|Re: Red light left of display on Spice (32E)|
Message #8 Posted by Karl Schneider on 28 June 2007, 2:10 a.m.,
in response to message #7 by Olivier TREGER
Hi, Olivier --
I have a great working 32E...
Aaugh! Please don't use the favorite English phrases of "Coburlin"! :-)
You have a "32E that works fine", apparently. No greatness beyond 100% proper functionality is possible.
...at least it holds charge with a brand "from the HP factory" battery.
I'm using original new-in-box HP batteries, freshly recharged although they can be defective.
Well, HP hasn't made Spice-series batteries for many years, so I'd say that never-used genuine-HP NiCd batteries are rather old, and are probably questionable due to chemical breakdown. They might appear to hold a charge, but will lose it quickly.
You should probably unwrap the battery pack, replace the old NiCd cells with fresh new 1.2V short cells (no + post), and re-tape.
If the battery terminals are already broken, you can squeeze in longer 1.2V NiMH cells with + posts that are rated 2000 mAh, jumpering the two cells with aluminum foil. These cells will go longer between chargings than NiCd cells.
Edited: 28 June 2007, 2:32 a.m.