MacDailyNews has two identical Apple PowerBook G4/400 Titanium PowerBooks among our collection of Macs. One has been upgraded to Mac OS X 10.3.3, the other still runs Mac OS X 10.3.2. Each has had their batteries replaced with Hi-Capacity brand 14.8 Volt 440mAh Li-ion battery packs (part number B-5902) which we purchased from DevDepot, Hi-Capacity product page here.
The Mac running 10.3.3 will not charge these Hi-Capacity batteries, however it will charge the Apple battery that originally shipped with the unit. Before its upgrade to 10.3.3, when it ran 10.3.2, the Mac would charge theses Hi-Capacity batteries along with the Apple ones.
The other PowerBook still running 10.3.2 will charge any battery we throw at it.
We have been unable to rectify the situation. Resetting PMU and other remedies all fail to fix this problem. As these are TiBooks, Apple’s semi-recently-released (12/17/03) Battery Update 1.1 does not apply to this model.
Obviously, the battery is good. Mac OS X 10.3.2 will charge the battery. Mac OS X 10.3.3 will not.
If anyone is running a PowerBook with Mac OS X 10.3.3 and using Hi-Capacity (or other third-party) batteries and finding they will not charge, please let us know below. If you’ve found a solution, let us know!