Today I got Toshiba Satellite A105-S2712 for repair with the battery charging problem. It is a new model and we do not have a lot of experience with these laptops. The customer complained that the laptop will not charge the battery when it is plugged into the AC outlet.

The laptop failure symptoms:

The laptop will not turn on when I try to start it from the battery. When the laptop is turned off and plugged into the AC outlet the battery charge LED doesn’t light up. I know that the battery is not charged and the LED should light up when I plug the laptop into the AC outlet. The laptop starts fine when it is plugged. When I move the mouse over the Toshiba Power Icon in the lower right corner, the balloon will pop up and there is a line in there: Battery Remaining: N/A.

The problem repair procedure:

You can easily fix the problem just by updating the BIOS. Toshiba says that the BIOS version should be at least v1.30. So, go to Toshiba website and click on Downloads. Select your laptop model and find any downloads for the BIOS. In the BIOS change history you will see the description of changes.

After I updated the BIOS, the battery charging problem disappeared.

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  1. 141
    Becky Says:

    I have a Toshiba Satellite A105 S2236 laptop and the other day I took it to a repair store to get some work done. I brought it home yesterday and it turned on, but nothing showed up, so I had a friend take a look. He found that a black colored wire in the base of the computer underneath the keyboard was dislodged and was unable to put it back. is there an easy way to correct this so I don’t have to shell out more money for repairs?

  2. 140
    All DigitAll Says:

    Hello. I am Colombian. I had the same problem. I search 15 days for the solution. And it occurred to me an idea. What I did was remove the battery and turn ON the laptop with the AC adapter. When Windows start I connect the battery …. and surprisingly the battery start to load. I left it at 100% load. today was 5 days and everything works fine …. Ah, I also upgraded the BIOS. I downloaded the BIOS on Toshiba webpage.

    Excusenme my bad English

    All DigitAll

  3. 139
    Awilliams Says:

    I removed my battery from my Toshiba Satellite A-105 while the computer was on and it was plugged into the AC outlet (so the power didn’t go off). When I put the battery in again, it no longer charges. My computer registers that the battery is there and the battery charging light is amber, but the battery charge has stayed at 0%. I tried downloading BIOS and that didn’t help. Anyone have any ideas?

  4. 138
    Sonja Says:

    I read on a toshiba laptop repair site that the port the power cord goes in to charge the battery sometimes becomes worn or loose on the mmotherboard and should be resoldered. This will allow the port to supply a better charge to the battery, thus, fixing many problems you all are discussing. I have not tried it yet on my P35 but will give it a shot tonight. I will keep you posted.

  5. 137
    cj2600 Says:

    R Wright,

    I thought my adapter needed to be replaced but when I push power it did not turn on but I did get 10 blinking yellow lights by the battery.

    Can you test the power adapter with a voltmeter?
    It’s possible the battery LED is blinking because the battery is completely discharged and cannot start the laptop.
    You cannot tell what is wrong without testing the adapter first.
    Could be bad adapter, broken power jack or motherboard problem.

  6. 136
    R Wright Says:

    Hi,
    I have a Satellite A105 and am having battery charging problems. I thought my adapter needed to be replaced but when I push power it did not turn on but I did get 10 blinking yellow lights by the battery. Do you think it is the battery or the charger – i can’t get power to update the bios as an earlier post suggest.

    Thanks you

    PS – I am hoping that this is the extint of my problems power

  7. 135
    bizrunner Says:

    Hi cj2600,

    I have a problem similar to some of the battery issues mentioned above. I own a Toshiba Satellite A65, which has already had its motherboard replaced by a certified Toshiba repair shop (overheating/shutdown problem) and had its BIOS updated. Ever since I purchased the laptop, the best battery life I got was 45 minutes. Over time, the original battery would no longer hold a charge, so I very recently purchased a non-oem battery on ebay with much higher capacity (6600 mAH) compared to the original one. I charged up the new battery as per the instructions, but the laptop never showed a green light to indicate a full charge after charging it for 17+ hours, it only showed the amber charging light. Once I powered it on to see where it stood, the power capacity read-out was 46% out of 100%. I shut it down and left the charger on for an extra hour, but the power level was still at 46% when I checked it. So, I followed the full discharge method and got a decent 1.5 hours out of the new battery, but since then, it would only show a 2% charge even though I charged it for many hours. The battery just does not appear to accept the charge, and dies after 2 minutes. I checked the adapter, which seems to work just fine as a power source on its own, and the charging lights appear to be working normally. I checked the Toshiba website, and the BIOS updates, which were few and far between, did not describe any changes that were supposed to correct any battery issues. In your opinion, given all that I have described, does this seem like a motherboard issue or a potential bad battery? Thank you very much for your assistance.

    Regards,
    bizrunner

  8. 134
    cj2600 Says:

    pastor william,

    I have a toshiba satellite A-105 S2194 MODLE: PSAA5U-00Z01C
    when i plug in the laptop all leds flash and power button as well and also the screen, and it wont turn on so i can get in to it

    Is it flashing once and goes off or keeps flashing continuously?
    You can test the power adapter with a voltmeter. If the adapter outputs correct voltage, most likely you have a problem with the motherboard.

  9. 133
    pastor: william Says:

    I have a toshiba satellite A-105 S2194 MODLE: PSAA5U-00Z01C
    when i plug in the laptop all leds flash and power butten as well and also the screen, and it wont turn on so i can get in to it i was told could be power cord and or motherboard but before puting lots of money out on it i would like to try to fix it but if not just by a new one .. but i like this one. if you can help me it would be greatfull. my son got it to turn on once for about a min. but not no more thanks god bless pastor: Eld. william spradling

  10. 132
    Curtis Weston Says:

    I have a Toshiba P-25 laptop computer. The battery light goes off, then the computer quits. I unplug the computer and plug it back in and the battery charges up again. This repeats itself over time until the battery will not charge up to show a green light. Then the computer makes a clicking sound and quits. Even with the battery charging light on, the computer clicks and quits. The run time keeps geeting shorter until it reaches the point that the computer will only run a few seconds.
    I have sent the computer to Toshiba twice, the replaced the charger and it worked for another years plus.
    I bought a third party charger and it lasted two weeks before the computer problems started again. The company told me their charger was OK, but my battery was bad. I have an older Toshiba laptop with a dead battery and it works as long as it is plugged in.
    It appears to me that there is something wrong with the computer, but everytime I buy a new charger, the computer works.

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