04-07-2018 11:12 AM
My ThinkPad X230 laptop has a dead battery. Replaced battery to no avail so it is essentially a desktop computer now. It is trying to update the BIOS but update will not run because it wants me to charge the battery first. As I am unable to do so, is there some way to make the update run?
04-08-2018 07:43 AM
The BIOS update program will not run unless a charged battery is installed and the unit is connected to AC power.
This is a safety feature to prevent a system from being bricked due to power loss in the middle of the BIOS flashing process.
04-10-2018 02:04 PM
Thank you for that. Then do you have any idea how to get the battery to charge? I replaced it twice and have a brand new battery in it right now, but the laptop refuses to charge it. Thanks for your time.
04-11-2018 07:35 AM
Are these genuine Lenovo batteries? What model name and part name? The symptoms you describe are what you would see if you tried an X220 battery in an X230.
04-11-2018 10:58 AM
Lenovo Li-ion Rechargeable batteries ordered from Lenovo using model and serial info on laptop lable. Original battery suddenly discharged and laptop would not power up. Took to Geek Squad and after running some checks on laptop ordered new batteries directly from Lenovo. New battery arrived and would not charge. Returned to Geek Squad and was told to rule out defective new battery by returning it and ordering another. Next new battery still will not charge. Geek Squad says sending it out for further diagnostic testing would cost almost as much as replacing the laptop. All batteries get to a 5% charge then will not charge past this point.
04-12-2018 06:40 AM
What's the number in the red circle on the battery? If it's not the battery, it sounds like the charging circuit is broken .
04-12-2018 07:47 PM
Number on both old and new battery is 67+. By charging circuit do you mean the power cord and Transformer or something on the inside of the computer? I could certainly order another power cord and Transformer easily enough from Lenovo. If it is something inside the computer, do you think it is worth the cost of repair? I really like using this laptop and it works perfectly other than not having a chargeable battery. And thank you so much for your invaluable assistance!