OS X 10.2.4 may damage your battery

by John Keys

Just spotted the following article on MacFixIt. It seems a large number of people are having problems with battery life on iBooks and PowerBooks after upgrading to OS X 10.2.4. In some cases, users claim the batteries are being permanently damaged. We haven't noticed any problem with Ruth's PB yet, but the problems don't always materialise immediately it would seem.

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I have read these reports as well. It looks like those machines affected have trouble reading the state of power input. They do not recognize that they are running on battery and leave the power management settings on maximum performance. Although I have set Heidi to "Automatic" I do not have any problems so far.

Volker Weber, 2003-03-09

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