Got my framework laptop a month ago, and generally super happy. One issue I had was trying to get sleep/hibernate to work properly in Linux, as I don’t use it every day and it’s important that it wakes up with my session still active and battery still charged. I mostly got it working, but often the startup after hibernate takes a very long time (1-2 minutes - screen stays blank first, and after a minute or so it seems to reboot, show the framework logo, and then it actually does resume from hibernate into my running linux session).
Yesterday the laptop didn’t boot at all any more. Power button didn’t react at all, no lights. No charging light when plugging in charger. Pressing power for 10 seconds didn’t do anything.
So I followed the guide for mainboard reset (removing CMOS battery, etc.). This revived the laptop, and after booting I was surprised that the battery was actually still at 65%, not empty at all.
When inserting the CMOS battery again after the reset, I noticed that the little plastic clip was broken (the tiny retaining hooks that go over the edge of the battery holding it in). So the battery didn’t stay in properly. I then taped it down with some Kapton tape, which works for now. But I also then thought that the battery clip might have been damaged before already, as I noticed the battery being at an angle before already.
Could it be that my reboot issues after hibernate were caused by a broken battery clip, i.e. that if the laptop is moved or carried, that it briefly disconnected and caused boot problems? It hasn’t happened since, but it’s only been 1 day so I don’t know yet.
Is there a way to replace/fix the batter holder? I’m very proficient in SMD soldering, have a hot air station, fine SMD soldering tips and stereo microscope, but is there a part code for this clip, is it available from Digikey/Mouser/etc.? As it’s a very dense area in the mainboard, is this advisable, has anyone done this successfully?
maybe a suggestion for future models, use a more sturdy clip? From reading the forums and instructions I assume it’s already a known concern that it’s very fragile.