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The_Computer_Wizard

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#1 11 years ago

ok, its not a huge deal, but on full charge my laptop is only givin me around 50 minutes battery time, and this is pretty odd considering last week it was givin me around 1:45-2:15 on a full charge, ive checked my system and i cant find any spyware/viruses that would be eating up my memory, thus killing my battery, i also havent made any huge changes to my system. I have a memory usage indicator and it says 70% of the 512mb of ram are used up, but i only have like 32 processes running... so whats killing my memory and battery? and im not 100% but im pretty sure 70% memory usage is alot considering i hover around 60 on my desktop and i have like 55 processes running, with ALOT more programs on startup then my laptop so anyone know of anything i can do to increase the life of my battery? ill repost with the exact specs of my battery, but i have a dell inspirion 1000 (kinda older, gona get a new one this year for my high school graduation) with 512mb ram, and a 40gb hdd, the battery is i believe a sanyo lithium ion, but other then that im not sure, ill try and update it in my next post if its really that important




Bs|Archaon

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#2 11 years ago

Use the power options. Depending on what the manufacturer has done to it you may be able to do things like dim the screen when it's running off battery (my VAIO can but I don't believe it's an option in 'normal' Windows power management).

Also, click the battery icon in your taskbar and choose max battery (I think it's a single left click that brings it up, for some reason). Doing that takes my battery life from something ridiculous like half an hour to something I can actually use.




marvinmatthew

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#3 11 years ago

As long as you have XP service pack two, you'll have the ability to go in and customize your power management settings pretty extensively.

Try certian tricks like turring down the brightness of your screen, or (as Archaon said) make the screen shut off once you've left it alone for a few minutes.

As for yor recent problem with the sudden battery life drop. It sounds to me that something changed your power management settings. It could be a program of some sort, or it could have even been something like a Windows Update.




UNDIESRULES

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#4 11 years ago

Li-Ion Batteries have what is sometimes known as an electronic memory. If you continually recharge from a partly discharged state it will reduce the recharge capabilities of the battery and eventually ruin its recharge capability. Be sure to fully discharge it before plugging it back in or it will shorten the life of the battery considerably.




The_Computer_Wizard

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#5 11 years ago

yea, i know about battery memory, my dad always used to tell me about it with his police radios (he was a detective in nyc) so i try and run it down to nothing about every week or two, also none of the power managment settings have changed since the sudden drop, also sry it took me so long to respond, ive been puking the last few days and havent been able to get on my comp