Plugged In, Not Charging – Windows Vista and Laptop

Filed in Technology by on June 30, 2007 2 Comments

I noticed a while ago that whenever I turn on my BRAND NEW HP laptop, the battery indicator say something like, 83%. I say to myself, “What the heck is that about? This laptop is brand new and the battery was charged to 100% when I used it last.”

Today, when I turned the laptop on, it said, “Plugged in, not charging” and the power read 8%. I thought that was odd, because it was around 80% when I turned it off. Is there something draining the battery when I am not using it? That’s really not cool. I mean, I haven’t turned the laptop on for a few weeks, but that’s no excuse to drain the battery.

Today, I looked up the “Plugged in, not charging” phrase in Google and a few good results showed up. Apparently, there are quite a few people that are having similar issues with their laptops when Windows Vista is installed.

When the laptop was on, I noticed the little lightening bolt was blinking. I read that if you unplug and then re-plug in the power cord, the battery will start charging again. Well, I had to turn the computer off first, before I unplugged the power cord, because if I just unplugged it, the computer would go dead.

What is going on? Is this a Windows Vista power management bug? Does it have anything to do with power management at all or just that the people at Microsoft who created Vista don’t work on laptops?


kaysays says:
July 5, 2007 at 12:22 am

Try restarting your computer. That was my problem when it wasn’t charging.
Chris says:
July 7, 2007 at 1:43 am

im having the same problem. when i restarted my laptop, it took me a while to get it charging again. a couple of hours later it stopped charging again
raymond says:
July 7, 2007 at 1:58 am

my dv6000t sometimes does that too (plugged in, not charging), when battery rate is about 12% below and tries to charge it, it says “plugged in, not charging” but resumes charging after a couple of minutes. Is yours same?
admin says:
July 7, 2007 at 7:27 am

In my case, the battery said “Plugged in, not charging” and read 8%. I couldn’t unplug it like I read somewhere, because the laptop would shut off immediately.

I got it to charge again by shutting the computer down and unplugging the charger. Then, I plugged the charger in again and started up the laptop. It worked that time and I let it charge to 100%.
Samuel says:
July 8, 2007 at 1:34 pm

ya, same situation here
Plugged in, not charging
If you are using a laptop, don’t worry
usually this thing only appear when your battery was under 12%
The system need time to balance the battery
so you might shut down your computer for like 5 mins with your AC plugged
then turn it on again, everything will be fine @@
raymond says:
July 12, 2007 at 9:51 am

samuel, so this thing is normal? i am sick of thinking that my batt / laptop has a problem since my dv6000t is just a month old. =)
raymond says:
July 12, 2007 at 9:51 am

btw, what is your laptop sam?
Jared says:
July 15, 2007 at 4:36 pm

my DV6000 just started to do the same and i can not get it to start charging again. An help would be most greatful.
Pete says:
July 16, 2007 at 12:02 pm

I’ve got the same problem too, the battery doesn’t charge, we’ve already tried changing everything, power supply etc, including the laptop itself, switching the harddrive over. Still not working. We’ve checked all the power settings inside the laptop too, and they’re how they should be. Running out of ideas
admin says:
July 16, 2007 at 6:41 pm

Ok, obviously this is a big problem. I wrote this post not too long ago and received a bunch of comments. I think it may be a Windows Vista bug. Does everyone here have Windows Vista?

Any word on a patch?
Frank says:
July 17, 2007 at 4:04 am

“Plugged In, Not Charging” seams to be a very big problem with WINDOW VISTA, i have come past this problem twice, the first time i just refreshed the power setting that did the thing, now it has happend again and what ever i do nothing happens, any soultions.

Regards Frank
raymond says:
July 17, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Mine is DV6000T running Vista Ultimate, try charging above 15% battery power and check if still does it.
raymond says:
July 18, 2007 at 10:11 am

Any of you guys tried running with Windows XP just to check if it’s just Vista giving us that problem.
raymond says:
July 18, 2007 at 10:17 am

btw, when AC is plugged and it says “plugged in, not charging”, does the battery still drains or acts like it’s plugged (battery power stays the same)?
admin says:
July 18, 2007 at 10:22 am

In my case, the battery didn’t drain. The laptop was just pulling power from the AC cord.
raymond says:
July 19, 2007 at 12:18 pm

same here admin.
raymond says:
July 23, 2007 at 9:36 pm


tried installing windows xp, ive crossed the same problem, my lappy doesn’t charge for a couple of minutes but resumes afterwards. HP battery check even tells me my battery should be replaced (AC plugged, not charging) then tells me that is good when it starts charging. now, what is this all about HP?
Art says:
July 26, 2007 at 2:53 am

I had the exact same problem with my new hp dv6000, i contacted hp help support and they told me to install and updated bios (didn’t fix it), and to callibrate the battery (didn’t work either). so far i haven’t found a fix either, i’m looking at just taking my computer back and getting a different brand. obtw, i too have vista home premium. i checked vista support on and they have no fixes.
Anthony says:
July 26, 2007 at 5:02 pm

It’s not just an HP thing. I just noticed today that my brand new Lenovo N200 laptop is doing the same thing. It’s stuck at 95% right now, I haven’t drained it yet to see if that changes. Unplug/replug and restart did not fix it. I’m using Vista Home Premium.
Anthony says:
July 26, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Seems some people think it is a feature to prevent overcharging. This makes sense if it doesn’t charge when the battery is already in the 90% range (as mine is), but I have no idea why it would refuse to charge a battery in the 15% range as mentioned above. Maybe that “balancing” issue?
raymond says:
July 26, 2007 at 11:17 pm

Have you tried hooking up a different battery? I’m bringing my laptop with me today to HP service center here in the philippines. I’ll update you guys with the findings.
Adam says:
July 26, 2007 at 11:22 pm

Zomg, i have a dv6000 and about 20 minutes ago i wanted to look somethin up so grabbed laptop which had been plugged in for about a day… unplugged it and opened it to get outa sleep… came out of sleep then immediately died O_O. then i go to plug it in then start back up, says 0% available (plugged in, not charging) .. :( wtfz0r is going. sounds like a hp prob. any solutions so far?
raymond says:
July 27, 2007 at 10:41 am

How old is yor dv6000? i brought my laptop a while ago at HP service center here in the phils to be diagnosed. They told me they would call me up in a week. I’ll keep you guys posted.
Sandip Bhattacharya says:
July 29, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Check the battery meter help in vista. Search for the page titled “Battery meter: frequently asked questions”. Look for the answer to the question “Why does the battery icon keep changing?”. The explanation given for the battery state “plugged in, not charging” state is given thus:

While the battery is charging, the battery icon fills at 10 percent increments. If the battery icon is not filling, the battery may not be reporting a charging state. If your mobile PC is plugged in for a long time and the battery level remains low, there may be a problem with your computer hardware. If you have an older battery, it may be fully charged, but the full charge doesn’t appear as 100 percent.

Seems like some issue in the interface between battery and bios to me.
Adam says:
July 29, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Ive only had my dv6000 for about a month, i just dont get how it used to charge fine and now it dont :( , maybeee the other day was the first time i let it completely run out of battery power and it died and now vista has a problem with it? Or is this a hp thing?
Adam says:
July 30, 2007 at 11:16 am

I also left a thread on the hp support forum thing but, dont think anybody really uses them :(
Adam says:
July 30, 2007 at 11:53 am

Yes ive also tried updating the bios, nothing.. im actually on a live chat with a hp rep so lets see what i get out of it, will post
Adam says:
July 30, 2007 at 3:23 pm

ok im not sure what i did exactly but im now it is charging and acting normal,.. this is what i did.> i did a series of taking the battery out and plugging/unplugging the powercord… while the battery was out and cord was unplugged i did a “powerdrain” which is done by holding the power button for about a minute. after that i put the battery back in and plugged cord back in and waited for about 5-10 minutes. the charge light is now staying on instead of blinking 😀 !! so now i boot up and its acting normal again.. only took me about a week anda half to figure it out but now it works, not exactly what made it start working again.. but it is. Funny thing is, i would do a hp battery health check and when it was doing the not charging thing,.. it would say it needed to be replaced. But now it says the battery is fine … strange,. STILL no confirmation on whats causing this problem tho.
Jeremy says:
August 1, 2007 at 9:22 pm

I have the hp tx1120us “tablet” with exact problem except my power is stuck at 0% with same message. Charging overnight was no help. I’ll try the battery in/ out/ drain/ charge routine to check.
DT says:
August 3, 2007 at 7:41 am

I have the HP Pavillion dv6000. Same problem. I can get it to work by removing then replacing the battery while it is on and plugged in. At the same time I randomly change between my three available power settings. No real logic behind it, but after about three or four attempts it will begin charging. I have to go through this quite often. Not real happy with my purchase……….
MEDEL514 says:
August 3, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Yeah, same prob here too, HP dv6000 with VISTA. I left mine plugged in all night and woke up this morning with 45%, which was what it was at when i went to bed…
Ed says:
August 4, 2007 at 12:00 pm

my old HP compaq nx7000 very recently started doing the same thing (maybe as of 3 days ago).. it’s getting to be really annoying because it will charge fine if i turn the computer off, but no luck while it’s plugged in
Anil says:
August 6, 2007 at 2:07 am

I have a dell laptop. Recently upgraded from windows xp to windows vista business. This started me giving problems. I am getting the error 5% avaiable (plugged in not charging). If I remove the powercord the computer is dead. I tried retaining the powercord for 24hrs though the laptop is switched off. Any pointers??

Thanks in advance!!!
Cai says:
August 6, 2007 at 3:00 am

REAL ANSWER – There was a BIOS issue with Vista, download the updated version.
Jim says:
August 6, 2007 at 11:00 am

I have an HP dv6000 and experienced the “plugged in, not charging problem”, too.
I shut the laptop off,unplugged it, took out the battery and then plugged it back in. I then re-inserted the battery and waited about 10-20 minutes for the battery to start charging and it appears to be working now.
michael.prescott says:
August 6, 2007 at 11:08 pm

I’ve got a hp dv1439us, same problem.
Matt says:
August 7, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Where can i download the updated version of vista?
Brandon S says:
August 7, 2007 at 7:52 pm

I am having the same problem with a brand new HP TX1220us tablet/notebook. The power supply does not provide any power at all to the laptop. It does, however, supply power to my xb3000 base station (saving my life right now). I even have another poer supply but I suspect that it is also defective – so much for QC.

Read the forum, and upgraded the BIOS to F.14, didn’t work…

Tried unplugging and waiting like another posted suggested, didn’t work…

Tried the power reset (holding power button in on position, didn’t work…

Called HP and spoke a a pleanant Indian fellow and we did all the same tests. Along with the battery test which fdailed because I couldn’t get the AC adpater to power the laptop.

They conclude that it is a faulty AC adapter. I am not so sure, they are sending a new one and I will let you all know how it goes.

If anyone else figures out what is really the problem please post.

Frustrated in Los Angeles… :-(
Brandon S says:
August 7, 2007 at 11:11 pm

I’ve been searching the wbe and found some posts on similar issues related to the “Microsoft AC Adapter” hardware driver.

I have tried to disable the driver and that just makes the system think it is running on battery withour and power connection. I am hesitant to uninstall the driver as I don’t have that much battery power left to reinstall if I need to.

Anyone try this course of action?
Liz says:
August 8, 2007 at 9:03 am

I was glad to see that this is an issue for others. I have a new Acer and am experiencing the same “plugged in and not charging” message. I have tried the various remedies listed above, to no avail.

Acer is sending a new battery, as they state they haven’t heard of battery problems with Vista. (Hmmm) So, hopefully, it is a bad battery but from the list it seems that it is Vista. I amhoping for the battery just to start working again, as others have.
Brandon S says:
August 8, 2007 at 9:49 am

Yesterday while doing all the testing, we ran a ‘Battery Health Check’ while plugged into the base station (this is not ideal since the test requires that it be attached to the AC adpater, which wasn’t being recongized. The test indicated that my battery needed replacing – not lkely since it is brand new.

This morning, after leaving the laptop plugged in on the base station (via expansion port), the battery seems to have fully charged.

I reran the battery health test and now it says that the battery is ‘healthy’.

Seems to me that there is something doing with the Microsoft AC adapter driver or along those lines.
raymond says:
August 8, 2007 at 11:26 am

Are you guys having the same problem like mine? I get delays after plugging the AC like 5-10mins before it starts charging or yours aren’t charging totally?
Craig says:
August 8, 2007 at 12:03 pm

I have the same problem with my HP Pavillion dv6000. It is stuck at 0% and says plugged in, not charging. I contacted HP Support live chat and they told me to update BIOS, reinstall power mangement, and to try draining my battery. Nothing worked and they say they are going to ship me a new one free of charge.
Brandon S says:
August 8, 2007 at 1:41 pm


It seems that the battery now will fully charge when attached to the base station. The ‘lightning bolt’ stays lit until its charged. But still no love from the AC adapter.

I spent some time with HP support and still no real resolution to the problem. This time we re-ran the ‘Pweer Drain” fix – this did nothing.

Next, we ‘uninstalled’ the MIcrosoft AC Adapter driver. The driver automatically reinstalls itself on the next restart.

Still same problem – no power from AC adapter when plugged into the socket. It will power and charge from the base station though.

Still frustrated….
Brandon S says:
August 8, 2007 at 7:38 pm

Are they sending you a whole new battery, AC power cable or notebook?
Easton says:
August 9, 2007 at 12:25 am

Wow. I have a brand new laptop from, Windows Vista. I’m having the same exact trouble. Won’t charge. It’s stuck at 4% and is saying ‘plugged in, not charging’. Ima call Microsoft tomorrow. Along with my computer manufacturer.
Tim says:
August 9, 2007 at 2:22 am

I have this same problem on my Compaq/HP R3000z using Vista.

It has to be something Vista is doing wrong. Real nice of Microsoft to take their sweet time coming out with SP1 for Vista. I may have to install XP on my Laptop again.
Brandon S says:
August 9, 2007 at 10:57 am


HP Clains that it is a problem with the actual AC adpater, They are sending a new adapter to me and I will give it a whirl. Willpost results as I get them.

Getting into a murdurous rage in L.A.
Joe says:
August 9, 2007 at 4:24 pm

Same problem here with HP dv6000. My battery is at 0% and the charge light just keeps blinking. I unplugged it and held the power button in until the blinking stopped(was about a minute)I then plugged it in again and waited about 15 min and it started to charge. I just wonder how often I will have to do this.
Brandon S says:
August 9, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Well, just as I expected, the replacement AC adapter made absolutely no difference. It is either a hardware issue or something with VISTA. Back to HP support for another round.
Brandon S says:
August 9, 2007 at 7:39 pm

I have finally had it – I am going to exchange the laptop for a band new one – HP Support Sucks @$$. At CompUSA stands behind the product.
Travis says:
August 11, 2007 at 9:46 am

Here is what I did.
I removed the battery on my DV9000. (see end)
then it said unknown source.
i put it back in and it said plugged in,charging! and it was!

How to remove a battery.
im not sure this is how you do with all HP’s but on the bottom, there should be a little switch. you move it over and push it in. TADA ITS OUT.
Brandon S says:
August 11, 2007 at 7:26 pm

Wish it was a simple as taking out the battery – tried that and every combination of that with power on and off, plugged in and out, etc.

I just got a replacement laptop and so far (fingers crossed) the system is stable and charging. Thanks to CompUSA. Replaced the laptop with very little hassle. HP and/or Microsoft on the other hand needs to learn how to stand behind thier products.
David C says:
August 12, 2007 at 9:47 am

I have a HP nc6400 (3 weeks old), and I was experiencing this as well. Battery was at 2% remaining, plugged in, not charging. I also noticed that the charge light was not coming on, even when the computer was off.

I tried everything mentioned so far. I ended up doing a system restore all the way back to before I had any windows updates installed. Rebooted, waited about 2 minutes and boom, it started charging again. Now its behaving as it should: charging both when the computer is on and off – all the way to 100%.

I’m not sure why this worked, but perhaps one of the windows updates screwed with some setting somewhere which caused this. –just a quick poll, how many of you with this problem are running the intel pro/wireless 3945ABG wireless adaptor, or have computers running the intel 945GM chipset. — these are two items that Vista has updated drivers for. Maybe there is a connection. (I decided ths time not to install these updates, and so far so good)
admin says:
August 12, 2007 at 10:10 am

Just to let you know, I haven’t downloaded any Windows updates and I was having this problem. I was working on it last night and it charged fine, but I am not sure if the upgrades are causing this.
Andrew says:
August 15, 2007 at 6:51 pm

My sister’s HP dv6000 said “Plugged in, not charging.” I didn’t have the problem on my computer, but I had a custom power plan. I made on my sister’s computer and it’s charging fine now.
jeanelle says:
August 17, 2007 at 10:51 pm

hi there, i have a new inspiron 1501 and it says plugged in but not charging, its been like this for a few days. It is almost dead, can you help me with this?
ane says:
August 19, 2007 at 12:07 am

I have the problem, “Plugged In, Not Charging” and stuck at 0%! So, is there any generic solution. It sounds confusing what works to someone, it doesn’t for another. That is really frustrating!
Seek advice, thanx.
ane says:
August 19, 2007 at 1:59 pm

I got it fixed. Here is what i did:
I took out the battery, and hooked the AC adapter (without the battery) and then put the battery back.
All of a sudden, it started charging and now i checked (after a couple of hours of charging) it, it is 97% charged and (hopefully) charging.
thanx anyways for all the clues
Mhoward says:
August 19, 2007 at 6:26 pm

Does anyone else that has experienced this problem also charge some sort of external device with the laptop? For example I have a Motorola cell phone that I charge via the USB port. This is now the second laptop with this problem in less than 2 months and my previous laptop had been in service for several years. I had been running Vista on my old laptop for nearly 6 months before I got my current phone…. is there a connection?
lee says:
August 20, 2007 at 2:15 pm


possibly , i have this problem and has only happened since i started charging a psp via usb.
joe c says:
August 21, 2007 at 2:31 pm

ya calm down people, an easy fix, just take the battery out and put it back in 2-3 times till it starts charging again
Jeff says:
August 22, 2007 at 1:44 am

Thanks for the tips. I have an HP dv6000 w/ Vista and have been experiencing the same problem as everyone else. I popped the battery out while leaving the AC adapter plugged in and the computer on. It started charging again… hopefully it continues to charge. Not sure if its Vista or HP but I gotta say that I havent been impressed with Vista so far.
Simon says:
August 22, 2007 at 4:24 pm

My Compaq battery test software says no battery present but also says 74% charged!!!
Melissa says:
August 22, 2007 at 4:33 pm

A similar approach here. I bought an HP dv6406nr at Best Buy and 3 weeks into it started having this same issue after I let the battery drain once. After multiple tries of the various suggestions, here’s what worked for me:

(1) Turn on computer w/ AC plugged in like always.
(2) Remove battery (keeping AC adapter plugged in).
(3) Shutdown computer.
(4) Replace battery.
(5) Wait a few minutes, and the lightning bolt icon which has usually been only flashing is now a steady blue while it charges the laptop, then turns off when the battery’s at 100%

What the heck is going on with all this?!? AC adapter? Battery? I don’t know, but I can tell you that a few days ago I called HP for a new battery, they said they’d get one out to me, then I got a call today saying it was going to take a week or so since they’re having a lot of requests similar to mine. Not cool.
Laura says:
August 22, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Well, I typed “computer plugged in but not charging” into google and look what came up?

I have the exact same issue, exact same computer (dv6000), and Vista. This computer is about five months old. I’ve been removing the battery and rebooting like crazy. No improvement. My battery is stuck at 50%.

This is making me very unhappy; I move this thing around a lot (hence why I have a laptop…) and it will be close to unusable without a battery. Sigh.

This isn’t the only problem I have. I also get blue screen errors very often. So far, I’m not exactly impressed with Vista.

This very computer was sent as a replacement, so I don’t have high hopes that they’ll be willing to send me another one. Great.
Roger says:
August 23, 2007 at 2:20 pm

I am working on the same problem with a friend’s laptop (HP dv6258se). I tried the power down-remove battery-power up-insert battery. And for a minute it started to charge, and then it stoped and went back to the plugged in but not charging status. Something tells me there its vista not hardware. Gonna try again, but its becoming pretty fustrating
Asher says:
August 24, 2007 at 3:27 am

Hey everyone, I started having the same problem as everyone here since about 2 days ago I think x_x for example, when I notice that my battery is low (below 15% life left) I proceed to plug it in to charge, however when I do so the little battery icon says, of course, “plugged in, not charging” but after waiting about 10 min. it will beging charging, so I dont know exactly what to say. anyway, from what ive read online there are indeed many other topics and discussions about this, and I beleive all of these (or at least most) people were Vista users. so…I think, based on what ive seen, that this problem is some sort of Vista problem/bug, I dunno for sure though. if anyone has any ideas or info on a fix for this, it would be greatly appriceated. Thanks.
Asher says:
August 24, 2007 at 3:29 am

oh, I forgot to mention that I have a Presario F500 if it matters.
Subhabrata says:
August 25, 2007 at 7:31 am

Same here – and its a brand new laptop runing on Windows Vista. Any definitive solution?
kristian says:
August 26, 2007 at 5:33 am

I also have a BRAND NEW Presario F500 with Vista, it is stuck on 0%, plugged in not charging.
Im just about to try pulling the battery but Im not going to put up with pulling the battery in and out all the time- not good enough for a brand new computer if you ask me.
daniela says:
August 27, 2007 at 2:26 am

i have the same exact roblem with my laptop the windows vista.. its plugged in and it always says plugged in, not charging. Im so frustarted because nothing i do seems to help. Ive tried plulling out the cord and putting it back in but nothing seems to work. If anyone knows a soultion that would be great.
Edgar says:
August 27, 2007 at 12:54 pm

I have the same problem. I have an Hp Dv6000. It happens every once in a while. I plug in the A/C and the battery icon reads ” Pluggled in, not charging.” It’s an easy fix for me. All I do is remove the battery and insert it and it starts charging again. It’s really annoying. It started happening when I got updates from Windows Vista. I’m guessing their at fault.
lauren says:
August 27, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Same fix as a few others worked for me. while pc is still plugged in an on- remove the battery- let it recognize that no battery is attached, then replace the battery. after a few seconds it began charging. very excited. this seems to be a vista issue, not the issue of any one pc manufacturer.
Andrei says:
August 28, 2007 at 7:43 am

Well, i have the same problem, took the battery with note on, and put it again, restart.
Broca says:
August 28, 2007 at 9:57 am

Hi everyone,
With me the same problem,I fixed IT!
I just let my hp plugged and remove the battery wait 2 min and put the battery back, so now it working normaly!
Charles says:
August 28, 2007 at 10:37 pm

I have the same problem with my HP dv6000 series laptop. I bought this 2 months ago and a few days ago, it also tells me “plugged in battery not charging” I tried everything and even waiting does not work. I even called HP Support and they told me to unplugit, remove the battery, reset by holding the power on button down for 30 seconds and nothing has worked. THey also checked the battery which initially said it was bad but after holding down the power on buttone for 30 seconds, it fixed that and said the battery was good. THey are now sending me a new battery which I imagine won’t work either. How come HP and Microsoft haven’t figured this out yet????? My laptop is totally useless without plugging it in.
Jamie says:
August 28, 2007 at 11:30 pm

I had the same problem but while I was reading these posts I checked again and it changed to saying Plugged In, Charging. So maybe just try leaving it alone for a bit if that doesn’t work try contacting HP the have the 24/7 help and online chat with tech’s.
Corrinnne says:
August 29, 2007 at 6:41 am

Hi, Been reading this feed, so helpful, finally the battery started to charge after removing and putting it back, thought i was going to throw it out the window v frustrating!
Thanks so much for the advice!
I’ve got a presario F500 !
billy says:
August 29, 2007 at 1:14 pm

exact same problem tried everything only i’m using a dell latitude d610 :S
billy says:
August 29, 2007 at 1:15 pm

same problem exept i’m using a dell latitude d610 and ive tried everything on this website and still nothing
Bob Brown says:
August 29, 2007 at 11:23 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your cryptic and almost unreal solution worked perfectly!!!!
frank says:
August 30, 2007 at 9:25 am

I have the same problem on my new hp dv6000 series running Vista Home Premium, but have not let power run down enough to experience a failure, but have noticed that power drains very quickly (under an hour). Has anyone sent this complaint to a magazinelike PC Magazine or PC World. Maybe they can apply pressure that we can’t.
JamesM says:
September 1, 2007 at 10:54 am

We just got this problem about 10 minutes ago on the Pavilion dv6000 running Vista Home Premium. My brother was using it and he didn’t plug it in correctly and it ran to 0%.

We tried turning it off and on but it didn’t work. I followed admins advice (July 7th, 4 posts from top) and unplugged it and plugged it into a different mains, left it off for 5 minutes and turned it on and it was fixed. Now leaving it to charge to 100%.
DaSaab says:
September 1, 2007 at 5:17 pm

Ok last night i didnt charge my battery and it died its at 0% and i left this morning i woke up and put it on charge so i put it on charge and its been stuck at 0% not charging for liek hours now and this laptop is about 2weeks old.. its dv6000 series dv6337us to be exact
Lill says:
September 1, 2007 at 8:41 pm

Nothing of the above worked for me on my brand new Sony Vaio VGN-CR120 EL. Battery got stuck on 51% (Plugged In, Not Charging)after i updated Vista Home Premium. Then I tried the following:

1 Shut the laptop down completely.
2 Removed the battery and the A/C cord.
3 Pushed the Power button
4 Mounted the battery and the A/C cord.
5 The battery indicator showed charging light.
6 Waited 5 minutes and then switched the laptop on. As soon as I was logged in the charging light stopped blinking. The battery had gained a few % power.

Repeated point 1-5 and waited till the indicator stopped blinking. In Vista it now showes 87% and that’s all I can get.
Lill says:
September 2, 2007 at 4:50 am

This clearly shows that Vista is the factor that makes the battery charging fail. My computer, just a few hours used, showed 100%
battery until I updated Vista.

I’ll buy another harddrive as soon as possible and install windows XP. Hopefully the battery then will charge 100%. I’ll be very disappointed if Vista damaged my battery so that it just ccarges up to 88%.

I think it’s a problem that Microsoft makes it so very hard to see what the updates changes. Futhermore it’s a problem that Microsoft blames the hardware and nothing else.
alleycat says:
September 2, 2007 at 8:22 am

I have a Compaq F560us with vista and having same problems. What I did was removed the battery with vista running, system tray said there was no battery, then popped the battery back in, vista running, and then recognized the battery, and now plugged in an charging. Battery light switched from flashing to a solid light. Go figure…
jj raheem says:
September 2, 2007 at 3:22 pm

have an hp dv6000 and had the 0% not charging problem. did as adam described and the problem has been fixed – for now.
Paul says:
September 2, 2007 at 7:14 pm

I have a 4 month old HP DV6000 laptop, Vista, and the 0% battery problem. Vista shows “Plugged in, not charging”. The solution I use is similar to what has already been mentioned:

1. Turn off the laptop
2. Remove the battery and AC connection.
3. Hold the power button for 1 minute to drain any remaining charges on the circuit board.
4. Install the battery
5. Plug in to AC power. Do not power up the laptop! The charge light should now be solid, not flashing.
6. Allow the laptop to charge for a couple of hours.

My theory is that Vista will not allow recharge on a dead battery. However, doing via hardware, as described above seems to solve the problem. It would probably be best not to completely discharge the battery before recharging again.
lal2018 says:
September 4, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Roger, I have the smae laptop: HP Pavillion dv6258se with the battery drained, 0% would not charge and only works off AC. Infuriating for a new laptop! I am running XP & Linux Ubuntu. I ditched Vista! Will be moving fully to Linux as I learn more about it. I followed Adam’s post on Jul 30, 2007 to the letter and so far the lightening-bolt light has remained on blue…meaning it’s charging. Make sure you switch off the laptop, take out the battery, disconnect the power cable and leave it for 5 mins. Do the “powerdrain” by pressing the power button down for a good minute or more, then reconnect the battery, (run the powerdrain again for good measure, then reconnect the power cable. Seems to have done the trick…for now. Shame on HP. In the future I am going back to IBM for my hardware and moving to Linux Ubuntu for my desktop. Vista is too instrusive, a security nightmere and just doesn’t work.
Steve says:
September 10, 2007 at 4:47 am

We have the same problem with the same laptop. Contacted HP saying we need to remove te battery while working on AC-power, and replacing the battery after a few minutes. Everything works normally agian.

Don’t really know if it’s a Vista problem, I’m fully testing this laptop, because it came back to us 2 times from a unsatisfied customer…
Wayne says:
September 12, 2007 at 4:51 am

I bought a compaq f504 which had this problem straight out of the box, I returned it and got the replacement yesterday with exactly the same fault again! HP are sending out a new battery, but I can’t wait to get home and try the fixes mentioned – hopefully I am going to end up with a free spare battery as some compensation for all the hassle.
Matt says:
September 16, 2007 at 6:47 pm

I have a brand new Vaio VF Series, I experienced the same exact problem with mine reading ” Plugged in, not charging” at 4%. I resolved that, by removing the battery while the laptop is running on AC, and then putting in the battery back! Et Voila!The battery went up to read 100%.
IoaN says:
September 18, 2007 at 4:03 am

I have a brand new HP dv6500 Special Edition.
The problem: first I’we runed it battery already was like 10% left, cause I used it in anothe dv6500 laptop(cope of mine). And Starting from my first run it doesn’t charges at all. In any state: when my lapton is plugged in it says “plugged in, not charging”. And no blue light on batery charching indicator displayed. When I turn off my laptop the indicator stays “dark”. It doesn’t charges even when it turned off.
BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it completely charges on another twin of this laptop(I’ve odered 2 equal laptops). Didn’t try “drain”. Will try today.
VanMan says:
September 19, 2007 at 2:45 pm

hey guys i have been having the same problem as everyone else with my brand new hp pavillion laptop for about 2 weeks.(plugged in not charging) I think i have fixed mine. Heres what i did.

