on again, and the battery life was back up to about 98%.
This continued through the entire day; three times it entered battery saver, but when I reset the phone the battery life jumped back up to it's "real" value but then resumed falsely draining fast.
I thought I'd just let the phone run out of juice but I think it hangs at "5%" (false) battery and won't actually turn itself off. It was at 5% when I went to bed last night, and 8 hours later it was still at 5%. I reset it and it went back to 41% (having not been charged in just over 24 hour... Read more

Answer:Lumia 920, 3 years old, battery drains 4% / hour with no use, but resets battery life when restarted

Hi all,
I've owned my Lumia 920 for 3 years now, purchased brand new and always looked after it. I've had no issues until yesterday, except for about 2 months ago the side-camera button stopped working to load the camera app and take photos (app tile and on-screen capture button now).
The night before last, I put my phone on charge whilst I went to sleep and when I woke up in the morning I found that the battery was showing as being in saver mode. I thought the lead had come loose so I let it charge again and confirmed it had the charge icon. When I took out the lead 30 mins later it had even less charge.
I thought the phone might just be going screwy so I did a soft reset (held volume down and power until the screen went off, and then the phone vibrated and reset). When the phone came back to life, it had 100% power.
Within 3 hours I was down to about 50% when it had just been sat on the desk, idle, next to me. I turned the phone off and on again, and the battery life was back up to about 98%.
This continued through the entire day; three times it entered battery saver, but when I reset the phone the battery life jumped back up to it's "real" value but then resumed falsely draining fast.
I thought I'd just let the phone run out of juice but I think it hangs at "5%" (false) battery and won't actually turn itself off. It was at 5% when I went to bed last night, and 8 hours later it was still at 5%. I reset it and it went back to 41% (having not been charged in just over 24 hour... Read more

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Hello

I just purchased a Satellite L775-15q and I want to know the best plan to charge my battery, so it can last as long as possible.
Should I leave the laptop always connected on the charger power cord, no matter if it has full battery or not? Should I always let the battery drop to 10% and then charge it up to 100% and then remove the cord? Or should I do that from time to time and not every day?

Thanks!

Answer:Satellite L775-15Q - Battery Charging plan for long battery life

Hi,

I think the best that you can do is discharge the battery two-three times a month not everyday.

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Despite the manufacturer's claim of 7 hours battery life on my Lenovo Ideapad 320S-14IKB - 81BN (S/N: MP1CHQTJ), I only get around 3-4 hours. This is with light usage, Reddit, a little bit of youtube etc. CPU usage was mostly around 0-5% the entire time. This was with the max CPU state in power settings reduced from 100% to 85%. However, I do have the screen at 100% brightness. As a different test, I tried doing (almost) nothing (apart from keeping the screen bright), and got 6 hours out of the battery. Is there a simple solution to increase this? It's only a 30 Wh battery (2 cell). Maybe in the future, a 60 Wh (4 cell?) one will come out for this model?

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My old T42 had an option to only start recharging the battery once it fell below a specifiable threshold - like 75%, using the battery maximizer tool. This reduces the number or cycles on the battery, and extends life if you frequently unplug your computer for only a few minutes at a time. I can't seem to find the same option in the lenovo energy management application. HAs anybody else seen, or know of a way to achieve this?





first os: dos 5

Answer:s10-3 control battery recharge threshold to improve battery life?

Hi,

Even though I don't own an IdeaPad, but still I'm certain such an option doesn't exist on these consumer note/netbooks, sorry.

Hope this answers your question. 





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Hi
Anyone had this issue?

My battery indicator (Windows and also the Toshiba PM) don't show the remaining battey life in minute but only in percentage.
is it correct or there are some strage settings in power setting menu?

Thanks

Answer:NB200 - Battery indicator shows only battery life in percentage

Mine does the same, thats just how it is in XP. But I believe the Vista power saver shows the remaining time.

I think you will need to download a battery utility from the Internet to display the remaining time.

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Hi guys,I am very happy user of Lenovo T520. I have upgraded to Intel 520 SSD disk and ram to crucial 2x4GB DDR3 and laptop is performing very well ! When I bought my T520, I bought one replacement battery- 9 cell battery(laptop came with 6-cell). I have used it about 10-30 times only and kept it always only 80% charged in cool place(actually at room temperature 22C approx). After one year of no-usage I wanted to start using this replacement battery again. I am very disappointed and confused. I have inserted my 9-cell battery with only 20 charging cycles and it has very low capacity and runtime. Please help me? What happned with my nearly 3 years old, but never used battery??? My 6 cell battery(about 200 cycles) is like new and performing very well(3 hours runtime and 95% capacity) See attached Many thanks for any useful advise

Answer:Lenovo T520 battery life with unused 9cell battery only 40%

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Hey there,
Yes you read it correctly: I have just received mine, which I purchased because of battery life and overheating and fan noise issues on the Dell XPS 13 i7 7th gen. The 8th gen was supposed to have solved all the issues the previous version was plagued with...
Well... I unboxed it, loaded all of my softwares, installed all the WIndows updates, Dell drivers, you name it. Charged it and started using it. When I unplugged the power cord, first estimate was 4hrs on the Windows battery indicator. Then I installed BatteryBar to have a more reliable estimator. Same.
Later on, I discovered a very strong and very loud fan. Unsurprisingly, the underneath was burning hot.
Got the support team on the phone, whilst I was talking with them, the fan kicked in and I even could give them a glimpse of how loud that was over the phone.
Has any of the lucky owners of the XPS 13 i7 8th gen come across similar issues? 
Sometimes, I am just baffled by the world there is between the promise and the reality....

Answer:XPS 13 8th gen i7 16GB RAM QHD+ Battery Issues 4hrs battery life tops

A brand new system may have an unusually high level of background tasks running simultaneously, such as Windows and other applications checking for and downloading updates, Windows monitoring your usage to optimize technologies such as PreFetch for your usage patterns, etc.  You might want to conduct a battery test after things have settled in a bit more.  The QHD+ display takes 2-3 hours off of the expected battery life, but you should still get 7-8 hours under normal use.  Then again, if you're heavy on WiFi and max out display brightness, you'll get less than that.  The fact that the fans are kicking on also suggests there's an unusually high level of background activity running, so check Task Manager to see if you can find out what's responsible for that.

