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Windows 7: Brand new W7 laptop but battery lasts less than hour!

15 Mar 2010   #11
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Take it off the charger every once in a while. After a while (many weeks or months), the battery won't hold a charge. I'm curious, what laptop do you own?


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15 Mar 2010   #12
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Product FRED View Post
Take it off the charger every once in a while. After a while (many weeks or months), the battery won't hold a charge. I'm curious, what laptop do you own?
Thanks Fred, It's an HP Compaq CQ61 - take a look at my first post; I have added more detail about the spec there. Fred, I will do as u suggest and let the battery die down eventually (is that what u mean?).

Everything else I am happy with about the laptop and there is no buzz at all when the screen is set to maximum brightness. That's why I'm reluctant to take it back if it isn't actually a problem if u see what i mean. Thanks again for all your help.
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15 Mar 2010   #13
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Well, not necessarily die down. Just use it off the charger every once in a while and plug it in when the battery's low. Also, you should turn off wireless when you're not using it and dim the screen. Turning off Aero saves a lot of battery too. There's a utility on lifehacker.com
that automatically disables and reenables it if you unplug or plug in your laptop.

I know it's a bit too late, but next time stay away from HP. I bought 2 laptops, I forgot which model, dv-something. There's an issue where the GPU essentially melts and the computer is useless. HP kept sending it back saying there was no problem, until the warranty ran out. This is still an ongoing issue with newer models and I'd highly recommend a Dell for your next laptop purchase.
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15 Mar 2010   #14
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Product FRED View Post
Well, not necessarily die down. Just use it off the charger every once in a while and plug it in when the battery's low. Also, you should turn off wireless when you're not using it and dim the screen. Turning off Aero saves a lot of battery too. There's a utility on lifehacker.com
that automatically disables and reenables it if you unplug or plug in your laptop.

I know it's a bit too late, but next time stay away from HP. I bought 2 laptops, I forgot which model, dv-something. There's an issue where the GPU essentially melts and the computer is useless. HP kept sending it back saying there was no problem, until the warranty ran out. This is still an ongoing issue with newer models and I'd highly recommend a Dell for your next laptop purchase.

First of all, thanks so much for all your help with the battery matter; yes, I am using wireless constantly and am using Aero also. I will do as you suggested regarding taking the laptop off the ac adapter and then plugging back in when battery is low. So, correct me if I am wrong, but u are essentially suggesting I use the laptop with the battery only and then reconnect to the mains when it is low?

Oh dear looks like I made an awful choice then. This is actually branded as Compaq but the bespoke software is indeed HP-Compaq as u correctly infer. Otherwise, I am actually happy with it, nice screen and lovely keyboard action. But probably made the wrong choice given your experiences. Oh well....thanks so much again for all your advice.
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15 Mar 2010   #15
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

You can use it plugged in, just every once in a while, use it on battery power. And as long as your laptop works and you're happy, that's good. Just trust me when i say go Dell next time or if this one craps out. You won't regret it.
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15 Mar 2010   #16
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Product FRED View Post
You can use it plugged in, just every once in a while, use it on battery power. And as long as your laptop works and you're happy, that's good. Just trust me when i say go Dell next time or if this one craps out. You won't regret it.
Thanks again Fred for the clarification . Much appreciated.
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15 Mar 2010   #17
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Just found this also in case it helps anyone else - which it probably won't! I'm still not sure if the buzzing is anything to worry about - it is very faint and completely disappears when screen brightness is maximum.

Compaq Presario CQ61 Notebook replacement screen problem
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Usually the high pitches buzzing sound that changes when you adjust the brightness and screen flickering is simply caused by the inverter
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15 Mar 2010   #18
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

manhunter, can i point you to this thread and follow the advice of Barman58 Stupid Stupid Laptop Battery some very good info there
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15 Mar 2010   #19
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
manhunter, can i point you to this thread and follow the advice of Barman58 Stupid Stupid Laptop Battery some very good info there
I'm gonna rep you for that. See, that's what I was talking about. Keeping it plugged in 24/7 will destroy your battery in a matter of months. Even if you find no need to unplug it, do it anyways and then plug it back in later on (don't let it die though). It's just maintenance.
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15 Mar 2010   #20
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Product FRED ,its Barman58 who should be repped not I
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