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Oct. 23rd, 2008 10:27 pm
jgrafton: (legojeff)
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Dear Lazyweb,

The battery in my Lenovo T60 died about a month ago - it no longer recharges - and has now trickled down to 4%, even though I've had it plugged in the whole time, and there hasn't been any power loss in my apartment.

Obviously, I need to replace it, but the official Lenovo battery is $expensive. There are off-brand versions available various places online, it seems - do any of you have any recommendations there?

PS I am never buying a Lenovo again, and I suggest you similarly avoid them.

Date: 2008-10-24 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xsavvyx.livejournal.com
Why do you suggest never buying a Lenovo again? I know the battery runs low, but all batteries do that eventually.

Date: 2008-10-24 03:34 pm (UTC)
alanv: (Ninja cow)
From: [personal profile] alanv
The battery issue sounds like my HP laptop.
Don't buy HP either.

Date: 2008-10-24 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplemoocow.livejournal.com
i am hearing so many complaints about Lenovo laptops these days. which i find odd, because i could have sworn they were THE laptop that everyone was talking about.

relatedly, i need to replace my HP battery (had the laptop for about a year and made the stupid mistake of leaving the battery in when running on AC). the replacement of what i have is 130, but the battery never really had great life to begin with. am trying to decide if it's worth the extra 20 bucks to get the extended-life, 12-cell one.

all i know is that HP batteries tend to suck, and the laptops are power-drainers.

Date: 2008-10-24 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stalkingmsd.livejournal.com
I dunno, what you describe sounds like my last IBM thinkpad experience-- failing screen, failing battery that appears to discharge even when plugged in, etc.

IBM made great laptops... in the mid 90s.

Date: 2008-10-24 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] telemenar
I don't know anyone that does make good laptops these days. I managed to get Lenovo to replace a battery for free at one point. But it was inside the 1 year warranty period for the battery.

Date: 2008-10-24 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pfriedma.livejournal.com
a123 has pretty good generics... the high-capacity one on my vaio lasted for about 3 years

Date: 2008-10-25 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x77303066.livejournal.com
Before you buy a new battery:

This happened to mine, new battery doesn't help it at all. I've heard theories that it's Vista's fault (fucking up the APCI) (but how does it not charge when powered-down?) (I haven't put in a linux livecd to verify), but the probable cause is mobo failure or just shoddy connections somewhere.

I think it's out of warranty... I'm keeping it going as a not-very-mobile laptop; the rest of it is fine and it's a pretty nice machine. Definitely pretty fucking lame though.

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