Battery Problem :(
Not sure if anyone has posted anything similar yet (forum search doesn't seem to work), but I was wondering if anyone has had any problems with their battery in their Acer Travelmate 8100.
My problem arose several weeks ago, seemingly out of the blue. I noticed my battery light (the one on the right) was blinking green one day, which I believe means discharging (not sure if that’s correct as I almost always have my laptop running off A/C and don’t see the battery light change a lot), except the A/C power cord was connected. When I pulled the cord out the laptop immediately went into hibernation. I plugged it back in, turned the laptop back on and repeated unplugging the A/C power cord and the same thing happened. The laptop never shuts immediately off, it always goes into hibernation successfully.
If I pull the battery out and reinsert/reseat it (with laptop on and A/C power cord attached), usually nothing changes and I get the same blinking green light. However, sometimes the battery light turns solid orange. Every time it turns orange it will eventually go back to blinking green after what seems a random amount of time somewhere less than 45 minutes. During the time the battery light is solid orange I can use the computer without the A/C power cord connected.
Other observations are: the battery pack never seems to heat up as I would believe a charging battery does (I don't remember how hot a known good battery normally gets), making me wonder (somewhat dismally) if it's not the battery but the power charging/switching circuitry that is faulty. No battery monitoring tools (I've tried a handful, including those linked to on this forum) can report any status of the battery, including Acer's ePowerManagement and Windows Power, other than the battery status being "Unknown" or at 0% charge, regardless if the batter is inside the laptop or not.
This is the first laptop I've owned and I've had it since May 2005, and like I said this problem only arose 3-4 weeks ago. Is this a known problem with this battery/Acer/laptop batteries in general? I’m debating on whether to call Acer technical support or just go out and bite the bullet on a new battery pack (assuming that’s [hopefully] the cause/solution to my problem).
Any input on this would be appreciated!