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Toshiba Satellite M60 problem. Battery or worse?

By poplolly
Jan 30, 2008
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  1. Hello. I've browsed these forums before after needing help, but this is my first post. As you will be able to tell, I'm not that technically minded, so forgive me please if this question seems obvious to you. I'd sure appreciate any help.

    I have a Toshiba Satellite M60 which is just over 2 years old. I've noticed recently that the battery life was getting very poor; it was running at little under 30 minutes if I was watching a DVD, for example.

    Last week, the laptop would not turn on. It tried to get started, but then just cut out before powering up. I tried a few things, including taking the battery out, putting it back in and then starting again, and it then did start just fine. However, it would only start with the mains electricity not connected; only on battery alone. I am still starting the laptop like this, and the problem is still the same. To start my laptop, I have to remove my battery, put it back in, start up, and then when it has powered up, I put the mains power in. If I do this before, it won't start.

    Do you think this is likely to be just the battery that needs replacing, or is the problem more severe? I am no longer under guarantee, so don't want to pay for a service if a replacement battery would solve the problem, but similarly I don't want to pay for a battery only to find that doesn't work, and the have to pay for a service as well.

    I hope you can help. It will be much appreciated.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You didn't say if it worked the other way around
    Power in , Battery always out

    If it works like that, then it's likely battery
    If it doesn't then it's likely onboard power converter (that one may be tricky!)

    By the way, when removing both power sources, you should hold down the power button for 30 secs, dispersing all internal voltage (this may also fix it)
  3. poplolly

    poplolly Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    No, it doesn't work with the power in and battery out. It's battery with no power, but then putting the power in after it has started keeps it going fine.

    I'll try your tip about holding down the power button for thirty seconds. Thanks very much for that, I appreciate it.
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