07-11-2012 04:09 AM - edited 07-11-2012 05:00 AM
Edge 15 0301-CTO
First used 2011-01
FRN P/N 42T4755
Power Manager 6.32
It has all the symptoms of a failed battery (which is very disappointing given the low age and use - although I realise that low use does not help life); but before replacing the battery, is there anything else to try?
I don't want to go on a wild goose chase, trying umpteen possible solutions, if the battery has truly failed.....
Any thoughts gratefully received.
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07-13-2012 05:02 AM - edited 07-13-2012 05:06 AM
Please update your machine's BIOS and power management driver as well.
BIOS Update Utility for Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), XP - ThinkPad
ThinkPad Power Management driver for Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), XP (32-bit, 64-bit) - ThinkPad
07-13-2012 10:17 AM - edited 07-13-2012 01:31 PM
The new power management driver has not made any difference - AC adapter is ok but battery is 0% and still not charging.
In addition I have another problem as well: Thinkvantage System Update not working
I cannot now get updates to work! Internet connection is fine. I load up Lenovo solutions ok then go to software updates, then have the choice of Windows Update or Lenovo software updates.
- Lenovo software updates loads System Update 4.03.0012 which gets stuck at 97% when processing package information, then pops up message ""Thinkvantage system update has stopped working"
Windows Update searches for updates but never finds anything. EDIT 21.27 BST 13.07.2012 Windows Update works again now but System Update 4.03.0012 still gets stuck at 97% !
As i said, internet connection is working. Cannot understand this. I have done a System Restore to go back a day or so, to before the battery problem, maybe that has screwed things up?
Can you help me with this second problem as well of System Update not working or should I post a new thread for it?
07-14-2012 12:18 PM
The same happend to my ThinkPad.
For some strange reason it stopped charging the battery and now as it is drained I cannot perform the BIOS update.
Any help is appreciated.
07-14-2012 04:43 PM - edited 07-15-2012 04:18 AM
Jolanta you are a star!
I had tried uninstalling ACPI before but never in that order of shutdown/startup..
Shutting down without the AC adaptor was tricky because it was showing 0% charge!
But it did it, and having run through the sequence exactly as per your link, Power Manager is now showing the Battery status as "charging" and it has got to 12% so far.
Brilliant, it was so easy....
I'll just post the sequence here for posterity and future reference for others in case that webpage disappears:
[EDIT 15/07/2012: this seems to have worked OK. It did stop charging again at indicated 28% so I went though the above shutdown/startup sequence again, and it then charged to a full 100%. With a full battery I was then able to download the latest BIOS after which ThinkVantage System Update would complete again, which had been a second problem. So accepted as solution!]
07-16-2012 03:37 PM
How did you manage to do the first two steps (1. Disconnect AC, 2. Shutdown)? Since my battery has no charge, it shuts down the instant that I unplug... I'm having the same problem with my X201.
07-16-2012 04:30 PM
Yes, I was amazed that my battery had enough charge. The battery indicator showed 0% when I pulled out the AC adapter. But I suppose that part of the problem might have been that not only was the battery discharged, perhaps the indicator was misreading a bit too, I just don't know. It took a very long time to shut down, too.
All I can suggest is that you try to find someone else with a Lenovo machine which takes your battery, and try to get some charge into it, even if it's only a few percent, then try that sequence, because it did work for me.
07-17-2012 05:06 AM - edited 07-17-2012 05:20 AM
I have this issue to come up last night on my 18 month old Edge 15 0301-CTO, is this a coincidence or what!! i'll try the solution suggested and report back
Just tried it and is now charging up thanks