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Old 02-16-2007, 02:32 AM   #1
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Post-update battery weirdness

So I updated my Reader when the new firmware came out, of course, and recently I noticed something odd. My battery meter was down to one-half, so I plugged it in and let it charge more than 24 hours. When I went to use it, however, the battery meter was *still* at one-half. I thought I must have not plugged it in fully, or something, but having just done the same thing again, the problem still persists.

However, I can't tell if it's actually the battery life that's been affected... the meter hasn't gone down, either. Plugging the reader in causes the meter to go to full, the "lightning" icon to appear, and the charging LED to illuminate.

Has anyone else seen something like this?

Edit: Hmm, after plugging it in with the screen *on*, the battery seems to be stable at full, again... Perhaps.

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Old 02-16-2007, 03:47 AM   #2
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Perhaps the firmware had just lost its "reference point" for the meter? Happens occasionally. Might be an idea to let it run pretty "flat" and then charge again.
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:49 AM   #3
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So I updated my Reader when the new firmware came out, of course, and recently I noticed something odd. My battery meter was down to one-half, so I plugged it in and let it charge more than 24 hours. When I went to use it, however, the battery meter was *still* at one-half. I thought I must have not plugged it in fully, or something, but having just done the same thing again, the problem still persists.

However, I can't tell if it's actually the battery life that's been affected... the meter hasn't gone down, either. Plugging the reader in causes the meter to go to full, the "lightning" icon to appear, and the charging LED to illuminate.

Has anyone else seen something like this?

Edit: Hmm, after plugging it in with the screen *on*, the battery seems to be stable at full, again... Perhaps.
I've had the exact problem ater the update.and was concerned that it was mechanical!!! I watched it when I plug it in to recharge...the red light goes on and then turns off in about 5 minutes. Now we know the source was the update and can look for a solution.
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:36 PM   #4
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So I updated my Reader when the new firmware came out, of course, and recently I noticed something odd. My battery meter was down to one-half, so I plugged it in and let it charge more than 24 hours. When I went to use it, however, the battery meter was *still* at one-half. I thought I must have not plugged it in fully, or something, but having just done the same thing again, the problem still persists.

However, I can't tell if it's actually the battery life that's been affected... the meter hasn't gone down, either. Plugging the reader in causes the meter to go to full, the "lightning" icon to appear, and the charging LED to illuminate.

Has anyone else seen something like this?

Edit: Hmm, after plugging it in with the screen *on*, the battery seems to be stable at full, again... Perhaps.
Mine did the same thing, had one bar left of power.... charged it up, red light went out, removed it from the charger....... it was still reading low....... plugged it back in, light went out pretty quickly and then the meter was reading correctly.....

now it seems fine.......I am still full metered since the update..... of course I haven't looked at it yet this morning, LOL
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:51 PM   #5
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I had the same problem, with the meter stuck on one segment(the lowest one). I charged over-night last night and still had only one segment. I did a reset and the problem was fixed. Now I have to work up enough courage to snap the cover back on.
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:05 PM   #6
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Steady, Norm, steady. You can do it. We're all pulling for you! Now, just take a deep breath, and apply precisely 5.4387lbs of pressure in an exactly vertical direction.
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:13 PM   #7
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Don't forget the proper technique Norm... place the Sony Reader face down on a safe flat surface, and then press the cover onto the back of the Reader. It puts a lot less strain on the screen that way.
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I called Sony support and they were befuddled. Then I consulted the only people who seem to know anything about this....the folks at this forum. I hit reset and WHAM BAM it is HEALED.

THANKS TO ALL FOR THIS AND ALL YOUR HELP ON EVERYTHING

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Old 02-18-2007, 09:45 AM   #9
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Identical issue here - battery gauge stuck on three bars, even though the "charging" light was out. Soft reset has fixed it.
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Old 02-18-2007, 10:09 AM   #10
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I thought my battery was lasting an unusual amount of time on 3 bars.

I'll have to try a reset.
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Old 02-18-2007, 11:05 AM   #11
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I have a tool that looks like a mini Allen wrench (hex wrench) except smooth on the outside. It came with an old TDK CD-R drive years ago to open the tray without electrical power. It allowed me to perform a reset without removing the case!

Mine was stuck at 3/4; but, now all is well. Thanks.
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To add weight to this complaint, I'll chime in with the same problem. Reset fixed it. Thanks, guys.

See that, Sony?!
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Old 02-18-2007, 01:04 PM   #13
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Yep, my battery indicator is confused as well. Even though I performed a reset, it's still stuck at 1 bar after several hours of charging via USB. (Which used to work fine.) Now trying to charge it directly.
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Nope, after charging it directly for hours it's still stuck at 1 bar. Charge light is off. I'm going to drain it fully with an MP3 on repeat and will try again in the morning.
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Mine just stayed at 2 bars after a couple of hours' charging, a soft reset seems to have fixed it right up, though. You did do the reset after the charge, right, Laurens? Just checking.
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