1. I shutdown and then i left the ac plugged in and took out the battery and put it back in.
2. then I let it charge until the charge light turned off.
3. I then started it up in safe mode.
4. Once it booted up i reseated the battery once again with the ac in.
5. I then restarted it in regular mode and now everything seems to be working.

I hope this helps because i know how frustrating this problem is.
pedeyw says:
September 19, 2007 at 3:53 pm

I have exactly the same problem with my compaq v6340eu. I followed lal2018′s solution and (fingers crossed) it seems to have worked. I’m also running vista, my notebooks only 3 weeks old! bought, went on holiday (leaving it at home). Turned it on today and it said 0 power plugged in not charging. microsoft SERIOUSLY need to sort this out.
IoaN says:
September 22, 2007 at 10:28 am

1. Dry did’nt help
2. Full stytem recovery didn’t help
3. Bios update and chipset driver update didn’t help
4. Holding power button while laptop completely plugged of(no battery , no AC) didn.t help.

Please people help me. Can’t belive that HP could sold such a laptop.
John says:
September 22, 2007 at 1:41 pm

The problem with vista isn’t the ability to charge the battery, its the indicator light. Whenever its plugged in, it DOES charge, however the indicator displays that it is “plugged in, not charging” at whatever percent it has drained to at it’s lowest point. Your laptop will work correctly. You simply cannot rely on the indicator to display the correct state of the battery.
admin says:
September 22, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Really? I find that interesting, because when I get the “Plugged in, not charging” message and leave the laptop plugged in to charge, for say…a few hours and then unplug that laptop, it goes immediately dead. Doesn’t seem all that charged to me.
laporte says:
September 22, 2007 at 5:38 pm

Vista Premium, HP dv6000, purchased Jul 27 2007,
3 weeks in use. I can only work using power. 0% available “plugged in, not charging”

I tried all of the above and I did not get the battery charged yet. This seems to be a major technical problem.

Any other suggestions? I will keep you posted.
Buster Toadflax says:
September 23, 2007 at 9:15 pm

DV6000 Loaded with Vista Home Premium. Same
problem (“plugged in, not charging). Tried all
of the above suggestions to no avail. Wiped
Vista and loaded XP Pro and problems solved.
Running sweet.
Wayne says:
September 26, 2007 at 9:50 am

Further to my post above – I turned the laptop off, removed battery and power lead, held down the power button for a couple of minutes, put the battery back and plugged it in. I waited a few minutes for the led to go solid and switched on. Worked perfectly, and has done so for a few weeks now!
Mykol404 says:
September 26, 2007 at 11:43 pm

None of the above solutions on the HP DV6000 series worked. I tried something that worked, so it is another possibility for you to try, if you have the 6000 series. With Windows booted up and the laptop plugged into the wall, the battery light was blinking, but not charging. The taskbar icon still said plugged in but not charging, 0%.

I cycled through the 3 power profiles many times for about 30 seconds. Then I flipped the laptop over and slid the slider bar over on the battery to release it. I then took it in and out of the socket as fast as i could (not terribly vigerously or forcibly) for about ten seconds.

I flipped the computer back over and the charge light was a steady glow, and it was charging.

Please post back if this works for you. Keep cycling through power options, and then flipping it over and smacking the battery power contacts off the motherboard as fast as you can (not smacking, but without taking the whole battery out, just lifting the one end with copper contacts up and down).

Good luck guys. And thanks for the other tips that seemed to contribute (the power profile cycling)
IoaN says:
September 27, 2007 at 1:56 am

Everyone who will post a comment in future could you please specify your problem:
1) Laptop not charging when windows running
2) Laptop not charging AT ALL. even when it turned off and AC plugged in.

Cause it seems to me there are two problems about charging a battery. One is a Vista problem, another – undefined(when it doesn’t charge at all).
I have A problem â„–2 and I still didn’t solve it.
Please anyone who know how to do it ….. help me please!!!!!!!!!!!
raymond says:
September 27, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Mine is different, this is what i’m experiencing:

When laptop charge is below 20%, after i’ve plugged the AC, i have to wait for like 2-5 minutes (is this normal?) before it actually charges the laptop (plugged in, charging) it’s always like that but i’m still glad it only have delays and not charging at all.

So there would be three:
1) Laptop not charging when windows running
2) Laptop not charging AT ALL. even when it turned off and AC plugged in.
3) Laptop will charge but has delays after plugging the AC adaptor. (Vista, below 20%)
The$storm says:
September 29, 2007 at 2:27 am

Well, I just spent a few minutes and read just about every entry here and yes, the dv6000 I purchased has similar problems. Interesting though HP immediately wanted to replace my battery based on the HP total care battery test >> It basically said dude.. your battery is toast. I fought with HP service (before reading this post) in earnest asking for another solution and I offered to pay more to get a battery that supposedly would work better, and they bascially said screw you dumb @22 take this used battery, while we hold credit card hostage, that someone else already sent back to us… then.. hold your tongue, dance around the computer have a shot tequila and go to sleep and maybe, this time, your battery charger will magically start working again. Well the last part is a stretch but HPs silent response on this serious issue is actually well calculated and in my opinion, legally motivated to wait until consumers push the legal aspect of HPs oversight and ignorant product testing during development stage. Shame on you HP, a standout in American engineering and technology accepting mediocracy and turning a blind eye and cold shoulder to the consuming pubic while taking the money and running… booo.. I won’t ever buy your product again. You guys (HP) are no better then the internet predators asking you to deposit their money in your bank account after, of course, you pay them $10,000.00 for the deposit instructions. Unbelievable.
Just for the record.. my work issued IBM laptop battery and charger work flawlessly.

Class action is the answer.
amir says:
October 2, 2007 at 1:34 pm

I have LG laptop T1 express dual. I am facing the same problem , ”plugged in, not charging” this happend on the installation of VISTA . i did a big mistake by installing vista. i need help to get my battery back in proper conditon


Tahar Rebouche says:
October 3, 2007 at 3:13 am

Yes, thanks Mr. Jim it is working and within few minutes I passing from 0% to 2% … please, how long it will take to reach the 100% … for a new brand of HP Pavillion dv6000 using windows vista.
RKSingh says:
October 5, 2007 at 5:03 pm

I bought my laptop in US but now I a back in India.

I have HP Pavilion dv6255us, with Vista.
I faced the same issue, 0% plugged in, not charging

Thanks to post “By Mykol404 on Sep 26, 2007″, it worked for me.
Now it is 36% plugged in and charging.

I think it happens if you try to change the power plan.. or may be problem with Vista.
cfbergmann says:
October 14, 2007 at 12:28 pm

I have an HP Pavilion dv6000 – had the same problem here, which started after a Vista Update. Here is what I did.
1- Used system restore and restored Vista to before the updates.
2- After the computer booted up, battery still showing as not charging.
3- Without turning notebook off, removed the battery and inserted it back. Did not work.
4- Removed battery once more and inserted it again. Battery started showing as charging.

I will later investigate if this started only after the Vista update, or if it was a coincidence.
Jay says:
October 15, 2007 at 3:40 am


By Mykol404 on Sep 26, 2007 | Reply

None of the above solutions on the HP DV6000 series worked. I tried something that worked, so it is another possibility for you to try, if you have the 6000 series. With Windows booted up and the laptop plugged into the wall, the battery light was blinking, but not charging. The taskbar icon still said plugged in but not charging, 0%.

I cycled through the 3 power profiles many times for about 30 seconds. Then I flipped the laptop over and slid the slider bar over on the battery to release it. I then took it in and out of the socket as fast as i could (not terribly vigerously or forcibly) for about ten seconds.

I flipped the computer back over and the charge light was a steady glow, and it was charging.

Please post back if this works for you. Keep cycling through power options, and then flipping it over and smacking the battery power contacts off the motherboard as fast as you can (not smacking, but without taking the whole battery out, just lifting the one end with copper contacts up and down).

Good luck guys. And thanks for the other tips that seemed to contribute (the power profile cycling)

i did that and it seems that i got a steady glowing charge light.. i think it should be working now.. geezus
Jay says:
October 15, 2007 at 3:47 am

yep its charging now .. thanks a ton mykol404
i think its a problem with the power options on windows
Tom says:
October 22, 2007 at 9:33 am

I had a problem with my Presario laptop, saying it was “plugged in, not charging”. It did this constantly and I had to have it plugged in all the time to use.

As it was still under warranty I took it back to PC World. Just got it back today with the report sheet that says they have updated the BIOS. Could have done that myself but if its still under warranty, its their problem.

Seems to be working ok now.
Yet another one says:
October 23, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Mykol404′s solution worked for my dv6000, too. Hope this gets back to HP.
Mary says:
October 25, 2007 at 10:12 am

I had the same problem but it was a “98% plugged in and not charging”. before finding this blog, I decided to do something myself, because it’s a brand new one! couldn’t believe this is happening!!!
so I turned it off, removed AC connection. then I removed the battery and then put it back again. while I was readnig these posts, it goes to “100% fully charged”! (thank GOD!)
so I don’t think this is a SONY or HP or LG or other manufacturer’s problem, there is something wrong with VISTA!

Hope all of you find “your” solution soon!
Wize says:
October 30, 2007 at 12:39 am

I had the same problem of batt plugged in but not charging at 0%. Mine is a Compaq Presario F500 Series. I did the above recommended solutions (discharging, puting batt in while charging etc) but it didn’t work for me. After which I changed to another power plan and voila the indicator was a solid blue and the batt was charging.
IoaN says:
November 1, 2007 at 3:49 am

Nothing mentioned above helped me. I did everything, except updating bios(it better to say disupdate, cause i already have the lastest version of bios for my dv6500se-F22). So i’ll try to disupdate. And will keep this forum updated.
IoaN says:
November 11, 2007 at 9:20 am

Disupdating bios didn’t help:(
Jay says:
November 12, 2007 at 11:37 pm

I created my own power plan. Now computer is charging. Go figure.
raymond says:
November 15, 2007 at 9:40 am

New bios update for dv6000 users both intel and amd. Supposedly to fix the issue with charging.
mary says:
November 20, 2007 at 10:30 am

I have only had my notebook for a week and i have the same prob (plugged in not charging)I called HP and they said they are going to send me a new AC adapter.I don’t think that is the prob after reading all the other blogs.I also tried some of the things some people said to do here and nothing works.
I did download some updates right before this started happening so i wonder if that is what is causing this prob.I am going to do a system restore to see if this helps.
IoaN says:
November 29, 2007 at 4:02 am

Updating for newer bios didn’t help
Robert says:
December 6, 2007 at 7:06 am

I had this same problem with my HP Pavilion. I did a live chat with HP Support and they gave me a link to a new bios settings download. I executed that and now my battery has charged back up to 100 %. Just to let people know, maybe a solution is possible, don’t give up all hope yet.
Will do a battery calibration tonight and hope it is still working tomorrow.
Mac says:
December 8, 2007 at 2:11 pm

My Compaq presario f500 was doing the same thing. It was at 0% and not charging. Once i changed my power settings back to the HP recommended power settings it began charging again. It’s now at 3% and climbing…
Hope this helps.
Jsainig says:
December 17, 2007 at 1:22 pm

I have the same issue with a Compaq presario V6000 series.

Understanding battery charging issues
If the notebook battery is not charging or the notebook does not indicate that the battery is charging, the most likely scenario is that the battery itself is operating correctly, but its power management software may have become corrupt. In order to correct the problem, you will need to uninstall and reinstall the power management software by using the Device Manager. This document will explain how to uninstall and reinstall the ACPI Battery listings in Windows Vista, as well as how to obtain and install updated BIOS files, if needed to correct other battery issues.
Bear says:
December 19, 2007 at 6:11 pm

presario f500 – I had the 0% plugged in, not charging problem. I changed my power plan, removed and put back the batt, etc. and nothing. Finally, I shut down and unplugged/plugged in the power at the laptop insert. I noticed the ring light took a couple secs to come on and that the power light on the front was blinking.
I gave it about half an hour and then un/replugged the power and then the ring came back on instantly, but the front blue power light didn’t. I took out and put back the back – same. I powered up and now it’s charging.
Go figure. I’m not sure which change(s) did it???
I’m at 12% now and charging. I’ll have to keep an eye on it, but I don’t like it.
I’ll probably try the drive reinstall from the link above next, but wanted to document my experience.
ClosedSurf says:
January 11, 2008 at 3:33 am

“plugged in, not charging”
New HP Pavillion
Windows Vista Ultimate
Battery at 0% and wasn’t charging, nice portable machine.
Many thanks to previous posters.
This worked for me…
With AC connected and computer on, removed battery and reinserted. Started charging.

This was first time with this issue, not confident that it will work again if the symptom recurs.

The common component on this thread (and others too) seems to be Vista. I mean this is a brand new machine, it isn’t the battery or the contacts, and others have different machines etc. Suspect some “clever” power management code that essentially gets into deadlock by asking the battery what it can do but the battery is dead and doesn’t respond, and Vista misinterprets that as “do nothing” -> then removing and reinserting wakes it up to say ‘oh here is a dead battery charge it”. (some have had other lucky ways of waking it up with changing the power mgmt, etc).
Someone besides us should be losing sleep over this.
Jonathan says:
January 12, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Have a 3 month old HP dv9500. “Plugged in not charging” started occurring about 1 month ago. Only thing that resolves is taking battery out and putting it back in. It fully charges, keeps the charge for a day or 2, and then slowly drains “plugged in not charging”. Have gone through all troubleshooting steps mentioned. Geniuses at HP live support said it was a problem with the battery, which of course it wasn’t. They insisted it was, so I let them send me a new battery after confirming it would be the extended battery that I originally purchased. Confirmed this 2 times via live support and gave them a date/time to call me to take my cc info. Of course they contact me at 7:30AM, not on the day requested. I confirm multiple times to the non-English speaking gentlewoman that they will be sending the extended battery. Receive the confirmation email a few hours later and of course the standard battery is listed. Called them via phone support and requested the correct battery be sent again. The non-English speaking gentleman confirmed he corrected the order and they would be sending the extended battery and not the standard. 3 days later I receive the standard battery. Power down PC, unplug power cord, insert incorrect battery replacement, reconnect power cord; within 5 minutes “plugged in not charging”. Seems to be fairly typical. If I power down the PC and let the battery charge, it will do so properly to 100% and the LED battery indicator goes off completely as it should. If the PC is on, once the battery is fully charged, the battery LED blinks continuously and “plugged in not charging” until I reinsert battery and restart the process. Seems to be a problem with Vista since the issue only occurs when the PC is on, and battery charges normally when it is off. Who knows….. Needless to say I sent back the standard battery and I am left with a $2000 desktop that looks like a laptop.
gonzalo says:
January 27, 2008 at 11:05 pm

I can say that it is not a Vista problem.
I’m running XP on my dv6000 and have the same charging issue.
The bolt is blinking and battery doesn’t charge at all.
I did what Mykol404 recommended: change the energy plan (15 segs) and then took the battery in and out very fast (with the ac plugged in) for 15 segs.
Doing that is the only way i can charge my battery when it goes crazy.
Jonathan says:
February 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Just an update – I formatted and reinstalled windows vista 2 weeks ago. The battery has been fine since then. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but it looks like it was software related.
Jay says:
March 21, 2008 at 1:02 pm

I have a dv6000 and I had the same problem with my battery not charging. I tried the removal and replacement of the battery while the computer was up and running and after a few tries the battery started charging again. Thanks for the advice.. i would like to know the reason behind the flaw..
Jose says:
March 28, 2008 at 2:15 am

Tin says:
April 2, 2008 at 2:13 am

This is what worked for me. I have an HP Pavilion DVD6258 running on Vista Home Premium.
1. I went to HP’s website and got the latest BIOS related softpak for Vista and AMD.
2. After the update, went to the Device Manager and uninstalled Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery (under Batteries).
3. Click on Scan for hardware changes icon on the Device Manager menu. This will re-install #2

After that, battery started charging.

I hope this will help you too.

Guilherme says:
April 2, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Well, i have a HP Pavilion dv9428nr, and my batery is stuck in 0%, i already tried almost every thing. any other adivices??
Taylor says:
April 5, 2008 at 1:08 am

I have a HP DV6000 and had issues in the beginning with my computer and I got it fixed and got the computer back and it started saying “plugged in not charging” so I turned on my computer, took the battery out while it was still turned on, then snapped it back in, and it is now charging. Hopefully this will have fixed my problems!
Sly says:
April 5, 2008 at 10:44 pm

I was having this same issue. however i like everyone else tried everything. i can gurantee you this is a VISTA issue! however theres a solution too this problem.

Create your own power plan…

it works. just go do it. you will thank me later. it was already mentioned above.
LeeBu says:
April 18, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I got same problem with my IBM x61. All solution didnot work. any other solution?
LeeBu says:
April 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm

I dont think this is a VISTA issue. I had restored my PC. from 2 weeks ago, when everything just fine. But still can fix the problem
HateThisLaptop says:
April 22, 2008 at 1:14 pm

I’ve tried most all of the suggestions in this thread and nothing works. It’s odd that there isn’t an “official” solution posted for this problem. This thread has existed for almost 1 year. I don’t have time or patience to deal with experimenting with some of the suggestions offered. If there is a moderator to this thread, please highlight the solution when it is found in the future and save everyone from reading through this slop.
mirza says:
April 24, 2008 at 10:50 pm

my laptop is Dell XPS M1210 and i have the sam e problem too. Removing the battery and put in back i think is not the permanent solution. my battery now point to 2% and i can’t charging my battery anymore (T_T)

and i have check in the bios panel. it say something the bios can’t recognize the charger.
so, i think this is not Vista problem (eventough i wanna change to XP… :) )
Marc S says:
April 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm

SONY VAIO owners with this problem take note.

VAIO will do this to Vista on purpose. It is a latpop software function designed to prolong the lifetime of the battery. Basically it sets thresholds (50% and 80%) past which it tells Vista to stop charging the battery.

To fix it (which you may choose NOT to do for good reasons) you manage it using the VAIO Central utility. Go to the List tab and chose “Battery Care Function”. Here you’ll see the various options for balancing battery longevity versus battery power availability.

Sony Support has a KB article C554057 that describes how to get to this setting.

I don’t know if other laptop mfg’s have a similar approach. I DO know that SONY’s own chat support team didn’t know anything about it. Other mfg support teams may have the same knowledge deficit regarding ther own products.

This drove me nuts for a week so I hope it’s helpful to at least some of you.
Stuart says:
April 29, 2008 at 4:42 pm

I just wanted to give you my solution. I was having the same trouble, I went through all the solutions noted above, and it turns out that it was a loose pin inside the computer where the AC charger plugs into the laptop.
Double H says:
May 13, 2008 at 4:44 pm

If your battery isn’t charging, leave the power cord plugged in and the computer on. Take the battery out and plugg it in 2 or 3 times until it says, “pulgged in, charging” – EASY FIX

If this doesn’t work, put a LITTLE water on the battery contacts (just enough to get is moist) WORKS EVERY TIME!!
Stuart says:
May 14, 2008 at 2:02 am

Just a follow up to my prior comment. I sent my computer in for repair. They fixed the pin (replaced the board) and it works fine now.
Adeel says:
May 15, 2008 at 7:49 am

Problem fixed. At 1 PM, I woke up and turned my laptop on, and kept on using it (On AC Power), at 2 PM I took the AC off and used it on battery until 3 PM yes, the timings *are* correct). At 3 PM I plugged it in again and my battery was 46% left. It said, ‘plugged in, not charging’, to which I freaked out and Googled it. Read alot of people’s experiences, so at 4:02 PM I turned my laptop off. Completely shutted it down, took the battery out, and took unplugged the charging as well. I left it until 4:20 PM. Then I put the battery back in. Then left it for a few minutes and then plugged it in (without turning the laptop on). In about 2-3 minutes the LED on my laptop showed that its charging. At 4:40 PM I turned the laptop on. It showed 66% charged and plugged in and charging.

Laptop: HP Compaq Presario F572US
OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit
Jack S says:
May 15, 2008 at 7:55 pm

I have a DV6000, and I have the exact same problem. I however, do not have Vista, I have XP. It is not just a Vista problem. Ridiculous. I left my computer in my laptop bag for like 2 weeks, and all of a sudden when I turn my laptop on again it charges just fine. The tip about leaving the AC in and taking the battery out works well!
Djitsch says:
May 16, 2008 at 8:59 am

I solved the problem by taking out the battery and putting it in again while vista was running.
Juan says:
May 16, 2008 at 10:59 am

I also had the same problem where the laptop was plugged in but the power was stuck at 4%. I read thru all of these opinions and then simply took the battery out and put it back in a voila! its charging again. very strange…
leah says:
May 18, 2008 at 12:06 pm

yeah that didnt work..
osas says:
May 18, 2008 at 1:38 pm

my lenovo n300 is pluged in and not charging i need help cos i need the laptop for my exams. it started this morning and its in 1%.
Kamil says:
May 20, 2008 at 3:50 am

I just found a solution for my laptop. I had same problem with my dell. I bought new adapter , it worked with that a month but now doing the same thing “ plugged in , not charging. I took the battery out when its plugged in and my laptop was on. I cut the power and wait one minute and I plugged again. After I open the laptop I put the battery back and now it is working normally and charging. Hope it is going to work for you too. Good luck!
dave says:
May 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm

i just had this too and done a search to come here =D
Mine worked by unplugging from the plug socket and then plugging back in and it worked
minamesk says:
May 28, 2008 at 7:34 pm

By ane on Aug 19, 2007 | Reply

I got it fixed. Here is what i did:
I took out the battery, and hooked the AC adapter (without the battery) and then put the battery back.
All of a sudden, it started charging and now i checked (after a couple of hours of charging) it, it is 97% charged and (hopefully) charging.
thanx anyways for all the clues

Ajay says:
May 29, 2008 at 2:21 am

Hello,i also faced the same problem. I diagonised this and found that whenever hp machine,downloaded updates(security updates) from website,it somehow shutdown the charging. You have to install the updates and then restart the pc. It will start charging again.
isaac says:
May 30, 2008 at 12:24 am

i got the dv6810us mine is at 6% and says plugged in , not charging i just noticed it and i was pretty mad cause this laptop is brand new to.
GG says:
June 2, 2008 at 1:00 pm

So I read through all the suggestions here, because my HP was doing the same thing…and if I leave the power cord plugged in and remove the battery and then put it back in, it will charge fully, no issues. However, once drained, I have to go through that procedure again. I can’t see that this is a good long term solution at all…surely there is something more permenant that can be done?
TheInfamousJ says:
June 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm

I have an HP Pavilion tx 1000 and had that “plugged in, not charging” problem at 3%.

Here’s how I fixed it. I removed the battery while the laptop was plugged in to AC power. I blew (with my mouth rather than compressed air … I know, bad) on the connecting terminals of the battery as they were a bit dusty.

I replaced the battery.

Now it says, “3% (plugged in, charging)” and the power light is no longer blinking.

Glad to know I’m not alone in having had this problem. Hope my solution helps someone out there.
Paulo says:
June 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm

The problem is not with the charger. I have 7 HP DV6000 computers in our office and I tried using different chargers on the computer that was giving me the annoying message “plugged in, not charging” and it still didn’t charge. When I replaced the battery it started working. Therefore, if you are having this issue and none of the suggestions above worked, you should ask for a new battery from HP anything else will be a waste of time.
Jennifer says:
June 6, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Found the problem and the fix guys ^.^ the problem isn’t in the software or the adaptor, its in the battery compartment. The fans that cool the computer pick up dust and dirt from the air and some of the particles end up in the battery compartment, all you have to do is shut down your computer, take out any plug ins such as your ac adaptor, and any usb plug ins so all you have left is the laptop in your hands, then take out the battery and wipe the inside clean with a swifter dust cloth or if there isn’t much dust then just make sure you haven’t got any excess saliva in your mouth and blow the dust out. then replace the battery and restart the computer. Good luck and thanks for suggesting removing the battery in the first place, it inspired my fix ^.^
Jennifer says:
June 6, 2008 at 11:00 pm

lol we think alike it seems
Little Long Lake Jewelry says:
June 8, 2008 at 3:11 pm

I accidentally left my lap top at 20% unplugged all night, and, of course it shut off. That was two weeks ago, it hasn’t charged sense. It is still at 0% and is plugged in, not charging.
Techie says:
June 10, 2008 at 3:56 am

The problem so far can be seen on 6000 models and Compaqs in the F500 series, with Vista.

The problem so far have been solved by the latest BIOS. The animation of charging will only show about 3-4 runs, then stops after reinstalling the MS Battery ACPI. But it still charges, and says so in HP batt check.

I dont know where the problem really is, but i guess it is some sort of combination of BIOS/Vista/MS batt. drivers.
Jetty says:
June 18, 2008 at 7:48 am

I have the same problem as all you guys and have tried all solutions that was suggested. 1. remove battery while AC is still connected and plug it back again after a couple of minutes. 2. Update my BIOS 3. Reinstall the MS Battery ACPI. of all NONE HAS WORKED!!! I have a HP dv6000tx running on vista. This thing is driving me crazy, any other suggestions???
Jetty says:
June 18, 2008 at 7:51 am

It some what works because if I reinstall the MS Battery ACPI it will start charging but only for awhile than stops. Likewise with the “remove battery while plugged in” solution.
Khathutshelo says:
June 20, 2008 at 6:43 am

I have an HP 530 and Its drving me nuts!! I am removing Vista and going back to XP pro…*sigh*
Bo says:
June 20, 2008 at 11:43 am

Ok this is how i got mine to work. I drained the battery to 0%. then i plugged in my AC adapter and started it up. still said (Plugged in, Not charging) so i then shut it down. i unplugged the AC adapter from the wall leaving it plugged into the laptop and pushed the power button a few times. it blinked very fast and i pushed it like 10 times till it stopped blinking. i then plugged the AC adapter back in and started the laptop up again. It Worked!
Peter says:
June 21, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I have same issue 0% not charging on my new Compaq Pressario F560 which is running Kubuntu Linux. Thus all of you running Vista : it is NOT a Vista issue. Removing/replacing battery while on AC power and pc running didn’t help.
Peter says:
June 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Many thanks for all your comments. I finally managed to get mine charging. By the way, same issue 0% and not charging, blinking blue led, but on a Linux Kubuntu Ubuntu OS. Here’s what I did, not sure if any but the last step are required.
– removed battery and ac power
– push power button
– add battery and ac power
– push power button and keep pressed for about 5 seconds

for some reason, the blue charging light is then solidly on, indicating a proper charging state. I left it charging for about 20mins, then switched on, and all seems to be fine.
Tomcat94 says:
June 25, 2008 at 6:54 am

Oh my gosh! I forgot it charged! LOL! It looks like your idea worjed. “plugged in, charging”, it says. 😀
Ashley says:
June 25, 2008 at 10:51 pm

i have a brand new HP Compaq 6720s. just got it 3 days ago and i went out for the day, came home and my computer wasnt plugged in all the way. so i plugged it in when it was 39% expecting it to charge and came back an hour later to see it say plugged in; not charging 39%. Its been like this for a few hours now. I just wanted to add that i got a new model and its still doing it. idk if theres an actual fix for this.
Posso says:
July 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm


I have a presario F500 and had the infamous 0% battery life and the plugged in not charging message – tried everything from turning machine on and off – leaving it, trying it agin etc deleting the battery device drivers and rebooting none of which worked

In the end with the machine booted up using AC adaptor I unplugged the battery and plugged it back in 3 or 4 times and hey presto – now charging….
James says:
July 10, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Hi, I just had this happen to me to, started last week I looked up many sites called HP said I should upgrade my warranty for almost $400 said no thanks for a couple more doller i can get a new one. So I took it to bestbuy to have them look at it, no luck there then to a couple other places. I was told it was something in the computer dont know if its the software or hardware. So the other day I started playing with the wire that charges it and found it to be the changer wire that cam out of the box to the computer. It was that simple!
Keith C says:
July 10, 2008 at 6:36 pm

I had this same issue with my HP dv6000 Special Edition. I went to the HP website and downloaded the new BIOS driver. Worked again perfectly after reboot.
Craig says:
July 14, 2008 at 6:59 am

I googled this problem and came here – I went to Dell’s website and downloaded an updated BIOS driver – now it works fine – says plugged in, charging – I am on a XPS 1210 machine – hope that helps somebody
Craig says:
July 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm

update from above – it works “sometimes” Dell is replacing the motherboard and power cable under warranty
Joost says:
July 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm

I got a 6 months old HP compaq 6820s with Vista and I never had any problems. About 2 weeks ago I started using the sleep mode instead of shutting down completely and since then I got the same problem.
I fixed it by by unplugging and shutting down by keeping the Powerbutton pressed. After this it started charging again. I suspect it;s got something to do with waking it from sleep mode.
Kathleen says:
August 1, 2008 at 7:26 pm


1. Turn your laptop on
2. When fully powered up, REMOVE BATTERY.
3. Put battery back in
4. Quickly UNPLUG and REPLUG power chord (so its only unplugged for a split second, especially important if you have 0% battery life left)
5. You should see the batter icon change to “charging” and hover over and see “Plugged in, Charging”

I had this same problem, only my battery life was at 0%, because my laptop was a display model.
Eric says:
August 9, 2008 at 4:39 pm

i just figured out to fix it what i had to do is
1. turn the cumputer off
2. take the battery out of the cumputer and then just snap it back in
3. as soon as i did that and put my charger in the battery light was not flashing and it now says pluged in , charge
Jim Pierce says:
August 13, 2008 at 3:14 am

HP Pavillion dv67000 here. Same issue, Plugged in, Battery Not Charging.