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Hi There!Some Questions:1) Is the CPU of the Z510 on a socket so I could upgrade it?I saw a dissambling video, that looked like you could do that.And if one can do that: If you place a i7 on that board will the cooler be strong enough and is the battery able to keep up with the power needed from that i7?And if I'd go totally crazy and replace the i5 4200, upgrade that thing to 16gb ram and change the hard drive to an ssd: Will the battery just vaporize? SO: Is it possible to upgrade the 4cell battery installed in my z510? Thanks for your responses! Regards from Germany,Ruforion

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On windows 7 this mode on Energy management software limits the charge percentage to 60% on Z580 But the charging doesnot stop it keeps charging and discharing to keep the level stable at  60%. Does that not void the whole point of running this mode?

Answer:Optimizing battery run time and battery life Faulty setting

Welcome to the forum toxicdevil.
 
     The Energy Management for Win 7 is behaving normally. There is a 5% range, for when the system will initiate the charging sequence. It should begin charging when the battery gets down to 55%, and stop at 60%. If your gauge does not stop charging at 60% (Plugged In, Not Charging) you could have a problem.
 
      Also, I noticed in your other post, you had upgraded to Win 8.1.
 
EDITED: Here are the Energy Management drivers for the Z580 under Win 8.1:
 
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?DocID=DS037680
 
 
Cheers
 
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Hi,
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I updated to 8.1 and noticed that the orange battery light now blinks all the time (about 1 per second) and the battery only charges 50 - 60% range.  I have Lenovo Energy Management enabled and set to maximize battery life (power plan=balanced).  Tried running the Battery Gauge Reset - it ran for 10+ hours before I had to cancel it to use the laptop... how long does it take to run?? Any fixes? Anyone roll back to Windows 8.0 with any success?

Answer:Yoga 13 - updated to 8.1 Charges 50 - 60%, battery set to Max Battery Life

Try this: bricot wrote:I updated to 8.1 and noticed that the orange battery light now blinks all the time (about 1 per second) and the battery only charges 50 - 60% range.  I have Lenovo Energy Management enabled and set to maximize battery life (power plan=balanced).  Tried running the Battery Gauge Reset - it ran for 10+ hours before I had to cancel it to use the laptop... how long does it take to run?? Any fixes? Anyone roll back to Windows 8.0 with any success?Open the Energy Manager > click on the "menu" with three vertical lines on the upper right side > click settings and make sure conservation mode it not turned on. If that's not the issue, than you may have a battery problem and I would exchange it is possible or contact Lenovo about warrenty repair.

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I finally upgraded from the X201 to X270. This is a refurbished mahcine from lenovo. My internal battery discharges very fast. I ran through the utilities. I was on for 2.5 hours surfing with Google Chrome and only had 20% left. Is this normal? If not, I will need to buy an extended battery. My X201 lifespan is much better.

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When I pin the battery saver tile to the start screen it doesn't show the battery life in percent. Although it used to.

Answer:battery Saver tile not showing battery life

It does show in my 620.It needs The Denim Update

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My X1 is about a month and a half old: 1. Battery life on a charge appears to be a little under 3 hours without changing the settings it came with. I know there are setting to maximize the time on one charge but for normal factory settings is this time normal? 2. When I check battery Power and Performance it states that the battery is at 85% of its original capacity. To lose so much capacity in just a month and a half seems odd. Is this normal or can this measure vary? All in all I am having a very positive experience with this computer however I am a little concerned with these power readings I am getting. Thanks in advance.

Answer:X1 Battery Life on a charge and Battery Health Questions

hey bbfolgart,1 - since you did not change any setting, the hours of usage in my opinion is about right; though this also depends on the battery you are using as well as other factors such as screen brightness; application that you're using, if the wireless is on, etc. all of this plays a role on the how much power is left for the battery.2. battery going down to 85% capacity is weird. for this try doing a battery gauge reset from the Power Manager.At the same time, do fully charge the battery and then use your unit without the AC adapter until the battery fully discharges.Recharge the battery and do not use it at this time. Once fully charge, use it again without adapter and see how long the battery last and check the capacity as well.while you do all of this, do check on http://support.lenovo.com if there is any updates for the Power Manager software that you are using and update if applicable.





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So I reinstalled Vista the other day, and even before that a bit, my battery life was simply terrible. At one time, I was able to get 5 hours maximum. Now, I can (at max) get 2 hours and 15 minutes out of a 9 cell battery. There was a previous topic on this forum, but like many other topics in the Lenovo forums, the topic was deleted. Nearly everything that I've searched for regarding problems with my thinkpad, I have found a topic that linked here, but was since deleted. Very annoying.   So, I have power manager 2.41a. The battery is correctly listed,  (86 Wh Li-Ion). I powercycled it one night, and it changed to 3 hours, but it went back down to 2. I should be getting at least 5, but I've heard reports of people getting 10 hours. I'm no where near that! I'm on power saver setting, and my brightness is at about half. I have all the latest drivers, System Update didn't return anything.  Also, my switchable graphics has stopped working, as it has with plenty of other people. Any word on when a fix for this will be out? It's disappointing to spend $1400 on a laptop, only to have key features stop working. My first experience with Lenovo has not been a good one so far. I thought these things were supposed to be rock solid? That's why I bought it... the keyboard on this one sucks, it's matte instead of rubberized. It's plastic everywhere.... Why spend a premium on something that gets me the quality of an HP or a Dell? Why not spend half the price? &n... Read more

Answer:T400 Battery life very poor. 9 cell battery.

