Dell Inspiron 1525 is one of the most “expensive” budget notebooks, its sleek design, strong dual-core performance, long laptop battery life, and top-notch multimedia components set it apart from the pack.
The Inspiron 1525 ran for 2 hours and 41 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, using the included six-cell battery, a decent score for budget 15-inch laptop. A 9-cell Dell inspiron 1525 battery is also available.
Simple Tips for conserving Dell Inspiron 1525 Notebook Battery power
Reduce the number of open applications . Each open software application uses memory and power, even when the application window is minimized. Close software applications to conserve battery power.
Reduce the brightness of the screen to the minimum readable level. Use the Fn and F7 or F8 keys to adjust the brightness.
Remove peripherals when not in use. External hard drives, CD-ROMs, Zip drives, PC cards, and other peripheral devices can draw power from your Dell Inspiron 1520 Notebook Battery even when they are not in active use. Disconnect them when you are finished using them.
Reduce the speed of your processor. The faster your computer works, the more quickly it uses the supply of power. You can extend the charge of your Dell inspiron battery by slowing down your processor’s speed. Methods to reduce processor speed vary from model to model, and your manual should provide instructions for doing so.
Turn off the Wireless On-Off button when it is not in use. If your notebook has one, press the Wireless On-Off button so that the light turns off.
Change the power option setting. Select either Dell Recommended or Power saver to conserve battery power.
The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is one of the largest showcases of new technology in the world.
Hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association in Las Vegas, CES 2013 will open to press and exhibitors from every facet of the electronics industry, and TechRadar will be there.
With plenty of winners and losers, last year’s CES 2012was big news for many reasons.
First, the show floor opened on Jan. 9, a week later than usual. LG and Sony unveiled 55-inch Ultra High-Definition TVs, then the largest in the world. Intel gave us a glimpse of the touch enabled Ultrabooks™ we’ve been seeing everywhere lately.
Last and most notably, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave the company’s last CES keynote, introducing the world to Windows 8‘s Metro interface, and announcing Xbox 360 apps for Fox, IGN and more.
To follow that, CES 2013 will be a mix of keynote razzle dazzle, sneak peeks at the latest tech, and introductions to products that will go from patently unaffordable to a given in every living room, a lot faster than you’d believe.
ZTE’s Grand S Does a 5-inch Entrance
This phone was a bit of a mystery for a good 24 hours, before the CES press page gave us a helping hint at what the Chinese manufacturer’s 5-inch handset would be called.
The ZTE Grand S is set to debut Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m., bringing the company’s first FHD smartphone and, according to the press blurb, “the world’s thinnest for 5 inch FHD smartphones.”
It will be made of ceramic and feature “traditional Chinese style,” whatever that means for a phone.
Samsung Announces Major New Product
Hold onto your oversized souvenir drink – Samsung has an earth shattering announcement planned for CES.
At least that’s what the South Korean company would have us believe in a teaser video it recently posted.
While short on details, the video implores the world to “get ready” for something we’ve all been waiting for. We’ve touched on the rebranding rumors, the Galaxy S4 and even a QWERTY tablet.
While Samsung could announce one, none or all three of these products, it could have a product up its sleeve that leaves up entirely blindsided. We kind of hope for that…
A Red Ridge Tablet From Intel
A recent filing at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission revealed an intriguing device illustrated with a label that read “Red Ridge.”
Red Ridge is Intel’s Medfield-based tablet platform, and while that news is certainly noteworthy, what makes us think a tablet could show at CES is that the device tested was reportedly a “production unit.”
That means we could see a commercial model in a month’s time – or just about when CES’ doors open.
A 110-inch 4K LED TV
Westinghouse isn’t being shy about it’s ambitions to present the “world’s largest” 4K LED TV at CES. The company said as much in a press note.
While it won’t be the biggest TV out there (Panasonic’s 152-incher takes that crown) it will be interesting to see how the company prices this puppy.
Though it beats out Samsung’s 85-inch behemoth in size, because it’s a lesser manufacturer, we could actually see a price tag that the non-Jay Z’s of the world can afford. Either way, it’ll make watching football really engrossing.
Mere months ago HTC released two killer devices into the marketplace, the Droid DNA and the HTC One X+. Apparently that wasn’t enough for the Taiwanese manufacturer. If a couple of recent rumors are true, HTC has a couple more smartphones up its sleeve.
