Your enthusiasm is admirable. The problem for me is that anything that clicks together has a tendency to un-click at inopportune moments. Also, given my increasing age I prefer laptops with a couple of cm of thickness so my tired opposable thumbs have a better chance of holding them and not having them slip out of my hands. So a skinny laptop that can fall apart easily with a large bump of a box attached to the base or the screen is not my idea of a useful device. Others, I am sure will love the challenge
Anyway, I am trying to work out whether there is any point throwing any more money at my pi-top or whether I should just chuck it.
I have found information that suggests that the hub/battery packs on the Mk1 pi-tops were not the most reliable of items. Mine has lasted a year of use. Other users at a time in the past when Pi-tops were under guarantee received base units FOC, in some cases more than once. If I buy a replacement will that also die after a year of use?
Pi-top will sell me a green base unit but they only accept PayPal as a payment method. Normally if a supplier demands PayPal only I go and find another supplier however in this case there is no other supplier.
I can put up with opening a PayPal account, buying a base unit and then closing the PayPal account, but not if I will only get a years use out of the new item.
Is there any way of checking if it is the hub or the battery that is the problem, diagnostic checks for the hub for example? I have tried the firmware fix for the battery which now runs fine but does not help the problem. In the CLI it shows that the battery has been found just that it will not charge.
Is there any chance of the software update installed the last time the battery was working properly has cause a problem? I am running a RPi4 so wonder if something that the older Pi-tops relied on has been deprecated or removed? I can check that by installing a version of Sirius from 2019 that I have sitting on a hard drive.
Assuming the hub is still OK would something like this work as a replacement for the battery? https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Polymer-Battery-Lithium-ion-replacement-laptop_1600212873490.html?spm=a2700.7724857.normal_offer.d_image.1f6a6113WTrX9i
Perhaps to put my comments in context, I am not used to batteries dying after a year of use. I have just replaced the battery in my Eee PC 901 bought in early 2009. It started losing capacity in the last year and still had over 50% capacity when I replaced the battery. My 2008 Eee PC 701 is still running the higher capacity battery I put in it shortly after I bought it without any sign of deterioration. Both devices have had considerable periods of daily use and periods where the batteries have been fully discharged.
So I throw myself at the mercy of those more knowledgeable beings on the pi-top forums.