Okay, a couple of things. First to address your battery life. If you are using the latest ATI Switchable graphics drivers then do this: Start -> Run -> type 'MS Config' hit enter. Go to the start up tab and uncheck the following:  igfxpers.exe; igfxtray. For whatever reason, the new ATI switchable graphics driver when on integrated mode hangs the processor causing it to use 50% of the CPU resources. I found my power usage went from 14-16 watt draw back to 8-9w draw. Next for the switchable graphicsdo this: Lenovo just released Power Manager 2 on 1.5.09. So far, I didn't see it available on the Auto Update utility but I found it when browsing the downloads page. So me being OCD about having the latest versions of software/drivers, I decided to download it. After the install, I found that my switchable graphics wasn't in the left click menu as it always has been. I right clicked and did not see it there either. Remembering what I did for the clean install (I went back to factory install), I did the following steps.Restart computer -> go into BIOS and select Discrete graphics only. Let windows start and re-install the drivers. Did another restart to ensure functionality. Then I went back to the BIOS and selected Integrated only. I let windows start, and again it had to re-install the drivers. Once this was done, I entered the BIOS again and put the display to OS detect function and booted windows normally. Thinking I had it fixed, I left clicked on t... Read more

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I don't care if this voids the warranty. Just curious if it's possible get maybe another hour or 2 on a YP2.

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Hi all- I've had my X201T with core i7/2.13GHz, 4GB RAM and 8-cell battery for around 2 months now, and I'm only seeing about 2 hours of battery life before I need to plug-in. I'm running Windows 7 x64 with power options set to "Energy Saver." Is this normal/expected battery life for this configuration? Thanks,Darren David

Answer:Poor battery life on new x201T w/ 8-cell battery

That's not very good. My 4 cell battery gets 2.5 - 3 hours with typical use (wifi on, OneNote, firefox, screen backlight set to 9).My 8 cell battery gets around 6 hours under the same conditions. Video playback can kill those numbers though.

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The 6 cell battery for my t500 has a first used date of June 2010, and it currently has 298 cycles on it.   (This is my second battery for the machine.) The condition says fair, and says it currently lasts for up to 30 min full charge, and a new battery would give me up to 1 hour of battery life. Is that normal wear?  How many cycles do you usually get out of a battery?





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Answer:Is this normal battery life for 1.5 year old battery? :\

It sounds low, unless you're always running in discrete mode.I got 3-4 hours on my T400 6-cell.

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Hi, I recently ordered and started using a T500 with P8600 processor and 9-cell battery (the one sticking out in the back). After adding 2GB extra memory and an Intel x25-m g2 SSD, I started using it with Windows 7. I have been using it for a little more than a week now, and I've noticed that battery life seems quite bad. Granted, I've only run it on battery for a longer period once, and then I got about 3h 10 min running time on battery. This was with graphics switched to intel, optical drive turned off, wlan and 3g-card off, screen dimmed to half, power plan set to power source optimized.Usage was fairly light, editing code inside Visual Studio. Would this be expected running time? It seems quite short to me, considering my old HP nc8430 with T7200 processor (34W TDP) and 7200rpm disk got nearly 5 hours when it was new.. Is there any kind of extended battery available?

Answer:T500 battery life and extra battery

Heoo hugohallqvist, welcome to the forums, You should see this link here http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T400-amp-T500-Battery-size-what-sticks-out-... Battery life wise, I can get around 1:30 minutes, pure gaming to about 4 hours. If you have battery issues, get the larger 9 cell and 3 cell one that fits into the Optical Drive Slot so you can get double battery life. It will be a lot heavier but except 6-8 hours.





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hi guys, i want to get a battery for my acer aspire 5315 laptop that will give me the longest possible time on the go.

what will i need 4 cell, 6 cell 12cell? which one?

ps. and i know that i can change powerplan and tweak some settings but i think a new battery would be best.

Answer:best battery to give longest battery life?

Assuming that they are all designed to fit your laptop, you need to look at the ratings. Basically, you want the one with the greatest Ah (amp?re-hour) as that should last longest. Although this usually means the battery with the most cells, it doesn't always follow. Check their specifications.

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Hi, I recently purchased an Ideapad y560 and I was just wondering how to maximize the battery life and the Laptop's wellbeing. I read the thread http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-3000-and-Value-line/HOW-TO-MAXIMIZE-YOUR-LAPTOP-S-BATTERY-LIFE/m-... which has a lot of information on battery life except it is 2 years old. With my current Hp laptop I take the battery out at 35% and leave it in a ziploc while running the laptop on AC power with no battery connected.  I then try to charge the battery to full after 2 weeks and then kill it back to 35% to restore it.  Is this still the best way to run laptops if the laptop will not need to run on battery power for 1-2 weeks?

Answer:Maximize Battery Life Run on AC Power No battery?

You can try this option:http://drop.io/c6qriao/asset/battery-settings-pngIt's on the Lenovo Energy Management (the bright button on next to the right speaker) --> Click on the "mechanical weel" on the bottom --> Choose the second option.... And read the hint on that screen for more information.





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Clocked on various ocassions, from pressing on button (laptop is off and not restarting from hibernation or suspension), to laptop going into hibernation at 2% critical battery level, using the maximum energy saving mode.

This is with wifi on and surfing the web.

Hdd shuts off after 1 min, display brightness at minimum.

Battery was manufactured at least 4 months ago and is the 9 cell official Toshiba unit supplied with the laptop.

Laptop has 2gb memory and the Core 2 Duo T5750 processor, running Vista basic.

Message was edited by: michael_L300

Just want to add that this means the laptop is using approx 18 watts, which seems to be a very reasonable number, given that just the processor has a tdp of 35 watts. These Core 2 Duos with speed stepping really reduce their energy consumption.

By the way, display is 1280x800, and the wireless adapter is the realtek rtl8781lb, not the intel one.

Answer:3 hr 45 min battery life on 65Wh battery: Pro L300

Do you have some question?
How to understand your thread?

If you can work so long with battery power supply only, that is great. Almost 4 hours.
My Satellite A300 runs about 3 hours.

