Dying Powerbook G4

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by rmcmill1, Jul 3, 2005.

  1. rmcmill1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2005
    We have a Powerbook G4 that dies unexpectedly. Also, the battery level drops very rapidly during operation. No particular activities seem to make this happen.

    What we do noitice is that the battery discharges quickly-- battery level as indicated on the monitor and by the battery itself drops more rapidly than before (2 %/min). Also, the battery and the area near the charger plug get hot to the touch quickly.

    When the monitor indicates a full battery charge, the removed battery also indicates full charge (5 dots lit). When the computer indicates the power level has dropped significantly (say to 25% after only 20 min of operation), the battery (installed) indication matches this (1-2 dots lit).

    Does anyone have expericece with this computer dying unexpectedly problem? I think it's the power supply. Can this be replaced by an ordinary user?

    Thanks for the help....
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    How old is the PowerBook? Or more importantly, how old is the battery?
  3. JonMaker macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2004
    Is the battery properly calibrated?

    Luckily, batteries are easier to replace than, say, a motherboard :rolleyes: .
  4. alex_ant macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2002
    All up in your bidness
    All PowerBook G4s get hot around the power plug. The PB is probably fine, but the battery is on its last legs.
  5. Linkjeniero macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2005
    If the battery isn't that old, it may be a faulty one. Sometime ago Apple made a battery recall because some PB and iBook batteries were bad, they overheated. Check the serial number in Apple's website, and if yours is a lemon, they'll replace it for free.

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