Hi All, When I click on the ( Fully Charged) battery icon in the systray it says I have 3.5 hrs left. I tested this by playing a DVD and it lasted only over an hr. Is there something wrong with the battery or is it 'cause playing DVD uses up the battery quicker than say normal use like word processing etc. Any info gratefully appreciated. I need to know if it is faulty as its a new laptop and I can take it back pronto. Thanks.
Than Jester2K II for the info. The battery was fully charged, should it not at least have enough juice to play the whole DVD. I was taken aback by it lasting just slightly over an hr. What do you think?
Is this a new battery or is it a battery that you have had for a while.
It may be the case that the battery has developed a "memory" (which usually happens if you use a laptop plugged into the mains all of the time). The battery will think that it is empty when you start to charge it. It will then "remember" this level and show as being empty (when in fact you could have more juice left in it).
If it is a new battery then it should last about 1.5 hours playing a DVD. However, this depends on a number of factors:-
- how many background processes you have running at the same time as the DVD film (as this will use the processor and in turn use more battery).
- what equipment you have plugged into the laptop (USB printer, network card, wi-fi card, other USB devices - such as an optical mouse) which all use power.
- how loud you have the volume (as the speakers are powered by the battery, the louder you have the film the more battery power it uses). Try using headphones.
- does your laptop have a monitor brightness setting in the power options in control panel. If so, set it to a medium brightness (i.e., not super bright).
I managed 2 and a bit episodes of 24 (the series) on DVD which are 45 minutes each episode - just over 1.5hrs before the battery started displaying the warnings.