The first rumbling came back in June when a possible line-up of HTC Windows Phone 8 devices was leaked, the headliner being the 4.7-inch HTC Zenith. Then another WP8 device, the HTC Titan III registered on our radar thanks to a survey on Xbox Live. Now just a few days ago we caught wind of the HTC M7, which the rumors peg as a possible 5-inch flagship device.
If these leaks have any merit, big handsets would seem to be a running theme for HTC. After the iPhone went over 4-inches, everyone seems to be upsizing. Maybe this is HTC’s new angle after it bowed out of the US tablet market?
LG Gives CPU Making a Try
The rumor mill is turning even faster as the days wind down to CES 2013. One thread we keep seeing pop up is processors, and LG is the latest to jump in the mix.
A report out of Korea has the tech firm producing in-house made CPUs next year, starting with chips for its web-capable Smart TVs.
One chip could be the H13, with the H standing for home entertainment and the 13 for the year, and we could see it and others come early January.
A Tablet to Take Notice Of
There’s a good chance we’ll see a good number of tablets at the show, but there’s two we’ve heard about recently that could really turn some heads.
Asus is reportedly working on a tablet with the model name ME172V, a slate that could reach no more than 7 inches, come with a microSD slot for expandable memory and flash a price that puts the Google Nexus 7 on notice.
And while Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is stealing most of the South Korean company’s 2013 thunder, we’ve heard the firm might be planning a 13.3-inch tablet to take on Asus’ Transformer series.
The 13-incher would even feature a QWERTY keyboard dock.
Intel to Outline New Tablet Chips
In the mood for some T-time?
Intel is supposedly prepping the introduction of a next gen processor at CES 2013: the Bay Trail-T.
The Bay Trail-T is rumored as a quad-core scheduled for a 2014 launch, though CES will see the series’ debut plus info on what manufactures are building slates based off the Trail-T.
A SoC sibling is also expected at the Vegas show. Dubbed the Valleyview-T, the chip could take on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 and Qualcomm’s S4.
Look for long battery lives plus 22nm prowess, superior audio, boosted memory capacity and amped up graphics when used in conjunction with the Gen7 Intel GPU. There’s even talk 3D video recording could be in the cards.
Galaxy S4 with Full HD Super AMOLED Display
As the major hardware manufacturer taking up CES real estate, it’s no surprise Samsung should (so far) dominate the rumor mill.
This one has a Full HD Super AMOLED display arriving at the show, but that’s not all: chances are we’ll see such a screen housed inside the Galaxy S4.
A Samsung source reported that the display’s resolution will reach 1920 x 1080 and a staggering 441 ppi, but the real point of interest is in the ultra-thin and energy efficient AMOLED technology.
Fingers crossed Samsung decides to bring a SIV with such a screen as its CES carry on.
Huawei Ascends Take Flight
With Windows Phone 8 reveals by Nokia, HTC and Samsung already in the books, it was easy to forget that a fourth manufacturer received a Microsoft nod to use the new OS.
China’s Huawei may take the CES stage to bring its WP8 dish to the party in the form of the Ascend W1.
Though the Ascend W1 will be the last guest to arrive, it may turn out to be the phone everyone flocks to if a cheap asking price is tacked on.
The firm may also introduce the higher-end Ascend W3, a phone with a 4.5-inch display that recently leaked online.
Huawei has kept its lips sealed on whether it’s even working on one or more Windows Phone 8 handsets, so CES could be the time it decides to open up.
World’s Largest Ultra HD TV from Samsung
Can you say “whoa?” Samsung is about to set mouths agape with an 85-inch Ultra HD LED TV, “the world’s largest commercialized UHD LED TV.”
The company made the over eight million pixel tube official Nov. 12, and we’re looking forward to standing wide-eyed before the mondo television that probably makes the lights on the Strip look like dying flashlights.
Samsung Rebrands Itself
Despite having the best-selling smartphone in the world and running an operating system on clip to eclipse all others, Samsung is reportedly preparing quite the rebranding at CES 2013.
While we don’t necessarily anticipate a radical image reimagining, we do expect Samsung will take advantage of the stage (and a keynote speech) to introduce a new facet to its business identity – a refresh, as it were.
