Battery/Power Problem After BIOS Update
Posted on 2005-03-01
I am desperate for possible answers to my problem as IBM support is not helping. Back in August I upgraded the BIOS on my IBM T22 laptop. Immediately after I upgraded the battery icon went from green to a flashing yellow. The battery icon disappeared from the taskbar and was replaced by the AC icon. Normally when plugged in, I see a battery icon with a power cord on top of it. If I unplug the AC power, the system immediately goes into standy as the machine can no longer see the battery strength. If I power back up I can continure to use the computer as usual on the battery even though the laptop shows it with an unknown power level. IBM seems to think it is something with the operating system however even when the machine is off the battery light is flashing. Normally it would be solid green or solid orange. The final strange symptom is that the lights on my Linksys wireless card are no longer lit even though the card is working. Well in August no one could figure out what happened and I sent it back to IBM. They originally told me it was a bad battery and sent it back. I bought a brand new battery and same problems. I sent it back again and IBM changed out several parts and flashed the bios back to the previous release. The computer worked fine again until yesterday when I got a message from IBM telling me there was a mandatory bios upgrade for my machine. I upgraded again thinking everything would be fine this time. BIG MISTAKE. All the orignal symptoms have returned and are identical!! My laptop is now no longer under warranty and IBM is being no help. Based on the above symptoms does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks.