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  Really weird acer travelmate 4310 
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Timmy vesely Feb 07, 2011, 06:44pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 08, 2011, 01:36am EST

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Hi, i was wondering if you could help me. Im having a really weird situation with my laptop. Its an acer 4310.

It will turn on and work wonderfully fast no problems whatsoever for however long you want (its been on for 2 days now with no trouble! goes into sleep and out of sleep fine etc..)

But the problem is if you turn it off you have to wait for around 3 hours (unplugged) to turn it back on It doesnt get hot atall and you can hear the fan working when its on.. Its really weird.

the battery is really werid on it as it says like 20 hours remaining when i unplug the laptop. Im thinking its the battery shorting out when it gets past a certain percentage.. Would it be worth buying a new battery or could it be something more major?

the thing that worries me is surely if it was the battery it would work with no battery in just on mains? but it doesnt. one its off its off for 2 or more hours then itll come on :S

searched google loads of times and cant find anyone with the same problem :S

Any help would be much appreciated

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john albrich Feb 07, 2011, 07:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 07, 2011, 07:26pm EST

>> Re: Really weird acer travelmate 4310

Maybe I missed it (or didn't understand it clearly...your 3rd paragraph was a bit odd), but you didn't say whether it works properly on JUST battery power alone (e.g. even though it says 20 hours remaining, how long does it actually run on battery power? And, with the AC adapter unplugged, will the laptop boot-up and run?)

If it doesn't power-up on AC power even when the last pre-power-off indication was that the battery is "fully charged", then yes, the first thing I'd do is BORROW a different known good battery and try that.

If it works properly, then I'd verify everything else regarding power usage is working properly in various power modes: runs off battery only, properly charges battery, battery indicator shows more realistic values, indicator shows battery level actually decreases while in use, etc.

I wouldn't buy an overpriced battery just to try the experiment.

added clarifying sentence

edit to add:
re: running without a battery installed...
I've never run across one of these, but I've read some laptops apparently do need the battery to have at least "some" level of charge in order to operate properly. Maybe that's a way to make sure customers keep buying batteries instead of basically turning their laptops into desktop computers :/

Timmy vesely Feb 08, 2011, 01:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Really weird acer travelmate 4310
It boots up when on battery power and mains. You just have to leave it for a few hours before switching it back on.

It runs on battery power for about half an hour fine. And on mains it'll stay on and work fine for however long you want and do anything you want.

It's really confusing me because if it was the battery wouldn't it just switch on on the mains.. I.e if I leave it on charge overnight then go to start it on the morning it will start. But then after one boot up it won't start again unless I leave it unplugged for a good few hours.

It works fine just really annoying. I've no-one I could borrow a battery off. I'm assuming it has to be from the same model.

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