I had a spillage on my laptop (white wine if you're interested). Thankfully the laptop seems to have survived however the battery no longer holds a charge. What makes this unique (from searching other questions on this site and Google) is that the battery still works. I can unplug the power cable and it still powers the laptop as normal.
Windows 7 & 8 (dual boot) both report that the battery is "plugged in, charging" but I think it's lying as the battery level never increases.
I have tried:
- Cleaning the battery contacts with contact cleaner.
- Re-installed the Microsoft ACPI compliant control method battery
- Hairdrying the battery to make sure it's completely dry.
- Using a different power cable.
The obvious conclusion would be the battery is screwed, but the fact that it still powers the laptop makes me think it's more likely a problem with the MB charging unit so buying another expensive battery might not be the answer.
Has anyone experienced this before and solved it by replacing the battery? Or does it sound like it would be a waste of money as the charging circuitry is likely to be shot?