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My family, myself are long time Lenovo Thinkpad T users.  I currently have a T 520.  It's fine as it always has been and quite pleased,  but I would now like something much lighter and it has developed a little glitch that doesn't seem reparable.  I will still keep it as a second, back-up laptop.  I just ordered the T460s that is to my liking and right in my price range (got the basic one new from Lenovo for under $800).   But to my dismay and amazement, I keep reading and hearing about lousy battery charge times ranging from 4 to 7 hrs when it is suppose to be at least 10 hrs.  And about all kinds of efforts and ways to increase it with apparently little success.   I have searched several times in this Thinkpad T forum (and elsewhere) on the latest, up to date info and experience regarding the battery and maximizing, extending battery life for the T460s.  I have not found anything beyond around 10/16/16.    As of 2/12/17, I am wondering what battery is now going into T460s, like the one being built for me.   Is it the same as always or something diferent, new, improved? Are T460s users still having the same problems and issues with the length of the battery charge? Has anyone found something, anything that really does maximize, improve or extend T460s battery life? Thanks, Randy   

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I have a 2013 X1 Carbon.  The battery had originally given me 4-5 hours of life on normal settings.  Recently it had gone down to 2 hours, close to 3 if I used power saver mode, dimmed the screen, etc.  So I got a replacement battery -- and it made no difference.  The battery was installed by a service tech, since it's not user-replaceable.  I thought maybe it was a defective battery (or the tech put the old one back in by mistake), so I called, and they sent me another new battery.  SAME THING.  Battery life is still about 2 hours.   I installed all updates and ran a complete virus check (no viruses).  I run a normal amount of programs and nothing crazy - Chrome web browser, MS Office applications, Skype, and a few others.  I can't understand this at all.  Any ideas would be most appreciated!

Answer:Battery life terrible even with replacement battery

BatteryBar Pro helps me monitor how much battery I am using and how much I have left.  I tend to average about 8 watts of drain when I'm using my 2015 X1 which translates into about 6 hours of use with a 50 watt hour battery.  Download it (they have a free version too which is a little more limited in functionality) and that coupled with your Task Manager should help you quite a bit.  Task Manager allows you to sort open programs by how much CPU they are using so you can figure out the offender.  Chrome is a notorious battery suck but I doubt even Chrome could cause the severe drain you are experiencing. 





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I have an inspiron 1501 dell laptop, which is two years old. Recently, the battery had been dying within 30 minutes of being unplugged. This is on the energy saver mode. Is there anything I can do to get the battery life back to what it used to be?
 

Answer:Battery Life Problem!

Welcome to TSG.
I suspect that you need to purchase a new battery.
Vicks
 

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I bought 2 new A60's for my kids for christmas and both seem to have a problem, when using the battery they only get about 25-30 minutes usage even when not running any programs. This is after disconnecting from the mains with 100% battery showing. Is there a setting I need to change or is this a problem. Both laptops were charged for 24hrs and not used for when first opened.

Answer:A60 battery life problem

Hi Alan,

I think it is not a big problem. It is possible that you must check settings in Power Saver Properties. There you can make some ?Power Down? settings.

Click Start>Control Panel>Toshiba Power Saver Properties. Chose profile called Normal.
On the right side check all Power Off settings.

If you doubt that battery can be defect, contact Toshiba Service Partner and I am sure that you?ll get the new one.

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I have a dell inspiron 1501 laptop, which is 2 years old. Generally I keep it plugged in while I use it, but I unplug it at night and leave it in sleep mode. For the first year and a bit, it only used a little bit of the battery at night, but now there is almost none left when I turned it on in the morning. I unplugged the laptop today while working, and 15 minutes later it was out of battery. I am on the energy saver mode, and see no reason for why I have such low battery life. Any suggestions on how to improve it?

Answer:Battery Life Problem!

Batteries wear out. If it won't accept a charge, then that's what's going to happen.
New batteries are expensive so I recommend using the battery only when it's needed.

I take the battery out of the laptop once it's fully charged, and then (when I use it), I use it until it's discharged. Only then do I charge it up again. Most people will say it isn't necessary with newer batteries/charging systems - but I like the way that I did it in the old days and will keep on doing that way.

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Not sure if this is the place to put this question. But for my laptop battery, it doesnt last long then 15 mins until windows tells me that i got 10 minutes left in my batteries.

So my question is that is there any programs for windows that can help me recharge my batteries? or is my battery dead and need to buy a new one now?

Anything will help! Thanks in advance!

Plater

Answer:Battery life Problem

That is the symptom of a dying battery, get a new one.

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Hello, I have an x200 with the 9 cell battery. When I run it at the maximum battery life profile with the screen on 1/2 brightness I can barely get 6 hours of battery life. I called lenovo and they sent me another battery and the its the same with that as well. Please help.Message Edited by japjotsvig on 11-01-2008 07:00 PM

Answer:HELP!!! X200 BATTERY LIFE PROBLEM

What is the system doing during these 6 hours? Battery life is very dependent on that. If you are playing a disk and graphics intensive game, or running demanding software, you'll get less. Reviewers have reported about 5 to 10 hours battery life for the X200, depending on what the system is doing.

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Hi, I bought my T400s laptop a year ago and now I'm having some problems with battery life. Few weeks ago I really started to use my laptop without the charger and this is when I noticed that, when fully charged, the estimated remaining time is about 1.5 hours. If I enable battery stretch application, the time will increase only by 10 minutes. When I bought this pc, I read all kinds of reviews and most of them explained that the tested battery-life is closer to 6 hours (at least 4 hours). One source is for example: http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/review-lenovo-thinkpad-t400s-notebook-20090623/  Sure I have WiFi on, as well as web browser, virus protection program, but is there any way I could increase my battery life in order to manage my lectures and lessons? Is my touch screen the problem? According to ThinkPad Power Manager, my battery's condition should be good. Some of my friends have quite old MacBooks and it sucks not to be able to compete with them in terms of battery life... Thanks!

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I have owned my U330 for about six months. Battery life has declined from nearly 3.5 hours to barely 2 hours over that time.  Is this a defect that has a solution or do I have to suffer it without recourse?

Answer:U330 Battery Life Problem

i'm not sure but try to contact lenovo support line. may be they'll replace it.but if you ask my personal opinion, you have to use until it's dead.

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I purchase it at the end of August for school and recently very suddenly my laptop's battery life is reduced to less than 2 hours on the lowest brightness display. Can anybody help to fix this?