I did as was suggested here, the cycling of the power settings while inserting and wiggling the battery around. Same thing, shows charging for 30 seconds or so, then quits.

I did the bios update and resinstalled the driver for the MS Battery as indicated earlier. Now the computer shows battery charging but still can’t identify the battery. IF I shut down the battery charges for 30 or so seconds, then returns to blinking. Still the Battery is at 0%…so I doubt it’s charging.

This is a new computer (floor model from Frys) so HP replaced the battery…..

I guess I’m going to have to take this to the shop, I don’t know what else to try. Any further ideas?

Kathy says:
August 13, 2008 at 9:00 am


I had put my laptop into sleep mode while leaving the charger in and the cable was knocked out so the battery ran flat. When I tried to start it up with the charger in, nothing happened at all – even the battery charging light failed to glow. Apparently dead PC. I tested it with a different adapter and that didn’t seem to provide any power either. I googled the problem, thinking I was going to be up for $$$$ and read your posts. I snapped the battery in and out a few times and took the AC adapter plug out, put back in and wiggled it and lo and behold, the green charging light glowed! HALLELUJAH!!

After a few minutes, I pressed the power button and got it to start up successfully. Your suggestions have made me a very happy camper 😀
Will Edwards says:
August 14, 2008 at 12:29 pm

My HP Pavilion dv6500, which I bought at Christmas time 8 months ago, did the same “plugged in, not charging” thing a few days ago but started charging after I plugged and unplugged the charager a few times, but now it says my battery condition is “fair:Needs Calibration” and I do what it says to do to calibrate and it still says this, and HP had me update BIOS and it still remains Needs calibration, and where they were going to have me for some reason Re-Format my hard Drive and attempt to fix it, they now say that Because it says “Fair: Needs Calibration” they will not cover the battery under my warranty and I have to buy a new battery before mine apparently dies in a couple of months. So, where they were already going to attempt some more fixes with me before giving up and running with my money, now they just want to give up and make me buy a new battery. Anyone know anything I can try to do to calibrate this battery?
Mike says:
August 15, 2008 at 3:49 am

I have a HP dv8110US I purchased close to 2 years ago. In the last year to year and a half, I have run across this problem twice. I have laughed at a lot of these suggestions as they are ineffective and ridiculous. The problem is with the power between the wall plug to the DC port on the laptop.

When I first encountered this problem, I noticed that the power and charge light(blue lightning bolt) were flashing while the AC adapter was plugged in. I unplugged the adapter from the laptop and plugged it back in and the light quit flashing. Shortly after that, it started flashing again. I kept unplugging it until I got tired of try and called HP.

HP sent me a replacement AC adapter and it stopped flashing altogether. That was about a year or so ago, maybe a little less. This week I started having the same problem. One difference is(or it may not be different from last time) I have noticed the lights will not blink until the laptop starts to get hot. The block where the straight AC cord plugs in get extremely hot as well. I believe there is a major flaw in these adapters.

There should be some heat and these adapters will eventually fail, but they should not fail so quickly. I have my batter out of my laptop and I have the laptop running right now. The AC adapter I have currently could also have gone bad so I will wait to see what happens. This whole power drain idea is silly, as it replacing a laptop battery every 18 months.

If a battery is working, then let it keep working until it will not work any longer. “Power drain? There may be a slight charge on some components, but hold the power button down for a minute on makes you look silly. I would like to see some real answers to why these problems persist. Is HP using faulty parts? It is the DC block that is killing the adapters? Is it the batter that is causing the laptop to show this error(the blinking light is just an error code to be interpenetrated).

Once your power/charge light start flashing, some component on your laptop is going downhill. It would take days or weeks to finally fail, but it will fail. If your laptop is still under warranty, call HP or the company that built the laptop and get a new AC adapter. If the AC adapter does not fix the problem, then the battery could be bad. If either of these are not the problem, then it is most certainly an internal issues, and your laptop needs to be serviced or fixed(if you know how to fix it).
SteveC says:
August 18, 2008 at 10:46 pm

I just recieved my HP dv9000. It’s about 2 weeks old now. I have noticed the “plugged in, not charging” message. Tonight, i found this site and tried popping the battery out while leaving the power chord plugged in. No other incantations. It is now charging.

i haven’t read through all the posts, so i hope i haven’t overlooked the real fix.
GotSka81 says:
August 20, 2008 at 11:45 pm

I had the same problem, and since it seems like there’s no one true solution, here’s what worked for me:

1. Power off laptop
2. Remove battery
3. Power on laptop, plugged in (obviously)
4. Place battery back in laptop.

After I did this, it found the battery and started to charge. Hope this helps!
alan says:
August 21, 2008 at 1:22 am

i have a dell and its the same problem i got 0% and its a laptop please i need help fast its still running out of power as we speek
Ana says:
August 22, 2008 at 11:28 pm

I have D600 Dell latitude. Having issues with the power. Even when the AC is plugged in it’s still using the Battery. When I pull the battery out the laptop shutdown comepletey. The AC adapter works perfectlly fine on other laptops. A few times though it says battery the system is running normally. Any suggestion as to what might have happened? or what to do?
Nathan says:
August 25, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Ok I just had the same problem and to fix it all i did was unplug the ac cable going to my charger while still leaving the charger plugged into the laptop. waited like 3 mins while vista was running and then plugged it back in and everything works great. I did notice that the ac converter is extremly HOT so I called hp and they are sending me a new one. ASAP Hope this help. Have a good day
Salem says:
September 5, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Well, I have an HP Compaq 6820s , and I have seen several times the message “plugged in, not charging” and i managed to fix it with quite primitive ways,

-When the battery’s level is at 80 to 95 percent ,and the message is displayed and at the same time the recharge state LED is off , well that means the battery is fully charged but Vista is displaying a faulty message, just remove the AC adapter so that the laptop functions on battery and make sure The power management is set to “high performance” , now wait a couple of minutes and replug the AC adapter , it should start to recharge again with the blue led on ,indicating that the battery is being charged and that the recharge level exceeds 90 percent.

-Now if the battery’s level is between 1 to 30 percent and the message”not charging” is displayed that means your laptops hardware is overheating ( not necessarily your AC adapter ), just make sure no obstacles are in front of the side fan then shut down your laptop and unplug it . keep it ” at rest ” for 2 or 3 hours until you feel your hardware is cool again, then replug you should see the orange LED on indicating that the battery is being recharged and that its level is below 90 percent.

I have always managed to fix this problem that way

CONCLUSION: this is a VISTA bug in my oppinion
SteveC says:
September 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Folks, just a heads up… This issue can show itself when running the power supply through SOME power strips…

After doing the recommended fixes (API delete/reinstall, etc), mine worked fine at home. At work i had problems. I realized the difference was a power strip. I plugged in direct and all is good.
Ross says:
September 13, 2008 at 4:37 am

i have an ASUS X53S and the battery level is in the 90′s then when i plug it in it says plugged in not charging i have tried everything and i cant fix it any help would be good because i NEED my laptop
Bob says:
September 13, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Same problem: I fixed it on my laptop by uninstalling everything in the battery section of the Device Manager, shutting down, removing the battery and the AC Adapter, hitting start to drain any power left, and putting the battery back in and starting up. After everything loaded, I plugged the AC Adapter back in and it started charging.
Michelle says:
September 15, 2008 at 10:57 am

I just had the same problem with my computer. It wasn’t charging even though it was plugged in. I restarted, shut down and restarted, unplugged, plugged it back in, etc. I’m not too handy with computers at all, but the problem seems to have fixed itself. If you’re not handy with a computer either see if you can bring it in to get it fixed (Esp. if you ahve a warranty!). Sometimes big box stores are helpful and won’t charge you either if you’re nice enough to them.
Stephanie says:
September 24, 2008 at 8:41 pm

okay i have the same problem. even when i shut down my computer, the blue light just keeps blinking. it wont charge even when my computer is off.
Chris says:
September 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

This is NOT a Vista problem (I know, shocker, right?). I am running Kubuntu Hardy 8.04 on a 6510b and just started to experience the same issues. The standard unplug X/insert Y/curse loudly solutions haven’t worked for me. Since this is a work computer, I’m going to let our HP contact handle this nonsense and hope he has a short-term fix for me until HP can get their crap straight. This has been happening to people for over a year, which is shocking, to say the least. A laptop without rechargeable batteries? What’s the point?
Chris says:
September 26, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Okay… so I turn back to look at my (powered down) laptop after posting my last comment, and the charge indicator light is actually on. I gotta tell you, it certainly isn’t from any effort on my part. I work with computers for a living, and crap like this never ceases to amaze me. I’m seriously considering posting a rant on my toaster to see if I can achieve a similar effect.
Pete says:
September 29, 2008 at 7:02 am

You can have different problems giving similar symptoms. But in this one-year old thread there is clearly a Vista issue. I experienced exactly the same problems with a Toshiba. As with others the problem seemed to start after some Vista automatic updates. In my case, when the battery is installed the computer apparently draws the power from the battery, even when plugged in, and when it reaches 0, sometimes it turns itself off. Other times it just keeps giving you the known message “plugged in, not charging”. It is not a cable/plug/transformer problem because if you take the battery out, the computer happily starts to work normally. Another Vista bug, means my next computer will be an Apple.
danny says:
October 1, 2008 at 3:35 am

i noticed a lot of people are having problems with vista… and with the hp dv6000. so am i except mine is at 0% unplugging it will cause it to die and it does say as you all mentioned “plugged in, not charging” the lightning bolt on the bottom left side of my laptop is blinking as well. any help? im thinking of just taking it into best buy or something. but the problem is moneys tight.
anoop says:
October 6, 2008 at 8:23 am

To me it is not a Vista issue. If it was, the laptop should be charging when switched off and still connected to power. On my compaq cq50 it doesnot charge even when laptop is switched off. I don’t think it is fault with battery also. I face this “plugged in, not charging” problem when I pull out the power cable while the laptop is running Vista(I believe it will surface on any other OS also) but I don’t face the problem every time I do this. After using the laptop unplugged for sometime, when I plug it back it is not “charging” .

How I fix it on my laptop (temporary fix)
b)remove battery
c)boot on direct power supply (it is not required to exactly boot the OS is sufficient if you run the laptop on direct supply for some time, for example take the bios options and wait for some time)
d)shutdown laptop again
e)insert the battery
f)boot Vista and I find it “charging”

Why this is not a “VISTA” problem?

a)battery doesnot charge when laptop is switched off(Vista has not control on charging battery when laptop is off).
b)It starts rechargin when i do the above few steps everytime i face this problem(here also it is solved without booting into vista, so vista has no role in rectifiying it)

Why this is not a defective battery problem?

a) The problem gets rectified only if I remove battery, keep the laptop running on direct mains for sometime without battery and then insert the battery back in.
b) if I remove battery, then insert it back without running laptop on direct power supply for some time, the problem is not solved..
c) the problem is solved only when laptop runs on direct power supply for some time..

so in my opinion

“the root of the problem is present somewhere inside the charging circuitry of the laptop” I am not good at hardware, so I couldnot analyse it further deep…
computerrrrr! says:
October 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm

ok so i have a dell laptop and about 5 months ago i upgraded to windows vista. everything was working fine untill one day about a month ago when i noticed the computer saying plugged in not charging. So i got i new power cord and that seemed to work for about a week it would charge the computer and everything. and then it stoppped working and would not charge again. so now i got a new power cord and this time it says plugged in charging but its not even charging! i have had the new power cord in for about 1 day now and its still at 0% charge even though it says charging!!!!
help mee!!!
Skot says:
October 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm

ok so ive been having this problem but my laptop is plugged in most the time and left on all the time. Well anyways mine said 85% plugged in not charging. and my battery light was red. hmmmm….? so with the power cord in i turned my laptop upside down and took battery out. (red light went off to no light) then shook the battery around like a YOOHOO!.. LOL then plugged battery back in. (leave the laptop on the whole time plugged in) next thing i know it says 85% plugged in charging. wrote this comment and now its at 90%! just thought yall could try it. worked for me
Gabe says:
October 12, 2008 at 12:55 am

SO after a day or two of trying to figure out the problem (plugged in, not charging) with my girlfriend’s HP dv6700, from half-way across the country, and giving her all these temp fixes, she decided to take it into best buy and see what they had to say. Long story short, they tested the cord and found out that the cord is putting out far less power than it should be. She bought a universal cord for like 80 bucks and it works great with that. HP is sending a new cord and hopefully it will work as well as the universal cord, so she can take back the one she bought. What really sucks though, is just now, as i was typing this, my computer (HP DV7t) stopped recognizing the cord (not the “plugged in, not charging” error). well, time to try some of the fixes.
Del Edwards says:
October 15, 2008 at 2:41 am

The correct way of fixing this is to fully power down the laptop, then unplug the power cord and remove the battery. With everything removed, press the power button on the laptop and hold it for 30 seconds to conduct a power drain of any remaining power in the laptop. Then reconnect the battery, connect the power cord and power up!

Hey presto! It works for me….
Alan says:
October 17, 2008 at 2:04 pm

I’ve got a new HP Pavilion Entertainment laptop thing and had the same issue. About 30 seconds ago I fixed this problem by taking out the battery while it was plugged in and turned on, then just placed the battery back while still turned on.
Ram says:
October 18, 2008 at 3:20 am

Thanks for all the suggestions. I struggled with this problem for weeks and tried just about everything. I have a Dell xps m1530. I saw this problem with my 2 month old battery. I got a new battery which did not make things better. The suggestion of using a direct power supply instead of a power strip helped solve my problem. I plugged in the adapter directly to the wall instead of the surge protector. The battery magically started charging again
teddy says:
October 19, 2008 at 12:16 am

had the same problem. if you wiggle it a little, it might fix the problem.
Dragos says:
October 30, 2008 at 10:13 am

i had the same problem with a MSI GX 701 laptop with Vista Ultimate on it.its 3 weeks old. nothing of the above worked till today. last night i forgot it unplugged but the cord was in the laptop. today i turned it on with out plugging it in and ran like this for 1 hour. the battery was at 40%. when i plugged it in, it started charging.and it still is. i hope this helps.i still think its a vista problem. the thing is it wasnt charging even when turned off. i suspect maybe the drivers form vista control the battery even when the laptop is off.perhaps some chip still powered by the small battery inside loads the drivers. i hope it dosent sound completly stupid. it makes sense for me.i’m sure that new drivers for vista will solve the problem.
Rathman says:
November 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm

According to Acer Service Centre this is not a problem. They have tested the laptop by replacing main board and battery, still the problem. Still the same problem. Beacuse of battery is getting around 2 hour back up, this is not a problem. What a blunder!!!!!!

And no replacement policy as per Acer Service Centre.
Dragos says:
November 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm

i’ve found another solution as it happened again. i unplugged the laptop, put it in sleep mode, turned it on imediatly and plugged it in. it started charging. hope this helps!
anoop says:
November 7, 2008 at 1:50 am

I am back after a month to post some good news..I had faced the problem some time back..but the rate at which it is occuring reduced with time..Now i haven’t faced it for a long time..I think as the battery gets charged and drained for some number of times, the problem ceases to you guys before jumping into replacing laptops and batteries..try out using it for some number of days regularly..say 2-3 weeks..all brands of laptps seem to have this problem..don’t know what exactly the cause is..but it has stopped for me :)
Blue says:
November 11, 2008 at 7:07 am

I have a Pavilion dv6000ca… try this:

1. turn off power
2. remove power cord
3. remove battery
3. with the battery out, hold down the power button for 10 seconds. This will clear the static from the power connectors.
4. replace battery
5. connect power cord
6. turn on power. The charge indicator light should come on and battery start to charge normally.

Not sure why this fault happens… HP issue or Microsoft issue?
Prozac says:
November 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm

update your BIOS
carey says:
November 16, 2008 at 1:10 pm

i followed Del Edwards OCT 15 instructions and my HP TX 2000 is back to normal again. Thanks god for forums, or whatever this place is. Thanks guys.
amrita says:
November 17, 2008 at 2:23 am

My hp – DV600 gives the same problem! It just loves sticking at “’3% available’ plugged in, charging”….With the number of people with an HP DV600 series complaining about the same problem, I wish HP guys would read this thread.

I tried removing the battery, and cleaning the static too…It did not work in my case!
Kim says:
November 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm

My Compaq Presariou F500 had this problem – 0% not charging. I read through this entire forum (whoa) and by removing the battery with the charger still in (computer on) I replaced it and changed the power settings. After 20 seconds it started charging, but then I changed the power settings again and it went back to not charging.

I repeated the process and watched the indicator when I put the battery back in, after another 20 seconds or so it began to charge on the ‘balanced’ power plan.

It is now at 60% so fingers crossed this doesn’t happen again because I’m not too confident that pulling the battery out an replacing it is a guaranteed fix – but I definitely think it’s something to do with Vista. It could possibly be a HP thing though – as I noticed the battery that came with this IS a HP!

Hope this helps someone… skeptical solution I know!
Frank says:
November 25, 2008 at 11:31 am

I have a gateway same problem, I am running windows 2008 server on it
mydo says:
November 28, 2008 at 2:57 am

After much searching i noticed that there is a button on the keyboard that turns the charging on and off. fn+F2 (or F3 on my old dell)
Pradip says:
December 18, 2008 at 7:04 am

I got the problem fixed : I took the problem battery to another HP laptop and there it was charging. I got it charged to 3% and fixed it back to the previous laptop. I found the battery has started charging and the power LED no more blinking!
Bob L. says:
December 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm

I had this problem earlier this evening, and was able to resolve it by switching outlets.

I have an HP DV 6000 Which I hve been using for a year and a half. I had plenty of charge on the battery this evening when I experienced this problem. I switched outlets while using my laptop because I wanted to make room for another device on the powerstrip I was using. The computer immediately died when I pulled out the plug. I plugged the laptop back in, and had trouble launching windows -some kind of disk checker and Windows repair application launched. After allowing the computer to run these, short of doing a system restore, I was able to get Vista up and running again, but had the “Plugged in, not charging” message with 0% battery power. The power light was blinking, as other users have described above. I tried hibernating the computer and replacing the battery several times without luck.

I then plugged the laptop into a plain wall outlet rather than on the power strip. I powered up the computer, and it began charging and now is having no trouble.

I believe that this problem may be related to using a power strip, although I have used a power strip to power the laptop many, many times since I purchased the computer. Last summer, I had a problem with a new XBox 360 (red ring of death). After much frustration, I found a knowledgeable Microsoft support rep who told me that the AC adapter can get fried after using a power strip -this does not happen initially, but after using a power strip for some time. Apparently, the AC adapters have a built in surge protector that can get messed up when the adaptor is plugged into a powerstrip with a surge protector. My XBox 360 had been plugged into such a surge protector for weeks before I had trouble, and a new adaptor resolved the problem (note that a 360 does not use a battery).

I wonder whether this problem might involve some kind of internal laptop surge protector getting triggered, which might prevent the battery from charging. The various tricks mentioned on this blog so far -unplugging the battery, installing updates, etc- may have worked for some but not others depending on whether it fixes/bypasses a flaky “do not charge” button. Hope this leads someone to an ultimate solution that will work for everyone.

-Bob L.
kevin smith says:
December 23, 2008 at 7:09 pm

I have a Compaq Presario CQ50 notebook that was purchased in October and am running Vista Home Premium. I experienced this problem just 10 minutes ago. First off I want to say thanks to all who have provided their solutions. I did get it working again and what I did was create a custom power plan(not sure if needed but I did it first thing, after unplugging the power cord from the laptop and from the outlet a few times with no luck). That in itself didn’t work neither did unplugging it a few times after that. I then unplugged my USB mouse and game controller, and unplugged the power cord a few more times, that didn’t work either. Finally I shut down the laptop, unplugged the power cord(from both pc and wall) removed battery and put it back in, only plugged in power cord(no other USB devices) and it took a couple of seconds but the charging light came on. I booted up vista and then plugged in my USB mouse and game controller and everything is fine now. My little battery icon was at 26% so it’s not just happening if the power supply is under 12%. In answer to Bob L. my laptop has never been plugged into a power strip so although that may be an issue it is not THE issue. My best guess is it either is a windows problem(big surprise there) or a conflict with any other devices plugged in to the laptop, which would of course lead to a windows problem/issue.
Rishi_B says:
December 24, 2008 at 5:43 pm

ive had this problem for a week or os… not charging whether on or off. i just updated my bios and it now charges when its off, but not when its on. i thought it was riduculous to call it a vista issue before, but now what else could it be? I’ve tried changing uotlets multiple times, reinstalling in device manager, and plugging my battery in and out/switching power management profiles multiple times. no luck.
Linda says:
December 28, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for your hints. Finally got mine recharging. Taking out and putting in and waiting etc worked!!
kyle says:
December 29, 2008 at 3:20 am

same problem here, call microsoft (as it is the only thing that seems to be consistent with this problem. tell them to figure it out and find why there’s a hardware issue preventing charging.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this is just something to get people to buy new batteries
block says:
January 1, 2009 at 2:06 pm

the reason it won’t work is because your battery and power cell are over heated. Turning off your computer fixes this temporaily only because it gives your computer a chance tyo cool down. You need to take it in to get repaired or youy can fix it yourself if you have a sauldering kit. reply to me and ill tell you in detail how to saulder this yourself.
Brandon says:
January 2, 2009 at 2:16 am

The custom power profile idea did work it allowed me to charge my battery back up.
ms says:
January 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

if the message “plugged in,not charging” appears this means ur laptops very hot and you can fix this by putting a thick hard book underneath it . it worked for me
Tyler says:
January 4, 2009 at 10:46 am

Yeah i had the same problem, i called dell about it and they had me install the BIOS again. So try that
Muhammad Abbas says:
January 9, 2009 at 4:00 am

My brand new HP compaq 6720s (that i got 2 weeks ago) started showing this “plugged in, not charging” message in vista64 sp1 around 3rd, 4th day. And i was shocked.

From what I and another friend who owns a hp laptop, believe that its a FEATURE , and NOT a problem. Vista simply tries to extend your battery life by minimizing battery charge cycles when it detects that you run your laptop on AC power most of the time.

I’ve been seeing this not charging msg more often but i’m comfortable with it now caz i know i run my laptop 90% of the time on AC. You should be able to charge your battery by:

1- unplug ac power.
2- use ur laptop for around 30-40 minutes (so its battery is around 70% charged left)
3- plug ac back in and it should start charging.

hope this helps.

Tiger720 says:
January 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Same problem, just turn off laptop, take the battery out, blow on it a bit, put back in and turn laptop on, should work fine.
SirChuckles says:
January 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Same problem here. I’ve had my Compaq Presario v6000 for over a year now and it just started this. I’ve tried all of the fixes above and it won’t charge past 31%. Maybe its time for a new battery.
hannes says:
January 16, 2009 at 5:30 am

I have ASUS laptop+vista. I went to device manager, removed the power managing thing, turned off the computer, let it reinstall the device, worked. seems to be a software glitch.
Martin says:
January 19, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Hi I have a problem with my dv2000 – do you know where I can find component for charging?I have another dv2000 PCB but have no idea where is charging component placed. please reply to my email if you know
Smarties says:
January 22, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Sir Chuckles I also have a compaq (for a year and a half almost). This problem started not long after I got my new AC adapter. I also notice that when unplugged it usually stays charged long.
Smarties says:
January 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm

My mistake my computer usually does NOT stay charged long when not hooked up to my ac adapter. Compared to before. :)
Smarties says:
January 22, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Smartie again my problem ended up being the battery. One had arrived when my new adapter came in. I did the switch and everything is moving fine :)
Dragos says:
January 29, 2009 at 11:54 am

i do belive that what Muhammad Abbas said is true, cause that is how it work on mine. it says plugged in, not charging, and it reaches about 90% and then it starts recharging again.
Julie says:
January 31, 2009 at 12:54 am

I have had two HP laptops and both have done the “plugged in, not charging” thing. If you shut off the laptop, unplug it and then take the battery out, hold the power button for about 15 seconds. Put everything back together and turn the laptop on and plug it in again. It should start charging again.
Sharon says:
January 31, 2009 at 11:23 am

thank you for your post. i just got a new HP hdx 16, charged it for one day, then used the battery, then plugged in ac, then I got the same error message plugged in, not charging. Your post really helped me, I did what you did and it is charging now. I had already called CS on a sat for hp, spoke with a rep in India, she said the connection was bad and she couldn’t hear me.
I was thinking I had to return this laptop.
thanks soooo much!!
gabby says:
February 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

last nighti forgot to unplug my laptop so it was charging all night. it was taken off the charger this morning and put up. tonight i turned it on and it said plugged in, not charging and when i unplugged it it still worked so i dont know if its the battery
gabby says:
February 1, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Anusha says:
February 3, 2009 at 4:16 am

I have a dell inspiron 1525 … had purchased it in September 08 …. and its having the “plugged in,not charging” problem!!!! i tried the usual shutting it down … restarting remedies but it worked occasionally and then gets back to “plugged in,not charging” i called the customer care guys … th guy who attended my call the 1st time… was of no help at all…i had to call again and the 2nd guy who answered it said that the problem was with the A/C adapter .. and that its pretty common and cure-able !!! pheewwwwww ….. they will be giving me a new adapter in a day or two… hopefully that should solve it ! :)
clarity says:
February 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I have a HP Pavilion dv2000 and mine stuck at 58%.
I unplugged the comp, turned it off, took out the battery and pressed the power button for 15 seconds.
When I restarted it charged it to 62% then stopped.
I unplugged the cord, and re-plugged and it charged it to 63%.
It seems to charge it an extra percent each time I unplug and replug, and then it stops.

I ran the health check and it says to replace the battery..which I just might do under warranty.
Sebastian Slade says:
February 6, 2009 at 5:36 pm

i found a fix-ish
basicly my copmuter started doin the same as all of yours it said it wasnt charjin but was plujjed in. so i went to my sister and borrowed her charjer and now it is charjin perfect i dunno if that will help but it shows that it is the charjer cable not the computer/battery. if i find a proper fix i will post back on her
Cesar HIGUERA says:
February 7, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Boiling Frustration says:
February 8, 2009 at 3:05 am

I have had my HP Pavilion dv6000 computer since Nov 07 and tonight was the very first time this has ever happened to me. I was at “0% plugged in not charging”. I had NOT changed any settings, installed any programs, done anything to cause this to happen. I called HP support and was not given very much information at all! In fact I was very upset when I was told that to get ANY answers I had to pay $50!! The guy couldnt even tell me what the initial problem was to cause this!! No way I was going to pay $50!! I read through a few hundred blogs from different websites, found this website, read through everyones comments from the very beginning and started to feel not so alone anymore. I at first tried
turning off computer, turning back on: didnt work
I then tried turning off computer, unplugging, plugging back in, waiting to see if the light would stay on: didnt work
I then tried turning off computer, unplugging, taking out battery, putting back in, plugging back in, checked light: didnt work
Finally after getting about 75% through this website I tried the scenario:
While computer plugged in AND on, taking out battery for 15 seconds & putting battery back in:
FINALLY WORKED!! As everyone else has said, I am very nervous I will be having to do this for the rest of this computers life and that is very upsetting. It makes me mad that HP Support was NOT supportive at all and that they had obviously given everyone before me the run around. I am currently charging my computer and once full I will unplug it & turn it off. Tomorrow, fingers crossed, it will resume as normal and the days & weeks & months following, hopefully this wont happen again. Thank you EVERYONE who posted something, I was about to go into a rage fit of frustration & confusion. I was not about to re-install or re-configure anything, that just all seems so stupid when there has been NOTHING recently done to this computer outside of the everyday email check. Everyones comments and suggestions really helped me through this problem THANK YOU!! I hope anyone with this problem is able to fix it as easily as I did. Beware of HP Support, they suck!! Try all the different combinations and hopefully it will work!
Chun Li says:
February 12, 2009 at 10:27 am

Ok, have read all of this, and what did work for me, and, i will attempt to answer why:

First, it is not VISTA, i have made a “dual boot”, and problem exists on both operating systems on the same Acer laptop.(so, get that out of your heads, kids.;)

Second, the ‘taking out the battery and putting it back in’.. Well, the first 8 times i tried to blow on the battery connections, this time i blew on the connection on the laptop itself also.

Third, i did ‘change my power profile’ on the battery.. So, i plugged the battery back in(with windows xp running and not doing any fancy ‘reset’ routine, just to see if it worked, and it WORKED!

So, final thoughts? It could have been dust to the connectors, and this is why success is seen using the ‘remove and put back in’ method. Or, when the laptops charging system gets hot or confused, a ‘power profile’ change forces it to reset itself, then looking at the battery again, realizes it has to recharge it. One day, when, oh, and yes, it WILL happen again, I will just change the power profile and see if it fixes it by itself(however, i would STILL have to take the battery out and back in, which theoretically could still make the contacts work better, so making a true experiment impossible)

I work on PC’s for a living, so I thought I would help out after reading this did help me out, just my thoughts of how/why these solutions work.

Don’t blame hp, acer, et, et, and don’t get a mac, just blame possibly dust, definitely heat, and surely a confused charging system.
Chun Li says:
February 12, 2009 at 10:43 am

Sorry, one more follow through:

For the “AC adapter” and “plugging it direct to the wall” solutions: This could be just getting more juice to push through dusty or corroded contacts of the battery, thus allowing this to be a viable solution.

The first time this happened, my laptop was running hot as i was burning a cd and overran my battery down running batteries alone. They say you should never overdrain your battery, to charge it when windows warns you to charge it. So, in June, right before my warranty runs out, i will be complaining that my battery does this, even if it doesn’t! Just to get a new chance to always babysit my battery and never let it overdrain or overheat. As i knew before this happened that this battery from my first replacement was, and, unless that heat messed it up, very strong. So, hope this helped and good luck.
Brooke says:
February 16, 2009 at 5:26 am

I have a Dell Inspirion 1525 Laptop and I get the whole Plugged in not charging at 35%. Im a 15 year old girl and freaking out about my laptop being broken which I have had for under 6 months. any suggestions what to do?
Abby says:
February 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm

i have a Dell and it is doing the same thing i’ve tried everything anyone know what to do?
Ryan says:
February 17, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I have an HP Pavilion Notebook and had the exact same problem.

