OK, I have an urgent question that needs answering. I can't ask my computer savvy uncle and I don't know if Dad can help since it was partially his fault that I have the issue I'm having, so here goes.
I got a new laptop battery for Christmas. Wednesday afternoon I inserted it in the computer and started the charge/discharge process to calibrate it. I did one charge/discharge cycle in the afternoon. Started the second in the evening and turned the computer off when I went to bed. After I got up Thursday morning I resumed discharging the battery and recharged it for the second cycle.
So far, so good.
I started the third and final cycle recommended for calibration around lunchtime. About 2:30 PM, I went to my bedroom to lie down. Before I did so, I took my computer in the living room to allow the battery to finish running down since there was less then an hour of charge left. I told Dad and Mom that and the laptop needed to be plugged back in once the battery was nearly dead so it could recharge.
After I got up from my nap at 4:00 I had a few things to do so it was around 5:00 before I finally unplugged the laptop from the living room outlet, took it back to my bedroom and plugged it in -
only to discover that the battery light in front of the touchpad on the keyboard/display was not lit up, and when I rolled the mouse over the battery icon at the bottom of the screen, it said "Plugged in, not charging." Eventually the battery light did come on and it charged up to 100%. I left it plugged in until I went to bed, but the next morning it was the same again - battery light not on, "plugged in, not charging."
Yesterday morning I ran the laptop off the battery and then recharged it; when I plugged the charger in the battery light showed orange right away and it stayed orange and then green for the rest of the day and I thought the problem was over.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The display is showing the same thing happening now as I type - no battery light on, "plugged in, not charging." The only thing I can think of is that I unplugged my charger last night before the laptop finished shutting down, but why would that cause problems?
The initial occurence of the problem on Thursday evening is similar to one I had several weeks ago with my old battery. That time I made the mistake of unplugging my charger and closing the hinge on my laptop before the screen went black. When I got up the next morning one of the lights was glowing orange, meaning my laptop had actually been on all night and the battery had been killed. I had issues with the battery light and display then too, but it resolved itself in a few days.
I think what happened this time is that Dad and Mom were busy watching TV while I was asleep and weren't keeping an eye on my laptop, so by the time they noticed it needed to be plugged in the battery had probably been completely dead for a while.
My question is: why am I still having problems with the battery light and "plugged, not charging," after three days? I've kept it plugged in most of the time since Thursday evening. The battery power when I unplug the charger is just fine; no sudden drops in power and it lasts as long as it's supposed to. I don't lose but about three percent of battery power every time I unplug the charger and shut the laptop down.
What's the deal here?