Answer:P580 Battery Life Problem

The battery might be set to battery protection mode which locks the the charge level to 60% which lasts about 2 hours. Change this setting to optimize for battery runtime to get better battery life. This setting is available in energy management software.Please do give this a tryRegards





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Hello,I have recently purchased a Lenovo Y50-70 (GTX 960M, IPS screen) without Windows to save money. I do have an MSDN subscription, so this would be a complete waste of money.I've installed the OS - Windows 8.1 with update - and all necessary drivers.But Action Center tells me that there's a compatibility issue with power management, and because of this, the notebook only last 2 hours on a charge.What did I do wrong? Does the order of drivers I install matter?

Answer:Brand new Y50-70 battery life problem

Hi Toastnbutter,
 
Welcome to the Forums  
 
As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with battery in your Lenovo Y50-70 laptop.
 
Try to perform the battery gauge reset and check for the issue, to perform the gauge reset go to energy management and select maintainence and guide option. Select battery gauge reset and check for the issue. The order of the drivers will not matter.
 
Also try to reinstall the energy management and check for the issue.
 
Click here for the energy management.
 
Hope this helps. Do post back if the issue persists.
 
Best regards,         
                                                                            
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I have a new G580.  I can't find a battery management program on it, but I want to take measures to prolong the battery service lifetime.  What do I do? Second qustion:  I went to the site link for ordering a spare/new battery, but it wants a nine digit model number, and the model number on the underside of this computer is a 5 digit number: 20150.  but there is this number : 59354100.  Also, I can't read the text very well, my eyes are bad, why the hell do they have to make the numbers so small?

Answer:how do I prolong battery life and how do I get another battery

Hi signmeuptoo,
 
Thanks for posting in the Lenovo Community,
 
As I understand your need that you want the Lenovo Power management application,
 
For Windows 7(32bit-64bit):
 
http://support.lenovo.com/en_EG/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS030145
 
For Windows 8(32bit-64bit):
 
http://support.lenovo.com/en_EG/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS031269
 
Regarding the second question for the battery replacement can you please clarify more about that page and also please check the below link for the Order for the battery:
 
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http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/special-offers.workflowhowPro...
 
Hope the information helps. Let us know.
 
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I updated energy management software (I think wrong version...) and lifespan mode doesn't work anymore.I already did battery calibration.Any suggestions are welcomed.  Spec:Windows 7 sp1G475

Answer:Battery Life Span mode problem

Search "sleep mode" in the start menu search to re-enable it.

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I switched from macbook air after 7 years - was impressed by surface pro 4 form factor. I primarily use surface pro 4 for Manmit Excel, Chrome browsing, and most importantly microsoft outlook. Just through these three program, I never get more than 4-5 hours of battery on i5 8gb ram device.
I updated the battery driver, changed from sleep to hibernate, and also turned off windows hello. Nothing is working - I don't understand microsoft claim of upt to 9 hours. Can you share your battery experience?

Answer:Terrible battery life - not getting more than 4 hours. Has anyone else had this problem?

"Chrome browsing"
Uhh... There you go, one of the culprits.
Also, check your Outlook sync settings and turn off Hyper-V if you don't need it.

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Any similar experiences to mine, please?

After not using my Tecra for a while (3 months approx). It's now again been on charge for over 24 hours and I've now ended up with the original problem, I had the last time I used the Tecra, several months ago! The problem is, I believe, only related to attempting to use it on battery power, as follows:

Upon booting up the machine from 'cold', after getting past the 'password' request screen it goes straight to a 'small blue screen', which has the message:

*** Hardware Malfunction

call your hardware vendor for support

NMI : channel check / IOCHK

*** The system has halted ***

A bit more info, I've just found that I can actually switch off from the 'blue screen' situation - not needing to remove he battery as I first thought - and if I then fit the power lead everything starts up OK and seems to carry on working normally. If I then remove the power lead (leaving the m/c to run on battery power alone) the small blue screen and same message reappears.

Again suggesting a battery problem, I guess?

Has anyone else had a similar experience?


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Answer:TECRA 9100 Battery Problem

Hello


Windows can indicate only fundamental error messages when the occurrence hardware malfunctioning, so that the elimination of errors can be difficult for equipment problems. Most equipment problems step into connection with the Motherboard, the main memory on a Motherboard or an adapter or the buffer on a Motherboard or an adapter.

On this way it is not easy to say what the problem can be. I don`t know how old the unit is but if the unit is still under warranty I advice you to contact Authorized service partner. I am pretty sure that they can locate what the cause for this issue can be.

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My A2 has been misbehaving recently. I hav recently had to do a reformat on my syst and now the battery doesnt charge. And Even wen the ac cable is unplugged the TPS doesnt recognise it and still says its connected and that the battery is N/A!! not there.! even wen it IS. I hav 2 unplug battery and then put it bak on for the syst to recog that its even there. After 3-5mins it stops recharging and the syst stops recognising the battery again. Charg light goes out and u hav to unplug batt and put bak again. Does this mean my batt is goin dead? ive had for 2half yrs now and the charge is getting less when using wireless. b4 this started to happen. tah

Answer:Tecra A2 battery/ac power problem

Hi,

I think you are right and your battery is going to die. After more than 2 years this is possible. Normally batteries have a longer life, but some will die earlier.
If a new battery will not solve this issue, there is probably a hardware fault, maybe some kind of slack joint. Then your machine should be checked by service.

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Question: Battery meter

Hi, my battery meter icon has disappeared. The option to have it appear is greyed out and I have tried restarting my computer, I have done the regedit thing and it still is not appearing. Is there anything else I can do to make appear.

Answer:Battery meter

Hello Nhall, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if this may be able to help.

Notification Area - System Icons

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Question: Battery Meter

Have a 1 year old Dell notebook. Just noticed that the battery meter is showing that it's only 49% charged. It shows that it's charging, but from time to time I would check how much and it only shows 49%. How can I correct this problem.

Thanks

Answer:Battery Meter

You just might not be able to correct.

What battery meter are you referencing?

Use SIW | Hardware | Battery to get full info on your battery.

Link to SIW in my signature.

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Question: Battery Meter

Simple problem that I have had throughout every Windows ever made. When my battery runs low the audible warning never goes off. Why? Because the trigger for the event is once my battery meter reaches a preset percentage, in my case 15%. Unfortunately the remaining power is rarely counted down sequentially, therefore some numbers are skipped. In my case last time, my counter went 15.1% < 14.5% and skipped the audible warning. Does anyone have a fix for the problem that Microsoft seem to have neglected for years?

