Smart Battery Workshop 3.71
Smart Battery Workshop general info
"Smart Battery Workshop" is a tool, which is useful in a process of notebook battery repair. It uses Philips Standard I2C Parallel Port Adapter that can be assembled in one hour by person with no electronics skills.
Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP Platform :
0.6 MbFile Size :
Free to try; $80 to buy License :
January 23, 2007 Date Added :
Smart Battery Workshop Full Description
"Smart Battery Workshop" is a package of software tools, which are useful in a process of notebook battery repair. It uses Philips Standard I2C Parallel Port Adapter that can be assembled in one hour by person with no electronics skills and dose not require any hard-to-find components. Total components cost is around $1.
# Smart Battery Workshop provides read-only access to all the data listed in Smart Battery DataSpecification Revision 1.1. via LPT/SMBus adapter directly from battery terminals (57 parameters). All the BitFlags are decoded into human readable clear text.
# Allows user to reset Smart Battery EEPROM to its initial values (this will erase all tracks of previous battery usage) except for ManufactureDate, which will be changed to current system date. All the Permanent Failure Flags if such will be found will be cleared (this will unlock the battery if it is locked) . So user will have a "brand new" battery after repacking. Electronics skills are also not needed. Everything works automatically. No editable fields. Just one button - "Reset". For safety reasons the original memory dump is saved as a binary file each time the "Reset" button is pressed.
Currently supported chipsets:
# M37515/ S29L220 (SL220)
# PIC16C63A/24C01 (used in COMPAQ Armada M300, E500, M700 and some other models) Not SMBus battery.
# M37516/AK6480A (80AF)
# AS355D/S29L394A (SL394)
# AS358D/S29L394A (SL394)
Will be added soon:
# M37516/S29L220 (SL220)
The chipsets listed above cover a grate variety of notebook batteries such as used in IBM ThinkPad, DELL, Toshiba, HP etc.
Adapter must be connected to LPT1 with the following settings in BIOS: address - 378, modes - EPP or ECP. Supported: Win95/Win98/WinME/Win2000/Win2003/WinXP. If you work under Win95/98/ME then go to "My Computer/Propeties/Perfomance/File System/Troubleshooting/" and check "Disable all 32-bit protected-mode disk drivers " checkbox.
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