Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



1892 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 179

Trusted
Subscriber

Topic # 28030 15-Nov-2008 10:56 Send private message

I'm after a little feedback here on peoples perceptions of how long a laptop battery should last in terms of it's length of life.  I brought an HP DV6603AX (my 1st laptop) back in Feb of this year and it's been well used ever since.

I've noticed that the battery gets extremely hot so tend to use a cooling device nearly all of the time now, however the battery is not of the type recently recalled due to overheating problems.

My problem is, the battery used to last about 1 hour (which doesn't seem like a long time to me anyway) before I needed to plug it into mains.  Nine months later, that time has reduced to about 30 minutes (quite a sharp reduction in the last few months actually) making me suspect the high temperatures I experienced before buying a cooling device have had an impact in the battery cells.

What would happen with the battery, up to a few months ago, is it would get to a low charge, warn me then hibernate if I took no action.  What seems to happen now is it loses it's charge really fast, if I'm lucky a warning will be thrown up, but then it just shuts off - something the OS doesn't like at all and I have to tell it to "restart normally".

So, is my battery underperforming, or is it just time to purchase a new one?

Thanks in advance
Steve




Vodafone VDSL:

Create new topic
729 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  Reply # 178118 15-Nov-2008 11:30 Send private message

Just a quick query - what things are you using it for in the time before it runs out?









1892 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 179

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 178121 15-Nov-2008 11:42 Send private message

A bit of surfing, streaming radio (can't get The Rock via home thatre as reception's crap where I am), just general mucking about.  Nothing intensive, not a gamer or torrent user.




Vodafone VDSL:

729 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  Reply # 178124 15-Nov-2008 11:45 Send private message

Then imo your battery life should definitely have lasted longer than that! I mean they all end up crappy, but not that quickly. Even at the start it doesn't sound like it was doing that amazingly







BDFL
49530 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4377

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 178161 15-Nov-2008 19:43 Send private message

Also if you can remove the CD/DVD drive and turn off the infrared eye (in your BIOS settings) this helps saving battery. But certainly it should last more than this anyway...






1892 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 179

Trusted
Subscriber

Reply # 178179 15-Nov-2008 21:25 Send private message

Thanks for the replies.  I'll talk to the Harvey Norman store where I brought the laptop from and see what they come up with.  From the tone of some posts about them recently, I imagine they'll be fairly receptive.




Vodafone VDSL:

Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:




News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Warning: Rage Ahead - Campbell Live and childhood poverty
Created by kawaii, last reply by KiwiNZ on 3-Sep-2014 06:33 (132 replies)
Pages... 7 8 9


Does NZ need better gun laws?
Created by mattwnz, last reply by kawaii on 3-Sep-2014 05:40 (105 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


What tyre brand/model to look at ?
Created by Mark, last reply by Oblivian on 2-Sep-2014 21:36 (35 replies)
Pages... 2 3


VideoEZY OnDemand
Created by Andib, last reply by davidcole on 2-Sep-2014 20:10 (63 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Judith Collins: I am resigning
Created by Presso, last reply by gzt on 2-Sep-2014 11:42 (109 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8


Cirque du Soleil Cellphone Hijack
Created by myopinion, last reply by PhantomNVD on 1-Sep-2014 18:01 (21 replies)
Pages... 2


Orcon Global Mode launched
Created by freitasm, last reply by shk292 on 1-Sep-2014 11:32 (132 replies)
Pages... 7 8 9


Lightbox press event release
Created by freitasm, last reply by IcI on 30-Aug-2014 17:54 (562 replies)
Pages... 36 37 38



Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.