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Reviving ancient laptop. Answered

I lost the battery to an old Sony Vaio. I'd like to use it again, maybe run Xubuntu on it, could you point me in the direction of a way to use a bunch of regular batteries to power it? I'd be very appreciative.

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xakh (author)2008-09-28

http://www.sony.jp/products/Consumer/PCOM/VAIO/Note505EX/index.html
this is a page that contains information on my laptop, unfortunately it's not in english.

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caitlinsdad (author)xakh2008-09-28

google or search "Sony vaio pcg-505". Lots of replacement batteries $30 to $99. You still need to get the power cable or power supply to charge it up. I guess you do not have that either.

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PKM (author)2008-09-28

You can get OEM laptop batteries remarkably cheap on ebay- that's how I revived my old Dell. I have no idea how "using a bunch of regular batteries" would go down with the laptop's battery management system, but I suggest getting a replacement battery as by far the easiest solution.

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caitlinsdad (author)2008-09-28

You could look up the specs on what the batteries supplied in terms of voltage and amperage. You can then hook it up with the correct polarity. Create a powerpack equivalent or just find/make the correct power supply/transformer with matching cable to plug in. Good luck.

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