05-06-2009 11:02 AM
An additional issue and concern: Lenovo doesn't sell replacement batteries for older ThinkPad models.
I believe IBM has "end of service" withdrawing spare parts after 7 years. So if you intend to keep your Thinkpad bought in 2002 for another 2-3 years ...
On the other hand those Thinkpads probably didn't have a power manager that had this problem
T500: Vista 32, 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 15.4" 1680x1050, 500GB 7200rpm, ATI Radeon HD3650 + Intel 4500MHD. T42: XP, 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 14.1" 1024x768, 250GB PATA, ATI Radeon 7500.
05-18-2009 07:59 PM - edited 05-18-2009 08:08 PM
This warning about non-genuine batteries is really very poor user experience, especially considering that the quality of the non-genuine batteries is just as poor as the quality of genuine Lenovo batteries.
My genuine Lenovo T61P battery (manufactured by Sanyo) suddenly died 2 weeks after the warranty expired. Pefectly timed planned obsolescence! Of course I did not replace it with a genuine battery. The non-genuine batteries cost 3x less ($50 vs $150) and have a longer warranty!
09-02-2009 08:19 PM
I agree, this is terrible. I just got a non-official replacement for my high-capacity battery that had randomly died for no apparent reason. If this doesn't stop there is no way I will ever buy another ThinkPad or recommend one to friends (which i do frequently I might add.) If we just bought an unofficial battery, we aren't about to turn around and buy an official one just because you are nagging us.
09-25-2009 10:24 AM
I agree with all posted messages on "Genuine Lenovo Battery Not Attached" message. This does not sit well. I have found third party batteries to be as good or better than Lenovo batteries when purchased from reliable source. Lenovo punishing users for not using their overpriced batteries.
Does anyone have a link to Lenovo support for official position or resolution? Has anyone contacted Lenovo support? What was their response?
01-14-2010 12:13 PM
I have been using a non genuine battery for about a month now, I believe I have found a way to disable all balloons from the Power Manager. This works for me cause the only thing I care about is being able to see the guage, not any of the balloon messages it gives (especially the non genuine battery one).
Here it goes:
In this folder create a new DWORD named EnableBalloon and set the value to 0
hope this works/helps
I did this on a T60 running XP
02-10-2010 07:50 AM
Thanks for the info. It got me to solve my issue,
Now here is the info for Windows 7 (ENT, Ultimate & Professional)
Modify the DWORD on BallonStayTime from 9 to 1 and make shure it's a Heximal. It won't even bother you anymore!
Running @ R60e / 3gb & 300GB! Living and Loving the Life!!!!! (Duh left my XPS m1330 for this one!)
03-01-2010 08:29 AM - edited 03-01-2010 08:30 AM
I have several X61 Tablets and would like to turn off the message. We are running XP tablet edition and our reg don't match your.
Our path is in to get to the PWRMGR is in the local machine tree and it doesn't have the 0101 folder
I tried adding the Dword anyway but it isn't removing the warning.
04-23-2011 07:08 PM
Good job! That fix worked perfectly to shut off that pesky balloon. I don't know what Lenovo is complaining about anyway, since my replacement battery was also made in China.