Answer:Battery Meter

Try setting it at 20%...

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Question: Battery Meter

I have recently installed Windows Vista on my laptop, an Acer Aspire 1680 as a clean install. However, Vista does not recognise my computer to be a laptop and does not show the battery meter or allow me to edit battery options. I have tried to show battery meter following Microsoft's instructions but the option is not available.

Answer:Battery Meter

Your laptop probally has the Acer Empowering Technology software on it like mine, if you go on the Acer support site you can find a Vista driver + software update package.

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Question: Battery Meter

After removing malware my battery meter no longer shows up in the system tray, and I also cannot re-eable it under power settings, always show is checked. I tried unckecking always show and clicking apply, then re-checking and applying and it poped back up once, but after a restart it disipeared again, and wont come back.

Answer:Battery Meter

computer make/model ? OS is XP ?

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Question: BATTERY METER t20

Hi I have a T20 and decided to upgrade to XP Pro. This was fine untill decided to upgrade bios to 61ww,Followed instructions and upgraded with adapter pluged in and full battery, However as soon as the upgrade completed Iwas told the battery was critical and when I checked the power meter it was showing no battery inserted and no longer charges.Ihave checked the battery and it has good charge but laptop says battery critical and shuts down.How can I get the unit to recognise my battery again?I tried reinstalling the software but this made no difference.   HELP!Thanks in advance for any suggestions

Answer:BATTERY METER t20

Hi alanbandit,Welcome to the forum!I think downgrading the BIOS might fix this problem.Hope it helps.





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I recently bought a Lenovo Thinkpad X220. However, after only 1 week use, i receive the error "The battery cannot be charged. Replace the battery." In particular the battery meter indicates 48%, however when I remove the a/c the laptop immediately shut downs. The problem occured after only 3 charging cycles, when i upgraded the firmware to the 1.19 version and installed the lenovo's power management software. However, i cannot correlate the 2 events for sure. I tried to get back to a previous version, re-install (or remove) the power management software, however the problem persists. Any suggestions?Thanks in advance

Answer:X220 battery problem: "The battery cannot be charged. Replace the battery".

Hi, I already had this problem on my X300, and the battery was basically dead. You need to replace it. Probably yours was defective. In my X300 it had append after 9 months only.





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I just installed Windows XP on my Tecra 9000 and re-installed all drivers via Driver Genius Professionnal 2007 software. Everything worked very good except the installation of my battery driver (battery model: PA3084U-1BAS) and the infrared device.

I can't find the proper drivers. Can you provide them for me?

Thank you for the help!!

Louis

Answer:Battery installation problem under XP on Tecra 9000

Hi there,

Usually the battery doesn?t need drivers. The only "drivers" which must be installed (and which are bounded to all energy-components in your system) is the Toshiba Powersaver. If this one is installed, then the battery stuff would be recognized.

Please go here:

http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/cgi-bin/ToshibaCSG/download_drivers_bios.jsp

download and install the powersaver and the other tools for your machine if not already did. Toshiba notebooks need their own tools to work properly and not just the drivers.

Cheers

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The battery meter that was directly to the left of the toolbar on the bottom right has all of the sudden dissapeared...any ideas how I can get it to show up again? It was the meter that showed the percentage of battery power remaining (i.e. 96%) Thanks in advance...













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Answer:Battery Meter Dissappeared

swf83,  Check to make sure that you still have ThinkVantage Power Manager still installed.  Look in either  Start --> Programs --> ThinkVantage,   or   go to Control Panel -->  Add/Remove Programs and see if it's still there.  If for some reason it got unintentionally uninstalled, then just reinstall it.  If it's still installed, then launch it by going to  Start --> Programs --> ThinkVantage --> Power Managerorby hitting the Fn+F3 keys and selecting  Manage Settings On the Power Manager window,  click on Options  and verify that the  option that says "Show Power Manager Gauge in task bar" is selected.   If it was already checked and the Power Manager gauge still doesn't show up, try un-checking then re-checking that box.   If all else fails, try uninstalling then reinstalling Power Manager.   

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Has anyone else noticed that the estimed time left on the battery in windows 10 fluctuates wildly? On my xps 13 it can change almost 3 hours between checking it 5 minutes apart. Thanks!

Answer:Terrible battery meter?

PHEW! for a day i thought was only me... well, i used without the battery pack inserted for about 6 hours, and it get more stable, but i still getting low battery power warnings about 30-120 minutes than my previous instance (Windows 8.1), but i always put on the plug at there, so i don't f is that error again of my battery pack is dying, might test that later...

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Hi All-

On my Thinkpad R31, I was typically getting about 3 hours down to 10 percent battery life, and I wouldn't let it go lower than that.

Recently (within the past week), Windows has been reporting the typical 3 hours, but the percentage has been dropping ridiculously quickly so that I end up with just over 1 hour before I get down to around 10 percent. IBM's battery maximiser gauge is reporting the right time (a little over an hour) however.

I assumed the battery was on its way out as it is an older laptop, but tonight I've made an interesting discovery. As I type this the machine has hung at 6% life for the past 1/2 hour (6% is where I have it set to warn me it's getting low). Windows said it only had 13 minutes left when it hit 6 percent, and it's gone into denial just sitting there at 13 minutes remaining for the past 1/2 hour at 6 percent.

The IBM maximiser gauge has gone down to 1 minute and has sat there. It's been a 1/2 hour and it's not going down from 6 percent.

This leads me to think the battery is fine and that Windows is reporting wrong.

Anyone agree and if so, how do I get it to read right again?

Thanks,

Joe

EDIT: I got up to roughly an hour, at about the 40 minute mark it went to 0 percent then I let it go about 15 minutes more and it still hadn't died and I got sick of waiting for it. I put it back on charge for the night.

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Answer:Windows Battery Meter

It depends upon your Power settings and how you use your computer. E-mail/web browsing will last longer than playing DVDs, etc.
 

