Why is laptop battery charging light on, but XP icon showing not charging?

By padterp ·

I have an older Gateway MX6447 laptop. I have an interesting situation with the laptop charging light and the XP power indicator icon. The light on the front of the laptop shows that it is charging the battery. However, the icon just shows that it is on AC power. It will show charging, but only until it thinks the battery is 53%+/- full charge.

I know that this machine does have a battery refresh utility. Should I just run that? Or, should I just go ahead and by another battery?

I am not sure if this is related or not, but I have noticed at times that the battery charging light, will turn off and will eventually turn back on. Not flashing, per se with any frequency, but still turning on and off. Does this mean that my ac adapter maybe it at its life span as well?


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Gateway battery issues

by naplesjoe In reply to Why is laptop battery cha ...

I have several Gateway MX & MT laptops. One thing I'm sure of is if the charging light isn't on, it's not charging. One lesson I have learned is that for what ever reason the smaller 3.43 Amp chargers after a time become too weak to charge the battery. The larger 4.74 amp charger always works. Same plug so thats not an issue. Give it a try.

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You can pretty much ignore what the operating system thinks.

by seanferd In reply to Why is laptop battery cha ...

It doesn't have a clue.

Pay attention to the indicator light, and check out naplesjoe's advice if you actually have battery problems. Don't forget that the batteries themselves only last a couple of years.

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by padterp In reply to You can pretty much ignor ...

The indicator light seems to be stable now after I reseatted the battery. It has been a while since I ran the bios utility. It generally takes a few days for that utility to run on this computer and I have not had the time to devote for it to run.

I am not sure how old this battery actually is as this laptop was given to me a few years ago. I know it is more than 3 years old as I have had it that long.

I see that the original charger is the smaller 3.42 amp as mentioned by naplesjoe. So, if I replace it, I will keep this issue in mind. Thanks for your help.

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