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?