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TiPB (800 mhz) battery suddenly missing :(

Message #1 - Posted 2004/06/03 - James Lorenzen

This morning, before going to work, I did a quick email check on my "trusty" TiPB. It was plugged in to the charger. Woke it up, did my thing, put it back to sleep and trundled off to work. (Normal routine, using wireless)

Got to work this am, plugged on a trackball, plugged in Ethernet cable (no wi-fi at work). Woke up the machine, changed location to work from home, went to plug in the power cord. (This is my normal routine for the past couple of years).

Just before the charger was plugged in, black goes the screen and I have an orange glow on the charger plug.

Rats. This is an old battery and I thought it's toes up now. I restart the machine, expecting to see a very low charge, but, I see a brief message of charging, then the dreaded battery icon with an "X" in it on the menu bar.

Now I figured the PMU is hosed and I tried "cmd-opt-p-r" startup (with and without the battery in); I tried the "remove keyboard, press reset button for 5 seconds (with and without the battery in). The best I got was via X-charge, was battery installed, charge at 0%, battery starting to charge at 0% and exactly one minute later, battery removed.

I am looking for any other things to try. The machine does not recognize either of my batteries and I even tried to get Apple's "BatteyUpdate" to run, but it won't.

I have tried everything that I can think of (or find via google). Is there anyone out there with further ideas or things to try?

My next step is a trip to the Apple Store and hopefully a "genius" can assist me.

TIA
James

Message #2 - Posted 2004/06/04 - Cathy Stevenson

Previously, James Lorenzen wrote:

This morning, before going to work, I did a quick email check on my "trusty" TiPB. It was plugged in to the charger. Woke it up, did my thing, put it back to sleep and trundled off to work. (Normal routine, using wireless)

Got to work this am, plugged on a trackball, plugged in Ethernet cable (no wi-fi at work). Woke up the machine, changed location to work from home, went to plug in the power cord. (This is my normal routine for the past couple of years).

Just before the charger was plugged in, black goes the screen and I have an orange glow on the charger plug.

Rats. This is an old battery and I thought it's toes up now. I restart the machine, expecting to see a very low charge, but, I see a brief message of charging, then the dreaded battery icon with an "X" in it on the menu bar.

Now I figured the PMU is hosed and I tried "cmd-opt-p-r" startup (with and without the battery in); I tried the "remove keyboard, press reset button for 5 seconds (with and without the battery in). The best I got was via X-charge, was battery installed, charge at 0%, battery starting to charge at 0% and exactly one minute later, battery removed.

I am looking for any other things to try. The machine does not recognize either of my batteries and I even tried to get Apple's "BatteyUpdate" to run, but it won't.

I have tried everything that I can think of (or find via google). Is there anyone out there with further ideas or things to try?

My next step is a trip to the Apple Store and hopefully a "genius" can assist me.

Is there any way you can check the battery in another PB? Or is there a battery from another PB you can try in your machine?

Cathy

"there's a dance or two in the old dame yet." - mehitabel

C.Stevenson, M.D.
cats1921@sonic.net

Message #3 - Posted 2004/06/04 - James Lorenzen

Previously, Cathy Stevenson wrote:

Previously, James Lorenzen wrote:

This morning, before going to work, I did a quick email check on my

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Rats. This is an old battery and I thought it's toes up now. I restart the machine, expecting to see a very low charge, but, I see a brief message of charging, then the dreaded battery icon with an "X" in it on the menu bar.

Is there any way you can check the battery in another PB? Or is there a battery from another PB you can try in your machine?

Cathy

Actually, I have two batteries, the behaviour of the PB is the same with each battery. The machine does not see the battery at all. The battery icon witgh an "X" in it is all that I see. The machine runs fine on the "mains". The original battery is on its last legs. It will last about 30 minutes on full charge. I use it while the machine is plugged in. The other was bought in September and it is in good shape. The "funny" this is that I was on battery power after waking from sleep and I was up and running for a couple of minutes. Like I said in the post, just before I plugged the machine in, it stopped.

I do not have access to another TiPB rigt now to test the batteries, but I will try the Apple store when I get the time.

James

Message #4 - Posted 2004/06/14 - Spud Demon

James Lorenzen <lorenzen+news@tiny.net> writes in a previous article dated Thu, 03 Jun 2004 10:48:32 -0500:

I am looking for any other things to try. The machine does not recognize either of my batteries and I even tried to get Apple's "BatteyUpdate" to run, but it won't.

I have tried everything that I can think of (or find via google). Is there anyone out there with further ideas or things to try?

Bent pin or dirty contact?

-- spud_demon -at- thundermaker.net
The above may not (yet) represent the opinions of my employer.

Message #5 - Posted 2004/06/15 - James Lorenzen

Well, I just got back from the local Apple store and it was a loose connector at the battery. The genius was poking around and I saw small spark that got us looking at th econnector. If the battery is moved (replaced), the connector is pushed into the interior of htfe OB, and th ebattery is not seen. I may be able to jury rig some thing, or I'll send it in for repair (about $330). On the bright side, it is not a logic board problem.

James

Previously, James Lorenzen wrote:

This morning, before going to work, I did a quick email check on my "trusty" TiPB. It was plugged in to the charger. Woke it up, did my thing, put it back to sleep and trundled off to work. (Normal routine, using wireless)

Got to work this am, plugged on a trackball, plugged in Ethernet cable

[snip]

My next step is a trip to the Apple Store and hopefully a "genius" can assist me.

TIA
James

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