I called HP Technical Support and they fixed it for me. First, shut down your computer. Then, unplug all of your cords (including AC adapter). After this, turn the computer over and remove the battery, and then replace it after a few seconds so it’s connected again. Plug all your cords back in.

Then, start up your computer. AS SOON AS YOU START IT UP, hit “F10″ repeatedly to get to the BIOS screen. It should be a screen with options such as “F9: Restore Defaults” and “F10: Save and Exit”.

Once here, hit “F9″ one time and then Enter to restore defaults. Then, hit F10 once and Enter to save changes and exit the BIOS menu. Your computer will now boot up, and hopefully the problem is solved.

I have an HP Pavilion DV4T-1000, and doing this completely fixed my problem. Hope this helps.
AJ Riker says:
February 18, 2009 at 2:07 am

I just had the same problem for the first time. i in the plug harder lol. which shouldnt have worked cuz it said it was already plugged in but i wont look a gift horse in the mouth
Prateek says:
February 22, 2009 at 5:07 am

Similar issue with my xps 1530… doesn’t charge above 38%… the battery is at fault. if ur under warranty call in for a replacement else you ll have to buy a new one.
Nathan says:
February 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm

You know what is amazing! This post has been up since ’07, meaning this problem has been around a while, yet to this day, not a single real fix or reason for the problem has been found has been found. It seems like there are many fixes, though all are short term. And it is obvious that it is at least started by Vista, though than may carry over to other OS’s. I have checked a multitude of websites for answers, though this one by far has the most insight. I mean I am just baffled that microsoft, HP, toshiba, etc… any of these companies recieving complaints havent come out with a universal explanation. Haha sorry I have nothing to offer, I am just fed up with a barely functional computer.
Allis says:
February 23, 2009 at 10:29 am

I’m having the same problem…. Plugged in but not charging. I’ve tried everything ya people have posted and still no solution… I also have WINDOWS VISTA… Any new suggestions?
Eddy Per says:
February 23, 2009 at 11:54 am

This worked for me

0. If your battery is not fully drained (0% left). Turn ON the laptop using the battery power only. After the laptop runs out of power go to step 1. (for some reason once the battery is drained the laptop would better be able to sense it needs to charged it)
1. turn off power
2. remove power cord
3. remove battery
4. with the battery out, hold down the power button for 10 seconds. This will clear the static from the power connectors.
5. put the battery back in the laptop
5. connect power cord
6. The charge indicator light should come on and battery start to charge normally. Leave it charging until it gets charged (should change from solid yellow to blue or no light).
7. Turn on you laptop and should charge normally now.

Hope this help
Allis says:
February 25, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Okay my problem is solved. I called the company dell and they told me it was the ac adapter that it wasn’t the battery. So they gave me a new one… So just replace your charger. Hope it helps :-)
Steve says:
February 26, 2009 at 1:42 am

I too, had this problem. Through trial and error, i tracked the problem down to a faulty Power Cord. Replace your cord and it should work.:)
Mahesh says:
February 28, 2009 at 4:40 am

I’m facing the same problem on my Dell Inspiron 1526. I get the error message “Plugged in, not charging” Any solutions?
sada says:
February 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Hey people,
This is very normal in a laptop to show that it’s plugged in and not charging! Actually the laptop needs time to calibrate when you change the power settings or even plug in the power cord after the battery is drained out. All that you need to do is waiting for like 5 to 10 mins after you plug in the power cord. If the plugged in and not charging message still there then just restart the comp with the power cord plugged in and it will be alright.
Luay says:
March 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm

tried every single solution provided here, none worked.
laptop : Dell xps m1530 1 yr old (vista OS), don’t use it on battery much. if used to, was always working fine for extended reasonable durations.
i use this laptop as desktop replacement (lots of USBs).
but still, this problem all occurred overnight to 4% !!

Does restoring to factory setting resolve this or not ?
Luay says:
March 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm

the only thing i want to try and i have high hope for is flashing the bios. but i can’t since my battery is less than 10%. it has to be more than that AND plugged into AC power in order to flash bios for dell laptop.

please if there is a way around it to flash the bios please tell me.
yomumu says:
March 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Check the center pin on your AC adapter.
HP’s adapter connectors are very poorly designed and the center pin will bend very easily… That worked for me!
Jeremy J says:
March 3, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Battery Won’t Charge? considering it isn’t dead… the only other option is its too Hot!

while the laptop is on and a/c power plugged in remover the battery and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Plug it back in, Without removing the a/c charger and vuala, (plugged in and charging.

PS, Don’t leave your laptop sitting on a blanket or any type of insulating material.

What happens is the battery warms up and sends a signal to the bios to say hey! im overcharging when in all actuality it may be low. if you remove the a/c or let the computer die, then the bios settings go into a loop mode. Then you have to do a couple restarts to get the bios to reset to normal charging.

This Happened to my Dv7 when It was 2 weeks old, from then I ran a couple of my own tests to see how this effected the charging states.
Jeremy J says:
March 3, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Oh I forgot to mention, This also happens alot more often to a laptop that “runs hot” where the battery is located right under the CPS’s and GP’s the Linthium Ion batterys soak this heat in, because after all heat is the rawest form of energy! so keep your battery cool!

Ryan G says:
March 7, 2009 at 8:17 pm

I have tried everything here, and none of it works. My problem is that every time i turn on my laptop (Toshiba) it says plugged in, not charging. The only way i can get is to start charging it to put it on sleep. I unplug the power cord and plug it back in, but when i take it off of sleep, it goes back to plugged in, not charging. Like right now, plugged in, not charging, 90% available.
Silvia says:
March 10, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I have been draining my battery life at home just in normal use at home, and sometimes I charge it a lot (apx. 3-4 times) is this ruining my battery life? If so, how do I remove my battery so that it is only running on electricity? Oh yeah, Ryan, have you tried to just leave it plugged in for a while? I have also restarted the computer with it plugged in and it goes normal.
val says:
March 16, 2009 at 1:24 am

Hello, I have an HP530 9months old running vista.everything was fine, I very rarely ‘shut down’ the system.most of the time i use the sleep mode.which is quick. I could leave the laptop on sleep mode for more than a day and it only use up 10-15% of battery. BUT lately if i go on sleep mode at night, the next morning the battery is completely dead.I can no more use the sleep mode.It need to shut down (take a lot of time to start) or hibernate (which also take time and processor). If i come back from Hibernate it can use 10% of battery just to revive the system. The last change i made before this happen was; i install windows mobile device center and windows made an update KB(something) for sync with the device.and it asked me to restart the system.sync center is always running.(though i don’t always need it) I would really be thankful if someone can help me solve this out. Please reply.
hp uses says:
March 19, 2009 at 8:08 pm

my laptop was having the same problem with the plugged in not charging stuff and the battery light was blinking too but
omggg thankz to
By Mykol404 on Sep 26, 2007 its ok now..plugged in charging thanks sooo much!!!
Yuber says:
March 23, 2009 at 4:40 am

Like Samuel said above … You’ll need to wait for 10-15 mins . After that , it’ll back to normal ( or try plug out-in and wait again ) . It works for me :)
Udara says:
March 25, 2009 at 8:21 am

im using brand new Acer extensa 5630,only 2 weeks old.
today it give me this problem.still didn’t solved.
anusha says:
April 1, 2009 at 6:07 am


i had posted here looong long ago stating that I had the “plugged in , not charging ” problem …. the problem is with the adapter… i called in ((I have a dell inspiron 1525 )) and they gave me a new adapter ((within 2 days )) and it works just fine now ((its been 2 months ))
ankur says:
April 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm

i removed my battery kept it in a cool place and tried it again and it worked…
David Tran (USA) says:
April 8, 2009 at 2:10 am

Hi everyone ! I got the same issue, and this is what i did to get battery charge back.
1. Unplugged AC cord, and drain out battery until you can’t boot system no more.
2. Take out battery, and put it in cooler, NOT FREEZER. Please !!!

Then 3 hours later, put battery and plus in. WOOOOORRRRRKKKKKKS ! It’s Works . Yahooooooo!
Lightball20 says:
April 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm

i don’t have the plugged in not charging problem but when i remove the cord the thing dies in like 10 minutes when it is at 100 when i unplug at first i thought it was because i was running my computer on high performance with everything using as much power as it can so i switched to powersaver and dropped everything to minimum power that gave me about 5 more minutes. y does the battery die so quickly
Park City says:
April 20, 2009 at 1:24 am

I have a compaq v6000 and I’m using a multi-tip adapter and it turns on the laptop and the battery charges but, when I unplug the ac adapter, the power drains in seconds. What do you think could be the problem why it doesn’t hold the charge longer?
dave says:
April 20, 2009 at 7:57 pm

had same prob on inspiron 1300. button showing open & closed lock, was left open. pushed to close. started to charge once closed.
dave says:
April 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Flip laptop over to locate the lock button. Then as above.
Drew says:
April 23, 2009 at 3:31 am


PROBLEM I HAD My Dell 1525 crashed and I had to re-boot the system. Once I had re-installed everything it appeared that there was an issue with Vista recognising my Dell charger. The message that I was getting was that it was “plugged in – Not Charging”.

My Dell is quite new and was quite confident that there was no issue with the battery nor the charger and this was an issue with the system software wither from Vista or Dell.

SOLUTION I found this forum and saw lots of people with the same issues. Mostly the solution was to flash the BIOS or buy a new battery and I wanted to do neither.

I went to to their downloads section for my model Dell (1525 inspiron). I then downloaded under utilities – Dell recommended Power Management Settings Vista) and this fixed the problem immediately. My laptop now not only recognises the charger but now reads the correct battery level no problems.

If you have another brand then go to that brands webpage and I am sure they all have a similar software that is required so your system can recognise the battery.
ravi prakash says:
April 25, 2009 at 11:00 am

me too have the problem “computer plugged in but not charging”,visat ,compaq presario CQ 60.well the solution is message appears when the fan is on ,once the fan is off ,battery starts charging.
Mitch Gee says:
April 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm

OK GUYS! I think I have a solution!! I use my computer an awful lot and don’t turn it off quite often and lately I noticed that when i plug in my computer under like 15% of battery life it will stay at the stable amount of battery life but wont decrease or increase! (but it is plugged in) so i got thinkin and i popped my battery out while it’s plugged in (it’ll still work because its plugged in) Give your battery a break let it sit for about 10 minutes pop it back in and it will start charging again!!!…Just turn off ur comp alot more often instead of just closing the lid and letting it sleep!

hope this solves ur problem!!!!!!!!!!!
abrar says:
April 26, 2009 at 11:49 am

hi guys n gals,

im having da same problem but i think i know what it is,(4 hp users anyway!) hp update is turned off? hp health check will sort it out!!
cheques in da post or i accept paypal.

r6pokey says:
April 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm

capitalc says:
May 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm

IT WORKS! leave it plugged in, take out the battery and let it sit for like 10 mins. and put it back in and it’s charging! i have been leaving mine on a lot or just shutting it lately overnight instead of shutting it down.
Shivang says:
May 9, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I get this problem million times on my brand new hp G60 laptop and sometimes it says its charging and sometimes it doesnt.. its a company fault i guess.. hope they fix it
Ajay says:
May 10, 2009 at 8:28 am

Hi All,
I have a serious problem with my HP Pavillion Dv6000tx series laptop ..
The Laptop is working fine whenever there was charge in the battery but suddenly it starts showing that “plugged in Not charging ” .. Last night I had left Laptop on in charging .Now When I am pluging the power cable the charging light is blinking but when doing power on ,the charging ligth is going off.. Now no charge in battery ..

PLzz any one help me in this issue …
Visual Vendetta says:
May 10, 2009 at 10:39 pm

I had a similar issue. My computer a Gateway FX, was stuck 97%. I tried taking out the battery restarting almost everything.. Then I just unplugged it and ran my most power hungry app. Unreal Tournament 3 to suck up as much power as possible. When it got down to 84 percent I plugged the power back on and oddly it started charging again.

Someone had said that it might be due to overpowering. with could be possible. but not sure.
Andrew says:
May 12, 2009 at 11:07 am

Update the BIOS
David says:
May 13, 2009 at 12:24 pm

well i had the same problem when i had me first comp hp compaq 6720s but now i have the new acer aspire 5735 laptop well the problem is what happens is if you leave in the charger for a long time your comp will start takin the life out of the battery soon about a few days it will soon have the batterys last life and then you will notice not charging so make sure next time once charged dont leave it in too long or get a better battery that defelcets the power from draining and killion the life out of the battery
monch says:
May 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

i get this problem too. stuck on 83%, i unplug, and when i plug-in its charging again. really weird problem. i have a presario v3500. its 1 year old.
knowsmorethanhim says:
May 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm

LISTEN THIS HAS only started happening to me since I tried a universal laptop power adaptor after I let the battery drain too low.Although both 65watts this new universal power adaptor is only putting out two amps .My old oem cord puts out 3.3 amps max so I think youve got too much running at once and let the battery go below 13 percent mine sais.I dont think its healthy to drain any battery personally.You can refresh your battery indicator.Ipods do this crap all the time. The only real way to know if a batt is charged is to get your mouth real wet and put your tongue on the terminals.
Andrew says:
May 20, 2009 at 9:21 am

This one Is right, works for me, did the power drain. well just do what he said
lil says:
May 21, 2009 at 12:53 am

i have HP dv2425, and windows 7 beta runnin.. same problem

let’s hope they will make a hotfix soon.


p.s: anybody have solved it by upgrading BIOS??

Kevin says:
May 21, 2009 at 10:10 am

my problem is that i have 54% battery and my charger is not charging
zeshan says:
May 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Hi, guys i too hava same problem as you people discuss. I face this problem randomly dont know exact reason. My obervation is it is due to sub standard batteries used by companies. One of you is very right you can make it working again by just use different tricks :) . Plugin and plugout power again and again or remove battery and then let battery in again.
i am :( says:
May 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm

kk says:
May 27, 2009 at 2:10 am

Mine was stuck at 9% for a couple of days until I removed the battery (whilst the computer was still plugged in and turned on) and then put it back in a couple of minutes later and it worked.
AP says:
May 29, 2009 at 2:44 am

I have a dell xps m1530 i need help bad my battery is still in goood condition and about 2 days ago it said (plugged in, Not charging) i have tried everything and i have no idea what to do . PLEASE HELP
Gunjan says:
May 30, 2009 at 3:20 am

getting the same plugged in not charging problem. I have observed that usually i got the problem when my laptop got heated up. Battery starts charging after i let it to cool for some time.

Try this and post ur experiences
Jay says:
May 30, 2009 at 9:43 am

Hi I just noticed this problem (plugged in, not charging). I tried the usual restart and unplugging but didnt work. Right away it occurred to me that this had something to do with my comodo anti virus security since i just got it and this problem is new. I moved files it had stored to safe files folder and the problem was immediately fixed.

hope this helps -btw i have an hp tx2000 vista home premium
catu says:
June 6, 2009 at 4:10 am

Hey people
I had the same problem on a HP 530 :
battery stacked at 38% for three days , power cord on but indicated not charging , no matter what ..
I simply switched off my vista lap , removed the battery and re-attached , and when plugged in again I saw the light indicator remained on – wow , that’s good
After about an hour I started the laptop , logged in my vista account and surprise : battery is fully charged 100% , so I guess it is just a Vista issue ..
porchka says:
June 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm

this is due to faulty hardware… exchange your computer or send it in for repair.
sergio rosales says:
June 11, 2009 at 12:52 am

just shut down, take the battery off and let it cool a bit, then put again and connect it
Jorge P says:
June 11, 2009 at 1:00 am

To get your battery to charge again, plug in the AC adapter. Then when it is plugged in, remove the battery but leave the AC adapter plugged in so it won’t power off. Then leave the battery out for a couple of minutes, as the battery will be hot. When it has cooled down, put it back into the laptop, leaving the AC adapter plugged in. If you check the battery indicator the battery will be charging again.
xeroIV20 says:
June 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm

if you have it plugged into a surge protector it wont be able to establish the power supply and wont charge… try unpluging the power cord, plug charger directly into the wall then plug the ac cord back into the computer. this may help
psi3000 says:
June 15, 2009 at 9:08 am

I have the same issue with a co workers. Turns out it was the AC cord.
renee says:
June 17, 2009 at 11:59 am

i will honestly admit i dont know too much bout electronics, and i dont know what model it is and all, but my issue just started this morning, when it wouldnt decrease or increase, and then my screen went black, and when restarted it still didnt change, nor did helping move the cord side to side a bit,but the idea to take battery out and wait 10 mins did help.
Adam #2 says:
June 17, 2009 at 4:06 pm

This is not a hardware issue.
This is a Vista issue.

I’ve had it happen on several laptops that use Vista and it’s not specific to one brand of laptop. I’ve had it happen on HP laptops, Dell laptops and Toshiba Laptops.

I was able to temporarily fix the problem by going into the Windows Vista device manager and removing the “Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery” listing. After removing that item I allowed the laptop to scan for hardware changes, which readded the device.

After removing and readding this ‘device’ the batteries would begin to charge normally. Unfortunately I found that after a week or so the problem would reoccur.

I’ve posted about this no the Microsoft TechNet forums, but i’ve been told several times to replace my batteries and AC adaptors. Pretty lame when you consider that i’ve seen this on several different laptops will several different kinds of batteries.

It’s one of those situations where either X number of manufacturers are making bad batteries, or Microsoft has a software problem.

I for one am inclined to believe that it is a software issue, rather than several different laptop manufacturers that dont know what they’re doing.
veronica says:
June 22, 2009 at 3:12 am

My two day old Sony Vaio laptop is “plugged in, not charging.” Nothing is working….stuck on 80%. I really don’t understand…
veronica says:
June 22, 2009 at 3:32 am

got it!
t would seem that the battery care function is enabled. If you use the notebook generally on mains power then this is the best setting as it avoids battery degradation.

To change these settings click Start, All Programs, Vaio Control Center, Power Management, Battery Care Function – uncheck Enable Battery Care Function.
zach says:
June 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm

It’s NOT a problem with VISTA. NOT VISTA. An operating system can’t dictate to the hardware especially the battery how to operate. If anything it’s a driver issue or some hardware fault. Judging by the posts above it’s not a problem and just a moderate inconvenience.
Craig says:
June 23, 2009 at 10:29 am

I have an Advent 8117 Laptop and it say’s 0% plugged in, not charging.
ayesha says:
June 23, 2009 at 11:53 am

I bought Dell Inspiron 1525 in March 2008. A couple of days ago I noticed that the battery doesn’t become 100% charged. When I plug in the AC adapter the battery charges upto 83% and then it shows ‘plugged in, not charging’.

Today it took more than an hour to become 85% available, while ‘plugged in, not charging’ was still dispalyed. The battery meter mentioned that the primary battery is performing normally and read as –

Total Battery Charge – 85%

Primary – 84% Status – Idle

I mostly use my notebook with its AC adapter. My BIOS version is A16. And Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium is installed.

I’d really appreciate some help, especially since I’m sitting here with an expired warranty.

Thanks !
stepan says:
June 24, 2009 at 7:28 am

bios update (to v308) solved the issue on asus U3
Dan says:
June 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

Just a note in Vista help about batteries:
“If the ac power is removed and reapplied when the battery charge is 95% or higher, the battery will not begin charging again until the remaining charge is less than 95%. This is to prevent short charging cycles which impact the life of the battery.”

I know, it doesn’t help the issues of “not charging” when it’s below 95%.
Justin says:
July 9, 2009 at 10:40 am

OK, randomly one day, my hp vista laptop just stopped charging. I thought maybe since it has happened before, it would work again. But it wouldn’t all night – wouldn’t charge even though it was plugged in. I even took the battery out and left it plugged in and it still wouldn’t work – so I’m guessing the problem is with the charger. Eventually, due to the non-charging, my battery went dead. I left it plugged in over night, woke up only to find it still not working – won’t even turn on since the battery is dead, but plugged in… even w/o the battery with it plugged in it won’t turn on. What the heck is going on …
Kara says:
July 9, 2009 at 11:47 pm

I had the same problem on my Dell 1525 laptop computer, which is only four months old. I called Dell…restarting, unplugged the adapter, and taking out the battery didn’t work. So, they are sending someone out to replace the motherboard and the ac adapter. And they’re also going to replace the battery as well just to be sure. The parts and visit are free, if you are still under warranty.
Dee Montgomerry Pennyworth says:
July 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I just removed the battery in my Dell Inspiron after having shut down the computer.
kelly says:
July 19, 2009 at 9:02 am

Hi all,
I am looking for some help…!! I bought a dell insprion 1545 in may. Due to some issues wiht the computer i had to return the laptop and recieved a new one. The new one has been fine until 3 days ago and i am now getting the message (plugged in, not charging). The battery now has 0% charge time on and if the charger is not connected the computer switches off. I now recieve the message that the computer does not recognise the charger but it is the same charger i got with the computer…!!! I have tried some of the ideas that i have read about on here but still getting nowhere:( and you buy a laptop so you can move freely without being concerned about the charger being connected. Is there anyone out there that could possibly help me please….
Mike Black says:
July 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Thanks man…. I did the same and it worked, I guess keeping the laptop plugged in and taking out the battery then putting it back was the key
… Genius man

Thanks again
Mark H says:
July 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

One solution:

Hey, try the function keys. I had the same problem, and I just pressed “Function+Battery” and my laptop started charging again. The button is a battery with a lightning bolt through it. Hitting it toggles the charging on and off.

For me, this is “Fn + F2″

Hope this helps.
Brendan says:
August 3, 2009 at 10:41 pm

I haven’t fixed the problem in a conventional sense, but what I did was I created a custom power setting and had the monitor light up when it read the computer as plugged in, and nearly darken when it registered there being no battery. When I turned this on, the screen began flickering on and off, which suggested to me that the computer was charging. When I turned the power settings down very low, I found that these little flashes were enough for the battery to charge up. It started at 1% and now it’s all the way up to 25%. I’m not too knowledgeable about computers, but it seems to me that different problems might share a similar symptom, hence so many varied results. It might all originate in the same place (Vista, as many have pointed out), but that source might manifest itself in very particular and peculiar ways. I hope this was at least helpful, and, perhaps, some of you can try running the Custom Power method to help better understand this phenomena.
Blizzy says:
August 4, 2009 at 8:58 pm


PROBLEM: “Plugged in, not charging” appeared after restarting from a “safe shutdown,” due to being pushed to 8% battery, unplugged.

SOLUTION: Manual shut down, plug-in, and recharge–both with and without the battery attached.

Looks to be back to normal.
DHODE says:
August 6, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Hey everyone!

I share the same problem but I really do not think it is the battery. End of last year, 2008, my original battery in my HP DV6000 had given everything it could and did not last for more than 5 minutes, but yet I did not change ir until suddenly the laptop would shut off if I disconnect the power cable.

OK, I decided it was time to change battery, BINGO, it did the trick.

Last week my battery still worked fine lasted over 4 hours, had bought a 12 cell, but suddenly I had it in battery power no cable and the laptop just shut off suddenly.

Tried averything online to solve it, NOTHING.

Curriously I picked my old battery and put it in my laptop, what do you know, it lasts the same 5 minutes before it had gone dead.

SO in short my DV6000 has done it twice. My question is why does not work with the new and does with the old even though it had shown the same simptom with the old?

If it was a hardware problem it would not work with either, it would be the same with any new or used battery.

Vicious says:
August 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I have vista and I don’t have this problem, but then again my laptop is a Dell so it must just be HPs
neyas says:
August 17, 2009 at 4:02 am

Hi Folks,

The posts here helped me understand the problem with my dv6000 charging.

I had the same problem as described in some of the above posts: I was working on my battery when my laptop died. When I plugged back the power supply and rebooted the machine. I observed the “battery 1% plugged in, not charging” message pop up from my battery icon.

I fiddled with the power options, finally restoring to default settings, and kept plugging out, plugging in my power cord. But to no success.

I thought that my battery charging has gone for a toss!!

I left my laptop switched on with direct power supply. After 10 -15 mins I observed the battery icon pop up say “5% available plugged in, not charging”. Another 10 mins hence, I saw “10% available plugged in, not charging”. After that I plugged out my power cord from the laptop and plugged it in again. This time it said “20% available plugged in, charging”.

So this is what I do every time my battery icon does not show 100% and stops moving: I replug the power cord.
Kevin R says:
August 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm

SOLUTION!! I have a Inspiron 1526 purchased from Best Buy and a Inspiron 1525 purchased directly from Dell. I also have a work Dell Latitude, so I was fortunate enough to be able to try alot of different combinations (batteries and power cords). I had the problem with the 1526 only, with any battery and cord. IT IS NOT – the battery, the charger, the bios. I tried all of the solutions, updating the BIOS, installing the updated Dell power management driver, even the “magic” ones like taking the battery out and holding down the power button for 10 seconds etc. THE PROBLEM is a loose connection somewhere between where you plug in the AC adapter and the motherboard. What actually worked for me was LIGHTLY punching/tapping the surface next to the plug, right where it says “Inspiron”. It must’ve jarred the loose connection and now it it making the connection. This kinda makes sense that some of the other solutions worked. Depending on how aggressively you press the power button or put the battery back in may also make the loose connection “reconnect”. The actual solution is probably to take the cover off and check those connections, but most of us aren;t technical enough to know what to do, and would probably do some damage. So I recommend tapping on the surface, just above the esc key above where the plug sticks in and continuing to tap across till the first button. I did this while the computer was on and “plugged in, not charging” and it switched to plugged in charging within about 5 seconds. I don’t remember if I saw anything flash on the screen or if something in the tray changed, but I think it did. I am not joking, this really did work. Obviously, when you tap/pound on your own computer, you are taking a risk. This is your own computer, so if you use this technique, use it at your own risk. I am merely posting what worked for me, just understand that if you punch your computer you can damage it also, so be careful. Good luck, I’m glad mine is finally working again.
Jessie says:
August 21, 2009 at 12:04 am

YOU SAVED ME XD i was about to go all omg pice of **** and toss it by the window xD
Larry says:
August 25, 2009 at 9:43 pm


Superbe says:
August 27, 2009 at 7:39 am

I have an HP and the same problem you are all describing. I just pulled the battery out while on and plugged in and as soon as I put it back in it started charging for the first time in 2 weeks!

Problem solved
heather says:
August 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

okay, i had this problem with an hp dv9000.
i tried what adam said up there: “ok im not sure what i did exactly but im now it is charging and acting normal,.. this is what i did.> i did a series of taking the battery out and plugging/unplugging the powercord… while the battery was out and cord was unplugged i did a “powerdrain” which is done by holding the power button for about a minute. after that i put the battery back in and plugged cord back in and waited for about 5-10 minutes.”

that worked for me.
mine is now charging once again.
Ammar says:
August 28, 2009 at 2:33 am

Hey I have the same prob with my Dv7. 0% not charging. I turned it off, took the battery out, held the power button for about a minute and walla!!!

All back to normal once again =
nourette says:
August 29, 2009 at 7:03 am

My laptop is Dell 1525 and i have the same problem ( plugged in, not charging) i tried everything.. maybe the problem is from the windows vista??
Marilyn says:
August 30, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Hmmmm…. had HP blu ray lap top for well under a year, same problem. Had to send my laptop off twice. Ten days wait for pick up/return – they got my address wrong (liars – the courier knocked off early each time), didn’t turn up on the day they promised twice – took time off work to wait for them. Problem with HP. Considering the expense – they owe me big time. Would never recommend to anyone, nothing but problems with a brand spanking new “top of the range” laptop. They should sort it out.
From a disgruntled and disappointed BBC Correspondent whose mission relies on the reliability of their communication method, which sadly is HP. Changing next week. HP = amateurs. Karma……
Erika says:
August 31, 2009 at 8:41 pm

guys! just because the bettery thing is not blinking upwwards doesnt means its not charging.
leave it alone for a few minutes, distract urself from it and a few minutes later check and it will say charging but the battery icon is not blinking.
i just bought my hp pavillion yesterday and i had this problem today so i looked it up and after a few minutes of reading suggestions on how to solve this problem i checked it again and it says its charging!
so dont worry you guys.
Rebecca says:
September 2, 2009 at 2:04 am

Good advise! I unplugged the powercord, shut the computer down, restarted and then plugged the powercord back in. It began charging again right away! Hadn’t been for days so I was starting to think something was wrong. This was for my HP dv2000.

jerome says:
September 4, 2009 at 1:45 am

I too have had the same problem with my two laptops.

When it happened with the HP, i ;looked it up and it was recommended that you
shut down the laptop
remove the battery
plug in the power cord
turn the machine on
when booted snap the battery back in

the battery indicator then shows as charging.

I am now having the same promblem with an Acer but but I tried the same thing, to no avail.
robert says:
September 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm

My wife has a HP G60 series laptop , she got the message ” plugged in but not charging ” . I checked the laptop and it would shut off if unplugged , would stay running with the battery out . But would just turn off if unplugged . I did a battery check and ended up having a bad cell in the battery . Contacted HP and told them what all was done and checks had been preformed and they asked for the warranty number from the battery check and said they will send a new battery to me .
Alyssa says:
September 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm

My computer is refusing to charge a battery also. And I also have windows vista. I went and even bought a new battery, and same thing computer runs it all out and won’t charge. I have no idea what is going on.
Jeff says:
September 9, 2009 at 1:10 am

I don’t think that’s a good idea.
RedVexx says:
September 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm

This is a Vista problem and why…

Its happening to all different types of laptops including Dell, HP, Toshiba etc but only if they are running Vista.

