Battery plugged in (not charging)

Toshiba Satellite a135
January 31, 2009 at 09:40:17
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.733 GHz / 1013 MB

I have googled this and only find similar (lots, many) with the same question. My battery icon, when scrolled over, says: Battery plugged in (not charging) and will discarge pretty fast. When it gets to 0% my laptop shuts down. I am running vista home premium and laptop is 2 years old. This problem just started two weeks ago. No, have not done any installs, other than windows updates, and I have restored to previous date. Sometimes rebooting makes the message go back to 'charging' and sometimes rebooting does not work. Funny that the laptop shuts down at 0% since it is still plugged into the ac. Is it a vista problem; software problem, driver problem or bios problem? Google only brings up 100's of same question with no answers. Thanks to anyone who can answer this puzzle. Again, it has only happened in the last two weeks; about 8 or 9 times.

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January 31, 2009 at 10:11:11
It could be a problem with:

1. The laptop's battery
2. The laptop's AC adapter
3. The charger component on the laptop's motherboard.

For #3, read the Toshiba post below.


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January 31, 2009 at 15:35:54
So, if it is #3, The charger component on the laptop's motherboard, would it be so intermittant? I happened quite a few times two weeks ago, then once yesterday when I wrote this. The battery appears to discharge very fast when this plugged in, not charging, message appears. I am now running on battery alone, and the discharge is normal. I thought that when the motherboard went, it went.....or can this be cleaned or fixed somehow? and what about the laptop shutting down when the meter reads 0% charged and it is still plugged in? and says it is plugged in? confusing........

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