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How to Maintain and Extend the Life of Laptop Batteries

Laptop battery is one important component that must be considered in use. Many laptop users admitted the batteries drop and not durable when the laptop is still fairly young age.

How to treat the batteries to make it more durable and can be used much longer? Learn some tips that are mixed following.

Set the battery power

In Windows there is such thing features power options. Through this feature you can adjust the power consumption of a laptop. The trick is very easy. Click the Start button, then open Control Panel and then double-click Power Options icon. Will appear a dialog box with a Power Option Properties. Then select the Power Schemes tab. On the drop down menu will have six options, namely Home / Office Desk, Portable / Laptop, Presentation, Always On, Minimal Power Management, and Max Battery.

Try click on one of six choices. Setting the turn of the monitor, hard disks, System standby, or System hibernates time will vary, depending on the option you choose.

If you want a more durable battery, you should choose 'Max Battery'. This option will save battery usage because it only requires a minimum processor speed such as to read the documents or check e-mail. Max Battery will affect the speed of the laptop in the sense of a laptop's performance will decrease.

Do not let any device 'parking' on the laptop when not in use

Often, allowing laptop users have the device plugged in the laptop - whether it's cable digital cameras, USB memory stick, PC Card - though such devices are not used anymore. Make sure the appliance is unplugged from the laptop when not in use because it will drain battery power.

Notice the use and recharging of the batteries

Do not half-hearted when to recharge the battery. Charge up to full 100 percent. If the battery is running low, the rechargeable battery back up to full but do not wait until the battery is completely empty. This will make the battery capacity to work well.

To note again, remove the battery from the laptop if you do not use the laptop for a long time. Would be better if the laptop plugged directly into the adapter if you will work in a long time.

Reduce the brightness

Webuser.co.uk launch that the LCD will eat battery power. Therefore you are advised to reduce the brightness of a laptop as minimum as possible but still comfortable to the eye.

Use the Screen Savers 'Blank'

Screen saver is turns out to drain the battery. Therefore, use a screen saver 'Blank'. The trick, right click on Desktop and select Properties. It would appear the Display Properties dialog box, then select the Screen Saver tab. On the drop down menu there are a lot of screen saver options, including FlowerBox 3D, 3D Flying Objects, 3D Text, Blanks, Marquee and so forth. You are advised to choose 'Blank' and set the time waiting (Wait time) up to 2 minutes and then click OK. This step will make the battery more efficient.

Reduce resolution

Another way to make the battery last longer is to reduce the screen resolution and number of colors used in laptops. To reduce it, you can right click on the Windows Desktop and select Properties. In the Display Properties dialog box select the Settings tab. Then set the resolution slider by pulling it to the left to reduce the resolution. Then in the drop down menu select the color quality (color quality) is lower, and then click OK.

Turn off Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi certainly participate actively consuming the battery consumption. If it does not intend to take advantage of wireless access, or to the Internet, make sure the Wi-Fi in the dead so that batteries last longer.

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How to extend the battery life of your laptop HP/Compaq pavilion dm4

Tips to increase battry life:
1. Never charge when battery already full.
2. Keep low Brightness.
3. Keep volume medium.
4. Always use headset to hear songs or see films.
5. High graphics games never play on laptops it reduses your lapy's battery life.
6. Never use laptop up to 0% battery power.
7. Close background processes using task manager(these processes not essential but consume battary.

Jun 21, 2013 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook

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Is turned on, won't turn off when I press the button and screen is blank.

Hi jorgensenspam


You say nothing about the make and model of your laptop. You also don't say which Operating System you use, so my answer will be presented in general, Windows terms. If yours is a non-Windows Operating System, consider applying the logic and principles involved here to your own Operating System and, if in doubt, please feel free to add a Comment or Clarification to this Question, including information about the type, model and specification of your computer and its Operating System.

If when you power on the laptop you see a Power LED but no Hard Drive activity LED AND nothing on the screen, the Graphics Chip might be faulty. Faulty Graphics Chips can are indicated by a regular flashing or permanent "on" state of the Power LED at the front of the notebook when you try to power it up and can be repaired by Ball Graphics Array Reflow or BGA Reballing. These repairs have an average success rate but can be expensive and must be done by an experienced specialist with specialist equipment such as an Infra Red Workstation, an Oscilloscope and a Micro soldering Station. The fault can come back. BGA Reballing generally achieves better, longer-lasting results than BGA Reflow but can be more expensive.

A reputable, specialist motherboard component level repair centre should be able to offer you a No-Fix-No-Fee Graphics Chip repair service and a 3-6 Month Re-repair or Full Refund Post Repair Same Fault Warranty.

Sometimes the surface of the graphics chip is too damaged to repair. If the Graphics Chip is irreparable or the cost of Graphics Chip repair seems expensive to you compared to the current market value of the laptop, then consider buying a new laptop, having any important data transferred to the new laptop, formatting the old laptop's hard drive, offering the working components (LCD Panel, Power Inverter, Hard Drive, RAM Memory Modules, Battery, AC/DC Adapter, Wireless LAN Card, Keyboard, CPU, CPU Heatsink, CMOS Battery, Lid Frame, Chassis) of the old laptop for sale on eBay or some similar website to recoup some cash. Dismantled, functioning, 2nd User Laptop Components have far more cumulative value than an assembled, non-functioning laptop, which only has low scrap, value.

Also, always use a surge protector for computer equipment, never directly to the mains.

If the battery cells are dead, you may also require a replacement battery.

I suggest you take the laptop to a repair shop for testing of the components listed above and/or a quotation for graphics chip repair.

I hope this helps.

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Sep 25, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Compaq presario v6000

u should once take out urs laptop battery n again fit it to its place....then restrat urs laptop....
u can solve dis problem eaisly.....

Jun 14, 2008 | Compaq Presario Notebook

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