I had XP installed on my laptop and never had a problem. Whenever I installed Vista this started happening.

At first I was able to just unplug the battery restart the computer and plug the battery back in and it would charge but now whenever I plug in the battery the PC shuts off and will not reboot.
Jason Bourne says:
September 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm

ok so i read the first few post from 07 and skimmed the rest down to the most recent post…i believe the reason why the battery goes into the plugged in not charging state is because the laptop is overheating. when the laptop goes into the plugged in not charging state…

-is your laptop on your lap?
-is it hot?
-can you hear the fan going on and working vigorously?

and when you leave it alone and come back to it and its suddenly not in the plugged in not charging state…
-is it cooled down?
-is the fan a little less noisy?

i didn’t do any of the suggestions above. i just let it sit on my lap, wait for it to go on the plugged in not charging state, and then left it on my desk to cool. then it went back to normal.

hope this helps.
mace says:
September 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Hi all, had the same “plugged in, not charging” problem. I have a Presario V6000, Vista home premium, battery is 2 months old.
I have read and tried all suggested ideas in previous posts and to no avail. My daughter has a Presario C700 ( same battery, charger ect) so I changed the battery over, it was still the same. I then changed the charger, and it started charging her battery. I then disconnected her charger and replaced with mine (so her battery and my charger)and it was “plugged in, not charging” again. So put my battery back in and using her charger and its been fine ever since. Just to double check, her battery, her laptop, my charger = “plugged in, not charging”
End result, my charger in the bin and new one on order. Sorry if this was a confusing post, but had to try all combinations to detect problem. Probably best to borrow a charger to try, just in case it doesn’t work for you.
Good luck
Palak says:
September 15, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Just need to do one thing… switch off your laptop.. remove the power connection cable…. take out the battery and reinsert it after 1 min… now start your laptop.. wait for 10-15 minutes … it will start charging again… I do not know the logic behind it but it works:)
Brittany says:
September 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I NEED HELP!!!! my Laptop gateway has been stuck on 10% available or less always says plugged in, but not charging.. my laptop has been like this for ever like 5 months now.. its practicely BRAND NEW!!!
jesse says:
September 17, 2009 at 9:09 pm

i was just having the same problem, i moved into a different room and plugged it into a wall outlet rather than the power strip that it was its charging..not very fast but it is
James says:
September 18, 2009 at 9:20 am

I have been having the same problem with my gateway for about 2 months now. Ive searched over 4 or 5 websites and blogs with hundreds of different ppl with all sorts of laptops. you know what they all had in common?? THEY ARE ALL RUNNING ON VISTA!!!! Any dumbass with a brain would tell you that there something wrong with vista and microsoft doesnt want to man up to the issue!! Theres no way in hell, gateway, pressario, dell, HP, Toshiba, etc.. all be selling malfunctioning laptops. Everybody else who blames this on the manufactor can go to hell. ignorant!!
Someone That Knows It says:
September 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Go To heck Vista
Brandon says:
September 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I took my battery off for a few seconds and then put it back on and it started charging again.

I think it’s just when the battery life gets too low (0%-10%) I have had this problem before and did the same thing.

I recommend not letting your batter get so low.
Lisa says:
September 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm

My Gateway started the “Plugged in, not charging” thing today. After reading all the post on this page, Ithought I would start with the easiest fix and remove my battery. That is when I discovered that my battery lock on the bottom of the machine was in the unlocked position. I simply slid it to the locked position and rebooted. It’s charging just fine now! Before uninstalling your OS or messing with your BIOS, check this out. I noticed that most people that were successful had removed and reinstalled their battery at some point during their process. Could it all be this simple? It was my fix and hope it will be as easy for all of you.
minime says:
September 23, 2009 at 8:35 am

It’s the ac adapter…if it works now then soon the problem will happen again…trust me, its the ac adapter..
geekgirl says:
September 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Its not the AC adapter. Delete the “Microsoft AC adapter” in your device list and reboot. It will start charging.
mmaran says:
September 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm

my hp laptop shows “plugged in but not charging” please send the soultions
nyhunter says:
September 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I am having the same Issue any fixes for this HP dv6000 ?
nyhunter says:
September 26, 2009 at 8:24 pm

I have two Ac adaptors they cant both be bad?
Heeran says:
September 27, 2009 at 9:51 am

I hade the same problem with my toshiba U400-124. the laptop was only just gone over a year when this happened first. That was about 2 months ago. Took it to pc world they told me hardware was alright. i left it for the past month with the battery plugged in. I decided to plug it in today and miraculously it decided to start working again. I dont know if leaving it drained it or something? Besides from that it is plugged into a different socket. When it started it was plugged into a surge protecting 1 to 6 socket thing. before starting the laptop today i unplugged the battery and plugged it back in and then put the power lead in. So many people have this problem there must be something wrong….. I have Vista to and many people with the problem have Vista.
Jennifer Greenwood says:
September 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm

i have that problem , its happening right now with my sisters laptop , iam on the computer thinking about it , theres no positive answers here, you gotta think real , i swear you guys are dead , think! use! explore! thats too far , you have to make the answers way to real , what is vista download “thing”. or shut the laptop for 5 minutes ? waste of time , go to the place where you got it , and tell them every single thing ! that happened with that laptop we dont need silly answers we need positive straight answers. iam not arguing though just saying that its bad to have edged negative answeres, i dont like it. at all. thank you. cheers!
– cheers from london .
– jennifer greenwood x
Farah ibrahim says:
September 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

can you guys give real answers! i support jennifer greenwood 😀
Christina says:
September 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I’m having this probably with Windows 7 and it was fine with Vista. :S
Adriana says:
October 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I have the same problem with my HP DV9000. I have tried replacing Vista with Linux and stil the same problem. So I think it is not the operating system.
Sierra says:
October 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Plugged in, not charging. Stuck at 91%. Battery light is also blinking orange. I purchased a brand new AC adapter and it did nothing. Dell Inspiron 1526.
RedVexx says:
October 8, 2009 at 7:47 pm

In response to my above post, now I have switch back to XP to see what happens and I’m still having this problem!! Although I never had the problem until a few days after I installed Vista it makes me think that it must not be Vista and that it was only a coincidence that it occured days after I installed Vista.

I know its not the AC Adapter because many have still experienced the problem after replacing it and I know its not the mobo because its happening to new systems. WTF????
DWB says:
October 8, 2009 at 9:49 pm

I’ve had this Gateway w/Vista for nearly two years and just noticed the “plugged in not charging” phenomena a few months ago. I’ve tried several of the so-called “fixes” I’ve read about here and elsewhere but still nothing works.
Stillstuck says:
October 11, 2009 at 4:06 am

Hi!! my problem is the same. mine is a dv2601 TX. Its a bit old, suddenly this plugged in, not charging problem has cropped up. I did full recovery, adapter reinstallation, battery in-out nothng works and to compound the problem my battery’s gone bad and this thing doesn’t charge at all, sumtyms it does,once in a blue moon for like 10 seconds then again goes bust. my batt level is stck at 37% for the past 3 days n before that it was stuck at 42%
christoph says:
October 11, 2009 at 9:41 pm

mine does not even recognize that it’s plugged in. the blue light on the upper right corner illuminates, but the lightning bolt in the lower left corner does not. the battery is continuously being drained and does not say anything about being plugged in. grrr.
Carrie says:
October 15, 2009 at 1:38 am

I purchased an hp dv4 1106ee in feb this year, it was fine until late august I started having this problem. I sent it for repairing since it was under warranty and they returned my laptop after changing the motherboard, battery and gave me a new AC adapter. I am still facing the same problem. I have noticed though this happens only when the laptop is over heated though not always the case. I have tried the hard reset option and this has helped in charging again but a few days later I face the same issue. No one has a sensible solution for this!!!
ian says:
October 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Had same problem phoned hp they told me to take battery out and unplug lead then keep the power button pressed for 30 seconds then replace battery and power cord then switch on it worked the guy from hp said it was static elecrtric build up hope this helps
matt says:
October 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

what do you mean by “reset” your computer?
mario says:
October 17, 2009 at 1:52 am

mine is like that to but is not in a low says plugged in not charging and is around 30% percent
David says:
October 18, 2009 at 9:33 am

Ian, Thanks very much, your solution to my battery problem worked first-time.

Very helpful

Pulkit says:
October 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Even i am facin the same issue with my dv6 RM75 .

Solution wht i found was to turn it off and put it on charging for 15min and then it works fine..

but still its not a permanent solution … :(
Diana says:
October 21, 2009 at 1:10 am

I had a Vostro 1700 for over a year running Vista and never had any issues. I just bought a new Inspiron 17 last week, also running Vista but Vista premium, and I am now coming up with this problem. And it’s a huge problem because I take my laptop to school everyday and sit in class for 3 hours a night and if it’s not charging then I won’t be able to use it. I’m contacting Dell tomorrow and I’ll let you know if they give me a solution.
Diana says:
October 21, 2009 at 1:26 am

Temporary easy solution…while the computer is on and the AC adapter is plugged in, take the battery out for a few seconds and put it back in (since it’s plugged in nothing will happen). It started charging right away for me.
Josh Habdas says:
October 24, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Have a dv6000 and was thrilled when reseating the battery resolved the issue, if only temporarily.
rainie says:
October 25, 2009 at 1:39 am

thz u guys
i have already solved my problem
i shutdown and my computer
and charged my battery for five min.
the solved my problem.
just did like samuel.
James says:
October 27, 2009 at 4:54 am

Had the same problem but at 4 %
took charger out quickly dropped to 0%(plugged in, not charging)

Shut down my laptop and closed everything up
5-10mins later i open everything back up 10% plugged in charging

all good to go again
nadir says:
November 1, 2009 at 12:51 am

haha i got it to work just go to the control panel clicks on device management click on the battery icon then right click disable all the stuff thats under the battery and it works like a charm 😉
Bonnie says:
November 6, 2009 at 1:13 am

wow everyone is having the same problem…. mine was doing the same as everyone i have hp pavilion dv60000 entertainment lt…. anyhoo as soon as i came to this site it stopped being weird lol.

its just an over heating issue. we keep our computers on too long
Tom says:
November 10, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I have an hp6700 laptop computer and it’s stuck at 16%. Does the computer model make a difference? It seems like most of you have hp6000 models.
gary says:
November 11, 2009 at 12:08 am

bought Lenovo Y450 and started this problem from day 3.. operating system – Vista.. Looks like it is time to move Windows 7… still wondering.. same issue.. same operating system.. for last 2 yrs.. and M$ didnt fix it…
in my case..
1. turn off pc
2. keep pc plugged to ac power
3. remove battery and insert again
4. waited for 30mins..

after restarting, battery level was 99% 😀 😀
… waiting for my free windows7 upgrade
Cheetos says:
November 11, 2009 at 12:13 am

Please somone help,ok so my pc just shutdown on its own and the yellow lightning light flashed when I turned it on,but it stays black and the charger is put in ohready.Do I need to replace anything?
jl says:
November 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm

i am having the same problem … i just bought a hp laptop it always says 33% available … plugged in not charging.Ive tried to take out the battery and then out it back it but it starts to charge for like 20 mins and then it says plugged in not charging again.
hem says:
November 12, 2009 at 3:09 am

my laptop shows the message 45% available(lpugged in, not charging) pls give solution.
Kim E says:
November 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

Hi! I have read through from 2008 to present on here.. when I got to
” By Kevin R on Aug 19, 2009 |
SOLUTION!! ” where he says “THE PROBLEM is a loose connection somewhere between where you plug in the AC adapter and the motherboard. What actually worked for me was LIGHTLY punching/tapping the surface”. I tried it.. I tapped above the ESC button quite a few times firmly.. and it started working!
Also.. I believe the posts where it says the battery is overheating may also be correct, as I’ve noticed the fan keeps coming on.. so it may be a combination of 1)VISTA 2)bad connection & 3)overheating… but hitting the laptop seems to have forced the charging back on .. we’ll see
Justin says:
November 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Don’t get too excited. I have Windows 7 64 bit and my new 2 week old laptop does the same thing…….
Klaito says:
November 14, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I had the same problem, just took the baterry out when my lap was off, charging cord out too, then just press the power for about 1 min, then put battery again pluged the cord and all good again it went to 100% again 😀
rdsatkaycee says:
November 16, 2009 at 11:42 am

Well, it took me a while, but I made it through most all of these messages, and I couldn’t determine any one thing that solves the “plugged in not charging problem”
You know what’s funny and strange is that no one mentioned anything about HP battery recall with their laptops. I think HP perhaps does know what’s going on but is afraid to mention it because the finance could break HP?
Anyone here with HP exeprience of the recall that solved the/a problem?
GooseThunderfoot says:
November 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Same deal here, on a 2 year-old Dell Inspiron 1520 running Vista. I’ve been using this laptop as my desktop and rarely unplug it. I just figured that the battery is worn out (perhaps some of you were sold faulty batteries?) so I swapped it out for the extra battery that came with the system. So far so good, still charging 1% per minute after 30 minutes.

Robin says:
November 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm

HP DV7 with this problem on Vista. I turned off the computer, popped the battery out for a few minutes. Noticed it was rather warm at the time. Let the battery cool off for about 10 minutes and as I started the computer back up again it was charging once more. Hopefully my copy of Windows 7 will arrive in the mail tomorrow and fix this problem along with my wireless network “Local Connection Only” issue.
Maggie says:
November 23, 2009 at 6:06 am

Hey, I have a hp laptop (dv2000) and I use it like a desktop. Now I’m havin a problem like you all. The battery is plugged in, but not charging (35%)… When I want to turn my laptop only on battery, it doesn’t work… so is this a adapter problem or battery problem?
Vix says:
November 24, 2009 at 12:17 am

my laptop is having the same problem, i have windows vista home premium and my laptop is only 6 months old. i have a dell inspiron 15, ive tried restarting, powering off, unplugging, etc. and nothing. i really need a solution.
Lynn33594 says:
November 26, 2009 at 3:59 am

I also have a Dell M1530. After about a month or so it also gave me the “Plugged in not charging” message.

I found a solution that worked for me.

While the computer is on and plugged into the adapter and the adapter is plugged into a power supply:
1. Unplug the adapter from the computer.
2. Wait a few seconds.
3. Plug the adapter back into the computer.
Now it should charge right up!

Hope this helps!
SteveinTampa says:
November 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm

I have an HP dv600 as well as many of you. I just started getting the plugged-in, not charging error. I read a few posts here that said to remove the battery while the laptop is on, and plug it back in. I did just that…laptop was plugged in and running, I removed the battery…icon then went to an “x” where the battery charging icon is. I then waited about 60 seconds and plugged the batter back in. Now I have the lightning bolt, and icon says charging…. WTF!!???
crapcakes says:
November 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm

i have a lenovo y550 with vista and my laptop battery is stuck at 82% and says plugged in, not charging… it also wont even run on battery if i unplug the ac. this is fricken bogus, i dont know how to fix this. lenovo accidentally sent my vista and are sending my windows 7, but i dont even know if that will fix the problem.
jacko says:
November 28, 2009 at 10:44 am

Just thought i would add to this thread.
My Dell Vostro 1500 was displaying 0% battery and not charging at all.
When power lead was disconnected the laptop shut off right away.
I tried all the above tricks to no avail.
I purchased a dell power supply/charger and on first plugging it in the flashing battery light went solid blue and started charging.
So for anyone with a DELL LAPTOP buy a new power supply/charger ( i bought an official dell charger ).
Hope this helps someone.
Regards Jacko.
J-MAN says:
November 30, 2009 at 5:03 am

Fixed Plugged in not charging! Just remove the battery pack while on AC adapter power for a minute then reconnect the battery pack and it should resume charging. WOO HOO!!
DANIS says:
November 30, 2009 at 8:23 am

1) Take battery out while laptop is on and plugged in.
2) Wait 20 seconds and watch the battery icon change to a red X.
3) Put the battery back in.
Hesam says:
December 2, 2009 at 6:30 am

i did this but it didnt work .
my battery is 3 % remaining :( (
what should i do ?
Hesam says:
December 2, 2009 at 6:50 am

shutting down the computer . then removed battery while plugged in and wait for 1 minute .
then reconnected the battery and it worked now !!!
but i still want to now what is the problem ? and what is the solution ??
Finegold says:
December 2, 2009 at 11:42 am

my warranty period is over, my HP G60-243CL notebook PC was complaining “Plug in, not charging”.

Solution that worked for me.

1. While plug-in, remove the adapter from power-socket.
2. drain the charges that may be in the computer but earthing.
3. wait some seconds, then plug back the laptop to the power socket.

When I followed this process above my laptop started charging afterward.
Cheer. finegold AK.
Chirs says:
December 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm

i have a hp g60-445 when bought had windows vista worked fine for a 2 months then had this problem took out the battery over night then it worked fine for a while i now have windows 7 problem started again sometimes it charges sometime it done seems to drain fast there sendin me a new battery i guess ill find out if it solves my problem but it prob wont being that all the techs are in india no wonder the sh22 dont work
BobapanBeers says:
December 4, 2009 at 9:19 am

I have a LG R-500 with windows vista ultimate 64 bit. After I forgot my laptop while the AC was off, the battery charged to 100% then stoped forever. It now says the dreaded “plugged-in, not charging”.

It is now at 0%

I asked around a lot, and most people told me my battery was dead. So I bought a new one. But I again left is on without the A/C once. Again it charged to 100% then stopped forever.

I don’t think it’s the battery’s fault. I now think it’s a vista 64 bit problem. I asked LG for help. They told me it my computer model is not supported by 64 bit. I think it might be a driver problem.

I tried everything on this site. Everything.

Nothing worked for me. Please help. I just bought Windows 7 32 bit, just in-case it’s a 64 bit problem.
Melani B. says:
December 7, 2009 at 1:58 am

“battery plugged in not charging”
my search terms in Windows Help & Support

“Troubleshoot a battery that fails to charge completely”
topic answering our questions, confirming my suspicions.

The battery in an HP notebook PC is designed to provide the necessary amount of energy for the processor while maintaining high safety standards. As a result, the battery may not charge or may stop providing power to the notebook when the battery temperature exceeds the designated safety level.

If the battery life appears shorter than normal, if the battery stops charging before it is 99%-100% full, or if the battery appears warmer than usual, then the battery has most likely reached its designated “no charge” safety state. The battery will no longer charge until the temperature condition is corrected.

Tips to avoid over heating the battery
While charging the battery, do not use applications that require large amounts of system resources, such as graphic- or memory-intensive applications.

Turn off the notebook PC and remove the battery to allow it to return to a safe operating temperature before charging the battery.

Be sure that the notebook PC is operating on a hard surface. Using the HP notebook PC on a bed or sofa may block the vents, causing it to heat up and shut down as a safety measure.
DARREL says:
December 8, 2009 at 5:20 am

I have had this problem twice;”plugged in,not charging.”
Dell Inspiron 1525 with vista home basic.Had the computer for almost a year, and used it lots so I decided to start by replacing charger, which by the way I found online for about %20 the $ of what Dell charges after warranty period. Problem solved for 5 months and has now started again. Removed battery while plugged in, problem solved(so far.)
Contacted company who sold me replacement charger, they can replace for under $10 if under 6 months. Obviously found a great online disributor. They are located in Hong Kong and I’m in Canada. Took about three weeks the first time, and it immediately solved my problem last time.
Dave says:
December 10, 2009 at 7:06 pm

It’s happened to me several times. What I’ve found that works is simple:

Unplug the charger from the outlet; plug it into another outlet, then plug it into the original outlet. Probably some stray voltage/over voltage protection built into the laptop. Don’t really know, but it works.
Sabo says:
December 12, 2009 at 11:44 pm

When this occurred, I quickly took action to find out how to fix this problem. I ran across here and tried some of the suggestion people stated. I tried the unplugging and plugging method and it didn’t work. Then I remembered I would always leave the brightness to the max both while and without charging. I first unplugged the cable and then lowered the brightness setting to it’s lowest and plugged it in a minute later and it’s now charging again. WHEWW
Nikki says:
December 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I’ve tried many of the above fixes but the only thing that seems to temporarily fix it is to keep switching from ‘high performance’ in the battery options to ‘power saving’. If I keep playing around with them it sometimes starts charging normally again. Never found a permanent fix though. Laptop a one year old Inspiron 1525. I suspect everyone who has found a fix using the above methods probably finds it starts playing up again eventually and will probably continue to do so until a patch for Vista comes out.
brian says:
December 14, 2009 at 8:25 am

ok problem occours with alot of computers let your computer dye more often youll notice it dies alot quicker if you dont if its gotten really bad try unpuging it letting it die when you push the power button youll notice it still turns on but it will turn off shortly ater do that utill it dies completly then let your batter charge all the way and let it die a few times in that manner if it sais its not charging keep the chargin in and let it sit a while sometimes it just takes a minute
aidrianne says:
December 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm

This is 2009 going to be 2010 and hp still does not have a solution for this. my 1 year laptop warrenty expires next month. Jan 25th. Damn,this is annoying.

it seems as if my battery discharges when i;m not plugged in, even when my laptop is off. and charges sporadically.

And fool proof solution … anything new coz i tried most of the ones above and non of them work
aidrianne says:
December 14, 2009 at 9:50 pm

i was told if did it i might coz power fluctuations that might burn the battery.

I do the same though.

any real soutiion
Shaq says:
December 15, 2009 at 4:22 am

Yea i have a brand new toshiba and that plugg in not charging crap gets annoying, I dont think its the computer rather the os not letting it charge, anytime i have programs running and i unplug it even if its above 50% batter when i plug it back up it say plugged in not charging, i either have to close all programs or restart the computer, some people think thats a fix, that just down right annoying to me. who do we need to complain to about this

and im running windows 7 btw
Tim says:
December 15, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I’ve got the same problem.. sometimes. Sometimes I’ll be sitting down on the couch playing a game and it will shut off. I’ll look at the plug-in and it wont have the blue LED lit up acknowledging that it’s charging. I rotate or wiggle the plug-in and it’ll come on for a second and then shut off again. I have to sit in a certain position with the cord sitting just the right way with the plug-in in a certain angle… any other movement it will not recognize it in there. I was just wondering if it’s the charger, the input on the motherboard that’s going out, or the battery. I know the battery says consider replacing because it’s over 2 years old but it still works plugged in and that’s fine with me.. when it actually stays “plugged in”… so ANY help will be appreciated.
Wes says:
December 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I have been working on a Presario f500 and it had the same problem “plugged in, not charging”. I discovered that if I back the plug out about an 1/8 inch, it began charging. I think that it could be a problem if the power supply was pushed in to hard. I tried all of the above methods without success. I found a rubber washer and put it on the plug to keep it from going in to far and haven’t had any problems since :)
Reese says:
December 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Well I am now experiencing the same problem. I just bought my laptop like 3wks ago (HP Pavilion Entertainment PC dv4-2045dx with Windows 7), and just last night I noticed the “plugged in, not charging”. Called HP support and tried everything i.e. taking out the battery, draining the power etc. and I am still experiencing the problem.

I let the battery drain to about 17% than plugged up, and only after about 10 minutes it started charging. Any solutions?
Danny Coll says:
December 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm

my battery won’t charge beyond 80%,this is because battery Care is set they reckon the life of the battery is extended if not fully charged most laptops will have this feature which is easily turned on or off
Diana says:
December 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm

********OK here’s the real solution (for Dell anyway)************

I’ve had this problem with my new Inspiron several times and while taking the battery out and putting it back in worked temporarily, what you really need to do is update your BIOS file. You can find it on the Dell Drivers and Download page. Enter your service tag number where it asks for it and you can download the BIOS file there. It worked for me until they came out with a new file and then I had to download that one.

I’ve also received the message that says it doesn’t recognize my battery as being a Dell battery (which it is), and I tried the whole remove battery thing and it wouldn’t even recognize a battery at all (the first few times it said that it worked, but this last time it didn’t). I restarted my computer and it recognized it but it still said plugged in, not charging so I installed the new BIOS and it’s working fine now. You can’t install the new BIOS if the battery is not recognized at all (red X through the battery icon) so make sure to reboot your computer if you have that problem.
Kimberly says:
December 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I have been havin the same problem
“Plugged in but Not Charging”
for 2 months.

I hav tried everything n my parents r still paying for this stupid laptop. I finally turned it on after 2 months n Im doing a system test – everything is being checked. If this is a Windows Vista bug I think that we should be able to get new laptops for free.
We spend to much money on these laptops for this to happen..

Does anyone hav any other ideas on how to fix this problem?
Michael says:
December 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I am using Windows Vista. Everything works fine, but Output for my laptop is not WORKING at all. My brother have exactly same BRAND of laptop as mine. I am using Comqact Laptop. I HAVE TO PUSH CHARGER IN (HARD PUSH) and it charged for short time. IT will not charge if left alone.

How does i fix my laptop?
mehmet ender says:
December 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Hi folk,
I was having the same problem with my brand new hp g60 (windows vista sp2)and i just tried the steps below, and it Worked !!
i dont know if i’m going to have this problem again or not, but now it’s charging.

1. Turn off the laptop
2. Remove the battery and AC connection.
3. Hold the power button for 15 seconds to drain any remaining charges on the circuit board.
4. Install the battery
5. Plug in to AC power. Do not power up the laptop! The charge light should now be solid, not flashing.
6. Allow the laptop to charge for a couple of hours.

“plugged in, not charging” trouble owner of the world, UNITE !! :)
tam says:
December 31, 2009 at 1:00 am

I just had this problem a few minutes ago, which led me to this site.

I left the AC plugged in and removed the battery. I noticed that there was dust in the space where my battery goes (i am using the HP g60-445dx). I gently wiped the space with a silky cloth (the cloth that came with my eyeglasses), and replaced the battery. Now the icon in the system tray reads “plugged in, charging”.

Since I began typing this post 2 minutes ago, the battery has gone up from 0 to 3%.
Luis says:
January 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm

remove the battery while the computer is on and then put it back in, the fixes it
Jayvee says:
January 3, 2010 at 7:16 am

this happened to me for a bout a day with my new laptop but i noticed when it says plugged in, not charging i started freaking out because its a brand new laptop but i noticed when i plug it back in and wait a couple of second it charges. so i suggest that you try my method see if it helps.
Nicole says:
January 7, 2010 at 12:50 am

My old laptop had the same problem. We changed the charger three times wasting over $100. Family/friends told us something was wrong with the computer. I had Windows Vista. Now, very recently (maybe a few weeks ago) I got a brand new laptop. THE SAME THING IS HAPPENING!! I am just getting so frustrated but it seems that I am not the only one…
izzy says:
January 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Having same problem, each time this happens i have to take out my charger for like a couple of min and put it back in , it only charges for like 10min and the message shows up again.
izzy says:
January 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Guys i think i have the solution , I went to most forums that solved this problem. All of them called their provider and it turns out its from the charger. it seems that it has a loose pin or something. So if your still under warranty give it a try. I haven’t tried it yet, im going to keep you guys updated.
rms662 says:
January 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm

omg! im so glad to have come across this HP DV6000 just started showing me low batt and the “plugged in – not charging” msg.. my battery check states WEAK health .. so i just unplugged from AC and restarted it.. plugged it back in and i think it took about 10 mins before it started charging again. this is a real bother because the battery being vital for a laptop it sure restricts our mobility as we need to have it plugged in when the battery starts acting up!!

i just wana thank all of you for posting the comments.. it sure helped me :)
adam says:
January 9, 2010 at 5:24 am

when i boot my computer, it says 0% remaining. and when its plugged in it says not charging. ut i can tke it off of the charger nd walk around with it. i keep having to take out the battery and putting it back in while its on the charger. for now im using vista black gadget where it shows you your battery life.
theFringeDweller says:
January 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I bought my laptop about maybe two months ago and then all of a sudden I got the same message, “plugged in, not charging” when I hovered the the cursor over the little battery icon on the taskbar.
I took Samuel’s advice to just shut down as is and leave the AC plugged in. I went and played with my dogs for about 15 minutes and came back, turned it on and Voila! It started charging again. When I shut it down the battery was about 20% and when I restarted it was at 41%.

