Solution to Battery plugged in but not charging

Today As usual I was using my laptop when I saw something typical happening with Battery status. Even though the power was plugged in, it showed ” plugged in, not charging“. This got me a bit worried. As the Laptop was almost brand new, It would have been a disaster for me if the batteries had gone bad or needed replacement. So I tried some normal procedure like switching system off and trying again after some time. The problem remained same.

I even tried booting in “UBUNTU” and there also, the same status was there ” plugged in, not charging” which simply told me it’s not the problem with operating system but may be some hardware or BIOS issue. So I started doing a bit of googling on the web and finally found the solution here.

  1. Turn off laptop.
  2. Unplug AC power.
  3. Remove battery.
  4. Replace AC power.
  5. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot.
  6. Once logged in to the machine, perform a normal shut down.
  7. Unplug AC power.
  8. Replace battery.
  9. Replace AC power.
  10. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot. The battery should once again be charging as normal.

The above solution worked for me. Another alternative solution which may work for those for whom the above solution does not work (Windows 7 Specific).

1. Unplug AC adapter. Shutdown

2. Remove battery, Connect AC Adapter

3. Start windows7. Remove Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery,

4. Shutdown, Remove AC Adapter, Install battery, Reattach AC Adapter.

5. Power up -

Now Plugged in and Charging.

Another reason which sometime result in battery not being charged is, your Laptop gets heated due to congestion around the laptop or if the surface on which laptop is placed  is blocking the proper air flow around the laptop in turn raising the temperature and laptop gets heated. You should place your laptop on a surface or place which allows proper airflow.  If the airflow is proper, then also this problem will go away.

48 comments… add one

  • John

    Worked! I use Windows 7, but I didn’t need to use the Windows 7 specific solution. The first solution worked fine. Thanks!

  • thanks for your share…..

  • Good to see you back buddy.

  • introuble

    IT WORKED!!! Thank you so much i was getting so fusterated lol

  • Djded

    Great find/fix to this problem! The description here may be a bit confusing to some, allow me to clarify. I was able to alleviate this same issue by performing the following:

    01. Turn off laptop.

    02. Unplug AC power.

    03. Remove battery.

    04. Replace AC power.

    05. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot.

    06. Once logged in to the machine, perform a normal shut down.

    07. Unplug AC power.

    08. Replace battery.

    09. Replace AC power.

    10. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot. The battery should once again be charging as normal.


    • E

      What do I do if my PC won’t even turn on to let me do this?

  • Navdeep Patel

    Thanks Yaar!!!!!
    Do you know???
    My laptop was plugged in but not charging. This problem was for last 1 and half month.
    Without battery when just plugged in, my laptop was not booting.
    But some how i have started my laptop in safe mode and shut down.
    The 1st one is working.
    My laptop is charging now.
    There is no problem in charging.

    Thanks once again!!!!!

  • Vernon

    Hey i’m having the same problem and i also just bought my laptop not long ago. Will this solution solve the problem permanently or just temporarily? Do i have to keep repeating it everytime my battery doesnt charge?

    • Usually, this problem itself is temporary and should not occur often. If it occurs often, you should ask your Laptop manufacturer.

      Normally, this solves the problem if you use laptop properly.

  • Kelvin

    Thank glad yo solution work for me on a brand new hp laptop

  • hey this is really impressive. I read the article and i want to give you thanks for this nice post.

  • hey this is really impressive. I read the article and i want to give you thanks for this nice post.

  • Puru

    thank you so much buddy……u have been of great help…first one worked fine..kudos..:)

  • Puru

    strange..but as soon as i wrote the post..i am back to square one..:(

  • Celeb

    You’re a star ma man. The first one worked for me just fine. God bless.

    • Welcome. Glad that it worked for you.

