Battery low - Cannot program?

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    Another noobie question:

    For whatever stupid reason, I wanted to run my battery completely down. I did. Then I plugged it into my PC to charge but I can't tell if it is charging or not. Everyone in a while the black screen says:

    Bootloader
    2c.6c


    battery low
    cannot program

    What does this mean? Is my phone charging and will this go away as it gets more charged? Or have I screwed up?

    Help!
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    I ran my phone down until it turned off and then I plugged it into the wall charger and it didn't operate normally for about 3 minutes, then it brought up the main home screen.

    I wonder if the USB si barely giving enough power to get a stable charge level.

    My guess is it needs more time, but I would throw it on the wall charger since it gives it more juice.


    On a side note you should only completely run down your battery about once every 30 charges.
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    oooohhhh, you are probably right. I did read something about the PC not being as good when connected.

    Crap, don't have a wall charger at work. Oh well.

    Thank you very much for your assistance! :)
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    Don't mean to hijack this thread, but thought I would share my own mystery battery problem. The droid was charged via usb a little over 2 days ago mid morning. By 5-6pm I got a red flash stating battery low (5%) pls charged. Happened once before and I recharged right away. This time I thought, I want to see how long till the droid turned off. In the last 2 days, a couple phone calls, <5min. web browsing, a few texting was all I did. Battery still display red/low. Nothing was running except wavesecure, google voice (I FC google voice yesterday). Here's the batt. usage:
    2d 16h 10m 55s since unplugged
    ph idle 41%, cell standby 32%, display 17%, voice calls 4%, Android sys 4%, Android OS 3%.
    Could this be a software issue or usb charging like some stated here. I hardly use wall charging.
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    and for the record, it has been a little over 2 hours since I hooked it up to my PC and it has done nothing. I don't think it is even charging. I know I've charged it on there before when it was low, but I think the kickstart from nothing might be too much for it.

    Oh well, no phone until I get to my Jeep.
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    I know on my old cell phone (Sony Ericson T650i) - it took like 5-6 hours to charge via USB. I can only imagine that the Droid would take even longer. I just bought a second charger for work, as well as a car charger. Now I never get below the first bar of battery life.
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    My old Motorola flip phone would not charge itself from an empty battery using the charger that came with it. I plugged it into a charger that supplies more current and it was able to charge the battery so the LCD would display the charge status, then the Motorola charger could be used.

    The PC might provide enough to power the battery so it thinks it can turn on, but the boot process drains the battery too much. If you plugged it in at 5% while the phone was still on, I imagine there would be no problem with charging via PC.
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    It must be a powered USB port to charge, but I'm assuming it's connected to your PC. Signal strength will have a factor in the charging rate. At work, where the signal is good, it takes a couple of hours to charge from 60% to full, but at home the same time would drop it to 50%.
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    Let me know, I hope I'm right and there is nothing wrong with your phone.
    Good point. It's highly unlikely since it's on a computer but it's possible.
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    Will keep you posted. Thanks for all the advice.
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    The phone needs to be turned on to charge, and when you run your battery all the way down the phone shuts off... USB isn't powerful enough (not sure about powered USB) to run the boot sequence so the phone can't boot/won't charge.

    Plug it into the wall charger and it will boot/charge. Use the USB charger when the phone is still on, but needs a charge.
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    I had a very similar problem but wound up at a different solution. I had run the battery down so low that it went into a loop like so:
    - Droid is plugged into the wall, therefore it tries to boot.
    - Once it starts to boot the charging light comes on
    - Charging light blinks a few times and goes out
    - Droid gets close to or finishes booting (still not charging)
    - Droid reboots, starts the loop over.

    The fix was to plug into a computer USB port. For whatever reason, when the Droid is charging off a computer USB port it doesn't automatically boot up like it does when you plug into a wall wart. Leaving it plugged into USB overnight charged it while it was off and when it had enough power to, it booted up and has been good as new ever since.

    Try powering your Droid off and plugging it into a USB port for a few hours, see if it comes back to life.
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    Okay, my phone is awesome.

    I took the battery out for a while and when I got back to my truck I plugged it into the car charger and it started right up and started charging.

    Not a problem at all. :icon_ banana:

    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions, it was appreciated.

    These are just amazing phones, aren't they?
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    When it's plugged in via the wall plug it assumes you're using the multimedia dock and stays on. That's the best guess. My earlier comment about the USB port being powered is because there are unpowered USB hubs available and if it was plugged into that it wouldn't charge.
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    please remove, accidentally double posted.
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    I ran into this c2.62 boot issue just yesterday evening, up to that point the droid has been fine. I had about a 50% charge when I set the phone down to watch a movie with the family, about 90 minutes later I pick up the phone to see that c2.62 boot load, low battery, error. So first thing I try is to power off/power on the phone which yields nothing but the same screen. I then try to remove the battery for a minute and then try again; still same screen.

    I plug into to charge via computer for about 30 minutes, still again, same thing. At that point I start looking online and see that others have had similar issues and some have had to replace their phones, at that point I'm about to blow a gasket! I had also read that some noticed this after an update was pushed to their phone. I keep on digging and find that leaving it charge for about 2 hours via the ac adapter will usually do the trick, so I try that and again, yes that same blasted screen appears. Normally when you plug it into the wall to charge, the phone will power up, but this time it did not so that was a red flag right there.

    So then after I resign myself to the fact that I may need a new phone, I try one last ditch effort by swapping out the actual AC adapter to the Motorola one that came with my phone (for some reason I was using my old LG adapter during this process but it didn't dawn on me that it might be an issue since I hadn't noticed the problem before) . I usually use the Motorold adapter or my PC to charge my phone, but I also have an LG adapter that I occasionally use in a different room. As soon as I did that, the phone powered up and began to charge and since then have had no issues. I left it charge all night and so far today it's been working normal.

    Honestly, Im still at a loss as to why this happened, and Im hoping it doesn't happen anymore.

    Note to self and others, stick to the Motorola AC adapter to charge via the wall socket.
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    Just want to confirm this. My battery ran down and upon plugging it into my work computer, where I normally charge it, I received this same message. I left it for a half hour thinking it needed to juice up for a bit, but no change.

    Finally tried the wall charger (which is LG by the way) and it fired right up.
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    Just want to confirm this. My battery ran down and upon plugging it into my work computer, where I normally charge it, I received this same message. I left it for a half hour thinking it needed to juice up for a bit, but no change.

    Finally tried the wall charger (which is LG by the way) and it fired right up.
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    This might come a little late, but after running my battery all the way down, I was getting the same 2c.6c message. It would not reboot while connected to the USB cable & pc...I had to plug it to the wall in order to get my phone to restart
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    Sorry to hijack this thread, but I am having the identical problem with my Moto Droid.

    What's strange is that I charge the phone all day at work without problems (I notice that when prompted if you'd like transfer files from the desktop, if you don't mount
    it charges quicker). The only time that I have this problem if I forgot to charge the night before, and come in with a low battery.

    IF I let the phone die completely, and then attach to the USB charger I get the same Error 2C.6C. If I go use a Cigg. charger for a 5 mins, then go back into the office and connecting it to the USB it's fine, and will give me a full battery charge.

    Logic says that the desktop is not giving enough juice for it to Boot, but that's a guess. I would just use a wall charger, but don't have one here.

    Anyone know if there's a power output setting, or how to get my charger to at least boot up?

    Thanks guys,

    CJ
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