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Old 12-16-2009, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just installed Win7 Home Premium 32-bit on my dad's laptop. It previously had Vista on it, and the battery would say "50%, plugged in, not charging" so I thought maybe it would be fixed when I installed Win7. I also updated the BIOS, and still not fixed. I tried to drain the battery to 0% and then try to fully charge it. That didn't work. I've taken the battery out etc. I'm wondering why it's like this. Any suggestions? Here's the specs:

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CPU: Intel Mobile C2D T5450 @ 1.66GHz
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you tried reinstalling any power application/program that came with that model laptop from the manufacturer?

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Old 12-28-2009, 07:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm having that same problem except i lost my power adapter and had to get a new one and the new one doesn't charge my laptop. i haven't been able to get it to charge ever since.
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I'm not much with laptops, but I thought charging or running thru the power cord was an automatic function, separate from Windows. If it does have something to do with Windows then I would look at Control Panel/Hardware and Sound/Power Options and try a different plan.
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How old is this battery / laptop?

Laptop batteries have an average life span of about 2 years (usually less). One of the symptoms of a battery dying is not holding 100% of its charge or not lasting as long as it used to.

If this is an older laptop I believe you have a dead or dying battery and you need to replace it.
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