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Topic # 4836 1-Sep-2005 02:35
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I just bought a Dell 6000 with Windows Media Center with the TV tuner. I want to record TV shows but I'm not sure if I need to leave my laptop running all the time (ie do not turn off hard disks, suspend, or hibernate).

Here are some questions that I hope someon can help me answer:

1) do I have to leave everything running all the time for my shows to be recorded?

2) Is that bad for my laptop to be run all the time (and my battery)

3) Is there a way to move my recorded shows to an external hardrive so that I don't take up so much space on my laptop?

Let me know if you need more information to answer any questions.

Thank you in advance!!!!!

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Reply # 19475 1-Sep-2005 08:37
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Yes, you have to have it running all the time - in short you can have display off, HDD off because these will be activated as needed. But you can't have it in Suspend or Hibernate modes.

I don't see a problem in having a laptop on all the time. Batteries will be ok. Although some batteries do have a limit on number of charge cycles, if you leave it connected to the power all the time then it will all count as one cycle.

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  Reply # 19479 1-Sep-2005 09:26
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Thanks for the information!

On another note, is it better for me to let the battery fully discharge then fully recharge as much as possible?

Each time I plug inthe charger it's considered one charge, so if it is only 1/2 charged and I plug in the adaptor then I'm using up one charge.



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Reply # 19480 1-Sep-2005 09:35
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I am not an electrical engineer, but what I read is that these days with new batteries there's no need to fully discharge them before charging again - actually this is not good (I think I proved this myself when my Smartphone was fully discharged and wouldn't charge from the USB cable, only from a wall charger).

As I said, keep t constantly plugged in while at home, this is not a problem.

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