Just over 12 months ago we purchased 55 HP 2710p Tablets with Vista Business for our Teaching Staff. The machines have generally been pretty good but we had some unsolvable battery issues that we couldn’t solve ourselves and eventually opened a support case with HP to try and rectify. We had various problems with batteries not holding much, or any charge and some machines that wouldn’t recognise their battery at all and would only work with the AC adapter connected to the power. If we swapped batteries around between machines they would start to work normally again and the battery would charge and be usable, however, it wouldn’t be long before the machine would have battery issues again.
HP Support got us to run the Battery Check and Health Check on some effected machines as well as machines that hadn’t had any battery issues and send them the .XML files that were generated for their engineers to check. We also sent them the .nfo System Info files from MSINFO32.exe for these machines.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Battery Check\hpbc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Health Check\hphc.exe
Running these two applications generates two logs files that are stored under HP Active Support
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Active Support\Logs
Battery Check Results: HealthCheckBC.xml
1: <?xml version="1.0"?>
2: <HC_BCheck Generated="17/10/2008 11:25:39 AM">
4: <HealthStatus SerialNumber="2CE7412ZL5">Test Passed</HealthStatus>
16: <BatteryManufactureName>HP </BatteryManufactureName>
24: <SerialNumber>00577 2008/04/10</SerialNumber>
HP Health Check Results: HealthCheckAC.xml
1: <?xml version="1.0"?>
2: <HC_ACheck AC_Server="h20397.www2.hp.com" Generated="25/08/2008 12:13:32 PM" HealthStatus="Poor">
3: <ISSUE GUID="10007315-0281-0514-8344-020194660001">
10: <PERSISTANT value="always" timestamp="" />
11: <ALERT>Please update HP Health Check by clicking on REPAIR and following the instructions.</ALERT>
12: <SYMPTOM>HP Health Check update available.</SYMPTOM>
16: <ISSUE GUID="10007315-0281-0514-8344-020194660047">
23: <PERSISTANT value="always" timestamp="" />
24: <ALERT>There is a critical security update available for HP Quick Launch Button software. This update removes a security vulnerability by disabling HP Info Center. Click the GREEN button to apply the security update.</ALERT>
25: <SYMPTOM>HP Quick Launch Buttons security update available.</SYMPTOM>
The Health Check managed to find that the machine’s were missing an update for the HP Quick Launch buttons, but didn’t find that there was an updated BIOS available for the 2710p. The HP Health check seems to be pretty good at finding updates for HP software and drivers, but not so good at finding and recommending firmware updates. The issue has been resolved by updating to the latest BIOS, which for us was F.13, F.14 is now available. All machines that had experienced battery problems have now received the BIOS update, and have not had any problems with batteries holding their charge or not being detected since then.