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Lenovo X-1 not charging … frustration solved!

Last night I was working on the laptop when naturally it asked for some power. Typically, when you plug in the power is should charge the battery, right? Well… no, it didn’t do that at all!

And then dread start developing! What is wrong? Is it the plug, the connector or even worse the port? As it was late I called it a day and went to bed. Today, I started by trying another power cable and finally another charger … in vain! Then, Tassos K. told me the obvious “Why you don’t look it up, somebody should have written about it“.

And I did, to find out this post by Steven Allen “Fix For Lenovo X1 Carbon Not Charging“. The solution is to reset the batter, and as described:

  1. Unplug from any power sources (this won’t work if you don’t do this).
  2. Reboot into the BIOS setup (F1 on boot).
  3. Navigate to the Power menu.
  4. Select the “Disable built-in battery” option.
  5. Wait for the laptop to power off and then wait 30 seconds.
  6. Connect the power and start the laptop.

This will temporarily disable the battery which seems to reset any “bad charger” bits. And this works in Gen 6 also!

Hopefully, this will save others some time and frustration.

Steven Allen

You bet! Only the idea that I would have to return the laptop for inspection and the time lost is simply put … terrifying !

And there is light !