|1. The battery does fully charging. It's just that, Windows still displays "100% available (plugged in, charging)" once and after the battery is fully charged. Secondly, the fully charged icon is not displayed. And third, it (the power notification) normally reports "99% available (plugged in, charging)", but when I unplug the charger, it says this: "100% available".|
2. Yes, Windows might not be active, but I have already tried going to the BIOS setup and if it was a Windows problem (e.g. driver misconfiguration or faulty driver), I believe I could calibrate the battery (discharge it to 0% or a higher value) right from within the BIOS setup - I mean, just let the laptop running in BIOS mode and wait until the laptop shuts down. But that didn't and won't happen. And like I said, I would have tried anyway if I had a Linux boot CD.
3. I don't see anything pertaining to autoshut off or battery level settings anywhere in the BIOS setup screens. Is there such a setting in your laptop's BIOS?.. (just curious)
4. Thank you for sharing that, it looks nice and I had no idea there was such a very nifty power strip!
And just now I read this article: http://support2.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-US;2028504 - take a look at "Scenario 3: The system randomly restarts and no Stop error BugcheckCode is listed, or the computer is completely unresponsive (hard hang)", which is what was reported into the Event log every time the auto shutdown occurs. Here is the best scenario in my case:
"The Stop error BugcheckCode value is listed as zero. Circumstances can prevent writing the Stop error BugcheckCode information before the computer restarts or shuts down. In this case, a BugcheckCode value of zero is logged. Also, perhaps no Stop error occurred, and the shutdown resulted from a power loss. For example, on a portable computer, this could mean that the battery is removed or completely drained. Or, on a desktop computer, this could mean that the computer was unplugged, or a power outage occurred."
So I guess I better off send the battery to ASUS and have them check it for me.. I still don't want to believe that the battery is dying/malfunction, but if it is, then it is. I'll just have to accept it.
One thing though, is 74°C a possible overheating value? It is ~60°C at the moment.
Thanks for your help guys, I really appreciate it.