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Windows 7: Windows 7 battery (Consider replacing)

25 Jul 2010   #41
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Som View Post
Say if I do get a new battery and this happens again a few weeks after (as I have read that this has happened) then what? buy another one?.....again?
Some people have found that the BIOS mistakes the condition of the battery or has trouble detecting it. Sometimes flashing the BIOS with the newest BIOS version will solve the problem. It is recommended not to try this until you get the problem with a new battery. Also, some people don't realize the "new" battery they get a clearance deal on has been sitting in a warehouse for 1 or 2 years. It is my understanding from what I have read recently that what the Os shows it what its getting from the BIOS. My BIOS was recommending I get a new battery before 7 was. The next paragraph is skip-able.

As for people blaming 7, I did not have problems with mine until it was 18 months old, and it stopped detecting it when it was 19-20 months old. I had the RC installed for four or five months with no issues and it wasn't until a few days after installing the RTM that I first got the message. According to what I've read on Dell.com, with the way I have used it, it shouldn't even hold a charge, as it is 28 months old. While trying to cycle the battery I discovered that it does last about 30 minutes with high performance power settings, and it took a longer time to charge than I thought it would, so I know it can hold a half-decent charge. I did notice in the last couple months before the message appeared the battery was dying in around an hour. When I first got it, the battery would last 3.5 hours. Also, Dell batteries have an external power meter. The Meter now only shows when it is nearly dead, or fully charged. If its inbetween, then it shows one or the other. This tells me that it is definitely something wrong with the battery itself.


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25 Jul 2010   #42
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Read this post mostly done by Barman....

Stupid Stupid Laptop Battery

and let's put this baby to bed.
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26 Jul 2010   #43
Som

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
Read this post mostly done by Barman....

Stupid Stupid Laptop Battery

and let's put this baby to bed.
Thanks. I'm going to try Battery Doubler. I'll keep trying up until the point where I HAVE to replace the battery
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27 Jul 2010   #44
Som

Win7
 
 

I've managed to jump from 20 - 30 - 50 minutes using battery doubler and changing certain power settings under power management. I also recalibrated the battery which helped to some extent. Can't see if I'll get up to 2 hours
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