[sf-lug] Advice on running a laptop on AC only, without a battery (dead)

Kai Chang kai.salmon.chang at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 19:46:36 PST 2009

The computer still won't boot?  It should be fine to use with AC-- I've been
running my laptop for two years now just on AC.  I tried a new battery
recently but I couldn't charge it (discharged just fine).  If the power cord
is loose, it's probably not worth the pain of refilling or buying a new

The one thing is if the AC gets pulled, your PC just shuts right down which
is a pain.

On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 11:44 PM, Owen Pietrokowsky <opietro at yahoo.com>wrote:

> I received an older laptop, a Compaq Evo N600c, yesterday. It worked find
> today, then it suddenly wouldn't boot. Previous owners have had trouble with
> a loose power cord, and the battery (I'm told) is dead. When I take the
> battery out it works fine on AC only. Is it safe to use the laptop without a
> battery at home and outside? (I can't afford a new battery and it's easier
> to carry around a laptop sans a heavy battery. How do I cover the battery
> well safely?) Thanks in advance for any info.
> Owen Pietrokowsky
> Editor, writer
> Biotech, high-tech, linux, materials science
> opietro at yahoo.com
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