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Acer Aspire 5733z-4477  Windows 7 Home Premium
Battery Meter disappered probably a year ago.
Yesterday I put in a NEW battery and the Battery Meter is still missing.
I tried the only suggestion I could find in the community suggestion and it would NOT work.
Can you be of assistance?
Thank you for your consideration and assistance, 
Silverdude1

Answer:Battery Meter disappered

Check this:Official Microsoft answerhttp://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/cant-change-battery-icon-sett...or this:http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/19085-system-icons-enable-disable.html

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Updated my wife's laptop with windows 10 and now is missing the battery meter (charging, power left also no warning on screen when low power) going to the notification area properties the option to turn power icon is completely greyed out and unselectable. Fully up to date and have ran a sweep for errors with SFC/scannow and returned no errors. Any help?

Answer:missing battery meter

same problem here - locations is gone too..

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Hi, I bought my Thinkpad Edge 14 a couple of weeks ago, and have been encountering a couple of persistent problems with the battery and power management system. Firstly, in spite of running in the Energy Star mode, I get barely two hours of battery life from my six cell battery. Secondly (and more worrying), is that when the computer is running on battery, the battery life shown remaining varies wildly. When it reaches around 19% battery remaining, the computer prompts to switch to AC power or hibernate. When I do plug the power in, the life remaining drops to 6%, and it starts charging. While the poor battery life is an issue, my main problem is that I can't tell how much battery life I do have left. I've updated my BIOS, but it doesn't seem to have solved the issue. Help, please.













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Answer:Inaccurate battery meter

I'm too facing the same issue. I got my Edge 14 from Best Buy 0578-26U. Lenovo has introduced a firmware for the batteries, but mine is not supported. I've got 42T4751. I hope Lenovo does listen to our problem and put a fix for our FRU batteries as well.

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Hi, 

I have a Dell Precision M6600 and I just installed a new battery. It all seemed fine a couple of hours ago, but now there is a red cross sign next to the battery icon and the power is dropping fast. It displays this even when fully charged. The battery seems to be genuine, it was bought from a trust worthy retailer. 
I would very much appreciate any advice on how to deal with this. 

Thank you, 

Andrei

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How do you change which plans are shown? Windows 7 only shows two (Balanced and School). I also want to show "High Performance..."
 

Answer:Windows 7 Battery Meter

I'll have to look into that, for me I just modified balanced to what I needed.
 

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I have recently installed a new battery on my 5+ year old hp compaq laptop. I'm not entirely sure, but assume the behaviour with the battery meter started then, though there have been some windows updates since then as well.

The battery meter does not update (anything - charging status / battery percentage) unless I right click on it. I don't have to do anything except right click, and can then click away. left clicking doesn't force it to update.

As I have set up different screen brightness for on/off battery, I can tell that windows is detecting the presence / absence of the charger, and as far as I can tell, the battery is actually charging fine. It is just the battery meter in the system tray which isn't responding normally. Also the HP support center

I have already tried re-installing the ACPI-compliant control method battery through device manager and this made no difference. I have also turned the meter off and back on.

I have installed BatteryBar which appears to be staying up to date, so suspect the problem is windows rather than hardware.

Any way to correct this issue? I could get by with the BatteryBar workaround, but would prefer to just use the one that comes with the OS.

Answer:Battery meter (only) not updating

Welcome to the forums!

The new battery,was it OEM or third party? Have you ran a sfc/scannow to detect and possibly repair any corrupt system files? Here's a tutorial on how to do that if you haven't before. Just click on the link : SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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 My battery meter has stuck. It is displayed in the toolbar, but it stays showing the same % remaining battery all the time. When I switch off, or put it to sleep, and power back on again, it displays the correct battery level - but then sticks at that level. It used to work perfectly well.  Does anyone have any hints about how to start it again?  I've tried rebooting, and I've tried reinstalling the power manager. 

Answer:X40 battery meter stuck

Hi rteather and welcome to the community,
 
What version are you running?  Your driver page shows version 5.05 but the ThinkVantage programs updates shows version 5.12.
 
Maybe you need a different version for it to work.  Your driver page also shows Battery Maximiser and and Power Manager features available for download.
 
Dave

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I just upgraded to Windows 10 on my laptop. I can't view how much battery I have left from the taskbar and I have tried to change the settings to turn on the power notifications, but nothing is working. There is a toggle to turn on the notification, but it won't let me change it from "off" to "on".

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Every few seconds, information about my computer's battery meter keeps popping up, and when I press Ok or x, it pops up again after a few seconds. Aaaaaar! Some letters on my keyboard aren't working the first time I hit them, which is also really strange. This only started happening today.
 

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Hi, I noticed that the green battery meter in the taskbar of ThinkPad R51 has somehow disappeared. In the Power Management I cannot find any alternative like "Show meter in the taskbar" to select, The same thing happened once earlier and the only cure I found was system restore. Now that will not help because the icon apparently has been lost for a longer time. Could someone tell how to restore the battery meter on taskbar. Leo.

Answer:R51 battery meter disappeared

right click on the taskbar, and go to toolbar, the power manager option should be listed.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525, and recently I noticed that the battery meter in bottom right corner (task bar) has disappeared. Does anyone know how I can get it back? Thank you
 

Answer:Battery Meter Disappeared

this may just work

hi i have an inspiron 1300 and had the same problem

firstly try going into control panel then through the power options and check always show icon, if its already checked, uncheck and then recheck it then hit apply, hopefully that might work for you.. it didnt for me.
if that doesnt work try rightclicking the system tray(where the date and time is) go into properties and make sure the battery icon is on 'always show'.
if that still doesnt work have a look in device manager, see if there is a seperate catagory for 'batteries' if there isnt then you will most likely have to reformat and reinstall windows.... this is what i had to do after spending about 3 weeks looking around on various websites for help.


hope this helped.
 

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My new R61 works on AC, works on battery but the battery life never charges past 96%.  Is this a bug in the power management software, a settings issue or some kind of driver/ bios issue? Thanks for your help

Answer:Battery Meter stuck at 96%

You can check the settings in energy manager; double click on the green battery in the task-bar, choose battery information and then battery maintainance, (I hope ? - Akkuwartung in german). or through programs - think vantage - energy manager.

