A laptop is arguably the best thing that was ever invented. It’s one of the coolest tools that a corporate professional/a student could own. But there are a few things about our darling, precious laptops which are not so cool. They slow down, batteries get weaker over time and keys get loose. But worst of all, there is this issue that has been creeping around for years now. It’s when you see the caption on your battery that says plugged in not charging, drives you nuts, doesn’t it?
There could be multiple things abnormal about your machine when you see this message. Sometimes, your laptop might not show the charging indicator (that tiny LED).
Or maybe, charging light is on but you don’t see any signs of your battery charging up. Usually, the battery percentage will be stuck at some random level, often at 0 percent forever.
There could be many reasons for this problem to arise. It could be a minor software issue with a recent update you did. (we all love windows updates, don’t we?) It could even be some hardware issue on your laptop, possibly because of its sheer age. (on old machines, like my 5-year-old fella)
Whatever the reason may be, every problem in this world has a solution. So unlike my anime addiction, this laptop charging problem can be fixed, and we’re going to learn how to do just that.
Now, before we dive into the solution, you might want to know how this problem arises in the first place. If you’re going to be a little smarter than you were yesterday, read the next paragraph.
Reasons of Plugged in Not Charging Issue
There are two core reasons why you might be facing this issue. It could be due to
- Windows OS problem
- Charging brick faults
How to Fix Laptop Battery Plugged in Not Charging Error
Let us tackle these possible issues and their fixes one by one. I am pretty sure that one of them will surely get rid of the annoying plugged in not charging message.
Method 1. Fix OS Drivers
Let’s start with the OS first, because a faulty power adapter driver is pretty much always the culprit behind such issues. The primary driver that handles the laptops power functions is an ACPI driver.
ACPI stands for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface. Even if you are an average internet user, you will know what malware and viruses are capable of doing to your innocent drivers. That’s right; they corrupt them! And a corrupt driver causes all sorts of issues and problems.
So, we do the same thing what you would do if you found a tooth of yours has been infected and is aching really bad. You pull it out of your gums. (or get a root canal, but that’s beside the point)
We just have to remove this driver from our system to fix the issue instantly. To do that, we first need to remove the battery from the laptop.
Unless you’re a noob, you know that your laptop can turn on just using the power cable without the battery in it. To remove the battery from its socket, connect your power cord and start your laptop. Now that your laptop is up and running, follow these simple steps:
1. Press Win+R, type “devmgmt.msc” and hit OK to open Device Manager.
2. Now, expand the option that says batteries. Under that, you will see an entry that says Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery. Just remove that driver by going into its properties and clicking on Uninstall driver. Confirm the uninstall message by clicking OK, and it will be permanently removed from your system.
3. After that, put your battery back into the laptop and see if it charges normally. If it does not, then go back into the same mode by removing the battery and uninstall the other driver as well. The one that says Microsoft AC Adapter.
The best part is that Windows OS automatically reinstall these drivers after you plug in your charger. You don’t have to worry about reinstalling the driver yourself. However, if the problem persists after uninstalling these drivers, try the next step.
Method 2. Reset your BIOS
This is relatively simple to do. Just boot into your BIOS from the powered down state. I assume you know how to boot into your laptops BIOS, and if you don’t, it is just a simple google search away. Make sure you enter your laptop model because it varies with the motherboard.
Anyway, after you load up your BIOS, head over to the last option which says Exit and navigate down to load setup defaults. Hit enter and confirm by clicking Yes. Your bios should now be reset back to defaults and hopefully, this should fix the battery issue.
Method 3. Check your power adapter
If the above steps are not working, there might be an issue with the power adapter itself. So check the adapter for any broken traces on the skin.
An easy way to find burnt internal wires is by feeling the outer sheath of the wire. If you feel a bump which protrudes more than the rest of the body, that might be the post.
Grab a razor and carefully cut open the outer sheath and see the insides. Being the wire surgeon that you are, you should take care not to cut through the wires inside the cable yourself.
Check for any burnt areas or any blackened spots. If the cables are damaged, I don’t need to tell you to get a better one, because sometimes, the damage will be such that it will still be conducting current, but not enough for the laptop to recognize it as a stable power input.
So, that might’ve caused the driver to go into that situation where it displays the plugged in not charging message.
This did happen to me too, right before my UNIX programming exams. I had no juice on my laptop and it was showing that dreadful message to me. Thankfully, my desktop saved my ass. But it turns out, my charger was bad.
It was slightly damaged inside, so it was conducting a bit of current, so my laptop would detect that it is plugged in. But the damage was not allowing it to charge up normally.
I could tell that it is damaged because I could pick up slight traces of burnt smell on that box thingy of your charger. You can do that too. Apply your sensitive Sherlock nose on your charging brick and see if you pick up any burnt plastic smells.
So these were, in my opinion, three of the most comfortable and efficient ways of checking and fixing your laptop plugged in not charging issue. Keep your registries clean and always buy good quality chargers, to avoid this problem in the future. Enjoy!