So thank you, Samuel :)
izzy says:
January 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I called hp today and they tolled me that the problem was from the charger , so they are sending me a new one on Wednesday. Lets see how tings play out. ^_^
if you keep plunging it out or whatever method your using , it gets worst once it took like an hour of doing it till it charged again.
Gary says:
January 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm

There must be a fault with these computers hp changed my battery but the fault came back after a few months. I just wish they would recall these crap computers now I have a laptop thats not portable as the battery only charges when it feels like it.
Sabrina says:
January 10, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I’ve been having the same problem. I have a Compaq so I went to my HP Total Care Advisor (PC Health & Security) and I clicked on LAUNCH HP BATTERY. I found out that I needed a new battery which is pathetic because I only had my laptop for about 5 month.
Wicked Nick says:
January 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I have the same problem, presario v6000, same as hp dv6000, 0% plugged in not charging, when I unplug it, it dies, really could use a solution, just like everyone else.. but i’m running windows7…
Alex says:
January 13, 2010 at 12:30 am

I have the same problem and my laptop is only 3 1/2 months old and now im here…did the taking out the battery thing but figured im still under so I talked to someone at HP and it could be the port were the charger goes in the battery or the charger itself so they said to send it in…I figure why not but it sucks cause I used my computer for school.
Yann says:
January 21, 2010 at 2:14 am

Wow, i know it’s late, but theses answer are clueless.
First of all, the reason it’s plugged, but not charging because it’s too hot; let me explain.
Have you noticed where the battery is? yes?
Then, have you noticed where the vents of the cpu are? yes?
The reason it’s not charging is because the laptop is already hot (which can happen at normal operating temps), so to prevent an overheat (which will make it shutdown), it’s not charging. Charging a battery produces heat, heat that’s close to the already hot cpu.
I think you should all know where i’m going to with this and i can’t believe HP/Compaq helpsperson do not know about that safety feature.
James says:
January 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Same here… Three years since that first post and I’m getting the same problem, got this computer a couple days after Xmas… thanks HP, ‘preciate it!
Jay says:
January 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I had same problem on my Sony Vaio VGN laptop. Then I found out that VAIO Control Center software is forcing battery not to charge more than 80%. There is an option that says Enable Battery Care Function under Power Management. Once I disabled that, I could charge my battery to 100%.
Tegen says:
January 23, 2010 at 9:28 am

Hi, I have a Dell 1545 and about 2months ago this happened i searched all over to try and find a solution and it came to the conclusion that needed this BIOS thingy and it said i need over 15% battery well lets just say ive had 0% for over 1 1/2months now gunna go to PC world and see what they can do….=/
Don says:
January 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I have 3 year old Dell Inspiron 1520 running Vista and just replaced the old battery (old one wouldn’t charge)and now once I click on the battery icon it’s shows 50% plugged in and not charging–any suggestions??

chrisB says:
January 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm

My toshiba satellite was also doing the 0% battery, not charging thing on vista but thankfully just a restart fixed it.
santiago says:
January 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Hello everyone. So I had the same problem with my battery indicator saying not charging when it was plugged and I found it to be that if the fan has no vent and it gets hot it prevents the battery to not charge so keep it clear and let it cool down and plugged it in and it should work.
Jason says:
January 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Hi all I have had the same problem for a week now. I have an hp pavilion dv4 and it kept saying plugged in not charging and have done the whole remove battery thing and that is a quick fix. So I took it to best buy because of warranty still on it. They said they are going to send me a new power cord. I got home today and same thing happened so i read an answer above about it possibly being too hot so I grabbed my wifes laptop fan and put my laptop on top and tada it is now charging again. Hope its just a cooling issue and nothing else. hope this helps some.
troy says:
January 28, 2010 at 3:46 am

have a toshiba doing same thing some time it shows charging but battery stays at one level so i put new battery in started up it was at 43% for 2 days now im down to 41% it shows plugged in but battery not charging up pissing me off but it dost sound like its just a certain brand wondering if it might be some kind of virus
Mike says:
January 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Just tried tapping by the escape key as you said and it worked lol!!

Still stupid for a laptop that is 2 months old!!
Jarrell says:
January 29, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Well my laptop has been off all day and i just picked it up at 10:17pm and the battery light is flashing and it says plugged in not charging at 93% been doing that since i put windows 7 on this thing.
Susan says:
January 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I have an Acer Aspire One mini running Windows 7 that I bought yesterday. I bought an extra battery and both charged fine yesterday. Today one of them is stuck at 87% and reads “not charging”. The other is still charging normally. I’ve tried all the remove/restart/reconnect suggestions for the one having the issue. It starts to charge when I first connect it and then switches to “not charging” within a few seconds. The battery is located on the back on the computer (not the bottom) and didn’t feel warm, so I don’t think it’s an overheating issue in my case. I will be calling Acer and/or returning this computer if the problem continues.
Andre says:
February 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I’m having the same problem as everyone, its plugged in and it’s staying up, but if I unplug it, it will shut down. It just stops at 0% and won’t charge.
Misty says:
February 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I have a dell inspirion 1525 that is doing the same thing checked the dell web site and seems MANy are having this same problem and many are having their Mother boards replaced ie: dell customer service advice
Joanna says:
February 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Its not just HP. I have a Gateway and it also does that, i thought it was the battery but its not because sometimes it acts normal. Whats going on???
Nicole says:
February 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm

mine is the same, but i just bought a new battery and its still not charging!
Luis says:
February 8, 2010 at 5:46 am

Had the probem with my 2 weeks old SONY VAIO VPCCW21FX. For three days had the same problem. Here is what I did and worked for me:

1. Power off.
2. Remove battery and AC connection.
3. Press and hold power button for 1 min.
4. Install the battery.
5. Plug in to AC power. DO NOT POWER UP MY LAPTOP.
6. Let it charge for a couple of hours. The charging light was on and solid.
7. 100% charged after that.
Lisa says:
February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I have had the same problem I have a Gateway NV58 with Windows Vista and after reading some of the posts I took out the battery with the power cord plugged in for like 30 sec. and put it back in and it is now charging. try it.
Adrian says:
February 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I had exactly the same problem with an HP DV6000 vista laptop. I bought a battery and had to exchange it but then got the same “plugged in, not charging” message. So I phoned up customer service and they said to do this and it has worked fine for the past 2 months:-

1. Go into the device manager buy tying “device” into the search box after clicking the windows logo. (with the charger plugged in)

2. Expand the batteries category and right click on the “microsoft acpi-compliant control method battery” and uninstall. (PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT UNINSTALL THE MICROSOFT AC ADAPTER).

3. After you have done the above, click on the “Action” tab at the top and click “scan for hardware changes”. After doing so the “microsoft acpi-compliant control method battery” should reappear and your battery should charge as normal.

I hope this works for everyone.
Kaylee says:
February 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm

See my laptop (HP G60-445DX) will not even recognized the charger. I have it plugged in and it doesn’t say its plugged in. I don’t know how to fix it
Chip says:
February 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I have a very similar problem as discussed here. My lap top is a HP dv6810 us. I have had it for about a year and a half.

The problem showed up as a battery not charging and the computer went to 0% and shut it self off. I have a AC cord and plugged it in, the computer would not turn back on. The LED blinked 3 times but no start up.

I have pulled the battery, cleaned the contacts in the battery bay and tried again. Nothing, no charge lights, nada. I went to the desktop and went to the hp site, after reading their help stuff, I decieded to replace the AC adaptor and and get a new battery.

The new battery and adaptor arrived and I put the battery in and used the adaptor. I charged the system to 100%. The computer did turn on and I thought “cool, it was the battery”. Then I thought I should allow a full drain of the new battery. Well this was a BAD IDEA.. now the darn thing won’t come back on.

I have pulled the battery, reset it about 100 times, reconnected the ac adaptor about 100 times as well. I did the circuit board drain and I still have a dead computer. What the *&^% is wrong with this thing. I can’t even get it to run on AC power alone, the battery won’t charge and I now I have 2 batterys and 2 adaptors and a freaking useless brick that looks like a laptop. I can’t get the led lights to come on and I am very frustrated with this thing. Any help would be greatly appriciated.
Mark says:
February 22, 2010 at 4:44 am

I am having similar problems and have tried several methods to fix it. The problem is that it only fixes it for about 5 minutes and then resorts back to “plugged in, not charging”.
This ONLY happens to the extra battery I bought, which is generic. The 12 cell HP battery that came with the laptop does not have this problem yet (fingers crossed).
One weird thing that happens sometimes (but not all the time) is that the battery charges even though it says it’s not charging. Also, this problem only arises when I get down to around 10-15% battery life left. It’s almost as if it needs a jump start.
I have an HP DV6t Quad Edition that is running Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. I’m not sure if it’s the operating system, computer, or battery, but this problem seems pretty darn common.
I’m going to keep messing around with it and will let everyone know if I come up with a solution. I might buy a 3rd battery from a different manufacturer and test it out. Good luck everyone!

Tyler says:
February 23, 2010 at 1:13 am

THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! I just kept taking the battery in and out and unplugging and replugging the ac cable and it seems to work for now… i owe you all a big one..
Tyler says:
February 23, 2010 at 1:15 am

A very, very big one..
downtownboy says:
February 24, 2010 at 8:36 am

this thread started on 30th july 2010 and still replies are coming, not replies really but every one is sharing his/her pain suffering from same problem, i thought i should do the same because i am having same problem with my one month old compaq. in last one month it has done this twice to me but thank God it starts charging after a while and never drains the battery even showing not charging. it keeps the battery to same position as it is running on direct power.
Dipal says:
February 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm

My problem is solved. I have Dell Inspiron 1501.. I bought a new charger. And that solved my problem.
Jade says:
February 28, 2010 at 9:23 am

hi guys.. i recently struggled with this issue, i contacted dell and they told me to
1. turn my computer off with the correct method, going to start logout, then shutdown

2.remove battery from computer and re- attach it

3. leave my charger plugged in whilst computer is off for atleast 10 minutes

4.remove charger, and restart computer

5.once started up, attach your charger back into its socket

after doing this i found that my computer started charging again back to normal :)

hope i helped you guys x
Halonwolf says:
March 1, 2010 at 9:23 am

Hey guys,
Last night while I was lying in bed with my wife and surfing the web I noticed that my Compaq Presario was sitting at 36% and stated “Plugged in, Not charging”. Baffled by this problem I searched out answers on this and other websites. Since I think this has more to do with Windows, but not wanting to put all my eggs in one basket, I removed the battery and cleaned the connectors. Remember Dust is not our friend and seems to get everywhere, your battery connectors still collect dust especially because it is a power conducting unit.

I reinserted the battery and removed and cleaned out the AC adaptor male and female ends. This however did not seem to work. SO since eleminating the obvious I proceeded to look at windows. Now here is what really got me, I set my own custom plan……based on the balance plan provided by Microsoft. I changed a few aspects like how the computer runs on battery power…As soon as I set the power plan, BOOM the battery was charging again and it read “Plugged in, Charging”. I shut the lid and set the laptop next to the bed.

Today is the morning after! I opened my laptop lid and powered out of sleep mode and sure enough the message reads “Fully Charged”. Seems like Microsoft has done it again. So before going through the trouble of talking to some tier 1 tech support give that a try, see if it works.

Compaq Presario CQ50-108NR
AMD Athlon QL-60 (Dual Core) 1.90Ghz
2.00gb ram
Nvidia GeForce 8200M G
Windows Vista SP1 (32 Bit)
keke says:
March 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

really well my battery is 62% and wen i start charging it it shows plugged in not charging and i have only had the laptop for about 6months i am really worried
Don says:
March 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Well, I had the same problem with the battery meter showing plugged in not charging with my HP Dv6000. I just pulled out the battery and reinserted it. Alas, It is working and charging again.
mat says:
March 4, 2010 at 8:00 am

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows 7 and I’m having the same problem. It says “1% available (plugged in, not charging)” I have tried restarting my computer and i have taken the battery out but that hasn’t done anything.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance, Matt
James says:
March 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm

My friend used this guy in Georgia to fix his laptop for $75.00.

This is what he puts on his website as a possible idea.

The issue with the DV2000, DV6000, DV9000, TX1000, TX2000, F500, F700, D630, D830 laptops happens to be both your fan, video memory, and video card.

If you update your BIOS that will help with the overheating, and update your video card drivers directly from Nvidia for the GO6150 series.

If you do not update these files, you will need to have a BGA reflow service to fix your chipsets to restore your wireless and video. What will happen is you will get no video, all blue lights, and the system will cycle on and off every 1 to 2 minutes.
Nick says:
March 6, 2010 at 9:34 am


I read this one and decided to try it out on my ACER (See, its not always HP with the problems) and it worked:

1) make sure power cord is plugged in
2) Close lid, and make sure laptop goes into sleep mode
3) Remove battery
4) Open laptop
5) Put battery back in

This will work for some people, but not all, but it worked for me, so now i’m telling you 😀
Andrew says:
March 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Ok i had this problem twice now it it has only happened when the battery was 12% or lower. Here is what i did i took out the battery with the charging plug in waited about 2 minutes and made sure it said “no battery detected” in the battery icon in the task bar then put the battery back in and it said it was charging again.

Hope this helps,
Michael says:
March 7, 2010 at 12:51 am

Also try taking out the battery and putting it back in. Worked for me (I didn’t read all the posts, so sorry if suggestion’s already up there)
Michael says:
March 7, 2010 at 12:53 am

ha, just noticed yours don, sorry for that.
Austin says:
March 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm

ok. i have an hp dv7-1135nr. i play online gaming. i didnt notice my computer was saying it was “plugged in, not charging”. i used to be a computer repair guy for about 2 years before i joined the military. well, as i was on the computer it would randomly shut down compleatly. just black screen. i thought, dang, must be hard drive, its hot and it seemed like a simple hard drive failure. before i signed on here i would compleatly remove the batter and unplug it from the wall and reset it. then it would turn back on but wouldnt charge. so while plugged in i took battery out and plugged it back in. it now charges and i can unplug it. so this is working. i know it wasnt my vista becuase i am on service pack 2. i would believe that mine was shutting off because the game was drawing too much power and shutting it off.

in all, it would seem like a good fix for now would be to get it to turn on, plug it into wall, remove battery, wait a minute or too, install battery. it should now charge.

and as a side note. as of 1 hour ago my laptop was doing this issue, it wouldnt stay on for more then 15-20 minutes. i have been on this website now after the fix for an hour.
best of luck guys and girls.
Kyle says:
March 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Plugged in, not charging,
Yes we all have the same problem… VISTA

But i have a easy solution, VISTA

Jokes. (not really)

my laptop is a compaq c500 and i got it to charge completely, finally, but i unplug the AC and what do you know, 5 seconds later it dies.

Looks like the only solution is XP
adarsh says:
March 15, 2010 at 7:23 am

i already have this problem to my hp dv6 1205ee.
junaid bhat says:
March 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm

hiiii my name is junaid my computer is compaq presario R3000 , my computer battery is not charging, even i putted charging for 5 hours but still my battery is showing 0 percent% , what should i have to do, can u peoples tell me plzz , even i formatted my computer also, but the problem is same, even if the light went off i am losting my whole work. i got so fed up , plzz help me.
jason says:
March 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm

my computer does the same thing but its at 0% so everytime i unplug it it shuts down right away. and it always shuts down if i dont use it for like around 7-10 hours. does anyone know wht to do?
Cherie says:
March 27, 2010 at 8:27 am

What worked for me is I shut down my laptop, unplugged my external hard drive, left it alone all night and now it’s at 100%. Hope it works for you! From what I read, seems USB stuff left plugged in affects it.
Reinaldo says:
March 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

My HP Pavilion dv4-1290 had the same problem and I managed to fix by the simplest way: just detach the battery and clean its contacts as well as the notebook contacts. It is just dust accumulated. Now it’s working perfectly!!!
Fred says:
March 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I’ve seen all of the replies here .. and tried them!! None have worked.
With my Compaq nc640 I have 2 batteries that are both okay (both charge and hold the charge on another machine) 2 chargers and a docking station all of these items are proven to work.
I can’t help thinking that my woes started with Vista SP2
The best I get is about a 15 second graphic implying that it’s charging. Then it just stops and stays there. I’m getting just so frustrated so thought I’d just share the pain before this pile of junk takes a flight or float test!
Keep the ideas coming in as I’ve not quite given up .. YET
angel says:
April 1, 2010 at 5:07 am

i have a 3 week old hp pavilion entertainment laptop and this plugged in but not charging message also appears, mine is a windows 7, what is the deal i wonder? i replaced my dell cuz supposedly hp was better but i can already tell is not!
ann says:
April 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm

i have a laptop acer aspire 4810T with vista. im showing plugged in not charging with 54% battery life. It will only power up if my AC is plugged in. Tried the ff fixes but NOTHING WORKED!
1. took out battery while plugged in, etc
2. clean battery connectors
3. changed power plan
4. created my own power plan
5. system restore

same error.

any other suggestions??
peter says:
April 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm


Ok, so it seems that everyone has had the same problem regardless of laptop. The problem is that you are keeping it charged for longer than it needs to be. In other words, YOU’RE CHARGING IT FOR WAYYYY TO LONG!

What this causes is an overcharge and dysfunction with the battery.

-Remove the battery from the laptop for a few minutes, then replace it. If that fails, then you do have problems.
Reinaldo says:
April 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm

My mistake: I thought it was just due to dust buildup on the battery. Now I’m convinced that this happens because of overheating. While connected I pull the battery (which is very hot) and I wait until it cools. Then reconnect it back. I did this a few times and it is working fine.
scott vickers says:
April 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

That “powerdrain” procedure worked for me as well. I let my battery run down until the laptop died and after plugging the charger in I was receiving the Battery 0%, plugged in(not charging) message. I tried that “powerdrain” procedure and it fixed me right up. I did have to do it two times though. I think you have to hold that power button down for a full minute. Anyway, thanks for the post. Very helpful!!
paul says:
April 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm

all these problem your charger is screwed up
Grace Fiandaca says:
April 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Let me add to the complaints! I have a new Gateway laptop with Windows 7 and this isn’t the first time it says “plugged in not charging.” It says it has 97% of battery charge remaining, but it’s stuck on 97% and I’ve been using the computer for 2 1/2 hours so I know that isn’t right. I’ve unplugged and replugged, turned computer completely off, removed and put back in battery. I read the other posts–the computer doesn’t feel at all warm. Nothing works;I’ll head up to Best Buy with it in a bit and see what they say.
Je says:
April 11, 2010 at 11:14 am

This happened to me as well a few times. I take out the battery and put it back in, and it changes to “plugged in, charging”.
Epistaxis says:
April 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I had this same problem for a while, but have been able to (as far as I can tell) permanently fix it. When booting your computer, enter the BIOS menu by pressing either F2 or F10 (I forget exactly which, but it will tell you on the boot screen).

In this BIOS menu there was a battery “learning” option that I started. It goes through three phases and can’t be aborted after it begins. It will charge from wherever you are up to 100%, then begin draining the battery back down to being almost completely empty, then will charge it back to 100% (this back-and-forth charging took mine about three hours to finish). Keep the charger plugged into the same outlet for the entire process, and the computer will teach itself how to use that one.

I did this a month ago and haven’t gotten the problem again since.
ravindra singh says:
April 12, 2010 at 5:38 am

my lenova laptop is not getting charged but in its adapter power is glowing what would be the problem related to it
sanjay says:
April 12, 2010 at 6:01 am

i have a hp dv4 window vista laptop when i charge my battery that indicates me to plugged in not in charge plz give me the soln
Amanda B says:
April 13, 2010 at 12:13 am

That problem just started happening to my laptop last week. I’ve had this laptop for six months and i’ve just recently have the same thing happening to me “plugged in, not charging”. However i thiink the problem is with the battery. My hypotheis is when the battery gets to hot it stops charging. I figure this because when i take the battery out and let it cool down for 10 minutes and then put it back in, it will charge again.
me says:
April 16, 2010 at 12:48 am

I solved this problem by taking out the battery for a few minutes while the laptop was plugged in. I put the battery back on and it started to charge.
Paul says:
April 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

I have a 2-year old HP DV6500. The original battery wouldn’t charge at all despite trying everything in the book (and on the blog), so I got a new one under warranty. After a few weeks I tried the old one out of curiosity, and lo and behold it sprang into life! So I had two working batteries, but both have the same life – typically about an hour, if that. All of which is by way of background context.
Today on battery, a couple of minutes after showing 35% it suddenly shut down, so I plugged it in and it showed 4%, plugged not charging. Tried un/re plugging, shutting down several times, no result.
Then shut down, left for about 15 minutes plugged in, switched on again (following advice above) and behold again it’s now charging properly.
Koruin says:
April 20, 2010 at 9:14 am

I have HP nx6325 with Windows XP Professional.
Laptop is 3 years old.

The indication of the battery shows 12% and stops charging… If I run the laptop only on battery for few minutes, and than plug the AC cord than it will charge only up to 12%!

I found WHY!
I ran the laptop only with battery until it showed 0%, and continued using it on battery for 20-30 minutes, and the battery indication still showed always 0%.
I suppose my battery was full, but the indication showed wrong number of 12%.
I don’t know how to fix the indication problem, but its good to know that I still have a good working and charging battery.
Boska says:
April 20, 2010 at 10:09 am

junaid bhat from where you buy your laptop?

change the battery and then check.

in my opinion all the charging issues are due to battries.
cristiano85 says:
April 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Same problem with an Acer Aspire, bought 5 months agow.

I read all the indication in this blog. Looks like it’s not a hardware problem, if many brand has it.

I will pull out my battery and back in .. hope it will work…
cristiano85 says:
April 20, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Done it..

I just put battery out for few minutes, turned On the laptop with charger pluged, Sleep mode, attached the battery an Power…!!1

Now is running well…
santosh says:
April 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

hey there ive been having the same problem with my hp dv6, and tried all methods NOTHING!.this sound stupid but i just pushed in the wire in the transformer box and WOOO it seemed totally fine but obviously not
Travis says:
April 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I hvae a HP DV6-2155dx windows 7 I have the same problem with the battery plugged in not charging is this a hp thing?
kk says:
April 27, 2010 at 6:08 am

I just bought mine yesterday and i am having a problem.
Sharon says:
April 28, 2010 at 12:09 am

I found in the ‘help’ that the laptop was in my lap and not on a hard surface. The battery was overheating and rather than burn it up the computer set it to not charge – or it would overheat it. I unplugged it, shut it down, pulled out the battery to cool off and put it back. I took off the ‘protective case’ to let air access the bottom of the Laptop and it cooled off fast. Now it is ‘plugged in and charging’, just like the Vista Help said. This seems to be ‘fixing’ the prob. Might try this out and keep the lappy on a hard surface – to get plenty of air from now on. I know I am, this thing is too new to blow up so soon!!! Goodluck everyone!
Clarence says:
April 29, 2010 at 11:36 am

I have a Gateway M-1265, got it back in the summer of 2008 at Best Buy. All that time up till now there have been no problems. Well I didn’t use it that much until last sometime last year after getting Comcast high speed internet, and use dail up anymore. Well I never had any problems.

Towards the end of last month I notice my orignal Gateway ac adapter was messed up one one day, it was like a mouse bit it or someone cut it open. Then I did not right away get a new one. So still used the mess up one, as days went by, I started to wigle and jigle it well pluged in to the laptop to see is it charging with the coursor over the logo.

Two and a half week ago I receviced the new ac adapter and it had no problem. It not any big names and did not cost like 42-50 at ushopfast like other sites.

Yesterday had my laptop on all day with the ac adapter pluged in, and like 4 something in the afternoon it started not to charge saying plugged in, not charing. So I tryed stuff like switching the plug part of the ac adapter, since it universal, my old ones and my dad’s Acer one. It would work begining, once I shut down the laptop and waited for say 5 min or even longer then turn it back on. It would not charge. It start with charging up animation, once it showed it fully charged and the cursor over it would say plugged in, not charged, not mater there is say 96% or 98% left. It would still use it up. But late last night it be stuck at the current % and not charge. The only way to know what is the current % left was turn off and turn it back on.

Now I have tried one of the ways on this forum, the one where it turn it off, take out the battery, unplug the ac adapter and hold down the power button for a 1 min works, I have unpluged and waited till there only 96% and 93% left, and pluged the ac adapter back in. it still charaging, Just tried it 91% and for it did not charge so I unpluged it and pluged it in right away and it worked. With that in my mind I started thinking spoke too soon in letting all of you know here. I still have not try turning off the laptop for how ever long to would it still charge with no problem. Just pluge the ac adapter again to wait even longer and see will it charge or plugged in not charging.

So much problems in laptops and desktops the internet and OS, why does it have to happen or even exsit at all.
Clarence says:
April 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I tried the turning off the laptop and unpluging the Ac Adapter, when the battery at 82% or 83%. Left it off for more then 5 mins well I was eatting breakfast. After I was done came back turned it until windows loaded up then pluged the Ac Adapter back in. It still would charge. Now all it is how long will this last till it might have problem again. Since this one works for me I’m going to do it once in a while so I know it will charge, until a problem might come again.

Stuff like this and other computer stuff are strange, you think you fix the problem, those that are not techie level. Out of a sudden the problem happens again when ever, that you can even guess it would happen.
Clarence says:
April 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I unpluged the ac adapter and waited till it only had 74% left then pluged it back it will the laptop still on. For a seond to three it did not charge. I unpluged it a right away and pluged it back in a second later it, and it charing.
Clarence says:
April 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I turned off my laptop for like a hour and thirty five mins, and unpluged the ac adapter. At that time the battery was at the early part of 99%. When I turn back on the laptop it was at 97% I plug back in the ac adapter and it would charge. Even after it was done doing that animation of showing charging. I aslo did that moving the coursor over the icon of showing it fully charged it was say at what % and plugged in charging. when it done it say fully charged.

As I said I use that one where it said turn off the laptop, take out the battery, unplug the ac adapter and hold the power button for 1 min and till it drain the reaming charge and after that wait 5 min then turn it back on and everything back in it place. when I held the power button I did it for like 75-95 seconds.
Leah says:
April 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

My HP dv4 did this, then wouldn’t charge at all and then completely died. We went to geeksquad. They said the adapter was wearing out. They reset the battery (take out battery and hold power button for 20 seconds) and then popped the battery back in, plugged it up to a new adapter and it turned on!
Clarence says:
April 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Now it 8:10pm here in San francisco

I have my laptop turn back on after 3hrs and some min, and the ac adapter plug back on. and it not charging after the animation is done and it looks it full when it at like 97%, 98% and so on. I had the cursor over the icon and it said plug in not charing, and stuck at the current percentage when laptop is first started up. It was like that late last night stuck at a percentage, until you turn it off and back on then it show the current percentage and be stuck at that.

So what is the problem with my laptop this again when it had no problem all day after I tried one of the ways on this forum early this morning. Before that trying it it was not charging.
Anyone with something that will work and solve the problem and not those only work for some people.
Clarence says:
April 29, 2010 at 11:41 pm

After finish typeing that since I found out not charging and it 8:34pm, I unpluged the ac adapter again and pluged it back, it charging with the cursor over the icon.

So what is going on could it happen again like this, and make one think the problem is not solved. Could it be it is not solved or what going on.
Darian says:
April 30, 2010 at 12:06 am

Hey, i got a dell inspiron 1501 and it dose the same thing, but mine dose’nt drain, i got windows seven please help b4 i end up breaking my lap top
Clarence says:
April 30, 2010 at 1:51 am

As it is now 10:38pm, I still have problem with the plugged in not charging. In my second or third post it would still charge at 90 something percent during the day. Now when I want to give a try of unpluging the ac adapter from the laptop an see will it charge. It does not when the icon show it fully charged until the coursor over it saying 90 something percent. So I unpluges the ac adapter let it go down to 80 something percent then pluged it back in. It started charging, after it look to fully charged and not doing the charging animation, and with the cursor over it.

I would like it to charge at any percent and it will charge when ever one plugethe ac adapter in after taking it out even for a second. Not just that also when one turn back on their laptop after the last use of the day and plugging in the ac adapter.
Any good help to that that will help anyone. What would a office techie say, give at any companies to it coworker.
Clarence says:
April 30, 2010 at 9:38 am

Over at this forum a poser said: The barriers wont charge if they’re that close to being full. IT was designed to keep the battery safe.

Is that really true and is that how all big computer makers want it for all their laptop battiers. Because mind charged at any percent in the begining with no problem. I got my laptop in the summer of 2008. I didn’t use it that much until I switch from dial up to Comcast high speed, sometime last year. All of last yer their was no problem it would charge at any percent even at 98% and even a little bit not 100% fully charged. I did have unplug the ac adapter and wait for it to go down to 80 something percent and it wold charge from there to a fully charge.

For now my will not charge at 97% or 98% and get up to fully charged. It has to be lower then that to have it get up to fully charged. Don’t know about at 95% would it start charing and get up to fully charged.
Clarence says:
April 30, 2010 at 10:01 am

I try this, have my laptop not turned off, but close the laptop lit, and unplug the ac adaper from the wall socket or a extendsion cord. With the other end still plug to the laptop. I took it from my bedroom to the living room, then pluged it into the wall. Opened up the laptop lit, clicked on my user name it got back into window. I checked the logo with the cursor over it, and it would it said plugged in charging at 97%. But I know once I unplage the ac adaptor from the laptop, I’ll have to till 80 something percent or 90 before it will charge up to fully charged.

