Solved Is a laptop computer made to be used without a battery?

Hewlett-packard Pavilion 23-b010 all-in-...
April 19, 2015 at 11:42:01
Specs: windows8, 6GB
I have always used my Comaq 515 laptop connected to A/C with the battery installed. Why would the battery go dead when it is not being used? Shouldn't the laptop work without a battery when connected to a/c?

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April 19, 2015 at 14:22:51
Are you saying that unless the battery is installed the laptop will not boot up and work even if plugged into and running on mains a-c?

That would seem to imply a possible problem (faulty connection internally) on the main board...

These links may be of "some" interest; if only for future reference...

http://www.ifitjams.com/battery.htm

http://tinyurl.com/cox6swb

http://tinyurl.com/nkn8uw6

http://tinyurl.com/q389nbu



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April 19, 2015 at 11:52:23
Any laptop I've ever used will work with or without the battery installed.

How olde is the Compaq,?

Equally how olde is the battery; and are you sure it's been charging up OK too?

There are discussions aplenty about merits of leaving a battery installed all the time; and never allowing it to fully discharge at least once a year...

Does the battery show any signs of life - can you test it with a volt meter even?


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#2
April 19, 2015 at 12:43:58
This laptop is 6 years old and was always used plugged in while using it because the battery had a short lifespan and I was using in the house all the time. When finished , I unplugged it.
The last time it worked (plugged in) was in February. It always was sending me a message that the battery was low. I ignored it since I didn't think it mattered while using A/C. It finally just died and I don't know if it is worth buying a new battery because it may still not work with a new battery. It may be a bigger problem. It is probably more financially sensible to just buy a new one. I have a desktop but always liked to back up my Quicken file on the laptop too. It is also nice to get away from my office now and then and join the live civilization.

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#3
April 19, 2015 at 13:21:01
A hunt on eBay and Amazon might bring up a genuine battery for a decent price...? No harm to look-see?

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#4
April 19, 2015 at 14:02:35
I hate to buy a battery in case that is not the whole problem with this laptop. It might just be a big waste of money. Since the laptop will not work without a battery, something else must be wrong.

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April 19, 2015 at 14:22:51
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Are you saying that unless the battery is installed the laptop will not boot up and work even if plugged into and running on mains a-c?

That would seem to imply a possible problem (faulty connection internally) on the main board...

These links may be of "some" interest; if only for future reference...

http://www.ifitjams.com/battery.htm

http://tinyurl.com/cox6swb

http://tinyurl.com/nkn8uw6

http://tinyurl.com/q389nbu


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#6
April 19, 2015 at 17:30:13
Some explanation about lithium-ion batteries, the one used in your laptop:

http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/...

"Aging is a concern with most lithium-ion batteries and many manufacturers remain silent about this issue. Some capacity deterioration is noticeable after one year, whether the battery is in use or not. The battery frequently fails after two or three years. It should be noted that other chemistries also have age-related degenerative effects. This is especially true for nickel-metal-hydride if exposed to high ambient temperatures. At the same time, lithium-ion packs are known to have served for five years in some applications."

Having used laptops for professional since the 90's, I already experienced this effect of broken or aging batteries. Five years for a laptop-battery is an extreme exception for me.


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#7
April 19, 2015 at 17:54:41
Thank you for that comment.

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April 19, 2015 at 17:56:25
Thank you Trvir. I will check out the links you sent.

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