I believe the battery needs to be replaced...when the powercord is unplugged and the battery runs low a pop up box comes up that says to replace the battery. I'll buy one from Ebay....Thanks!!!
Is your battery indicator light "yellow"? It is supposed to be green.
Please, someone who has better knowledge than me, verify that this is true...
I believe that it is better to run your machine with NO battery than to run your machine with a very weak battery -- as the power invertor will damage itself from forever attempting to charge a dead battery.
My battery says
Field Replacement Number: 02K7072
OEM Number: 02K7034
Make sure your replacement is 10.8 Volts
Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R)
4 - M CPU 1.60GHz
1.20 GHz, 1.0 GB of RAM is what my settings say now.....am I good to go now? Should I still buy the Apricorn Drivewire? I'm still waiting for the 4 port cardbus to be delivered....
The next question to ask yourself...
How do you wish to store your music, videos, and other data files?
Some folks prefer...
1) SanDisk Cruzer and Verbatim USB Flash Drives
They are available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and even 32GB. They are very convenient to use. However, some folks believe that they are expensive -- $20 for 8GB and $40 for 16GB. Also, since they are pre-formatted using FAT32 (Win 98 File System), they are not able to hold video files larger than 4GB. It is somewhat inconvenient to reformat a flash drive with NTFS (Win XP File System) everytime you buy a new flash drive.
2) Purchase a used PATA/IDE HD and place in UltraBay
When IBM originally designed these machine, they created the UltraBay to enable users to "swap-out" DVD/CD drive and replace with 1.44" floppy or a secondary PATA/IDE HDD. If you don't mind leaving your DVD/CD drive in your desk drawer, this is a good choice. UltraBay is faster than USB 2.0. However PATA/IDE HD (because they are no longer made) are more expensive than SATA.
3) Purchase a new SATA HD and place in UltraBay
There are clever Chinese companies that realize IBM Ultrabay HDD adapter only supported PATA/IDE HD. They now make aftermarket SATA versions.
4) Purchase a new SATA HD and use Apricorn Drivewire adapter
While the Apricorn product can interface with 3 types of HDD -- Desktop, Laptop PATA/IDE and laptop SATA, it has two disadvantages. 1) Many parts (inconvenient to take to local library or coffee shop) 2) Requires A/C power/
5) Purchase a new SATA HD and use USB enclosure
This is what I use. See my previous post on Silverstone's Raven. I like it because it is very easy to swap out one SATA HD and place in another. Most folks, simply purchase a cheaper enclosure and seldom change the HD. This option requires an USB 2.0 CardBus.