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Powerbook G3 Battery

Message #1 - Posted 2003/12/05 - Gary Williams

I have a Powerbook G3 "Wallstreet" that had a working battery. I foolishly put it into storage for about 4 months. Now i have pulled the laptop out to use and the battery is totally dead and will not charge. I have tried plugging the laptop in to charge the battery but it won't charge. I have tried the apple battery reset program and it shows the battery is there and resets it but the battery doesn't charge. I have tried charging it from both expansion bays with no luck. is it possible that being in storage killed the battery? Or could it be the PMU? I also tried doing the reset and zapping the PRAM.

Thanks,
Gary Williams

Message #2 - Posted 2003/12/05 - Lawrence Leichtman

Previously, Gary Williams wrote:

I have a Powerbook G3 "Wallstreet" that had a working battery. I foolishly put it into storage for about 4 months. Now i have pulled the laptop out to use and the battery is totally dead and will not charge. I have tried plugging the laptop in to charge the battery but it won't charge. I have tried the apple battery reset program and it shows the battery is there and resets it but the battery doesn't charge. I have tried charging it from both expansion bays with no luck. is it possible that being in storage killed the battery? Or could it be the PMU? I also tried doing the reset and zapping the PRAM.

Thanks,
Gary Williams

My wallstreet battery died as well and no battery put in it would charge. I was told this was a problem with the power manager and was a board that needed to be replaced. Not clear but I did have the same problem. Just has to be plugged in all of the time to work.

Message #3 - Posted 2003/12/09 - Jim Polaski

Previously, Lawrence Leichtman wrote:

Previously, Gary Williams wrote:

I have a Powerbook G3 "Wallstreet" that had a working battery. I foolishly put it into storage for about 4 months. Now i have pulled the laptop out to use and the battery is totally dead and will not charge. I have tried plugging the laptop in to charge the battery but it won't charge. I have tried the apple battery reset program and it shows the battery is there and resets it but the battery doesn't charge. I have tried charging it from both expansion bays with no luck. is it possible that being in storage killed the battery? Or could it be the PMU? I also tried doing the reset and zapping the PRAM.

Thanks,
Gary Williams

My wallstreet battery died as well and no battery put in it would charge. I was told this was a problem with the power manager and was a board that needed to be replaced. Not clear but I did have the same problem. Just has to be plugged in all of the time to work.

You could get an external charger. Try Ebay.

Regards,
JP
"The measure of a man is what he will do while expecting that he will get nothing in return!"

Message #4 - Posted 2003/12/16 - Razer Fazer

Previously, Gary Williams wrote:

I have a Powerbook G3 "Wallstreet" that had a working battery. I foolishly put it into storage for about 4 months. Now i have pulled the laptop out to use and the battery is totally dead and will not charge. I have tried plugging the laptop in to charge the battery but it won't charge. I have tried the apple battery reset program and it shows the battery is there and resets it but the battery doesn't charge. I have tried charging it from both expansion bays with no luck. is it possible that being in storage killed the battery? Or could it be the PMU? I also tried doing the reset and zapping the PRAM.

I had the same problem with my wallstreet, after I changed the PRAM battery all was working again. It was a real pain to change that battery, but seeing my powerbook working again was worth the effort.

The PRAM battery keeps the date/time current when there is no electrical power connected.

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Message #5 - Posted 2003/12/18 - Ian_

Razer Fazer wrote on 16/12/03 11:33 pm:

"Gary Williams" wrote:

I have a Powerbook G3 "Wallstreet" that had a working battery. I foolishly put it into storage for about 4 months. Now i have pulled the laptop out to use and the battery is totally dead and will not charge. I have tried plugging the laptop in to charge the battery but it won't charge. I have tried the apple battery reset program and it shows the battery is there and resets it but the battery doesn't charge. I have tried charging it from both
expansion bays with no luck. is it possible that being in storage killed the
battery? Or could it be the PMU? I also tried doing the reset and zapping the PRAM.

I had the same problem with my wallstreet, after I changed the PRAM battery all was working again. It was a real pain to change that battery, but seeing my powerbook working again was worth the effort.

The PRAM battery keeps the date/time current when there is no electrical power connected.

Hi,
Could you please let us know whereabouts of the PRAM battery, and what sort/spec is it?

HTH, &B-) Ian
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Message #6 - Posted 2003/12/19 - Razer Fazer

Ian_ wrote:

Razer Fazer wrote on 16/12/03 11:33 pm:

I had the same problem with my wallstreet, after I changed the PRAM battery all was working again. It was a real pain to change that battery, but seeing my powerbook working again was worth the effort.

The PRAM battery keeps the date/time current when there is no electrical power connected.

Hi,
Could you please let us know whereabouts of the PRAM battery, and what sort/spec is it?

HTH, &B-) Ian
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The PRAM battery is located under the left palm on the powerbook. I don't know the lifetime, but mine lasted for about 4 years. To replace it, you will need a TORX T8 screwdriver.

I found some information on the URL below:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=30580

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Message #7 - Posted 2003/12/19 - Ian_

Razer Fazer wrote on 19/12/03 3:33 pm:

Ian_ wrote:

Razer Fazer wrote on 16/12/03 11:33 pm:

I had the same problem with my wallstreet, after I changed the PRAM battery all was working again. It was a real pain to change that battery, but seeing my powerbook working again was worth the effort.

The PRAM battery keeps the date/time current when there is no electrical power connected.

Hi,
Could you please let us know whereabouts of the PRAM battery, and what sort/spec is it?

HTH, &B-) Ian
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The PRAM battery is located under the left palm on the powerbook. I don't know the lifetime, but mine lasted for about 4 years. To replace it, you will need a TORX T8 screwdriver.

I found some information on the URL below:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=30580

Thanks Razer, &B-) Ian
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Message #8 - Posted 2003/12/25 - gosau

Ian_ <Ian@No_Spam.com> wrote in message news:<BC092DEC.4CB4%Ian@No_Spam.com>...

Razer Fazer wrote on 19/12/03 3:33 pm:

Ian_ wrote:

Razer Fazer wrote on 16/12/03 11:33 pm:

I had the same problem with my wallstreet, after I changed the PRAM battery all was working again. It was a real pain to change that battery, but seeing my powerbook working again was worth the effort.

The PRAM battery keeps the date/time current when there is no electrical power connected.

Hi,
Could you please let us know whereabouts of the PRAM battery, and what sort/spec is it?

HTH, &B-) Ian
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The PRAM battery is located under the left palm on the powerbook. I don't know the lifetime, but mine lasted for about 4 years. To replace it, you will need a TORX T8 screwdriver.

I found some information on the URL below:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=30580

Thanks Razer, &B-) Ian
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Hello everybody!

First of all let me excuse for my bad english (I¥m Austrian). Concearning the battery problems: I¥ve read an article which says, that OS 10.2 will "kill" the battery. I¥ve searched about a day for a solution - found non. If anybody has a solution - please inform me.

Thanks a lot.

Message #9 - Posted 2003/12/25 - J. Boykin

Look at www.Macfixit.com for Wednesday, December 24 (still up Christmas Day) for a reference to the Apple Knowledge Base article on batteries and OS 10.2.x. Merry Christmas

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