This weekend it was Donna's turn with her laptop. It's been working great of course, so something new has to happen to upset the apple cart.
The thing was suddenly not charging event though it was plugged in. So, of course the first thing I do is order a new charger cable, because, well that seemed to be the source of the problem.
While we wait for the cable to come in, we discover that the thing actually DOES charge when it is shutdown or in sleep mode. So, I question whether a $25 cord was the right answer anyway.
Then I go online and see that some people who have had the same issue just uninstalled the battery driver and the problem was fixed. THAT must be the problem then, I think to myself. That night I follow the instructions, uninstall the driver, unplug the computer, take the battery out, put the battery back in, reboot, and...No Joy.
I look up 3 or 4 different iterations of the same thing, try them all, they all fail. This was much of my Saturday evening. If you think your life is boring, come over sometime and I'll kill ya with computer fun around here.
Anyways, after all the struggling, we still have a computer - with a brand new cord - that will only charge when it is shut down or asleep. Don't be jealous. Don't hate me because my computer is suckier than yours.
Until I have renewed technological vigor, we are going to work with running the battery down and recharging as needed.
Because life's too short for this crap.