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Battery on pbook "calulating..until full"
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sadpandas
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Aug 14, 2006, 05:22 PM
 
Hey guys,

I have searched the forums yesterday and today for battery issues for my specific pbook and have tried to let it drain all the way down 3 times now then recharge it but i still get the calculating message. The ring on my adapter keeps changing from green to orange when it gets around the 85% mark doesn't go past 89% at most. Even as i am typing this i am watching my power cable change from green to orange every now and again. Anyone seen, heard, or know about this issue? I have tried two different power adapters and both are giving me this problem. Anyway, ttthe battery icon is the 'plug' icon and hovering around 85%, is it time to get a new battery or is this a sign of a more serious problem? These are my 'power' stats:

AC Power:
System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
Dynamic Power Step: Yes
Reduce Processor Speed: No
Automatic Restart On Power Loss: No
Wake On AC Change: No
Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
Wake On LAN: Yes
Wake On Modem Ring: Yes
Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
Battery Power:
System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 45
Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 5
Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 30
Dynamic Power Step: Yes
Reduce Processor Speed: No
Automatic Restart On Power Loss: No
Wake On AC Change: No
Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
Wake On Modem Ring: No
Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
Reduce Brightness: Yes

Battery Information:

Battery Installed: Yes
First low level warning: No
Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 1222
Remaining Capacity (mAh): 1048
Amperage (mA): 1175
Voltage (mV): 12475
Cycle Count: 385

AC Charger Information:

AC Charger (Watts): 65
Connected: Yes
Charging: Yes

Hardware Configuration:

Clamshell Closed: No
UPS Installed: No


Any help you guys could give would be greatly appreciated!

Pan
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Aug 14, 2006, 06:34 PM
 
Given that my Full Charge Capacity is 4134 mAh and yours is only 1222 (yet my PB is just as old or older than yours) I would say that your battery is nearly dead. I've only gone through 192 charge cycles compared to your 385, so I would say that this is the likely difference.

The original capacity of mine was 4400 mAh, fwiw.
     
sadpandas  (op)
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Aug 14, 2006, 06:55 PM
 
JKT,
Thanks for your quick reply. I will look into purchasing a new battery. I wonder if i use one of those after market ones with "higher capacity" i have been seeing in the back of Mac Addict and Mac World would 1) void my apple care? and 2) really be that much different than buying a plain old replacement from Apple? Ugh, anyway, thanks for the quick reply.

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Aug 14, 2006, 06:58 PM
 
if you want to purchase a 3rd party one i would recommend fastmac I have most of my iPod replacement batteries from there and there work perfectly
     
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Aug 14, 2006, 06:58 PM
 
1) No.
2) Yes.
     
sadpandas  (op)
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Aug 14, 2006, 08:48 PM
 
Biest,
Thanks for the point in their direction, i have a feeling i will be needing an ipod battery soon as well so i might as well save on shipping...

imitchellg5,
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Aug 16, 2006, 05:22 PM
 
Also Fastmac is the only company that offers a 2 year warranty on their iPod batteries. Everyone else is 1 year at most.
     
sadpandas  (op)
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Aug 16, 2006, 05:25 PM
 
very nice info macmiser. I will definitely buy from them. Ill let you guys know how she runs after i get it. I was also thinking of getting a faster hard drive as well but thats a new post entirely... anyway, thanks for the hlep you guys. I bought this computer in April of 05 and was hoping to get a little bit more life out of the battery but i guess its just not meant to be .

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Aug 28, 2006, 03:25 PM
 
UPDATE:

Even if the battery is fully charged when i unplug it from the adapter the computer shuts down sometimes with a the fan going insane butmost of the time just black screen. then when i plug it back in i have to restart it and ti gives me the 'your clock is set to 1968..." or whatever that message is. could this be a sign of a bigger problem or is it really my battery is dead. i mean even when i plug it back in after it shuts down it still shows my battery at 100% or so.


Help again all of you knoweledge bowl winners.

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