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Re: Toshiba battery dead

Well, you could fiddle with a voltmeter (don't forget to have a resistor
in line if you want to do so), but what you describe is fully consistent
with a dead/dying battery.  They do have a finite lifespan.  The only
real way to check is to get a new battery (unless you want to risk
damaging your computer.)

As far as having a problem with your computer's charger, I'd rate that
as highly unlikely, given the description of your problem.  If your
charger were bad, you would go from having OK battery life to none at
all, instead of gradually worsening.  Going from really, really bad
battery life to no battery life counts as "gradually worsening" for the
purposes of my comment.


On Mon, 2005-03-28 at 15:18 -0800, Bill Moseley wrote:
> I'm running Sid on an 2805-S302
> I have a laptop and the battery has been dying.  It's been where I
> can only have it off power for a few minutes before it dies.  The
> laptop has a LED that is green when the battery is fully charged and
> yellow when partially charged.  Now, the LED is not lit at all and if
> I unplug the power the laptop dies immediately.
> I was planning on buying a new battery, but I'm now worried that
> there's something wrong with the laptop -- and I don't want to spend
> a good chunk of cash if the laptop charging system is not working.
> So, does anyone know what the LED not lighting might mean, and also
> is there any way to monitor the charging system from the OS?  toshset
> doesn't see to provide anything.
> Thanks,
> -- 
> Bill Moseley
> moseley@hank.org

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