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17" Macbook Pro battery going dead

Message #1 - Posted 2006/12/04 - Carl Price

Anyone else experiencing the battery going dead while supposedly in sleep mode. I'll unplug my laptop at the end of the day and head for home. Several hours later I wake it up and find that the battery is run down.

I've also noticed on several occasions that I'll come home on Friday and not touch my laptop until Sunday. I'll pull it out after having it sit for two days and the case is hot and the fan is running. I have Backup set to run everyday at noon. It's looking for my network drive at work (which it cannot access from home). I'm beginning to think that the normal run down is based on the fan running to cool the unit (M-F) and the weekend problems are based on the Macbook waking up and looking for the network drive to backup to. This also causes a heat up and cooling fan rundown.

Message #2 - Posted 2006/12/04 - John Johnson

Previously, Carl Price wrote:

Anyone else experiencing the battery going dead while supposedly in sleep mode. I'll unplug my laptop at the end of the day and head for home. Several hours later I wake it up and find that the battery is run down.

I've also noticed on several occasions that I'll come home on Friday and not touch my laptop until Sunday. I'll pull it out after having it sit for two days and the case is hot and the fan is running. I have Backup set to run everyday at noon. It's looking for my network drive at work (which it cannot access from home). I'm beginning to think that the normal run down is based on the fan running to cool the unit (M-F) and the weekend problems are based on the Macbook waking up and looking for the network drive to backup to. This also causes a heat up and cooling fan rundown.

The obvious thing to try then is to shut down or remove Backup, and see what happens. That may take care of all of your problems.

That said, you should also consider the age and capacity of your battery. If the battery is getting on, there may simply not be enough capacity to hold the machine asleep for several days. It doesn't sound like this is the (primary) issue, but it's something to consider. The best way of testing this is to use a known-new battery, but unless you've got a friend or corporation this can be expensive.

Later,
John

johajohn@indianahoosiers.edu

'indiana' is a 'nolnn' and 'hoosier' is a 'solkk'. Indiana doesn't solkk.

Message #3 - Posted 2006/12/05 - Christopher C. Stacy

John Johnson <null@invalid.com> writes:

Previously, Carl Price wrote:

Anyone else experiencing the battery going dead while supposedly in sleep mode. I'll unplug my laptop at the end of the day and head for home. Several hours later I wake it up and find that the battery is run down.

That said, you should also consider the age and capacity of your battery.

It's a Macbook Pro -- how old could his battery possibly be?!?

Sounds like a warranty issue to me.

Message #4 - Posted 2006/12/05 - John Johnson

Previously, Christopher C. Stacy wrote:

John Johnson <null@invalid.com> writes:

Previously, Carl Price wrote:

Anyone else experiencing the battery going dead while supposedly in sleep mode. I'll unplug my laptop at the end of the day and head for home. Several hours later I wake it up and find that the battery is run down.

That said, you should also consider the age and capacity of your battery.

It's a Macbook Pro -- how old could his battery possibly be?!?

Sounds like a warranty issue to me.

Oops! I was thinking 17" PB. Thanks for the catch.

If it's not the guy's software, then yeah it does seem like a warranty issue.

Later,
John

johajohn@indianahoosiers.edu

'indiana' is a 'nolnn' and 'hoosier' is a 'solkk'. Indiana doesn't solkk.

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