Lenovo Laptop Battery Troubleshooting Tips

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If you are having problems with your battery not charging or not charging fully, here are a few things to check for and possible solutions:

Bad laptop AC adapter

Test to verify the AC adapter is not bad. Remove the battery and check if the laptop will run solely from the laptop AC adapter. If the laptop does not work, then the AC adapter is bad and needs to be replaced.

In some cases, the laptop charger itself is faulty and may run the laptop, but it does not have enough power to charge the battery. In this case, try charging the laptop battery with the laptop turned off. If the battery charges while the computer is off, then the laptop AC adapter is bad and needs to be replaced.

Bad motherboard

The computer motherboard may be bad if your new and your old laptop battery won’t charge and the laptop AC adapter is working properly. Also, if your laptop battery will charge in another laptop, then that could be a sign that you have a bad motherboard.

Battery is not charging at all or showing that it is not compatible

The problem may be with the computer BIOS and an update is required for the laptop to recognize and fully charge the laptop battery. The current software in your system is only set up to read an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) battery. If your BIOS has not been updated, and you have only used OEM batteries in your laptop, it can cause the replacement battery not to communicate correctly with the software in your system.

Check your manufacturer’s website for possible system BIOS upgrades for your laptop model. Some laptops have been prone to reject third-party batteries if they have an old BIOS version installed. Once completing the BIOS upgrade, please recharge your battery for 12 hours and use it as normal.

Battery stops charging before it is fully charged

New batteries come in a discharged condition and must be fully charged before use. It is recommended that you fully charge and discharge the new battery four to five times to allow it to reach its maximum rated capacity.

It is generally recommended an overnight charge (approximately twelve hours). It is normal for a battery to become warm to the touch during charging and discharging.

Lenovo Error Message: “Laptop Battery Not Genuine”

Lenovo laptops have a program installed on the operating system that checks for a genuine Lenovo laptop battery and detect possible third-party laptop batteries. The program will alert you that you are NOT using a Lenovo laptop battery, but will not prevent you from using the third-party laptop battery. Nonetheless, notifications can be burdensome so here’s how you can disable the third-party laptop battery notifications on IBM Lenovo laptops:

  • Access the Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel, from there go to:
  • Thinkpad Configuration > Power Manager > Power Scheme
  • On the Power Scheme screen click “Options” and then uncheck the box with “Periodically show messages about battery charge capacity”
  • Click “Ok” to accept and save the changes and you will no longer receive pop-ups about using a third party notebook battery

IBM Laptop Battery Status: “Plugged in, not charging”

If you are getting the “Plugged in, not charging” status on your laptop battery, please following the steps below:

  1. Shutdown laptop
  2. Unplug AC adapter
  3. Remove battery
  4. Plug in AC adapter
  5. Turn on laptop, allow operating system (OS) to boot
  6. Once logged in to the machine, perform a normal shut down
  7. Unplug AC adapter
  8. Replace battery
  9. Plug in AC adapter
  10. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot
  11. Status should now say, “Plugged in and charging”

IBM Laptop Battery Status in Windows7: “Plugged in, not charging”

If you are running Windows 7 operating system and are getting the “Plugged in, not charging” status on your laptop battery, please following the steps below:

  1. Unplug AC adapter.
  2. Shutdown laptop
  3. Remove battery
  4. Plug in AC Adapter
  5. Start Windows7
  6. Remove Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery:
    1. Go to START > Devices and Printers > Admin PC > Hardware
    2. Select Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
    3. Click Properties > Change Settings > Driver > Uninstall > OK > Uninstall
  7. Shutdown laptop
  8. Unplug AC Adapter
  9. Replace battery
  10. Plug in AC Adapter
  11. Turn on laptop, allow Windows7 to boot
  12. Status should now say, “Plugged in and charging”

Laptop Battery stops charging whenever it reaches 96-98%

You might need to recalibrate your laptop for the new battery. You can easily recalibrate your laptop properly via the Windows Power Management.

With Windows XP, you can change the battery settings by navigating to Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > Power Options. Once you find it change the “Power Schemes” to “Always On”. Under “Alarms”, uncheck “Low battery alarm” and “Critical battery alarm”. Under “Hibernate”, uncheck “Enable hibernation”, and then click on Apply.

This is the only time that we recommend taking the battery all the way down to zero %. You should also unplug the ac adapter and let the battery drain all the way down until your laptop shuts off. After that, plug the ac adapter back and charge it to 100%. You may need to repeat this process about 2-3 times before it actually reaches 100%.

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