Anyone got any views from all my posts and what it maybe and what to do that not just help me but others too.
Clarence says:
April 30, 2010 at 8:04 pm

As of now for me from what out and what posting to let all of you know. My Gateway laptop battery looks to have no problem. When it low like at 80 something percent left and maybe 90 it will charge up to fully charged(100%) with no problem at all. But not when it at 97, 98 or 99 it will not charge up to fully charged(100%). So unpluging it from laptop and it only goes down to one of those it will say plugged in not charging when plug back in back to the laptop. At the earliest it will charge all the way up to fully charged(100%), is down to 80 something percent and maybe 90 also.
I don’t know yet about my laptop turned off and pluged in charging, will stay at fully charged(100%) or whrn down to only 98% or 97% will charged up to fully charged(100%).
Clarence says:
April 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I just looked at my laptop, sinc I tryed the pulgged in charging and the laptop turned off. It will stay at fully charged, when turned back on the laptop, since I had it at that before turning it off. This is the first time of this. I hope it will stay and not change when ever that no one would know. Even people who post here.
Clarence says:
April 30, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Well I was tryping my last post it dawn to me I should try out if my laptop battey has only so much percent left. At like 6:11pm I got the battery down to 84%, I turned off my laptop with the charger still pluged in to let it charge. At 8:07 I turned back on the laptop an check battery icon with plug next to and the cursor over it. It charged all the way up to Fully Charged(100%). It when the laptop on with charger pluged and then unpluged to let go down to 98% or 97% is when it will not charge up to fully charged(100%) an stay at that percent, when pluged back on to the laptop. Th only way is let go down to 80 something percent then it will or maybe even 90%.
jessica says:
May 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm

This worked for me. and i also found it in the ‘help’ section.
Annon says:
May 2, 2010 at 7:10 am

Mine is on 0% avalible (Plugged in, Not charging) and if I unplug it, it will go dead.
but some of you are saying to let it charge over 15% but how am i suppost to do that!!! i have let it charge all night and… nothing!!
Annon says:
May 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I have solved my problem, The voltage on the charger wasn’t set high enough. It is easy to move so it probably got knocked. Good Luck Solving Your Problem As I Know How Annoying It Is. x
schawo says:
May 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm

This problem has something to do with battery temperatures. I run in this problem, when the notebook (and the battery) gets hot. If I take it out for a short time, and let it cool down, charging restarts.
boska says:
May 3, 2010 at 3:37 am

Plugged in, not charging,

i face this issue and i try everything reinstall the driver etc everything.

but the issue still same. i am using hp dv6 with win 7. in my observation its the problem with win7, win vista.

my lapy stop charging Plugged in, not charging, but after some time it start automatically. its the issue of battery with win.

no one will accept they fail to find the solution, even all the laptop makers. because they knew that it will decrease their sale.

in microsoft they are finding the solutions with battery venders what the problem why the battry stop to charge.

dont break your systems just abuse to your laptop maker go their sites and blame them.

even they know they say you to change the battery but may be this will not solve the problem.

i am working on it if i found some thing i will let you know to all how we can solve the issue.
patty says:
May 4, 2010 at 2:43 am

mine says there is 28% remaining,but the same thing happens when i tried to charge it,
patty says:
May 4, 2010 at 2:49 am

but when i tried your advice(samuel),it really worked! :) )) thanks! thought i had broken my laptop… :)
daryl says:
May 4, 2010 at 4:20 am

my laptop is hp dv5 and now im having problem like yours. mine is 0% available (plugged in, not charging).. have anyone figured out why?and what is the solution to this?? thanks..
Matt says:
May 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I just got my Windows7 about a month ago, and I picked it up, but it was dead. So i thought i could just plug it in, but when i plug it in it reads 0% plugged in, not charging. so whenever i accidentaly pull my chord out it just shut down. What it does do is that when i plug it in and start it up it goes to Windows recovery. Any advice?? should i just replace the battery? or the chord?
arknee says:
May 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

First Thank you everyone
my pain in the @55 machine is a Presario F700
I have read through almost 3 years of this pain
maybe intersecting issues but i don’t think so.
This is my second laptop first one was replaced under warranty because of this same issue and HP didn’t even try to SOLVE the issue.
and this one is on the second battery and now this again.
the key is to get the charging light solid blue.
did the battery out under power – shut down – ACC unplug – hold power button down 2 minutes – battery in (don’t power up) – plug in ACC- after 1 to 2 minutes charging light started blinking blue THIS IS NO GOOD.-
with the ACC plugged in i rocked the battery out of contact – wait a few seconds – rocked it back into contact and waited till the FIRST blue light appeared on the charging light and rocked the battery out- waited a few seconds and rocked the battery back in to make contact- this time it took less time to get to the first blue blink. and rocked the battery back out and waited a few seconds- i did this 5 to 7 times until the there was only a second or two between contact and a blue light on the charging indicator. and then put the battery in and left it and the light stayed a solid blue.
if the charge light is solid then it is plugged in – charging.
if it is blinking it is plugged in – not charging.
I think what happened is that the battery was too low to register and these step in this order primed the battery back to a very low level to initiate a continuos charging level.
when using HP or compaq laptops with the ACC don’t have the battery in.
make sure the battery is never ran all the way down so there is a little left to start the recharge cycle.
if the battery accidently gets completely discharged remember this re-priming trick.

shame, shame HP for making all of us feel this pain, and knowing about it and not fixing it through model upgrades and across brand names FOR YEARS AND YEARS
Leo says:
May 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

My laptop has been PINC for a few days but I just noticed it now since I turned it on from being plugged in overnight and it haveing 0% battery life.
What worked for me was I removed the battery, and plugged it back in, but nothing happened. Then I turned off my computer did the same thing, the charging light came on for a second and faded, removed the battery and replugged about ten more times, got mad unplugged the AC cord from the wall and left. A few mins later plugged it in a different socket and furiously unplugged and plugged the chord into the COMPUTER about twenty times after I turned it on, and after I left the cord in the computer the light finally came on
I have a Dell Inspiron 1525
essance says:
May 8, 2010 at 8:01 am

i didnt have any problems till i downloaded service pack 2 for vista.. now i am comming up not only with the plug in problem but my media player isnt working either says i have to reinstall.. going to try and turn off for a little bit and hopefully get it to working again..
Pam says:
May 8, 2010 at 8:30 am

My Visat has not charge the battery for months. I always have to run off ac power. I also have a 1525 Inspiron. The first couple of times I pulled the battery off and put it back on and it fixed the problem, but that doesn’t work anymore.
lee says:
May 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

i got my laptop in January last year and only a week ago it stopped charging. I unplugged the power supply and took out the batterty and blew it (cos that what i do with disks then they work =).) but it still didnt work. And after all this time it still says PINC
james says:
May 9, 2010 at 2:10 am

I have this problem on my hp laptop and I’m on Windows 7
vaughn says:
May 10, 2010 at 12:54 am

i had the same problem. after reading alot of your posts i simply removed the battery while the computer was on running from the cord then i put it back in and it was charging
Abdullah says:
May 10, 2010 at 5:44 am

Same problem with my dell Inspiron 1525.Every time when i try to charge my laptop it shows the same notification.This problem occurs because of the battery and cord dis balance.The only way i found out is to forcefully plug in the cord into the laptop.Try it 3 to 4 times.Twist it turn it.I hope it works
Bradley says:
May 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I have a the same problem, yet in my case it charges perfectly when the laptop is off, and stops charging the second i turn it on.
jenice says:
May 12, 2010 at 2:18 am

hi i have HP G60-552NR Notebook…everytime i charge my battery it always says “plugged in, not charging” and after waiting for like 15 mins it will charge..whats happening? does my battery is broken?
Sean says:
May 13, 2010 at 2:57 am

i also am running windows 7 (ultamate) and will not charge, at all.
Ravi says:
May 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm

My HP laptop too had the problem of ‘Plugged in, Not charging’. I found a solution on web and it worked. Here is what to do:
1) Shut down and remove the battery.
2) With keeping battery out boot the system with AC plugged in.
3) Once completly booted, do the normal shut down.
4) Once shut down, insert the battery and then plug to AC power.
5) Reboot the system. This should solve the problem. Worked for me !!
Charles says:
May 15, 2010 at 4:03 am

My Samsung r580 has a “Battery Life Extender” program, which — if I opt to turn it on — limits the amount the battery can be charged to to 80% rather than a 100%, thereby extending the life (powercycle) of the battery. I thought I was suffering from the “plugged in, not charging” monster, until I looked around and realized this Battery Option had been turned on. Check to see if you have a manufacturer’s “Batter Life” program loaded. It worked for me.
Charles says:
May 15, 2010 at 4:08 am

I had that computer. A great machine, except for the battery. Same thing happened to me, several years ago … I ordered a new battery. I think you’d need to replace your battery, though at this point, you may wish to consider a new computer.
Levi says:
May 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

@yann, please don’t act like we don’t know anything, we do. If you had read more carefully, you would have seen that many people have this problem while the power… is off. at everyone else, I have turned off my computer for the night, leaving it unplugged, and turned it back on and plugged it in and it still isn’t charging (even though it’s cold) it is now at 25%. none of the tricks are working. I have had this problem multiple times and it usually gets fixed after one or another of the tricks i find online, but this time it isn’t working. I have the compaq presario cq60, which is about a year and a half to two years old. The problem first started about half a year after I got it, and has happened maybe five times since then. I have no idea what to do, I don’t understand how so many computers have this problem and it hasn’t been fixed yet.
Jenna says:
May 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I tried the uninstalling/reinstallig and it didn’t work. I tried the powersaving mode/high performance mode.. Then I saw someone say it could be the power strip.. I unplugged it and directly plugged it into an outlet.. its charging now… We’ll see how long that lasts.. I have a DELL INSPIRON E1705
Thanks for everyones help…
Ian Grant says:
May 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Sorry, but I havent read all the posts here – there are stax!

I just pulled the battery out while my laptop was connected to power and then put it back in and it started charging.
Lumzzie says:
May 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

This thing is completely crazy i’m most definaly sure microsoft and other laptop companies have heard about this problem over a million times and still no one wants to bloody take responsibility and fix it. I removed my battery then ran a battery check it said unavailable then after the battery cooled (still leaving the battery check on ) and the replaced the battery back THEN it started charging. hope it helps at least someone. btw i use a Compaq Presario cq70 Vista home Premium. also has anyone tried it on windows 7
Jeremy says:
May 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

well i had this issue with 7 leaving it plugged in and unplugging battery for a few minutes fixed it
I have win 7 on a HP compaq Presaro CQ60
Sarah says:
May 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm

i had the same problem as you are… “Plugged in, Not Charging”.. i panicked… What i did was that i shut it down my laptop, unplugged the adapter and REMOVED its battery,and WAIT for a few minutes… and thanks GOd, it’s goes back to normal again, as if nothing happens…it’s ok now..
fifidudu says:
May 26, 2010 at 5:14 pm

i have an hP G60 and i gt d same problem too! me i just left it for a couple of mins and it started charging again. try it, it might work! But this is not the final solution…
Evan says:
May 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I had this same problem. I use an Acer Apire laptop with Windows 7. One day my charge was 15% and it all of a sudden said “plugged in, not charging”. I tryed different outlets and took the charger in and out and of course, none of that worked. My charge just wouldn’t go up. I tryed taking out the computer battery and putting it right back in and restarted my computer. This thankfully worked and my laptop now charges correctly. :)

Hope this helped.

Ali says:
May 29, 2010 at 1:12 am

Well, I am an Engineer and have been buying laptop for my family and relatives and had experienced many similar symptoms on and off with different laptops. My sister burns the cheap chargers she buys left and right almost one every couple month. I noticed (plugged in, not charging) in my Dell laptop and as I read in this post I unlugged and plugged it back on and now it is charging. Here is my technical explanation of what is happening, even though this explanation may not be “one explanation fit all” but it may help. For those who have an old car with an old battery, may understand the explanation more easily since they know how there is a build up and chemical reaction from positive charge to negative charge and as the build up increases one cannot jump start the battery before cleaning the “terminals” (I clean it/ wash the terminal with hot water). Ok, here I go with explanation: in most latops, especially with Sony VAIO and Dell, battery/charger provide power to motherboard via a three legged component, which looks like a transistor with three legs…one for plus, one for minus and one for ground. over time, gradually there is chemical reaction and build up at these 3 terminals/legs and gradually the build up gets heavier and heavier… at beggining of build up un plugging and plugging or removing and placing back the battery, would fix the issue but as build up gets worse and worse, this build up stopps the charging of the battery. So, I used to take it to a technician to clean up and oil the “terminals” for $50 since I was not feeling confident that if I open the laptop I can assemble it back. Now, I got the instructions from online support of Dell with step by step and every once in a while I clean the “terminals” myself.
sontosh says:
May 29, 2010 at 2:47 am

even i m facing same problem in vista(plug in, not charging ), but even after installing windows 7 problem still exists. i also tried
linux (ubuntu) but same problem, battery charge till 50%
and then stop charging, then battery discharge and laptop gets off even its connected to to ac adapter.
even tried updating BIOS but no luck.
Pacman says:
May 31, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Just like a failed charging system in a car (bad battery, cables, alternator, voltage regulator ect) there are multiple reasons why a laptop battery may not charge.

I think the most common reason we’re seeing here is simply from an overheated battery and a bug in the software that controls charging.

I have a Presario V6000 with the over-sized extended life battery. If I run on battery power at full performance setting for 4 or 5 hours and then plug in the charger I get the “plugged in, not charging” message.

Once the battery cools down after an hour or so the internal circuit that monitors the battery should report a safe temperature to the laptop allowing charging to start.

I believe the battery is doing what it’s supposed to but a software glitch in a driver isn’t resetting and allowing charging to continue after cool off.
Restarting the laptop or simply removing and reinserting the battery wakes up that driver and allows it see that the battery is safe to charge again.

When operating on battery power with a cooling pad I find that the battery never gets out of the “safety zone” and charging takes place as soon as I plug in the laptop.
If not using the pad I just leave the battery out for a few hours in a cool place and charging takes right off when reinstalled.

My battery operated power tools do the same thing after heavy use and the charger flat out reports that the battery is too hot to charge.
Romeo says:
June 1, 2010 at 7:46 pm

hey my laptop was doing the same damn thing last night. I took the battery out for 4 or more hours, plugged it back in ( said please God let it work). I turn it on and it worked, it says plugged in and charging now. so go try it.
TKeller says:
June 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm

my laptop is a dv6700 and the original battery died so I bought a brand new battery. It worked fine for about 3 weeks and now my laptop won’t run unless i have it plugged up to the adapter. Everytime I unplug it, it turns off. They told me to calibrate the battery, do a hard reset, and some physical managament. I checked the battery and it says its good. When the adapter is plugged in it tells me its charging but won’t charge anymore than 47%. None of this worked, they are now telling me that the entire motherboard needs to be replaced, which costs upwards of $400. HP is so unhelpful when it comes to this kind of thing. If I’m going to spend that kind of money, I might as well buy a new laptop.
CJ says:
June 9, 2010 at 2:29 am

ok guys theres an hp battery recall on a few models dv6 just so happens to be one of them but if you dont feel like either wasting the time to send it in or spending the money on a new battery a static discharge(where you take the battery out and hold the power button for like 30 seconds) would help alot
Michael says:
June 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

Whilst reading other commens it happened 2 times I am also running Vista Home Premium but on a Amilo Pi 2151

When i shut the laptop down it says 100% charged yet when i turn it back on (5 mins or 2 days later) it says i have 8% battery and randomly loses mains power
Acer says:
June 13, 2010 at 10:41 am

Please help. Is any one have experience with Acer 4736z laptop with Windows7 home premium OS. My battery is not charging. I checked it for loose connection. Everything seems ok. Is any setting in Windows7 like power save option. I am totally confused.
Bellevue says:
June 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

There is nothing more frustrating than when you buy a product and it flat out doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. HP should lose all of our business forever.
TB says:
June 18, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Yep, I have Windowa Vista, same problem – I”m on my 3rd replacement battery. What to do?
Balogun Opeyemi Ibrahim says:
June 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm

my notebook is showing tis message which is strange.31% available (pllugged in, not chraging) and have been trying resolving the problem but i could’nt. pls i need help
TKeller says:
June 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I have checked my battery for the particular computer isn’t part of the recall
tbasso says:
June 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I have fought PINC for quite a while, including using no battery at all for 4 months. Today, I got a successful fix. After a ton of these posts, would like to offer a higher-level take on the whole PINC problem.

1) PINC indicates a problem with the charging system, not just one component. This system includes the battery and its connections, the AC adapter, charging circuitry, heat management, and control software. Control software is necessary to keep the battery from frying when fully charged. So, those who say the problem is Vista are wrong, but so too are those who say Vista is not the problem.

If the control software becomes corrupted, it must be replaced or circumvented; BIOS reboot could help.

If the power management settings stop charging below a certain value, and your battery runs down, changing power management settings will help.

If your system never charges the battery, there is probably a brake in the electrical circuit, which could also be a connector problem.

2) My guess is that the majority of problems come from heat and dirty or loose connections. Battery charging ceases above a certain temperature, and contact resistance will also limit the charging current (PINC means the system is not detecting a charging current through the battery.)

3) No specific fixes, but here are some general things that cannot hurt: Make sure your power management software is set to handle the charge level of your battery. Keep the laptop as cool as possible with ventilation space underneath. Turn your system off periodically (I think that part of my problem was leaving the laptop in sleep mode a lot.) It might be good to remove your battery every so often, let it cool down completely, and gently clean the contacts (no oil or grease.)

4)I sympathize with those who complain that no one has stepped up to take responsibility. This is a problem with lawyers urging their companies to shift the blame onto others. Still, you would think that Microsoft or HP, etc. would have produced a bulletin on the subject by now.

5) Finally, thanks to the posts of Kevin and Jessica for helping me to see the light.
Miss Git says:
June 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I agree! HP and Vista suck!
Alysicia says:
July 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

I had the same problem about 20 minutes ago. My laptop (HP dv2000) isjust passing the three year mark and lately giving me tons of problems. However, I woke up this morning to see my laptop was just sitting at 88 percent, not charging. I removed my battery while the laptop was on and kept the AC in, and when I looked at my battery life, it said Fully charged 100%. Seems to be working fine now. Hope this helped !

It confuses me though that when it is plugged in it is fully charged but when I take it out it is at like 96 percent..?
waZim says:
July 6, 2010 at 9:02 am

I recently changed my battery on my HP DV 6395ea laptop and then then this problem started, though A BIOS update worked for me.
Lenovo User says:
July 6, 2010 at 11:25 pm

THANKS it worked :)
rusty says:
July 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm

My HP lap top reads 92% available (plugged in not charging) I’ve tried everything, still won’t charge. I don’t like this.
Deth says:
July 13, 2010 at 8:45 am

I’m very frustrated with my laptop Acer Aspire Ultra Thin model because I’m doing everything to take carefully with my lappy especially the battery and then one day it appeared “plugged in, not charging”, I did all that was shared in this blog and still, nothing was happened. Is it time for me to buy for a new battery? It’s just like I’m very disappointed because it’s only 7 months with me and this what happened and another thing that keeps bothering me is that my receipt of my lappy was lost and I still have a few months warranty for it. Aww. This is so SAD. ;( I’m just a student and I can’t afford to buy a new battery right now because I have so many expenses in our thesis. ;( I hope someone will boost me up. ;(
Ben says:
July 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I had this problem (plugged in, not charging) on my Thinkpad running Windows 7. I removed the battery while the pc was running and plugged in. I then blew some dust out (not sure if that had anything to do with it). Re-installed the battery and it works fine now. 22% available (plugged in, charging)
Silvia says:
July 14, 2010 at 5:58 am

Go back to Windows XP…that’s the solution
Jim says:
July 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

Try removing the battery while pluged in and powered up. With the power wait a minute or two and put your battery back in the laptop while powered up. This worked for me on my Compaq Presario.
Mike says:
July 20, 2010 at 5:22 am

I have the same problem with an HP laptop i bought around 8 months ago.

Running Win7 home premium 64 bit.

Since this is spanning multiple manufacturers i’m saying this is a Microsoft problem that got carried over from Vista.

i’ll try the typical fixes to see if anything works.
i tried reseating the battery with it turned off and that did nothing, maybe reseating with it powered up will help.
sarah says:
July 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

okay, i have a compaq presario mine says “plugged in, charging” but it dont charge for two days nows its been saying its at 64% but as soon as i disconnect the charger it just shuts down-__________- any suggestions?
MLocke says:
July 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I have a new HP Pavilion Entertainment PC. The battery worked fine for about one month and then I started getting the “plugged in, not charging” message. I’ve tried just about everything on this site. I called HP Support the other day and they sent me a new battery, but that didn’t help (except now I have 42% available instead of 1%). When I take out the battery, it’s not warm.

What’s interesting is that although the HP Support guy was very nice, he seemed clueless about this problem–sort of like I was the first one to encounter it. I need to call back because the new battery didn’t make any difference, but at least I know that the problem is pervasive.
Nathan says:
July 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I’m having the same issue – My battery had been dying for a while so i replaced it. I bought a new one and all was fine for a few days. It did start off sitting at 4%, plugged in, not charging. Now (somehow) it says 7%, and it has not been used all night! I have tried absoluteley everything, spent hours reading throught the posts. My next shot will be to buy another battery. Maybe it was a duff one???
Jose Alejandro says:
August 2, 2010 at 3:05 am

I have a hp pavilion dv4000 with windows 7 and smae problem and it is 2 days old!!!!!
LindaB says:
August 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Tried everything on this thread, one thing worked on my daughter’s Gateway laptop. (1) if meter thinks it has a fair charge, it will go back to “plugged in, not charging” so start by letting the battery drain by making sure its power settings are in “stay on no matter what” kinda mode (not “sleep after 15 minutes or whatever) and leave it on till the battery gives up.
(2) Laptop powered down, charger NOT plugged in, REMOVE the BATTERY.
(3) Hold the laptop’s POWER ON button down for a minute (comments above called this a “power drain”
(4) Replace battery, replug in charger. Note power level.
(5) If laptop now shows “plugged in, charging” and power level is high, it will probably go back to “plugged in, not charging” because it sees the battery as full. Repeat from step (1) letting the battery drain/PC turn off. The second time around the meter was reset and her laptop has now spent the last 3 hours recharging.

Hope this helps y’all as much as the comments in this thread helped us.
LeoLin says:
August 14, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Same problem here, with a brand new Sony Vaio lap top that I received *yesterday*. I don’t know, but it really seems to be a problem in Windows Vista.
LeoLin says:
August 14, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Sorry, I meant “Windows 7″, not “Windows Vista”…
guaranteed seo says:
August 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I have same problem with a new Compaq laptop. Even if I unplug it and plug in again. It starts to charge, but stops again after 30 seconds (no charging). 5% battery remaining. what is going on ?
Jessica says:
August 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Ok I see alot of people are having the same prob as me…well my laptop is a gateway with windows vista. Few weeks ago my laptop kept shutting down on me couldnt figure out why or wut it was from. Then I look at the battery thing below and it says plugged in but not charging…Im not sure wut thats all about but Ive tried everything and no clue Im bout getting sick of it!!! Any Suggestions??
Lana says:
August 17, 2010 at 4:06 am

The correct way of fixing this is to fully power down the laptop, then unplug the power cord and remove the battery. With everything removed, press the power button on the laptop and hold it for 30 seconds to conduct a power drain of any remaining power in the laptop. Then reconnect the battery, connect the power cord and power up!

I tried everything on this page.. this is the only thing that works! Just leave it off for about five minutes and wiggle the battery around.
Kristine says:
August 21, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Well it’s been saying ‘plugged in, not charging’ it hasn’t been under 12% this happened to me 3 times. First time it was 33%, second time,53%, third time 61%. I really am sick and tired trying to figure out whats going on, maybe i should get a new battery?
Greg says:
August 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm

My Compaq laptop was doing this. I noticed the battery seemed hot. Once the battery cooled down it was charging again, all without unplugging or removing anything.
Nathan Lundholm says:
August 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm

It just happened to me too at 46%. I found the problem.
It’s the charger. Unplug it from the outlet, plug it back into the outlet, and it’ll be charging again.
Zach says:
August 29, 2010 at 11:55 pm

It is not a Windows Vista only problem… I have Windows 7 and my Laptop is a 6-month old Gateway. It started having the “Plugged in, not charging” problems 3-months after I got it. I found that Shuting down and taking out and putting in the battery fixed the problem, but only temporarily. It usually happens one or twice everyday and is getting very annoying because it will only hold a charge for 30 minutes when it happens instead of the full 3 hours 30 minutes it should be getting. Hope this helps some people, but a permanent fix would be nice?
Carrie says:
September 1, 2010 at 2:21 am

my mom has a Gateway NV54 running windows 7 her laptop beeps when you unplug the av cable. about a week ago it started beeping constantly, and saying plugged in not charging, so we figured it was the cable, so i went on ebay and ordered her a new one. it came in today and it is still doing it, im gonna try some of these solutions on hers tomorrow. Yesterday i loaned her my laptop so she could harvest her crops on Frontierville on Facebook. and now my laptop, a Gateway m-7301u, running Vista home premium, is doing it, 87 % available, plugged in not charging. i dont know what caused it but im very upset. i cant afford to replace the battery or av cable for mine, and its over a year old now. are you sure taking the battery out with it on wont hurt it?
Lissy says:
September 4, 2010 at 12:52 am

hey guys, I have the same problem as well but i have Windows 7, but i read the following steps up there and it worked.

you really just need to take out the battery and let it sit for like 5 mins. while you are letting it sit, press the power button for about a minute (i did it for longer than a min just to be sure) so it drains every single power in the computer. then put the battery in again and let it sit again for another 5 mins WITHOUT PUTTING THE CHARGER back in. then after 5 mins passed, put the charger back in. the ‘blinking’ should now stop and it should stay still, showing that its charging. then push the power button and check the battery indicator. it should say ‘plugged in, not charging’.

hopefully this helped, you might have to repeat these steps a few times untill you get it right.

<3 Lissy says: September 4, 2010 at 10:36 pm i made a mistake i meant ‘plugged in, charging’ Lynne says: September 10, 2010 at 1:08 am I followed the instructions provided by someone above to get my brand new HP 4415s charging again 1) Unplug power cord 2) remove battery 3) Power drain by holding the power button down for 1 minute 4) plug in power cord 5) put battery back in. The battery charging indicator light is now staying lit and it is charging correctly. Thanks to all for your help! It worked! hp dv6000 says: September 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm well, i read a bunch of the stuff on here, so i decided when something worked for me i should post it. I just installed the BIOS and it worked. I understand the same things don’t seem to be working for everyone, but this worked for me, and none of the taking out/in battery stuff did so I guess try it? Jeremy says: September 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm Hey guys, I had the same problem after 2 years with my HP DV6475SE. It would seem to happen when my windows had a bug or overloaded. I called HP and they said that as the batteries get older, this tends to happen as the charging block (square box on the power cord) tends to lose power too and needs to juice up in order to charge the battery. Just a sign of old age…As for the 2 month old or newer computers, they said that it may be a defective battery or charging port and to call them and they will mail you new ones if you are still under warranty. Hope that helps guys! Jamie says: September 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm Just had the no charging problem on a compaq f500 i was fixing, updated the bios from there site using winflash then rebooted and set the power scheme to balanced now it charges ok, might even be worth going into the bios settings and setting default values as well for those it still wont work on, hope this helps someone out there Zak says: September 26, 2010 at 8:05 am My laptop has 0% of battery power available, this is the first time it has happened and I have had this HP Pavilion Entertainment PC laptop for about a year and a half and nothing has been wrong with it until now, I have left my charger plugged into my laptop and left it on until it went to sleep mode and when I have got it to come back on it had the same power and continued to charge but now, I did the same thing with it on 100% but after pulling it out, it went straight flat and now when I have my charger plugged in, it is saying 0% available and not charging and I have waited for like 10 minutes and still won’t charge, I have even tried turning it off and then turning it back and still won’t charge, is there a way I can fix it without getting a new battery because I’m afraid if I do, I am going to lose all my data including my internet. nicola says: October 3, 2010 at 10:26 am i ve got a dell laptop and this happened to me 2 wks ago .spoke to someone and they said if battery level was at 0% needed a new battery ,so i bought a new battery and it still says plugged in not charging so frustrating please help………………….. sreejith says: October 4, 2010 at 6:46 am sir My laptop compaq presario cq40 108 tu. battery charge is always 0% and “plugged in not charging “is also can see. what will i do ? Brandon says: October 9, 2010 at 6:16 am I have an Acer Aspire 5570z, running Vista Home Premium, and my laptop battery indicator at the bottom right hand corner of the screen says “6% available (pluged in, not charging). This has been going on for about 3 months now. I thought my battery was shot or something. But know that I know other people with vista has the same problem, is a quick fix for this? Adam says: October 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm What you need to do is: 1) turn off computer 2) take charger out 3) take battery out 4) reconnect charger 5) turn on computer and log on to your account 6) shut down normally 7) take charger out 8) put battery back in 9) reconnect the charger 10) turn on the computer and log back into your account 11) problem solved TheNerdlinf says: October 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm Had the same problem, but I’m on Windows 7. Through various responses here I was able to fix the problem, merely by restarting a few times, letting it sit, and taking out the battery. 0% is still avaliable, but it’s charging. Thanks for all the help! elyse says: October 11, 2010 at 8:26 pm I have a HP DV6 and it’s only a little over a year old. It just started telling me my battery is low when it turns on, which I replaced. It also doesn’t charge all the times.. sometimes it says (plugged in, not charging) and when i put in the new battery it said battery cannot be detected so i’m thinking it was a waste buying a new battery. I put the old one back in but even when it says charged to 100% if i unplug it, my computer shuts off after 10 mins. I have no idea what to do. Eddie says: October 14, 2010 at 10:54 am Here is a fix worked for me Lana says: October 17, 2010 at 3:47 am OK— There is no taking out, putting back.. for those of you that it didn’t work for. Restart your computer when the dell Logo shows up tap F2 repeatedly.. Arrow down to the battery health(life or something) and under AC adapter if it says device unknown you just have to purchase a new Ac adapter for your model computer. If you type it in ebay itll come up for like 10 bucks. Benjamin says: October 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm Hey guys, I have been having the same problem as well as another one. I have gotten the plugged in, not charging message before, but my Sony Vaio laptop mostly does this other thing where it says it’s charging fine, but the battery slowly drops. I could be using my laptop just fine one minute and then unexpectedly find two blinking lights (I hate those lights) on the side of my computer. Has anyone else had a similar problem as me? I think it might be related to the main problem here, but I don’t know. (Using Vista, by the way.) Sean says: October 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm I have the same problem on my HP DV-9700 laptop a couple of days ago – Plug in, not charging and the laptop is running on Vista window. Since I have my laptop for a couple of years now, I thought that my battery has simply ran out of juice but unplugging AC adapter and battery fixed the problem. But after a couple of time using the laptop powering it on and off, the problem came back. Not sure what to do next other than keep on unplugging and plugging battery and AC adapter in and out. I have been using many different brand of laptops forever and this is the first time that I encountered this issue. Hopefully some one at Window or HP figure this out and create a patch for it. Pete says: October 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm Just found this long thread while searching for advice on this same problem on my Sony Vaio VGN – SZ58GN , this laptop has run since new perfectly (Vista business edition) and still on original battery. Noticed that while I was plugged in to power the battery icon had dropped to 9% and showed the plugged in not charging everyone is complaining of. A bit of fiddling with plugs and the icon changed to plugged in and charging with the battery charging light flickering intermittently, then it reverted back to not charging. After reading this thread, I removed the battery (while leaving the laptop plugged in and running…left out for several minutes (icon showed battery as removed)…I then reinserted battery and icon immediately changed to fully charged 100% and everything appears normal for the last several hours. Hopefully this experience might help the more technical boffins on what might be going on and they can report back. mou says: October 30, 2010 at 9:56 am i have my compaq cq40. i have changed my laptop battery yesterday, it’s brand new so, and it’s showing plugged in, not charging. i inserted the old one, but it shows the same thing. i uninstalled the battery from device . manager. then again inserted the new battery. but no dice. now i dont know how to fix this annoying problem… Jim Whitlock says: November 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm Phewww — I scanned through all the posts because I just had the same problem. I can tell you for certain that 99% of the problems are heat related. If you look at all the scenarios, in most cases it was the battery cooling down that really solved the problem. Not the various procedures. Think COOL! mike says: November 4, 2010 at 3:41 am dv5, while powercord is plugged in take out the battery while plugged in. easy fix;) informan says: November 7, 2010 at 8:57 am Hi! My problem was the same in both of my laptops, until the last week. In my opinion the only solution is to DISABLE the ACPI function in the BIOS. It works for me. The same moment I save the BIOS settings, the battery start to charging. And the problem didnot came back. Without a powerdrain (or drastical change, ie battery out while plugged in) the PPC/PCT command stucks in. That causes not to charging battery, even if the OS has stopped. This is purely a Vista/Win7 problem with the ACPI2 panel. Microsoft works :-/ Someone should debug/fix this control within Vista/Win7. PS: The battery works shorter time without ACPI (but just a little). Michael Smith says: November 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm I am having this problem with a Dell Insprion 1525 that I have to repair, try some of the tips that I have found but none work. I will try some of this tips and comment back. web design new zealand says: November 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm I had this problem but fixed it quickly (so far) by leaving the AC power adapter plugged in and removing the battery for 30 sec then putting it back in. Am running vista on a compaq cq60-214 laptop. From all the comments it seems that in many cases Vista would be the likely cause of the problem. tours says: November 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm I am just now having this battery problem (I have vista) I am trying everyones advice now, but I can’t believe that people still haven’t fixed this problem yet farwa zaidi says: November 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm this happens to me all the time. it’s happening right now actually! it’s at 7% and it says “not charging” i really feel like throwing it out the window. this is ridiculous. kieran998 says: November 27, 2010 at 7:20 am Same Plugged in, Not charging Shows 0% Win 7 Natedog says: November 29, 2010 at 12:54 am I have a problem with the compaq laptop I have. It has windows vista home premium, and its not charging (states is charging, but doesnt charge) I even left it to charge for and hour, still 0%. Occasionally it goes to 100%, but its false, because it goes back down to 0%. Before it wasn’t able to charge, but I replaced the head of my charger box, and fix it up and works great, but doesn’t really charge it even if stated :(
Jeebs says:
December 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Possible solution
I have a HP dv6 running windows 7 and this just happend to me. While leaving the AC cord still attached to the laptop i removed the battery for about a minute. As soon as i replaced the battery it went right back to charging. I hope this helps
Sai says:
December 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

Here is one good solution. HP Recalled several batteries.
XX415xx says:
December 7, 2010 at 9:56 pm

If your battery is not charging do the following steps.
1. Click Start and type device in the search field, then select Device Manager .
2. Expand the Batteries category.
3. Under the Batteries category, right-click the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery listing, and select Uninstall .
WARNING: Do not remove the Microsoft AC Adapter driver or any other ACPI compliant driver.
4. On the Device Manager taskbar, click Scan for hardware changes .
Alternately, select Action > Scan for hardware changes .

