12" pbook battery/meter problem

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  1. evil
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    im hoping someone can help me out with this problem i am having. i have a 12inch pbook rev A and theres something wrong with the battery or battery meter. When the pbook is fully charged the meter will drop down at a normal rate to around 55 % and then the computer will just shut off as if the battery is dead. If i then plug it in to charge it it says that the battery is at 0 %. i am only getting somewhere around an hour until the meter drops down to around 55% and shuts off.
    anyone have any help to offer me? please.
     
  2. vraxtus
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    I had this problem with an older iBook... just get a new battery.
     
  3. evil
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    why do you think its a battery problem? i checked my battery capacity in terminal and it was fine. id like to be pretty sure its the battery before i go out and buy a new one.
     
  4. dotnina
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    Have you tried resetting the PMU? I'm not exactly sure what this does, but it seems people do this when they're having battery problems.
     
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    Well, I'll ask this first... how old is your battery? The old Wallstreet batteries died out in about 2 years... COMPLETELY. So with a Rev A I'd almost 100% guarantee it's the battery.
     
  6. evil
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    ok i reset the pmu and i hope this works.

    the battery is as old as the computer..about 1 year and 4 months or so.
     
  7. evil
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    well, it just died at 30 %. darn.
    any other suggestions anyone? i really dont want to have to buy a new battery..especially if that wont even fix teh problem.
    i really cant even afford to buy a new battery
     

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