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    MBP 15 Inch - battery question?

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    MBP 15 Inch - battery question?
    I have had my MBP for about 2 1/2 yrs - I have Apple Care. I use it about two to two and a half hours every day with most use (65 - 70%) while plugged in and the remaining use is on battery power. About every 10 to 14 days I make sure I run the battery down to the point the window opens telling me to save everything that I am low on battery power - then I plug it back in to the charger. This pattern of usage has been good so far and the battery status icon will routinely show a 100% charge when I plug it in to charge it. Now the issue:
    within the past month the battery will charge to 98 to 100% but depletes noticeably faster when operating on the battery, from 98 to 100% charge to about 60% charge. Then it depletes really fast from 60% charge to right around 20% charge and then with no warning it shuts the computer down - very fast. Everything is fine one second and the next second the screen is black and the computer is off. When this happens I can plug it in to the charger and boot up just fine.

    Here's the 15 inch MBP model I have: Mac OS X, Processor 2.4 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM.
    When I use the computer (plugged in to the charger or on battery power) all I am doing is surfing the web, e-mail, or working on Excel files. I am never running anything off the USB ports or doing anything that should use a lot of power. And finally - 99% of the use of my MBP is on an iRain aluminum cooling stand and in an air conditioned (or heated/winter) environment. It never seems to run very hot.
    Here's what the "Power" info tells me: Note by "Condition", it says "Check Battery" - what does that mean - I mean how do you check your battery? Is the MBP battery covered under Apple Care or is all this normal and should I expect after 2+ years to purchase a new battery?
    Thanks,
    Bill

    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Device name: ASMB012
    Pack Lot Code: 0000
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 0110
    Hardware Revision: 0500
    Cell Revision: 0303
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 1930
    Fully charged: No
    Charging: Yes
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 1930
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 191
    Condition: Check Battery
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 6
    Voltage (mV): 12624

    System Power Settings:

    AC Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 15
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Automatic Restart On Power Loss: No
    Wake On AC Change: No
    Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
    Wake On LAN: No
    Current Power Source: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Battery Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 5
    Wake On AC Change: No
    Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Reduce Brightness: Yes

    Hardware Configuration:

    UPS Installed: No

    AC Charger Information:

    Connected: Yes
    ID: 0x0100
    Wattage (W): 85
    Revision: 0x0000
    Family: 0x00ba
    Serial Number: 0x004ce678
    Charging: Yes

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    MBP 15 Inch - battery question?

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Even though you've mentioned nothing of calibrating your battery ever, I don't believe that would be a factor, but 2.5 yrs is still a good run.
    The battery isn't covered by Applecare unless its faulty.
    You could take it in to have it tested, along with your Mac.
    No harm could come of that, and it could be another problem.
    I would start by calibrating your battery and resetting your SMC.
    After having it checked out, then you will have a definitive answer, and know whether or not you need a new battery.

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    MBP 15 Inch - battery question?

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    6string,
    Thanks for the reply! I have calibrated the battery but it's been a while and I am not very knowledgable in computer/technical issues. How do I calibrate the battery or where do I find instructions on doing that?
    Thanks
    Bill

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    MBP 15 Inch - battery question?

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)

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    MBP 15 Inch - battery question?

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    6string,
    Thanks again! I have been "Calibrating" the battery but I was not sure that what I was doing was called "Calibrating" - if that made sense? I calibrate once or twice a month.
    I guess it's just time to buy a new battery but before I do I will take it to the Apple Store and let them check the battery. Beautiful place you live - visited there once many, many years ago on an R&R from the jungle of Viet Nam.

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    MBP 15 Inch - battery question?

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Possibly calibrating a little too often there, but I wouldn't think that's the prob.
    Definitely worth the trip to Apple first.
    Is a beautiful place here... and you are one of the handful of people I've come across, who can say "back in Nam"

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