Battery Dead or Some Other Problem


I did search for this problem and found many related posts but nothing exactly like what is going on with my machine. I have a Thinkpad 440p running XFCE.

My battery icon shows 83% charged. I ran a check from the terminal and this was confirmed.

Problem is, when I try to power the computer on, nothing happens, as if the battery is dead. I connect it to the charger and it boots up.

More than that, when it is connected to a power source, it shows itself to be charging but isn’t. The icon reads 83% and charging but doesn’t change at all. As soon as I disconnect the power cord…out go the lights.

My uneducated guess is that it isn’t a dead battery, but who knows. The only thing that has changed recently is I had a USB mic hooked up. Could that have drained the battery? But why isn’t the computer reading the power level properly?

Sorry, I am a complete know nothing with tech.

My guess is that you do have a dead battery, at least in the sense that it cannot provide energy.
The non null measurement would be linked to how charge is measured…

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  3. The output to:

    sudo tlp-stat --battery

    would be helpful as well to be 100% sure.


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