View Full Version : POS PowerBook keeps killing my battery.

Nov 19, 2006, 08:15 AM
No, the Battery is fine. Just the POS Powerbook can't properly read how much juice is in the thing, and if I don't plug in the machine or close the lid it will shutdown - not just sleep - from draining all the juice in the battery. and i have energy saver set to go to sleep after 15 min activity. so i have no idea why the hell this is happening.

Nov 19, 2006, 10:23 AM
Repair Permissions first.

And, have you calibrated the battery? Let the computer run down until it puts the computer to sleep (like I think you say it's doing) then plug it in and let it charge until fully charged - the yellow light will turn green on your charger where it's connected to the PB.

Here's an Apple article (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86284) on the same.

Surely you know this in some way? :confused: :) :)

Nov 19, 2006, 11:59 AM
no.... it's something more fundamentally wrong with the machine. i've fully recycled the battery a dozen times in the past 2 weeks - unintentionally as the computer doesn't seem to be going to sleep properly when i leave it up.

it's an old computer - 3 years, but the battery is only 9 months old. i have an even older ibook with a new battery acting just as wierd - i get a full 2-3 hours on it, but the battery meter on the ibook never drops below 90%; ie, when it says 95% it's really somewhere around 50%.

This kind of crap makes me want to buy my wife's macbook now rather than waiting for christmas.

Nov 19, 2006, 02:59 PM
This kind of crap makes me want to buy my wife's macbook now rather than waiting for christmas.

There's always a reason to buy a new Mac!!! ;)

I wonder if there's something to resetting pram or other type of cache related to the battery settings. I wonder out loud because there are people on this board more knowledgeable than I.

Nov 20, 2006, 07:24 AM
Check this article (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=30017) from Apple on checking your backup battery's status. I know it's not about your primary battery, but it sounds as though it may fix your issue.

Similarly, here's another (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=2238) on resetting PRAM, which erases what the logic board remembers about your battery. A full discharge and full charge may help as well.

Nov 20, 2006, 08:16 AM
Have you ascertained the current information about the battery?

It's available through System Profiler->Power, which is available from the Apple menu->About this Mac->More info or you can use something like coconutBattery to get to the information much more quickly.