One of CES’s exhibit categories is “Digital Health and Fitness,” so Samsung will likely tack onto that theme with the introduction of products (or the retooling of current devices) that fit into the health and wellness category.
Samsung has reportedly hired a design team that’s worked with Nike on some of that company’s branding initiatives, so we’ll likely see some dynamic stuff from South Korea in Vegas.
As Samsung continues to grow from an Asian powerhouse to a global one, how it sells itself to a broad international audience will be key to its future.
We expect Stephen Woo, president of Samsung Electronics’ device solutions division, to set the tone of the company’s refreshed self during his keynote address Jan. 9.
It took a while but CRT televisions have finally become the stuff of garage sales and trips to grandma’s house, and 3D screens have just started to crack the home market. Now everyone’s lovely flatscreen is about to become a little bit obsolete, thanks Ultra High-Definition.
After a brief flirtation with 4K high-definition, the CEA settled on the name Ultra HD. However, Sony, always one to buck a naming trend (remember Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD?) has said it will stick with numbered moniker, calling its pixel-dense displays 4K Ultra High-Definition (4K UHD).
Still, everyone seems to be in agreement over the spec requirements set by the CEA, defining what it takes to be called Ultra HD. According to the group, Ultra means at least 8 million pixels, with a minimum resolution of 3840 x 2160, and an aspect ratio of at least 16 x 9.
Now the question is how big will the screens at CES 2013 be? There’s debate between engineers as to whether anyone can even tell the difference between UHD and regular HD on a display that’s less than 100-inches. And when will these TVs become affordable? Right now they’re around $20,000 (UK£12,515, AUD $19,210), keeping them firmly in Donald Trump and Richard Branson territory.
Intel Introduces a New Mobile Processor, Stakes its Claim
Intel is probably one of the most recognizable names coming to CES 2013, though it’s not the only chipmaker making a stand on the Vegas exhibit floor.
We expect Intel to show up big at the event, schooling the competition on how it’s done, and very likely announcing a new mobile processor or two as well as some destined for PCs.
Intel is in an interesting position in terms of its mobile future: although it claims to have 20 Windows 8 tablets sporting its new Z2760 processor coming to market soon, the firm’s chips are currently only found in six smartphones.
ARM and its licensees are making a killing in the mobile space and all are heading down to Nevada for the show, creating a perfect storm for one-up-man ship on the Strip.
ARM-based chips, while found in major money makers like the iPad and various Android tablets, aren’t terribly up to snuff when it comes to processing prowess.
Yet Intel hasn’t even breached the realm of relevancy smartphone space, making CES the time where it needs to stake that claim.
There’s been talk that Apple may chuck Intel as its CPU provider in the coming years. Cupertino recently developed a poppy processor for its iPad 4 – the A6X – a chip that’s reportedly twice as fast as those found in older iPads.
For that reason alone, Intel has got to show why it’s relevant in mobile and why it deserves to be considered the top chipmaker in the world now and for years to come.
We’d love to see Intel not only announce a new mobile processor, but unveil a new partnership. It’s got to prove it can work well with others (and capture consumer imagination) if it hopes to move deeper into smartphones and tablets.
Nvidia Trumps out Tegra 4
Nvidia’s Tegra 3 has done quite for itself this year, jumping into phones like HTC’s One X+ and tablets such as Google’s Nexus 7 and Microsoft’sSurface.
That doesn’t mean Nvidia doesn’t have its eyes to the horizon, and we believe the company will introduce its Tegra 4 processor come CES.
Word of the T40 (the new Tegra’s model number) got going in April, with a report pointing to early 2013 as the time the Tegra 3′s successor would ascend the throne.
At the time, it sounded like the Tegra 4 would fit four new Cortex A15 ARM chips, taking it way past the A9 Cortex chip summit.
Speeds of 1.8GHz are probably going to be average for the new processor, while by the middle/end of the year, 2.0 should be its cruising GHz.
If we’re lucky, we might even see an Android or Windows 8 tablet poke about with the Tegra 4 inside.
Microsoft’s Show No More
The Consumer Electronics Show has long been Microsoft’s chance to shine. The software giant has always given flashy presentations, usually involving celebrities. Shaq, Conan O’Brien, Ryan Seacrest, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and more have all appeared to help co-founder Bill Gates and current CEO Steve Ballmer show of the company’s latest tech.
