Screen goes black or computer dies altogether

Gateway Brand 15.4 wxga matte laptop lc...
May 22, 2010 at 12:28:27
Specs: Windows Vista
I have read many other posts with the same problem and the answers are quite technical for me. I have also just received my computer back from gateway due to this issue, they replaced the thermal unit. Though when I watch youtube or play games on facebook the same problem occurs. The battery light will blink red (though plugged in) and it will die within a minute. My battery has never really held a charge, do you think replacing it would help? The computer doesnt get hot like it used to so I am not sure where to go from here. The next step for gateway was to reinstall the operating system. P.I.A.

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May 23, 2010 at 13:31:12
If your laptop runs okay on mains power but not on battery power with mains disconnected, then there's a good indication the battery has come to the end of it's useful life.

A battery can only be re-charged a limited number of times before it needs replacing, and very often the battery isn't cared for properly. When using the laptop on mains power for a long time you are supposed to remove the battery once it's fully charged. Failure to do this shortens the batteries useful life.

A new battery is probably required, but if you do get one you should treat is described above. Also don't buy a cheap battery, get a genuine Gateway one. Will cost more but worth it in the long run. Cheap copies regularly fail, can overheat, and have even been known to damage the laptop.

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May 23, 2010 at 15:40:28
Thank you for your response. The battery never held a charge for more then 9 mins, even right after purchase. But with what you're saying, I should take the battery out if it is plugged into the wall and fully charged?

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