      • Revanth Nn

        i am facing a quite a rare problem with hp envy beats model number 2012tx,which is when ever i unplug the power cord from my laptop,power icon still shows “plugged in and not charging” however it should show only the battery percentage when i unplug it,After shutting it down, white led light near the power slot still glows .plz ive a solution for my problem

  • Marilyn Stevenson

    Works great!! Thank you!!

  • Maham Khan

    it seems really a magic.. thanx very much my problem gets solved.. but after sometime the situation gets the same.. plugged in, not charging.. ???

  • The Dave

    Hey thanks, this really helped me out.

  • uui

    thank u so much avinash bhai……I had started bitting my nails seeing my brand new laptop charger not working……ur solution really helped me out thank u so much…..

  • khan

    i have the problem number 3. i think my laptop was heated very high and it shows plugged in, not charging. if there is any solution please tell me.

  • TeenGirl

    Omg thank you so much, I was so worried because my laptop is a couple years old and i didnt want my parents to yell at me, so thank you for saving my life

  • Where can i find the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery to uninstall?

    • anzaq

      in device manger under batteries option

  • knot

    It truly works Thank u very much……………..

  • Wilma

    this worked great until i played a game and as soon as the game started it went back to not charging. any ideals why?

  • billy

    i replaced both my power cord charger and my battery brand new (gateway laptop) and i still get the problem of the charge going in and out. I would guess it to be the power jack wire loose. Is there a way to fix it without taking it to a money hungry computer repair shop?

  • Molly

    You are a life saver!

  • Tom Deurloo

    You Sir are a hero, thank you for helping me out

  • lee

    Unbelievable……I mean I have been trying to fix this all day. Knew it wasn’t the battery, and had read other suggestions to try but they were very complicated for me. Your instructions(I used the second method for Windows 7) were so simple to follow….Thank you so much – icon showing fully charged!! Yippee!!

  • Carlo Villacorta

    This works…please don’t stop helping other person who are in need..thanx bro…

  • Dale

    You saved me from getting ripped off for another $200….Thank You

  • Kabin Bora

    It worked !!! Thankss a lot :)

  • Karthic

    I followed your advice for windows 7 and it worked. Well, I’m still little scary but. I followed one of Youtube video’s advice a couple of day back, that has obviously fixed the issue. But within a day, this not charging issue had popped up again and trying to solve using the same method didn’t work thereafter. Now, is your advice a permanent solution? or will it work the next time if I encounter the same problem or should I try something else for a permanent solution?

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  • Mr J.

    this didn’t work and I don’t really have my laptop on that much. maybe once every couple of weeks and even then it’s not plugged in.
    Any suggestions?

  • Nikhil Pawar

    yes you are absoulutely right…my laptop was overheated..i kept it on a ventilated area and after few minutes it started charging…thanks a load…thought should share this simple measure..

  • susan

    hi, I’m also experiencing the same. I tried the instructions above but still not charging. By the way, what do you mean by replace battery? when you say unplug the AC is it from the outlet directly or from the laptop only? coz that’s what I always do. Thanks

  • scott

    thanks for taking the time to post this. I had the exact same problem and your solution worked great…thanks again…GO HAWKS!!!

  • André Morais

    Here at work I had 5 different HP models with this battery issue. This solution worked for all of them!
    Thank you very much!

  • Thanks Djded.

  • ijol

    wow.. it work sir..
    thanks a lot..

  • varun

    Hi Avinash

    I am also facing a problem with battery,but little bit different..When i connect the charger it says,plugged in ,charging .But it doesn’t exceed above 15%,not matter how many hours you keep charging.Usually,my battery will charge upto 84%.

    My guess for this is once when i booted in ubuntu,i used the reserved power also,after hibernating.After the next day,it started happend like this.Now,i removed ubuntu and with Windows 7 only,still the battery percent not increasing 15%.Tried above things,but not working.Help needed..

  • Danny

    my battery does not charge on the above mentioned solution, I am having HP pavalion DV^6 laptop and its warranty already expired. kindly help me. Danny.

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