Sadly, CES 2013 will be the first year where Microsoft won’t be giving one of its signature keynote presentations. It gave the world plenty of notice, saying in December 2011 that CES 2012 would be its last. Steve Ballmer’s last presentation at the Las Vegas trade show focused on Metro, the new Live Tile-based interface for Windows 8.
Ballmer and Seacrest present at CES 2012
Companies have moved quickly to fill the space left by Microsoft’s exodus. Qualcomm has nabbed the open keynote slot. The telecommunications mogul will be giving its Born Mobile keynote on Monday, January 7th. Meanwhile, satellite provider Dish and appliance manufacturer Hisense snapped up Microsoft’s booth space in under an hour.
However, Venturebeat has quoted CEA president Gary Shapiro as saying, “Microsoft will have something” at CES 2013. While it’s unknown what that something will be, there are plenty of possibilities. More Windows Phone 8 devices? A Microsoft Surface Pro running Windows 8? Its all in the realm of possibility.
LG Unveils Smart TV Platform Underpinned by HP’s webOS
While we expect LG to march out a bevvy of phones and TVs, including some we haven’t seen before, what’s really piquing our interest heading into the new year is word that it may launch a Smart TV service based onwebOS.
webOS, the open source system developed by HP, could take the reigns from LG’s antiquated NetCast Smart TV interface during the show, a move that wouldn’t leave our jaws dropped.
HP delivered on its promise to walk out webOS to the public by September, a vow it made in January, and now it needs a big product and solid partner to get its face out there.
The marriage between the two should be equal – reports have HP providing the OS while LG will plug in its dual-core L9-powered motherboards.
If our expectations pan out, we’ll likely see the death of LG’s small screen partnership with the struggling Google TV service, a relationship LG championed at CES 2012 yet has since cooled.
The CEA estimates that factory-installed automotive technology will generate $8.7 billion dollars in 2013, so it’s no wonder seven major car companies will be on the show floor.
Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru will be joined more than 100 auto tech companies displaying the latest in-car tech. This is a record setting presence for the automotive industry at CES.
Displays and presentations will include electric drive technology. GoElectricDrive TechZone will demonstrate electric vehicles paired with their respective charging stations, ones that can be used at homes and in public facilities. The Safe Driver presentation will show more than the typical hands-free devices, highlighting technologies that can help drivers park, watch their speed and avoid collisions.
When you get a new HP hstnn-db42 laptop battery, proper charging, discharging, usage and storage will allow you to and maximize your HP battery’s life capabilities. Before even powering up your laptop for the first time, it is important to know just how to charge and care for your battery in order to get the most out it for as long as you can.
Charge and Discharge Laptop Battery
The first thing you should do with your new laptop is “let the battery completely drain before you recharge it.” Letting the battery completely drain by using it without HP Pavilion dv6000 AC Adapter, and then recharging it to 100 percent before using it again, helps to establish memory within the battery regarding how much of a charge can be held. Do this for at least the first two times when using your laptop on battery power, and repeat as often as you can to get the most out of your HP hstnn-db42 laptop battery.
Once you have gotten the hang of charging your HP 485041-003 batteries, visit your computer’s Power Settings in the Control Panel and dim your computer’s display, adjust the timeout settings for your display to turn off and for your laptop to sleep, and see if any advanced settings can be changed to really extend your battery life as far as you can.
Examine the laptop power cable and identify the end that looks like a power prong for a power outlet. Take this end and plug it into the power outlet you are using.
Look on the back of the HP laptop and locate where the laptop power cable will be plugged in. This will be a small circular hole, about 1/4 inch in diameter. Take the other end of the laptop power cable and plug it into this hole.
Dell’s Latitude E6430s is a mid-range laptop designed for life as a corporate workhorse, and is claimed to fit a 14in display into a 13in-size chassis, making it about 18 percent lighter than other systems with comparable screens.
Announced earlier this year as part of Dell’s enterprise PC overhaul, the E6430s bears a close resemblance to other models in the E6000 family, such as the Latitude E6230 we tested back in August.
For example, it has the same tri-metal casing and solid construction that makes it feel almost bomb-proof, along with the same professional-looking silver-and-black styling.
As well as ruggedness, this new model includes a host of key features for enterprise buyers, including Intel vPro support for management, built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for security, fingerprint swipe reader and smartcard support for authentication.
