08-17-2009 09:28 AM
I have the same Problem like nimble... Battery suddenly died (just 35 cycles). But FRU number is 92P1133 and warranty for the battery just ended. Any Chance Lenovo adds some numbers?
Even worse: My Lenovo Service Center in Town wanted to charge me 40€ for telling me that the Battery is dead (I still have warranty for my T61p). Costed me half an hour of argueing but at last i didn't have to pay.
08-17-2009 10:00 AM
I've got the same problem with my battery. It's FRU is 42T5228. I bought my T61 7658-18U serial number is L3F8900 in May of 2008. After about 4 month, after the battery is run out, I recharged it, I did some work and when it is full charged, I unplugged and shut down the computer, everything was fine but in the next day, I cannot turn on my computer without adapter plugged and I received the message from MessageCenter as you described. I used the tool checking but my batt. is not eligible. Can you help me?
08-17-2009 11:18 AM - edited 08-18-2009 06:30 AM
I found out I have a FRU: 42T4504 / ASM: 92P1138 which doesn't qualify but it has the same symptoms as the qualifying batteries where one day a couple of weeks ago it just complained that my battery was damaged and can only partially charge or something to that effect
This leads me to think that there are other battery models affected but have not been officially confirmed by Lenovo. So I'm going to wait a while in case more models become qualified and maybe temporarily get a cheap battery off ebay.
08-17-2009 12:06 PM - edited 08-17-2009 01:56 PM
I have a battery with the same problem. It has only 271 charging cycles, and has only been used 12 months and 1 week. I left the machine in sleep mode for a few hours, came back, turned it on, and the battery light was flashing, power indicator said 100%, but the system dies immediately if you remove the plug, and the power manager indicates the battery error.
Lenovo should extend their battery replacement program to these (42T4511) batteries, as well. Batteries shouldn't die suddenly after just over a year of use.
Manufacture Date: 2008-06-18
First used date: 2008-08
08-17-2009 10:37 PM
To Mark_Lenovo and others in forum.
Since I did not have Power manager installed I had to preform 4 resets before the battery biagnostic tool saw the bad battery and I was able to get a recall replacement.
Lenovo Power Manager > Advanced > Battery Tab > Battery Maintenance > Preform Reset
Mark is this becasue the diagnostic tool is looking for more than one faulty discharge cycle with a cause of battery short?
08-18-2009 01:08 AM
08-18-2009 04:38 PM
Just received my replacement battery. That's for my own Thinkpad. My work Thinkpad's battery isn't eligible and it isn't holding up too well either - but much better than the one in my own Thinkpad.
If anyone's interested, there's no requirement or provision to return the old, defective battery. You are expected to recycle it yourself. I think I'll keep mine in the Thinkpad while it is on a/c power until it gives up completely - which won't be long at it's dropped to less than 35% capacity now.
I wish Power Manager would actually do what it is supposed to and not allow the charge to creep up to 100% when connected to a/c and set to stop charging at less than 100%. It does this when set below 100% on both these T61ps.
08-20-2009 01:11 AM
I reinstalled Windows, just to run the battery diagnostic tool and it worked, only to tell me my battery is more than 12 months beyond the battery warranty expiration date.
Now, this does not seem fair to me. The battery failed months ago and I did report it at that time. The issue was not known and the battery was out of warranty, so I did not get a replacement then.