10-30-2009 10:56 AM
I have the same problem with my X61s. Just all of a sudden died last Friday. My part number is not included in the recall. I would be more angry - luckily my company reimburses for the battery. But this is horse.....
My laptop is 17 months old, battery FRU is 92P1227
For those who need to buy, I purchased from TheNerds.net - battery is $100 (OEM Lenovo part).
10-31-2009 08:32 AM
46 cycles on my FRU 92P1227, and now it goes from 70% to 0%, no heads up from Power Manager that it's running low. 2 of the 46 cycles were battery gauge resets.
Frustratingly, Thinkvantage Power Manager reports that the battery is fine and in good condition. I thought the rationale for Power Manager was that Lenovo knows more about the battery than Microsoft? So far it looks like a useless application that consumes more memory.
Hardly used the x61s in comparison to my old 770ED. IIRC, when my 770ED battery died in my 3 year warranty with frequent usage, IBM replaced it for free. Given my x61s usage, I would have been better off not extending the warranty, instead purchasing another battery.
The reason I hardly use the x61s was because of the abominable performance under Vista. I installed Windows 7, which is awesome, and it feels like I bought a new laptop.
A new laptop with a 3/4 dead $180 battery.
10-31-2009 06:13 PM
Batteries don't just suddenly go kaput. The battery cells have to be good and the communication link between the battery and the computer needs to be re-established. Seems like there would be a program that could reset whatever went wrong in the battery or that there would be some chip that we could replace. Does this seem like a valid deduction?
11-02-2009 03:01 AM
I don't know why the sticker on the battery states one p/n (92P1227) and the info from the battery information application states another (93P5030), which one is the correct? I'm going with the later one because it entitles me to a replacement battery . I don't know which info all other of you are using.
11-07-2009 04:30 PM
You're right nicfer, the battery utility reports it's 93P5030, which is different from what the sticker says. This FRU is covered by the recall.
The battery recall utility says everything's super and I don't qualify for the recall. Odd that the battery utility squirrels away the results of the test in the registry, and the user has to go hunt down what it stuffed in there.
This is all so sketchy. If the battery were an egg, I think I'd be in the hospital with salmonella enteritidis.
11-12-2009 02:47 PM
Hi, did one of you guys found out how to check the battery under Linux. Many complaints coming up but Lenovo doesn't react. I called them an they referred me to the Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
No reply since two weeks. I'll try again.
11-12-2009 04:22 PM - last edited on 03-01-2010 05:27 AM by JaneL
The purpose of this thread is a simple list of those who are affected by the "sudden battery death" situation which can be identified by a battery suddenly failing to charge. While this may be considered duplicate information, there isn't presently an easily-discoverable thread where a visitor would know to post. I would ask that this not be merged so that others coming here looking for information might add themselves to this list.
There have been voluntary actions on Lenovo's part (not the same as a recall) to replace [b]some[/b] of these batteries. Depending on the FRU of your battery, your opportunity window may have been closed.
Particularly, there have been reports of this sudden failure on the current FRU 93P5032 which is not qualified for replacement at this time.
If you have been affected, please post here with the battery FRU as well as the approximate date of failure and the cycle count (if you know it)
11-14-2009 10:54 AM - last edited on 03-01-2010 05:27 AM by JaneL
Mine failed aprox a week ago.-
I must say I am aware Lenovo is taking steps to resolve this reasonably as you well say, even with those users not strictly included in the recall, such as in my case, given the FRU below...
Manufacture date. 24/08/2007
11-16-2009 04:07 AM - last edited on 03-01-2010 05:30 AM by JaneL
Battery on my X61 tablet failed suddenly in 10/2009. Battery was manufactured 2/2008 and first used 5/2008 and only had 161 cycles. I was getting 6-7 hours battery life one day, and then suddenly battery error the next day. FRU is 93P5032 and is not being replaced free of charge by Lenovo.