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My laptop's battery tray icon sometimes says "plugged in, not charging". How do I make the battery start charging again?

  • Lenovo X230, 6-cell battery, Windows 8.1 64-bit.
  • This question says that battery's firmware or driver would sometimes decide not to charge at near-full capacity. However, this has happened at various charge levels - for example, now it's at 53%.
  • Battery is at decent state - lasts several hours when unplugged.
  • Using original charger through a docking station, but I tried another charger connected directly, and the battery continues to not charge.
  • Tried restarting the laptop - still doesn't charge.
  • Tried to disable+enable the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery device - still doesn't charge.
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Find the battery's ACPI driver in the Device Manager under Batteries. Uninstall it. Scan for hardware changes and allow the OS to reinstall the driver. Do not uninstall any other drivers.

This can also be caused by the laptop, or the battery, overheating.

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You=quick! I tried disable/enable (edited question to note that), didn't try un-install/re-install - might try next time. –  Jonathan Jul 7 at 8:10

Solution: I shut down the laptop, took out the battery, waited 10 seconds, then put it back, and presto! Charges like a champ again.

Source: How to Fix- Plugged in, Not charging (warning: awfully-made video). The video also says you need to uninstall the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery driver, but I didn't do it, and still solved my problem. YMMV, I guess.

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