Troubleshooting Laptop Battery Charging Problems – When Your Charger Doesn’t Charge At All!

Of all the different laptop battery charging problems, one of the most common is that the main battery doesn’t charge. Unfortunately, the factors and reasons that cause this are plenty and you could easily get confused…and worse, you could land on the wrong solution and do more damage and harm to your laptop than good. It’s possible that improper use of the laptop AC adapter caused the problem. It could also be because of poor laptop battery maintenance, and those are just to name a few. There are a couple of things that you should keep in mind to prolong your battery’s life and keep its performance in tip top shape. Draining it completely before charging it has been one of the tried and tested methods for extending your battery’s life. If you are experiencing the said laptop battery charging problem, the very first thing you should do is check the power outlet, see if it’s live and functioning properly before delving deeper and doing more serious investigation.

If you have confirmed that the wall socket is NOT the cause of the problem, and that the laptop battery charging failure is caused by something else more serious, here are some troubleshooting tips and tricks that will aid you in finding the right solution:

– First and foremost, you should check if your laptop’s AC adapter is in good or bad condition. You can start by detaching the battery from the laptop and turning your computer on. If your laptop doesn’t power up or turn on, you should try using another laptop AC power adaptor to verify if the first and original one is defective. If using the second laptop adaptor doesn’t cut it, it is possible that the problem lies in the power circuit of your laptop’s motherboard. In this case, you should look for a certified computer technician to help you solve the problem.

– On the other hand, if the computer does turn on, that means the power adaptor is in working and good condition. It’s not the cause of the laptop battery charging problem. To solve this, you should find a replacement battery that suits your laptop’s specification, model, etc. and use it for proper testing. If the second battery turns up the computer, that means the first one is defective. Time to throw it in the trash bin and grab a new one!

– Next, you should check if the problem is caused by software related issues. YES, you have read that right. Laptop battery charging problems could also be caused by malignant software that adversely affects your hardware impedes your computer from working properly. If your laptop’s battery status does NOT display correctly through the screen, it is possible that some software is causing the problem. It’s NOT really the battery that is defective. Maybe it’s time to take your laptop to a software expert to weed out all of the not so friendly applications that are preventing your computer’s battery from charging properly.

– Here’s another tip – you should power reset your laptop unit by unplugging it from the power source and removing the battery. Next, you should hold down the power button for a minute or so. After doing so, you should attach the battery as well as the power adapter, and power up the laptop again. Why do this? If you haven’t heard of this method before, it makes sure that the motherboard doesn’t hold any more power when the battery went down, which causes a hiccup in the system. Many times, I have tried this and it has solved the laptop battery charging problem.

– If your laptop’s battery stops charging every time the indicator says it’s already 96-98 percent charged, your laptop may need calibration for a new battery. For effective and proper notebook recalibration, your Windows operating system’s power management system should be tweked to prevent it from switching to sleep or hibernation mode when the battery reaches a low level.

If your laptop uses Windows XP operating system, you can do this by going to the Control Panel> Performance And Maintenance> Power options. You should set the “Power Schemes” to “Always On”. Under the “Alarms” section, you should uncheck “Low Battery Alarm” as well as the “Criticial Battery Alarm”. On the “HIbernation” tab, you should uncheck “Enable Hibernation”. By doing this, you can now fully drain your laptop’s battery until the computer shuts down and allows you to fully charge it.

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