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I've only had the bastard 6 months and it looks like i am about to have a serious problem. The computer itself is fine but the elctrics are fucked.

 

When i plug it in it does'nt take a charge, so i have got to take the battery out then put it back in and then it takes a charge. But right now i thought it had a full charge because the little battery thingy said it did. BUt when i unplugged it said i only had 13%.

 

last night i noticed that when i thought i had shut it down the little light that are for the volume and quick launch DVD player stayed on aswell as a little tiny blue light by the memory card reader.

 

I have a compaq Presario 6000.

 

Any ideas?

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i have a dell, my 3rd one now and had never problems with it.

 

i hear that some peolple have problems with HP and compaq.

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Best to check out the support page.

 

Its possible the battery is fcked though.

 

Its pretty common on laptops. My latest one the battery died after about 6 months.

First signs of it going was having to re-seat it to get it to work.

 

Laptop should work okay plugged into the mains, and some of the lights should stay on even when its turned of if its still plugged in.

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Save all your files etc to a usb stick, so you have a hard copy.

 

Then take it back, don't mess around with it, if its only 6 months old its still under warranty.

 

If you start messing with the operating system/registry you may find you are no longer covered by your warranty.

 

Just one thing - do you have a spare charger? It may be worth checking that its not that, its should be covered if its faulty but its something you can eliminate yourself before taking it back.

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Best to check out the support page.Its possible the battery is fcked though.Its pretty common on laptops. My latest one the battery died after about 6 months.First signs of it going was having to re-seat it to get it to work.Laptop should work okay plugged into the mains, and some of the lights should stay on even when its turned of if its still plugged in.
I have posted on there matehttp://forums1.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/...?categoryId=411The laptop itself is fine, no problems there but i am just worried that it has some kind of knock on effect into the actual laptop itself. This is my first one so i am a bit niave about them.Cheers for the reply. :Busted:
Save all your files etc to a usb stick, so you have a hard copy.Then take it back, don't mess around with it, if its only 6 months old its still under warranty.If you start messing with the operating system/registry you may find you are no longer covered by your warranty.Just one thing - do you have a spare charger? It may be worth checking that its not that, its should be covered if its faulty but its something you can eliminate yourself before taking it back.
I will dig out the warrenty and stuff tomorrow. I have used 70gb of the 120 gb memory
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I will dig out the warrenty and stuff tomorrow. I have used 70gb of the 120 gb memory

 

OMG are you finding the laptop is running slow as well?

 

I know its an additional expense but it may be worth looking at an external hard-drive to save some of that stuff to. (Not teaching you to suck eggs so if you know what they do I apologize)

They work just the same as installing additional memory to the laptop but externally via a usb or plugged into your router and networked. You can save programs and files/photos/games/movies etc onto them and only need to be accessed when you want something, leaving your laptop itself to run cleaner and faster. You get get them from about £45 (networking from about £75)

 

As previous posters have said, laptop batteries are renowned for failing and so are their charging circuits.

 

For batteries themselves that don't hold charge very long, one way of 'trying' to fix them is

1. charge it up via the mains till its full

2. unplug

3. run something 'heavy' on it like a movie until the battery is dead

repeat the above 3 numerous times

 

If the battery isn't completely shot this should help

 

Laptop manufacturers (and with most rechargable battery manufacturers) always recommend that you allow batteries to go flat or as near as before charging.

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OMG are you finding the laptop is running slow as well?

 

I know its an additional expense but it may be worth looking at an external hard-drive to save some of that stuff to. (Not teaching you to suck eggs so if you know what they do I apologize)

They work just the same as installing additional memory to the laptop but externally via a usb or plugged into your router and networked. You can save programs and files/photos/games/movies etc onto them and only need to be accessed when you want something, leaving your laptop itself to run cleaner and faster. You get get them from about £45 (networking from about £75)

 

As previous posters have said, laptop batteries are renowned for failing and so are their charging circuits.

 

For batteries themselves that don't hold charge very long, one way of 'trying' to fix them is

1. charge it up via the mains till its full

2. unplug

3. run something 'heavy' on it like a movie until the battery is dead

repeat the above 3 numerous times

 

If the battery isn't completely shot this should help

 

Laptop manufacturers (and with most rechargable battery manufacturers) always recommend that you allow batteries to go flat or as near as before charging.

All good advice from Kazlanco here. I've had laptops since they came out (HP, Dell and I run a Toshiba now) and this has happened a couple of times to me and both times it's been the battery. The charging electrics IMO are stable and well developed so are least likely to be faulty but this is sometimes not the case with battery technology as they're always trying something new to get another half hour's life out of them.

 

It's important that when you get a new laptop (or a new battery) to give it the full charge up to the max before even switching it on, just as you would do with a new mobile phone, 'cos they sometimes have a memory effect which makes them think they're charged up full when they're really not and subsequently discharge a lot faster than normal.

 

Last thing, if you're going thru over 10Gig/month disc space you're either building a library of horse races to study the form or downloading to much porn. Try deleting some of it when you're, 'ahem', finished with it otherwise the external disk drive is the way to go. Hope this helps a bit.

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I know about how to treat a battery it is a lot deeper than that. It is not effectiing the actual running of the laptop on the computer side. I have phoned them and they'll fix it but it'll be 7-14 days till it's back but right now i can't affford for it to be away so will wait till i have a window to get it fixed.

 

Thanks for the advice.

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This is totaly weird!!!!!

 

This is a pic of my laptop

 

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See the little blue LEd lights? Well they have not worked from roughly a week after i got to Pattaya in may. No problem realy as it did not effect the laptop computersdie working.

 

Obviously i have told you about the problems i had this weekend.

 

 

Well guess what?

 

They all work perfectly now!!!!

 

 

The battery takes a charge, but it does not keep it as long as it used to but that is to be expected!!!

 

But over the weekend i was sitting on the couch or my bed using it so it was'nt on a square platform but i do this a lot anyway. Today it's on my desk so i am guessing that has something to do with it?

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  • 1 year later...

I've known several friends that have had problems with Dells and Compaq's over the years,... I've owned two Acer's and two HP's (I know the HP owns Compaq) and have NEVER had any issues at all.

There are lot's of places that do electronic work in Thailand like PanTip in Bangkok and labor there is cheap so when I go I usually get my broken stuff fixed up for cheap.

 

:P Best of luck with it!

Jim

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