In addition, it has a wealth of I/O ports and connectivity options, although oddly, does not have even the option of an embedded 3G broadband modem, which means that road warriors must rely on Wi-Fi or a solution such as a USB dongle to stay connected while out of the office.
At 1.7kg, the Latitude is also a little on the heavy side for a system supposed to offer “high mobility”, and that is the minimum weight when configured with the smallest battery and no add-on options.
In specifications, the Latitude E6430s line supports the standard selection of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, with up to 16GB memory, and a choice of Sata hard drives or solid state disks (SSDs).
The chassis also has a Media Bay, which enables users to slot in an optical drive, extra dell laptop battery, or leave it empty to save on weight.
Our review unit came equipped with a Core i5-3320M dual-core chip clocked at 2.6GHz, 4GB of memory, 500GB Sata drive and a DVD±RW drive fitted, enabling users to watch movies when off duty. However, with a six-cell laptop battery, this configuration pushes the weight up to about 2.1kg.
In terms of performance, the Latitude E6430s turns in an overall score of 4.9, as measured by the Windows Experience Index (WEI) built into Windows 7, but this is pegged to the low performance of the integrated Intel graphics. Other components achieved higher component-level results such as the processor which scored 7.2, and the system definitely felt responsive enough in use during our tests.
Dell Latitude E6430s Laptop Battery
Laptop Battery life on our review unit was somewhat disappointing, even with a six-cell 65Whr battery fitted rather than the default three-cell 32Whr type. Using the Battery Eater Pro benchmark, the Latitude E6430s lasted for just one hour and 49 minutes in Classic mode, which simulates system activity.
With Battery Eater’s Reader mode, which simulates less intensive activity, the laptop lasted for a more respectable seven hours and 21 minutes, but real life use is likely to result in a figure somewhere between these two, at about three to four hours.
The Latitude’s poor showing in the Classic mode is due to the Intel Turbo Boost technology in the processor, which racks up the clock speed whenever the CPU cores are busy, providing thermal limits have not been reached.
As well as bumping up the weight, the six-cell Dell Latitude d620 Battery juts out from the rear of the system by a couple of centimetres.
Refreshingly, our Latitude E6430s review model was largely free of the bloatware we have come to expect pre-installed on most laptops, featuring only a few Dell tools on top of the usual Windows applications.
These included Dell’s Data Protection/Encryption (DP/E) for file-level encryption on the system and removable media, Dell’s Client System Update tool and the Smart Settings app for configuring the laptop for presentations or airplane use, for example.
Overall, the Latitude E6430s is a sturdy mid-range laptop offering a good mix of capabilities for mobile workers. However, the battery life is unimpressive and this model puzzlingly lacks even the option of 3G broadband capability.
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Microsoft’s Surface RT takes on Dell’s new contender, the XPS 10
We take a look at two competing Windows RT hybrid tablets to see which one comes out on top.
Microsoft Surface RT – 274.6x172x9.4 mm, 680g
Dell XPS 10 – 9.2×274.7×177.3mm, 635g
Microsoft’s Surface RT is an extremely well made device, in fact the external build is one of its stand-out features.
It’s made from specially treated ‘VaporMg’ magnesium which feels similar to aluminium, although we can’t help but think Microsoft missed a trick by not giving it a brushed finish.
It’s more squared-off in design than most tablets, although the corners do have a slight curvature to them, everything else is very sharp and clean.
The edges contour at a 20-degree angle, narrowing towards the back panel and the device features an integrated kick-stand which fits flush to the bodywork when folded in.
The robust construction does come at a bit of a price, however, and we’re not talking about the monetary kind either. The Surface RT is on the heavier side as tablets go and its widescreen aspect ratio means that, for the most part, it’s best used with both hands.
It’s also clearly been designed with desktop use in mind, because as well as the kickstand there are the optional (though really rather necessary) keyboard dock covers.
The TypePad is the pick of these as the keys have real travel, making it much easier to use. It’s not much thicker than the equivalent TypeCover which is touch-sensitive and lacks any tactile feedback – while it’s certainly better than an on-screen keyboard it’s still not the best.
The irony surely won’t be lost on readers that, for something which imitates a laptop’s shape, the Surface is remarkably unusable on your Dell Xps M1210 Laptop Battery.
This is because there’s no mechanism for it to stand up by itself and the oh-so-vital kick-stand doesn’t sit well on an uneven surface.