If the above still don’t work then you would need to do the next steps. This will sure fix the problem….its a little frustrating however; it works:

With the laptop on and AC power cord plugged in,
remove the battery
Keep the battery out of the laptop for 1 minute
Click start
Type Device Manager
Expand Batteries category
Right click on Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery listing
Select Uninstall
WARNING – DON’T REMOVE the Microsoft AC adapter driver or any other ACPI compliant driver
Click Action
Select – Scan for hardware changes.
Your system will scan and notice the drivers are removed and reinstall the drivers
Once this is completed these steps your battery icon should start charging
Kody says:
December 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm

okay i have a dell and the light that goes on when it is charging was red and began beeping. the battery on the corner of the screen said plugged in, not charging. so i just turned off my laptop and waited a few minutes (the charger taken out of the plug) and put the charger back in and it began working! hopefully it works witht you too.
Stevie K says:
December 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I had this problem – Plugged in, not charging
Tried Uninstall Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery method
Didn’t work
Pulled battery with computer turned on and AC plugged in, replaced battery after maybe 20 secs – worked for me.
Regina says:
December 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Im using a ASUS laptop with windows 7 ultimate, battery percentage kept dropping even if its charging. very strange…
Gordon says:
December 28, 2010 at 7:45 am

carried out your second solution and battery charge light came on only for about 3 seconds as with most of the other fixes. It seams like the battery is not talking to the changer any more.
Michio says:
December 29, 2010 at 8:30 am

I had the same problem. (By the way I have an Acer laptop)

Here’s what happened:

I wanted to move my father’s Acer laptop from the basement to the floor above. There was already an Acer laptop up there so I tried to plug in the laptop from downstairs to the laptop charger upstairs. When I plugged it in, it kept beeping (the beeping means that the it is charging, but it’s only supposed to beep once). So I came to this website on my iPhone, and saw no one with a simmilar problem… So I gave up and brought the laptop back downstairs with the original charger and it worked fine.

Point is, if you switched your with a charger from the same company, it most likely won’t work

I hope I helped ^_^
CheckMark says:
January 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I have a Compaq F750US made by HP doing the same thing. It is plugged and not charging with 9% Battery remaining, If I unplug the adapter cord from the laptop power jack it says plugged in, charging 9% then in a minute goes back with plugged in not charging. Since the laptop is detecting whether or not the adapter is plugged in or not. Is it safe to assume the charging circuit is in good working order? I have recently found it necessary to replace my power adapter after finding the coaxial power cord integrity compromised. Running Vista Home premium.
Colten says:
January 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm

ive got a compaq laptop with vista and am running into the same problem. ive tried everything that i have read on this page and none of it seems to work. replaced the charger and this worked for a month and ran into the same problem. my laptops battery died and now it wont turn back on. any advice?
Jeff says:
January 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I had this problem today with my Dell Latitude E6410 for reasons unknown. This Dell came with an app named Dell ControlPoint, which shows in the Control Panel. Click on that, hover over “Power Manager” and then click on “Manage Power Settings.” There is a checkbox that says Disable Battery Charging. Uncheck that box.
jack says:
January 13, 2011 at 7:15 am

hey i have an acer 5810tz
i went to bed and my power was at 80%
had itunes playing all night which i usually do =P
and woke up this morning to go to school and unplugged it and it just shut off
i’m running windows vista. the laptop is a piece of junk,
but being a student its all i have and i need to be able to use it without the power cord.
are there any soloutions that will really work?
my warrenty is up so yeah
Sjoerd says:
January 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

i just bought an msi laptop and same problem…
luckily its only now at 96%, but if this keeps goin down, just like u guys…
im using win7 ultimate btw…
so, anyone ever found a solution that solves it permanent?

ps. i didnt read all posts, but looking at the fact that the last person here has the same problem i think its not been solved yet 😉
Sjoerd says:
January 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm

well, for some reason its now charged fully to 100%…
i think it was mentioned before here as well,
just turn off your laptop and unplug the power,
later on i plugged it back in and started my laptop and it charged…

hope this helps u guys!!

regards and thanks 😉
john says:
January 24, 2011 at 7:40 am

same problem happened on my Toshiba Satellite L500 this might help hope it does thank you.
ailyn says:
January 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

I have hp mini laptop and its not charging, I try to charge it 3 hours,(switch off) then still nothing, when I tried to open it still lowbat, I think, so everytime i used my laptop I always plugged in so I can able to use it, because when I am going to unplug it, it turns dead.
dinda says:
January 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm

This worked for me!

1.close your laptop, take out the battery, then plug in the charger your laptop, then log in to your user
3.close your laptop, take out the charger
4.put the battery back on, then plug the charger

do it on that order and it should work.. good luck
computer specialist says:
January 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

This is a very easy fix. what you need to do is to remove the battery 5 times and the power cable 5 times and put them back in and then if you have a DELL INSPIRON 1525 hold down the power button to perform a power drain and hold it down for 30 sec’s
Disliking this. says:
February 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

It doesn’t seem to be just Vista. I’ve had my HP laptop for almost four years now and ran Vista perfectly fine until two weeks ago. I updated to Windows 7 because I get it free from school, and let’s face it – Vista is a drain in general because of its size. Anyway, ran fine for over a week then all of a sudden this problem started. One day it turned off randomly but was fine after that. I assumed maybe windows installed an update and i missed the warning. Then the next day it did it again, but turned back on fine (all while unplugged). Third day it would not turn on/stay on unless it was plugged in and has been that way ever since. I’ve done the recommended uninstall the driver etc with multiple variations to the order with absolutely no luck. Not once did it resume charging.

I know my laptop is old, but it ended up falling under that battery recall HP has had so I was sent a brand new battery less than a year ago, so it is fairly new. Not to mention, my laptop says the battery has a 93% charge, but will not charge anymore.
Z in Lafayette says:
February 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Located the following from another web site. Hope it helps:
Answer:“Understanding dell studio 1535 battery charging issues

If the notebook battery is not charging or the notebook does not indicate that the battery is charging, the most likely scenario is that the battery itself is operating correctly, but its power management software may have become corrupt. In order to correct the problem, you will need to uninstall and reinstall the power management software by using the Device Manager. This document will explain how to uninstall and reinstall the ACPI Battery listings in Windows Vista, as well as how to obtain and install updated BIOS files, if needed to correct other dell studio 1536 battery issues.

Uninstalling and reinstalling power management software in Windows Vista

In order to correct problems with the battery’s power management software, follow the steps below.

1. Click Start and type device in the search field, then select Device Manager .

2. Expand the Batteries category.

3. Under the Batteries category, right-click the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method dell studio 1555 Battery listing, and select Uninstall .

WARNING: Do not remove the Microsoft AC Adapter driver or any other ACPI compliant driver.

4. On the Device Manager taskbar, click Scan for hardware changes .

Alternately, select Action > Scan for hardware changes .

Windows will scan your computer for hardware that doesn’t have drivers installed, and will install the drivers needed to manage your dell studio 1735 battery’s power. The notebook should now indicate that the battery is charging.”
Arslan says:
February 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

i have bought sony vaio laptop about 2months ago and i have a same problem tht it charges upto only 79% and then stop charging
so wt is the sol. for this????
jusitn says:
February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm

dude i did the steps and it still says “0% available(plugged un, not charging) and i have windows vista too i have a HPG60-120US NOTEBOOK PC and i can get on my labtop but as soon as i unplus it it shuts off i did the steps above and didnt work my current power plan in balanced i tryed changeing it but it didnt work so what do i do now? please help i have found out that it might be the cord but i have checked the cord up and down and put it alll straight nothing im starting to feel like i have to buy a new battery after i just got this thing what is up??? i am about to call the hp place or micro idk any ideas??? thanks
Virginia says:
February 5, 2011 at 2:22 am

A few bits of background info…..
Computer: HP Pavilion dv6-1200
Bought July 2009- motherboard and hard drive replaced June 2010, hard drive replace again August 2010 (Thank goodness for warranty’s)
Normally plugged into a power strip
Running Windows 7, updated from Vista
I have a Targus cooling mat that has 2 fans built in powered by usb

The first time this happened to me was when I took my laptop with me to my friends house the week before Christmas. I plugged it in to the wall and was finishing up online shopping. All of a sudden it stops charging and I watch as the battery icon slowly lowers (at the normal rate as if it was unplugged) Try all the things to get the battery to start charging…. try different outlets (note anything else plugged into said outlets worked!), removed battery, held down button, etc etc…. Nothing worked. Unplugged laptop and shut down before it had a chance to die. I didn’t try to plug it in until 2 days later at home on my power strip. It WORKED, started charging again.

January 16, happened again while I was at a hotel in a conference taking notes….. It had worked fine the first class then went to not charging and battery dying. Removed battery, held down button, etc etc…. Nothing worked. Plugged in at home the next day on the power strip and it started working again.

Tonight unplugged power cord to take the laptop to the living room and when I plugged it back in 10 mins later it stopped charging again. Removed battery, held down button, etc etc…. Nothing worked again.

Took the battery out of the other hp laptop and inserted my almost dead battery into that one. Charged up perfectly in the other laptop. Took that laptops battery (it is the super duper battery) put in the non charging laptop and it didn’t recognize that it was plugged in. All of a sudden poof it started charging again about 15 mins of searching on the web.

So who knows what the problem is but I do not think that my problem is too hot, the battery, the power cord, the outlet or power strip, or vista, and I don’t think removing the battery helps. All I know is the problem keeps presenting itself and is annoying. If I could live and run my business without my laptop for the week or so it takes to send to HP I would do it in a heartbeat. But until the problem gets to where I can’t use it I won’t.

Hopefully for those of you that have the problem one of the solutions works for you and it doesn’t come back over and over. Good luck everyone and if I do end up sending it in I will let you know the outcome :)
Smokey says:
February 5, 2011 at 6:07 am

I have a dell that did the same thing plugged in not charging but it only did it after we were having a bad ice storm and my wife was charging the battery and using it our power went out and then came back on a few minutes later that is when we had the problem I checked and the battery was fine and so was the laptop its self just the issue of plugged in not charging so I got her a new charger and ever seince no problem I am typing this on it now hope this helps I see most of you have HPs but it is the same error also I am running windows 7 which is pretty much just a upgraded better vista anyway but yeah the new charger did the trick for us.
Christopher says:
February 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm

OK people i know what the problem is… what it is, is the computer is pulling to much power out of the battery that it will switch over to the charger if the charger is present. i have a Compaq cq60 with windows xp forced on. when i do massive online or games on the computer, it get to a point will the lighting bolt will start to flash and will continue to flash until the computer cools down and pulls less power from the charging adapter. i have noticed this many time because i use my computer a lot and pretty much for everything i am doing. so not it is not a windows vista issue. so yea your computer will get to the point were it will flash.. i would say this is a hp/Compaq issue for not making the computer pull to much from the battery and adapter, and or the charger can’t proved the power to charge and use the computer at one time.. if that makes sense.. hope this helps…
Elyse says:
February 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm

It definitly seems to be a Windows problem, but where is the solution? Somebody needs to come up with a solution soon….. :(
Greg says:
February 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm

First time this has happened to me. Using a 2 year old dell with a 1 year old generic battery. But simply restarted and all is well.
The Solution. says:
March 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Stop blaming Windows. Have to same problem on several Linux live CD’s that I have tested this on. While it does make sense that the computer is pulling too much power that it has to use the Battery. If that is true, then using a higher wattage charger should solve your problem and that is why HP has sent out new chargers to people who have asked. So, to recap, get a higher wattage charger and you shouldn’t have a problem (in theory).
Will says:
March 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I am having trouble with my Compaq Presario C500. It will not charge pass “1% available (plugged-in,charging)”. I changed the adaptor two hours ago and the problem continues. My old adaptor nolonger work, and I plan on contacting HP.
Will says:
March 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

…..Also, I am using Windows 7.
Will says:
March 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I went to HP’s website and downloaded a “HP Battery Check” file. While downloading the file, my battery icon showed a successful fix. I believe that my new battery simply needed time (~2 hours) to fully recharge — it is showing “Fully Charged (100%).
Jonny says:
March 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Any more information on a fix for this? I’m running a Dell XPS m1530 and have tried all of the suggestions above, to no avail… help!!!!
Marissa says:
March 15, 2011 at 6:15 am

I’ve been having the same problem. mine says 0% (plugged in, not charging) so when ever i take mine out then plug it in straight away it shut down. It doesnt charge when its in but it stays on if the charger is in and it doesnt turn off or anything. Then after a while it starts to charge again. Oh and mine sometimes say that it is fully charged then when i take the charger out it shuts down i dont understand
Cassie says:
March 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I have a Dell (inspiron 1525) and I just bought a new battery because I’ve had this laptop since 2008. I was having this problem before the new battery, then I received a new battery (fully charged) and was told to let it run down and then charge it. Well, I’m now experiencing the same thing as before (plugged in, not charging). It’s currently at 7%. The only idea I have is that it is similar to how my phone charges; I have an HTC Droid Eris and it doesn’t show activity of charging until after it reaches 15% (I suppose to save power?). I will wait and see if this is the case. It’s quite annoying though.
Sassy says:
March 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I recently had the same problem with my HP “Plugged in, but not charing”. I discovered a small button on the battery itself that can be pushed and this fixed the problem.
John Arbogast says:
March 24, 2011 at 1:00 am

I have a HP Vista 7 and I got the “plugged in, not charging” message. I did the following to fix it:
1. Disconnect AC
2. Shutdown
3, Remove battery
4, Connect AC
5. Startup
6. Click Start and type device in the search field, then select Device Manager .

Expand the Batteries category.

Under the Batteries category, right-click the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery listing, and select Uninstall .

WARNING: Do not remove the Microsoft AC Adapter driver or any other ACPI compliant driver.

On the Device Manager taskbar, click Scan for hardware changes .

Alternately, select Action > Scan for hardware changes .

Windows will scan your computer for hardware that doesn’t have drivers installed, and will install the drivers needed to manage your battery’s power. The notebook should now indicate that the battery is charging.”

7, Shutdown
8. Disconnect AC
9. Insert battery
10. Connect AC
11. Startup

You should now see that the battery is charging when plugged in. Good Luck
jeng says:
March 26, 2011 at 6:51 am

i’m recently having this “plugged in, not charging” even though the icon is it’s charging. i tried to remove the battery and inserting it and opening the laptop and it was charging. afterwards, it’s not charging again! do i always have to restart and remove and insert the battery if this happens again? it’s kind of frustrating!
muhammed says:
March 27, 2011 at 7:57 am

i have hp pavilion dv-2810 the laptop is stoped any function only the charger when plug in its blue light seen infront of pc what is the reason to solve this problem. send me by my email
Ethan says:
March 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

yeah, i have the exact same problem with my new Acer laptop. The laptop won’t charge and when it does *rarely* it keeps on wavering between charging and not charging. Right now, the battery is now at 0% *supposedly*. But I tried waiting for a few minutes, leaving the AC connected to the laptop, and yet it still is at 0%. help please!
Oluwapeluwa says:
April 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

Good day, i am experiencing a similar problem only that mine shows 0% available (plugged in, charging) for over 3 weeks, it is quite frustrating. Initially, it was not recognizing the battery giving that cancel signal “X” when there is no battery in placed. I have done all that was suggested here, still no positive result. please help.
RAGS says:
April 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm

hey guys i was facing the same problem but i took a different route to salvation!! just try cooling off the laptop. if you have an AIRCONDITIONER put it in front or keep it under a ceiling fan for a while; just turn off few applications(virus scan, video conversion and the like) heavy on draining the battery. it will all be fine in @ 3 mins flat. do not forget to unplug the cord (if you have enough battery); else removing the battery out is the only way to cool it while keeping the AC cord plugged; all the best; nothing to do with the software but its just a safety feature with all the laptops to avoid it catching fire at higher temperatures of charging / longer duration charging while kept at a place which does’nt have breathing space below!!!
heather says:
April 25, 2011 at 1:23 am

I just got off with the Window’s guy and this is what he had me do for the same problem “plugged in, not charging”

In device manager, expand batteries.
right click on Microsoft ACPI- Compliant Control Method Battery, and disable it.
Unplug the cord, leaving the battery in for 2 minutes.
plug back it and Enable the ACPI.

Worked like a charm. He said it has to do with updating windows and compatibility. I’m just happy its fixed. Hope this saves you an hour on the phone with no good english. Good luck!
therence says:
April 30, 2011 at 9:46 am

mine too my laptop is a MSI U135DX, my laptop is plugged then when i checked the battery indicator it saids (plugged in,not charging) and by the way I’m using Windows Vista Starter. Is this Natural or I need to drop by at the Shop where I bought it?
Silver says:
May 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Im having the same problem, my battery says its pugged in not charging, but its at 0% yet its still running if its plugged in, the charger is fine so is the computer but im having the issue of the battery. Plus the computer is 5-6 months old. for some reason i charged it last night an unplugged it, then turned it on this morning the battery was at 0%. any ideas(computer is an hp)
Silver says:
May 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I just unplugged the charger from the computer and then plugged it back in after changing the brightness to high which went down after unplugging it and right clicked on the battery icon and it said that the battery is fully charged 100% i think it might for yall too
Michael says:
May 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I my device manager I have 2 “Microsoft ACPI- Compliant Control Method Battery”. When I try to disable the 1st one, it just shuts down. This isnt working.
Jess says:
July 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I have an 08 HP with Windows Vista. My battery kept saying plugged in not charging. I just started having this problem at the beg of this year. I would have to take the charger and wrap a rubber band around the charger and the computer at some strange angle for it to charge. That didn’t work to long so I bought a new battery off line, which has been great, but I still cant get it to charge. I took it to best buy where the geek girl who seemed not so knowledgeable of what was happening said they would have to send it off for an $80 fee then cost about $200 to fix… Really!! She said that the charger inside the comp was messed up from jerking the plug in and out more than likely.. Anyone else had this issue… I am not paying to have it fixed I plan to buy another one, it would be about the same..
Sergio Z says:
July 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Possible solution to battery not charging; I have had several Dell Laptops exhibit an odd problem. They will show about 18% to 20% charge and state that it is “charging”. The laptop will show this for days and it seem correct since the “power” indicator bar on the batter when pressed will only show one or two bars of charge. Here is my solution: I remove from the charger. I power up the laptop and go into the bios screen during the boot sequence. I move in the bios to the page that shows the battery charge level and I leave it here until the laptop “fully” discharges the battery. I then do one of two possible steps since at times only one of these will get the job done.
1) I will plug in the charger and boot the laptop and again go into the bios screen. I again move to the page displaying the battery charge level and leave it here. I have found that it will now “fully” charge.
2) Or, I had to use this modified last step. Simply plug in the charger, with laptop off and charge overnight. By morning it now has a full charge.
After either of these last steps you can verify the charge by again using the battery power bar indication button to test the charge level.
Core Banker says:
July 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

I have a new HP EliteBook 8400p with Windows 7 for 2 days.
To solve it, while the power is on with AC adaptor attached, taking the the battery and put it back in. It starts charging after.
Tanya Lou says:
August 7, 2011 at 7:52 am

Removing the battery and putting it back while the laptop is plugged worked.
Laszlo says:
August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm

This in not an HP problem!
I have recently – 5-6 day ago – started to observe the “plugged-in not charging” message on my Toshibe Satelite. The message shows 72% available. The first time it 85% full. As the days go by it seems show less and less juice in the battery.

My PC is probably 4 years old so weakening battery would not be a surprise. This is my fith laptop – all Toshibas. Never saw this probkem before.
vahid amiri says:
August 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

this is from your bios … just download bios software and reinstall it… easy
DDC says:
September 12, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I have the same problem on my HP Pavillion. When it happens I simply eject the battery and then plug it back in. This works every time. But I sure would like a solution. This bug is made MORE frustrating by the lack of a functional “Low Battery Alarm” in Vista Home Premium. I can be plugged in, not charging, run lown on juice (unknowingly), get no alarm and then CRASH! It drives me bonkers.
Santhosh says:
September 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I have a different problem. The battery shows 100% charged and when I remove the power suppy / power goes off… the battery doesn’t work and laptop shutsdown like a click as soon as power supply removed. Please, looking for a solution or an explanation??????…….
peter juma says:
November 12, 2011 at 5:32 am

please help me I had hp 530 laptop, when I try to charge it, it does not charge at all. if I replace the battery which is fully charged from my friend with the same type of computer it works well but it does not charge even the replaced battery. It shows as if the charging port die. Is there the way to repair the charging port? I’m at Ngorongoro- Arusha which is about 400Km from the town area but I have the idea of PC maintenance and troubleshooting. please help me.
ErikJon says:
November 22, 2011 at 2:20 am

My goodness! I feel so out of place on this blog! I have an old Apple computer laptop: a PowerBook G4. The battery has always charged faithfully and is working fine. The operating system is working fine. I run Norton Internet Security scans on it, and it never finds any viruses. Even the BIOS has the gall to send me a postcard, now and then, saying simply, “Having a great time down here; wish you were here!” I feel so badly for not having all the trouble that HP, Compaq and Microsoft dish out so routinely. My recommendation? Buy a Mac.
sarah says:
February 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

HI all,
I’ve read most of the above, one question… how do I download and install new bios software?? sorry to be thick, i cna do most things but this is sounding a bit scary. thanks
bin says:
February 18, 2012 at 7:39 am

i too have same problem guys plugged in but not charging i hav windows 7 with 3gb ram i have done many …….. but this blodly bug dell lapto doesn”t charge give me solution guys

bittorrent, btjunkie, games
Dave says:
March 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Still a problem in Windows 8 beta–Presario A900 shows the same problem.
vignesh says:
March 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm

i bought a new lenovo b460e laptop 2 days ago with windows 7 professional genuine os my laptop battery indicator says plugged in not charging. I tried all the above fixes but no use .i am very worried due to this laptop manufacturers do without fixing this problem. :-(
shikk says:
April 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Hey ppl, i had the same problem on a hp laptop and the problem was dust on battery connectors, just remove battery and clean it`s contacts with a toothbrush and alcohol, clean the laptop contacts too with same procedure.

good luck
all the best, shikk
shikk says:
April 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

oh, i dont take credit for this repair solution
The credits goes to “SP5 JWP” from hp forum.
all the best, shikk
Booda says:
April 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Well it is not just Vista that is having the problem of a plugged in battery that is at zero charge and not charging. I have WinXP on an HP Pavilion which has done the same thing. I now have a brand new battery and still get the same result, despite having Batteries Plus where I bought the battery check it and give it an initial full charge (took about 4 hours) since this computer would not and will not charge the battery. This is the 4th battery with this computer, but the first time I have had the problem when the battery is brand new. Not sure what the problem is, but have not had Windows Vista so that is not an issue in my case.
BTW removed the battery while computer was on and plugged into AC power and then re-inserted it after about 10 minutes. No significant change. I still have a computer that knows I have a battery, but thinks it is at 0 percent power. So will shut down within a minute if I disconnect it from the wall plug.
jan says:
May 2, 2012 at 6:02 am

im not able to switch on my laptop with battery. if i remove the battery and connect my laptop with direct power supply its working fine. Is problem is with my battery or laptop? what should i do now?

Thanks in advance
Harry says:
May 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

My dv6 is running Windows seven its about a yr and a half old. It stays at 0% and won’t charge at all. I’ve done everything mentioned in all the blogs about this problem. I think with over 9,000 people having this issue and probably more people who are but just don’t care or blog about it, that HP should replace all batterys or laptops for free. For the 800.00 I spent on it I would think it would last me a few years. I don’t use my laptop that much maybe 2-3 times every 2 months. So I shouldn’t be having this problem with my battery.
Helena says:
June 21, 2012 at 3:02 am

I have a 4 yrs old Acer Aspire 7540. About 4 months ago both my adapter and battery died so I bought new ones which worked fine, until a few days ago. At first I thought the problem is with the adapter, since it stopped charging (the light indicate charging is off) but the laptop can still run in battery.
So today I bought a new universal adapter, still doesnt fix the problem. I tried the new adapter with another laptop which works fine, so the problem lays within my laptop internal charging mechanism. I tried all the methods posted here ton aval. Any help :( ?
hasaan says:
June 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

i have the same problem here (plug in not charging)
Fiona says:
July 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

A previous laptop purchase had similar problems within the first few months of purchase, and I would advise, if possible, to take it back straight away. A friend bought a brand new Toshiba model that had similar difficulties but which generally would be fixed, then return, and now the laptop is barely 18months old and can’t be used without the cable!

If there are any minor niggles with a new product a reputable company should always repair or replace (which may take some persistence on your part for the latter!)
Miranda says:
October 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

So here’s my case;
– I have a Lenovo laptop
– It doesn’t work unless the charger is directly on
– It is not charging
– It turns off automatically if i take out the charger

I don’t know what to do. The closest I have come to making it charge is by @Kathleen’s suggestion, with taking out the battery, then quickly taking out the charger then putting it back in, and that resulted in the battery charging for a few seconds before resuming it’s non-charging state.

The laptop does not work unless the charger is connected to the outlet, and as previously stated, if the charger is removed, then the laptop shuts down automatically and will not turn on unless it is once more connected to the outlet.

This all started when I was using it a few nights ago, the battery died and turned off automatically, but I haven’t been able to get it to charge since. I have tried so many methods, and all that has happened was that yesterday it was at 3% and now it is at 2%.

Some helpful advice would be so appreciated, I have been trying to fix this for hours and nothing has happened. Ta
Mubi says:
October 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thanks a lot!
Pat says:
February 2, 2013 at 7:34 am

When i started my computer this morning, i noticed the charging light was blinking and noticed in the battery icon in the tray that the message was “Plugged in, Not Charging”. I searched a few items for this and found a couple of solutions recommending to remove the battery and go to device manager and uninstall the compliant methods. I was a little unusre about these methods, so i did the simple item first (glad i did). I shutdown the computer and while it was shutting down, i removed the AC cord. Then i removed all plugged in USB cords, speakers, etc. (yes i use peripheral devices for a laptop), then removed the battery for 15 seconds, reinstalled the battery and plugged everything back up and re-started my computer. When it powered on, i noticed that the light on my laptop was no longer blinking, it was now solid. It appears to have rectifited the problem, so it might wind up being a simple solution that some folks need.

Compaq Presario CQ56
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

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  1. EEnvy 360 says:

    Envy 360X

    White flashing light by power cord, plugged in not charging.

    Got down to 8% this morning, plugged in not charging.

    Turned on YouTube, music video, full screen, full volume and unplugged the power cord.

    Died withing 30 sec.

    Waited maybe 2 minutes, plugged it in and solid amber color now and (plugged in charging) notice on icon.

    Checked center pin on cord and was straight as could be.

    Thanks all.

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