Ian Cowley wrote:
> I just bought a refurbed Tungsten T from a reputable seller on eBay, but
> it's exhibiting some odd behaviour...
> When in the hotsync cradle (with AC power plugged in), I get a lightning
> bolt symbol and green charging LED. But the charge o nthe device doesn't
> go up!
> I left it overnight last night in the cradle (computer off, AC power on),
> and the green LED was on. I turn it on this morning and the PDA claims
> the power is extremely low and it shuts down. I then have to soft reset
> it to get it back on, then it shuts down.
> Now it won't even switch on again!
> I've measure the voltage across the charging terminals on the cradle and
> they are 5V. The green LEd and lightning bolt symbol imply that the PDA
> is getting a voltage/power, but the battery doesn't charge.
> For what it's worth, I also get a green charging light when using a
> friend's USB cable (i.e. no cradle), but I haven't borrowed it for long
> enough to see
> if the unit charges. And the unit is so dead now that I can't switch on
> to see a lightning bolt.
> I've performed soft resets galore, both in and out of the cradle, to no
> avail. The unit has no power left to do a hard reset now.
> Has anyone got any bright ideas?
I also bought my Tungsten T from a reputable seller on eBay and it worked
fine all along. It only developed some problems with the power button and
the headphones jack over time.
Here's what I would do:
1. Firstly, contact the seller to briefly ask about the history of the
device, past owners (if any), battery testing (should have done that).
2. Try charging the device using a different cradle if you have one.
3. Try a different power socket.
4. Change the wires.
5. Assume the battery is faulty and try to find a replacement (which can be
an expensive process). You can DIY with the aid of Peter's Pilot Pages
Roy S. Schestowitz