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> Newly Acquired Sl-c1000 Has Trouble--**panic**, Battery issues out of the blue
sstrungis
post Dec 7 2005, 08:13 AM
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Hi all,

Just got a secondhand SL-C1000 in the mail 2 days ago. At first all was well.

Love my Z to pieces...I used it all day yesterday. Off and on, some reading, some games, music, movies, etc. The batteries crapped out late last night so I gave it a charge. Now today, the unit doesn't seem to hold a charge for me for more than a minute.

I have tried rebooting, and playing around with the power and MHz settings to no avail. I have also plugged it in and inspected, and reinserted the battery.

All of a sudden, my Z cannot hold a charge. What's going on? Why would this happen out of the blue after HOURS of battery use?

I would hate to thing that I have a lemon. First Googling results in little info about bad batteries on the SL-C1000 series. Just the usual stuff about SL-C5500's.

I am currently running Cacko 1.23.

All works fine on AC. The adapter is EA-72.

Please advise,
Scott Strungis
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nilch
post Dec 7 2005, 08:30 AM
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Did you check this thread ?
http://www.oesf.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=16059

Maybe the charger is an issue here ...
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post Dec 7 2005, 08:47 AM
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I agree with nilch. Use your 5500 charger... that should be an EA-70.

Greg
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post Dec 7 2005, 08:59 AM
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Scott,

first : DON'T PANIC smile.gif

Try the EA-70(S) from your SL-5500.
If this doesn't work, try the EA-BL06 from your 5500
in the SL-C1000 (should work, but it's funny to remove
it later, better fix some tape before inserting).

Also you may cut the nose from the EA-BL11 and try
to charge it in the SL-5500.

This way you can find out if it's a charge or a battery
issue.

My personal bet: Welcome in the "bad-charger-club".

///TRIsoft

Marc Stephan
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sstrungis
post Dec 7 2005, 10:32 AM
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Hi All,

I will try the other charger. That one delivers 2.0 amps rather than the stock one's 1 amp. This will not fry my c1000? Also, isn't the EABL06 a terrible battery? The SL-5500 series Z's are notorious for bad batteries....Still, I guess if it's just to test the battery...

I hope that it's simply my stock charger.

Thanks!
Scott Strungis
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post Dec 7 2005, 10:34 AM
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QUOTE(sstrungis @ Dec 7 2005, 01:32 PM)
Hi All,

I will try the other charger. That one delivers 2.0 amps rather than the stock one's 1 amp.  This will not fry my c1000?  Also, isn't the EABL06 a terrible battery?  The SL-5500 series Z's are notorious for bad batteries....Still, I guess if it's just to test the battery...

I hope that it's simply my stock charger.

Thanks!
Scott Strungis
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YOu could also try a Sony PSP charger. That is what I use...
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sstrungis
post Dec 8 2005, 04:31 AM
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Okay,

I tried the EA-70 charger last evening. I hooked up the dead C1000 to the charger and left it alone for 5 hours while I was out of the house. When I came back, the charge light had gone out.

The battery would not run for more than 10 secs. I hooked it back up and left it overnight for 8 hours. When I got up this morning the charge light was also out. Just for the hell of it, I unplugged it and plugged it back in...The charger light came back on. This time I did not even get 5 secs of battery life when I tried it out.

I also charge my SL-5500's battery this morning. I will try a battery switch later.

I am starting to get frustrated and worried that I now have a $300 non-portable PDA here.

Scott Strungis
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bluedevils
post Dec 8 2005, 06:49 AM
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what rom is on it? when you mean it won't hold a charge, do you mean the screen goes blank?

If you are on the cacko rom and your light setting is at minimum, then you will get a similar effect. I suggest using the hardware keys to bring the brightness higher.
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sstrungis
post Dec 8 2005, 07:47 AM
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It is running Cacko 1.23 at this time. Right now my energy settings for the backlight are set to more than 5 or 10 seconds. As far as I can tell, the battery takes a charge as the light on the hinge goes on and stays on. After the light goes out after many hours, I try running the Z on battery power and in less than 10 seconds all goes dark and stays dark regardless of input. The power button will bring it back, but only for a second or two. After replugging the AC in, all works fine, and the battery seems to be starting another charge cycle.

My original seller suggests that I reflash back to original ROM as well as the usual fixes (check the battery switch on the bottom, soft reset with the battery compartment button, etc).

<sigh>
Scott Strungis
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bluedevils
post Dec 8 2005, 07:58 AM
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you tried fn+(up brightness symbol)?
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sstrungis
post Dec 9 2005, 11:32 AM
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Hi All,

Well, I gave the battery another charge. Before pulling the AC adapter I made sure that the energy settings were set to something that is bright when the battery is running the Z. At first, when I pulled the plug from the AC, the screen darkened and the Z seemed dead. I tried the function + brightness button and it lit right up.

All seems well. Occasionally it still darkens up, but a function + brightness restores things. What I don't get is why it goes dark in the first place. You cannot turn off the backlight normally...Why would a Light and Power setting do this without allowing the user to kill the light. The Music Player allows this and that's it.

I guess I can file this problem under "Duh!" or possible "PEBKAC".

I feel a little dumb. Thanks for all of the feedback.

There SHOULD be an "On" indicator or something, dang it!

Scott Strungis
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bluedevils
post Dec 9 2005, 12:09 PM
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don't worry, I and a bunch of others fell into the same trap. I assume it is a bug in the cacko rom.
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