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Is there a battery meter app for Windows 8 tablets that can be pinned to the start screen? It would make it a little easier than swiping in from the right every time I want to see the battery status, and a percentage reading would be really nice as well.

Answer:battery meter app for win 8 tablet

I have been looking for that too but i haven't found any :(

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Hello,

I have a problem with W7. It's installed on a VAIO FE with dual boot (Vista + W7 32 bit). No problem with installation. Works great. Installed with driver pack for Vista from Sony without errors. Although, once in awhile, the battery meter fluctuates all of a sudden, and reads it up or down with changes related to power plan (brightness, ...) . The thing is, it sometimes read the battery critical (eventhough it's not, over 70 % remaining), and hibernates . The only thing I was able to change is the power plan, so it gets asleep instead of hibernate (which is faster to reload). Never happened on AC. Battery seems to be physically ok with good autonomy and no problem like that on Vista.

Any ideas ? Could it be related to battery or ACPI drivers ? Is there something I could rollback in W7 from my vista files (drivers, ...) ?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards,

CyberG18
Windows 7, the way Vista should have been !

Answer:Battery meter fluctuates

I've seen this before. It's one of 3 possibilities.
1 - The battery is dying, might need to be replaced.
2 - Another piece of hardware is spiking and possibly overheating. Yes, Windows 7 runs great but it also requires additional resources. More processing, more heat, more power consumption.
3 - Not related to the battery directly but possibly the power supply. The battery is the first place most would think to look at - myself included. I think it's indicative of another fault with hardware. Possibly the sensor via ACPI is faulty and while it's potentially a driver problem, it's better to be safe than sorry.

If you're handy with a volt meter, check the battery. Since it's fine on AC like you said, it's a good place to start. Otherwise, try using Vista drivers for your mobo and especially ACPI.

And don't get electrocuted.

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Has anyone else noticed that the estimed time left on the battery in windows 10 fluctuates wildly? On my xps 13 it can change almost 3 hours between checking it 5 minutes apart. Thanks!

Answer:Terrible battery meter?

PHEW! for a day i thought was only me... well, i used without the battery pack inserted for about 6 hours, and it get more stable, but i still getting low battery power warnings about 30-120 minutes than my previous instance (Windows 8.1), but i always put on the plug at there, so i don't f is that error again of my battery pack is dying, might test that later...

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Updated my wife's laptop with windows 10 and now is missing the battery meter (charging, power left also no warning on screen when low power) going to the notification area properties the option to turn power icon is completely greyed out and unselectable. Fully up to date and have ran a sweep for errors with SFC/scannow and returned no errors. Any help?

Answer:missing battery meter

same problem here - locations is gone too..

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i had to do a system restore on my laptop, and afterwards i noticed that whenever i unplugged my laptop so that it only runs on the battery, there is no battery icon (on the bottom taskbar) like there was before. the little icon of it being plugged in is always there. also i cant go through the control panel to see how much is left of my battery. i get this: can someone help me fix this?

Answer:No Battery Meter On My Laptop

hello' What is the make and model of your laptop?

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Hi, I have an X201 with i5 CPU.  I just got a brand new 4-cell battery.  Like the last one I got, it only lasts for an hour or so. I am using the "Balanced" power setting in Control Panel/Power Options.  Yet I am also noticing that the machine runs hot when not plugged in.  When I originally got this machine, the 4-cell battery was good for at least 2 hours. Is is possible that there is some problem with power management, like maybe some sensor that isn't working properly? Thanks for any suggestions!  

Answer:X201 poor battery life - power management problem?

Hey billrosenblatt,
 
Do you know what version of Power Manager your running? What OS you have? I would suggest you update to latest version. If you could post back and with any other questions I will be more then happy to help you.
 
Best Regards,
 
Hiro





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Custom built and delivered yesterday. My new XPS15, which I made sure to turn on with full battery charge today says battery 78% depleted already, after only 3 hours of operation.  Most of that time on BATTERY SAVER.  I too, am a bit concerned about the gap between advertised battery life and reality.  I will let you know when it is fully depleted and how long it really lasted. 

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HI

I wonder if anyone can help me please.

Just while on the battery power, afer booting up, and after a while, a blue screen comes up with

HARDWARE MALFUNCTION

CHECK VENDOR SUPPORT

NMI: I/O CHECK ERROR or something like that....

Anybody who helps is a star ???

It works perfect while on the mains. Is it a software or a hardware problem. recently istalled fresh copy of xp and all the drivers.

Thanks

Answer:TECRA 9100 Battery Problem - NMI Error MESSAGE

Hi,

I had the same issue on my 9100 and took it to a Toshiba Authorised Repair Agent.

My machine was out of warranty but was repaired by Toshiba for free as it was a known issue.

Regards,

Nick

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Hi, I have had my T430 since August of 2012 at the start of college. I am currently running windows 8.1 pro and I recently just noticed my battery life issues and after installing lenovo settings I discovered that my battery's capacity is at 27% of the original capacity. The battery life is really bad, e.g. it says 15 minutes remaining at 25% on POWER SAVER mode.  I have google this and it said to "reset my battery" but unfortunately 8.1 Lenovo power manager doesn't have that feature.  I am just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what to do?  Will I just have to get a new battery?

Answer:Lenovo T430 Battery Life 1+ hour on life saver

you would have to have a pre-Windows 8 OS to gain that crucial battery reset function. This is one reason why i dislike running Win 8 on ThinkPad.

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I've been having an issue with the default windows 7 battery meter/icon in that whenever I unplug my laptop the battery meter will show that I have 100% battery charge up until the battery reaches a critical level and the laptop hibernates. Help anyone?

EDIT: Just happened a couple moments ago. The laptop ran for most of it's battery life with the battery icon still showing 100% charge and then just shut off without warning.

Answer:Dynamic Battery Meter is Unchanging

It's been a while and I've made a new discovery so I've decided to bumb this.

All right so I thought it was just Windows being Windows a first so I downloaded a new battery meter from a 3rd party company that was much more extensive on information. Apparently it could only get a 1% accurate read and my battery life never went down. I'm thinking this could be a problem with the BIOS or something? Not really sure at all. HELP!

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