Essentially you either use it as a laptop at a desk or with the keyboard folded away as a tablet in your hands.
But, all that aside, it’s still an impressive piece of kit and on the exterior design alone it scores very well indeed.
Dell’s XPS 10 is very different from the Surface. Most obviously, it has embraced a more rounded design than Microsoft’s offering with heavily curved corners, but it also features contrasting material and colouration between the black plastic chassis and a silvery metallic surround.
Reports indicate the plastic is ‘sturdy’ and ‘lightweight’, although the device does clock in at around 635g (the exact weight depends on whether you go for the Wi-Fi only model or the 4G variant), so it’s only about 45g lighter than the Surface.
You do, however, have the advantage that the detachable dock contains an additional Dell Xps m2010 Battery for boosting the charge.
It also operates like a true laptop in that the hinge can support the weight of the screen without the need for a kickstand.
Lastly, it also has proper keys with decent travel and feedback for a better typing experience.
While the Surface is a beautiful device and wins out in the looks department, the XPS 10 is a much more practical implementation of the hybrid concept.
Winner – Dell XPS 10
The Surface RT has a 10.6-inch LCD touch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio at 1366×768 pixels, which gives a pixel density of only 148 pixels-per-inch.
That might not sound too good, but actually the Surface’s screen comes off rather well, in part thanks to the ClearType HD technology. Of course, on close inspection there is more pixilation than you’ll find on a new iPad, but it’s still not bad.
Colour depth and contrast are great and the brightness is excellent, on a decent setting it’s easily usable outside.
Dell’s device does a bit better, with a 10.1-inch HD screen at the same resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 155ppi. However, there isn’t likely to be a noticeable difference between the two in actual use.
Winner – Draw
Each device is available in both 32GB and 64GB storage variants and each also has MicroSDXC capability for cards up to 64GB.
Winner – Draw
Microsoft’s tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor with 2GB of single-channel RAM, 40 nanometre (nm) semiconductor tech and a ULP GeForce graphics processing unit (GPU).
Dell’s XPS 10 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core chip clocked at 1.5GHz with 2GB of dual-channel RAM, 28nm architecture and an Adreno GPU.
While Windows RT runs reasonably well on the Nvidia hardware we think Qualcomm’s chip will be faster and more efficient.
Winner – Dell XPS 10
With both devices running Windows RT, the ARM-orientated build of Windows 8, there’s nothing really to compare here as they’ll share the same Live Tile-based ‘Modern’ and desktop interfaces, which we’re not tremendously fond of owing to the reliance on clunky gestures.
The multitasking should be equally decent across both slates, but they’ll also share a distinct lack of apps in the Windows Store.
Winner – Draw
There isn’t a tremendous difference between these devices, however, despite its slightly more ‘rough and ready’ appearance the Dell XPS 10 has the advantage in two key areas.
Firstly as a more practical hybrid and secondly it has a more appealing processor setup.
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Dell Vostro Laptop Battery Status: “Plugged in, not charging”
If you are getting the “Plugged in, not charging” status on your Dell Vostro 1520 Laptop Battery, please following the instructions below to troubleshooting it.
There are a number of things you should try before you give up and replace the battery. Let’s start with the simplest.
I call it the Battery Reboot. Shut down the Dell vostro 1520 laptop, unplug it, remove the battery, plug in the laptop, boot up, shut it down again, unplug it, insert the battery, plug it in, and reboot.
Did it work? Oh, well. It was worth a try.
The battery’s driver may have become corrupt. If so, uninstalling and reinstalling should fix the problem. But first, just to play it safe, create a restore point.
Once you’re safe, open Device Manager: If you’re using Windows XP, click Start, right-click My Computer, and select Properties. Click the Hardware tab, then the Device Manager button. In Vista or Windows 7, just click Start, type device manager, and press ENTER.
Once you’re in Device Manager, expand the Dell Vostro 1510 Battery section by clicking the little icon to the left of the word Batteries. Right-click Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery and select Uninstall. Verify that that’s what you want to do. Do not uninstall any other drivers.
Once that driver has disappeared, click the Action menu at the top of the window and select Scan for hardware changes. This will bring the driver back.
If that doesn’t solve your problem, try draining the battery. Doing this too often will strain the battery and shorten its lifespan. But in an extreme situation like this, it might help and it can’t hurt.
