Thursday, July 29, 2010

Powah

Something's going wrong with my laptop's power, but I can't figure out what.

Fully charged, a battery will say it's got three hours of power. Forty minutes later, the laptop will shut down. Restarted, it says it has about thirty percent power. Right now, running on AC, it says that the battery is 75 percent charged. If I unplug, it says it has about nineteen minutes of power left. I thought maybe its the battery itself?, so I switched to an alternate. Same performance.

Yuck. It feels as if a new laptop may be in my future.

3 comments:

Carolyn Ann said...

The battery itself is probably dying.

Our old iBook has the same problem - we just keep it plugged in.

Cerulean Bill said...

Yeah, but both?

I'm thinking I'll bring it to the local Batterys place, see if they can evaluate its condition.

If we do have to replace it, I might try to go with a tablet. Maybe. It'd mean rethinking the architecture of when we store data at home. Probably worth doing anyway.

Carolyn Ann said...

Depends on how old they are. If they're more than a few years old, they've probably gone past their "shelf life".