But how do you do it? Windows won’t let you run the Dell vostro 1520 battery all the way down. When it falls below a certain percentage, Windows automatically hibernates itself and powers down the computer. Under normal conditions, this is a good thing. But these aren’t normal conditions.
So here’s what you do: Run the PC without Dell Vostro 1520 AC Adapter until Windows hibernates and shuts down the hardware. Then reboot and go immediately to your BIOS Settings screen. I can’t tell you exactly how to get there; it varies with different PC models. If you study the screen as it boots, you’ll see a message telling you to press a certain key “for setup.” Press that key.
This will bring up a text-based full-screen menu system. You don’t have to do anything with it. just leave it on that way until the Dell vostro laptop shuts down.
Then plug in the Dell Laptop AC power and boot to Windows.
If the battery still isn’t recharging, I’ve got bad news for you: Your battery is as dead as John Cleese’s parrot. It happens. They don’t live forever.
You have three options: You can buy a replacement from the manufacturer, search online for a better price, or accept that you now have an AC-only laptop.
Dell Laptop Battery Won’t Charge
If you plug in your Dell XPS M1530 AC Adapter, but your laptop won’t charge, there could be several things wrong. The most common issue is that your battery no longer has the ability to hold a charge. If you have used your laptop for 500 hours or more, you will most likely need to change the battery to restore the charging power of the laptop. However, if you change the battery and there is still a problem, or if your battery falls short of its life expectancy, you may have a damaged AC adapter. Try plugging the laptop into an alternate laptop power adapter, and see if the charge functionality resumes. If both of these solutions don’t work, then your laptop’s internal power jack may be loose. To fix this, you will need to take the computer to a professional repair shop.
Dell Notebook Battery Overheating
If your laptop boots down suddenly and feels extremely hot to the touch, chances are you have an overheating problem. If it is indeed an overheating problem, you will not be able to power the laptop on again for several minutes while the laptop components cool down. To prevent overheating in the future, keep a few tips in mind. Do not use the laptop for extended period of time in a hot or sunny location, and be sure to keep the laptop on a flat surface where the internal fan can run at maximum Dell Vostro 1720 Laptop Battery efficiency.
If your Dell laptop computer powers on, but your screen does not, there are several things you can do to try and troubleshoot the problem. Try to connect the laptop to an external monitor, and see if you can see your desktop. If so, then there is a physical problem with the laptop’s LCD, most likely with the connections. Take your laptop computer to a repair shop, and ask them to take a look at your connections. If, upon reconnection, the LCD display still is non-functional, then it has probably been blown, and will need replacing.
Simple instructions for extending your HP 2230s laptop battery life
If you’re going to be running your HP laptop on battery for some time, the last thing you want to have happen is to run flat in the middle of typing an important document or just before you send off that all-important spreadsheet.
Follow these simple tips to help maximise the time you get from your HP 2230s battery:
1. Don’t run unnecessary programs in the background. The extra programs you have installed are all well and good while on mains power, but when mobile, each one is using laptop resources, and putting more strain on the battery. Close them down!
2. Dim your monitor. All modern laptops come with the ability to adjust the brightness of the screen. The brighter it is, the more power you’re using. Turn it down as low as comfortable and save the juice!
3. Disconnect! Having your mp3 player connected to the USB ports for easy access might seem like a good idea when plugged into the wall, but when you’re on the go, it’s just wasting precious HP 485041-003 Battery Power. Remove any unnecessary peripherals from your computer, and consider using the built-in track pad rather than a mouse.
4. Optimise the power settings. If you are running Windows, take a look at the power options in the Control Panel. This lets you alter the time before the screen gets turned off, before powering down the hard drive, and before going into standby or hibernation. The less time your laptop computer spends sitting idle at full power, the better for your HP Pavilion dv6700 Battery.
5. Be realistic! Your laptop may be capable of multi-tasking 50 different applications at once, playing mp3s and watching DVDs while downloading from the net, but the more you do, the more you drain the battery. Ask yourself whether you need to do everything at once, or whether you can just stick to the basics and get the most from your battery charge.
If you are a frequent traveller, it may be a good idea to invest in a spare HP laptop battery for your laptop to keep in reserve. If battery life is important, don’t forget to do your research when buying a new laptop, as power usage can vary wildly!
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