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May 31, 2004 5:16:52 AM

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Hi..

After fiing my laptop; i find the 2 hour battery limit rather irritating!

Toshiba make their batteries last up to 8 hours; is there any way i could
get a battery for my fujitsu-siemens laptop that would last more than 2
hours? Even 4 hours... I mean seriously, 2 hours is wayy too short; and if
you do tasks on it it just doesn't last 2 hours! It's soo frustrating!!

This amilo D7830 being my first laptop (PCWORLD one, advertised to buggary
in the papers and on the tv) i've probably lessons to learn; but still, i
was hoping i could buy a battery with a better life, but the internet seems
to prove i can't :( 

Ah well...
May 31, 2004 6:28:21 AM

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Xp home; i'm very experienced with pc's in general; but laptops are another
story...a lot more can go wrong with them, and altough 2 hours sounds like a
lot, when you see that battery-charge percentage going down very couple of
minutes, it becomes quite disconserting; you don't know how long you've got
left REALLY...

But ah well, i'll know for when i buy a knew one in 2006...

Thankies

"Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
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> It sounds like you have done most of what you can do. If this spec is
> important, it's something to check out before you buy a laptop. While
> about 2 hours is probably typical, there are laptops that go a LOT longer.
>
> You don't say what OS you are using. CPU idle shouldn't be used. All
> Windows OS' since Windows 98SE (but not 1st edition) stop the CPU during
> the idle loop. For 98 (1st edition) and earlier, Rain, CPU idle, etc.
> can reduce heat and increase life somewhat. However, everything that
> you can do will only produce marginal improvement. For the most part,
> the bulk of the power consumption is not anything that you will have
> tremendous control over, unfortunately.
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
May 31, 2004 12:19:24 PM

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"Dave" <davedave@mail.com> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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> Hi..
>
> After fiing my laptop; i find the 2 hour battery limit rather irritating!
>
> Toshiba make their batteries last up to 8 hours; is there any way i could
> get a battery for my fujitsu-siemens laptop that would last more than 2
> hours? Even 4 hours... I mean seriously, 2 hours is wayy too short; and if
> you do tasks on it it just doesn't last 2 hours! It's soo frustrating!!
>
> This amilo D7830 being my first laptop

NO! WRONG!

You do not have a laptop

You had been tricked to purchase a pseudo "Laptop" with
hot desktop CPU

> (PCWORLD one, advertised to buggary
> in the papers and on the tv) i've probably lessons to learn; but still, i
> was hoping i could buy a battery with a better life, but the internet
seems
> to prove i can't :( 

Look on the power usage, while the computer does nothing else
than wait for an user action

http://notebook.pege.org/benchmarks/warten-stromverbrau...

23 Watt compared to 55 Watt.

Best advice: Try to find a fool and sell him the computer
claiming strong the real power of real GHz and so on...

Invest the money in a real laptop with Pentium-M
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May 31, 2004 7:50:01 PM

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Aw so i don't own a laptop...

Okay, well http://www.expansys.com have the same style of notebook, yet with
a pentium4M - and the battery-time is *also* 2 hours (approx) - so i dont'
see the point in taking what i've bought back right now, do you?


"Roland Mösl" <founder@pege.org> wrote in message
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> NO! WRONG!
>
> You do not have a laptop
>
> You had been tricked to purchase a pseudo "Laptop" with
> hot desktop CPU
>
> > (PCWORLD one, advertised to buggary
> > in the papers and on the tv) i've probably lessons to learn; but still,
i
> > was hoping i could buy a battery with a better life, but the internet
> seems
> > to prove i can't :( 
>
> Look on the power usage, while the computer does nothing else
> than wait for an user action
>
> http://notebook.pege.org/benchmarks/warten-stromverbrau...
>
> 23 Watt compared to 55 Watt.
>
> Best advice: Try to find a fool and sell him the computer
> claiming strong the real power of real GHz and so on...
>
> Invest the money in a real laptop with Pentium-M
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
June 1, 2004 11:21:17 PM

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On Mon, 31 May 2004 02:28:21 +0100, Dave <davedave@mail.com> wrote:

> But ah well, i'll know for when i buy a knew one in 2006...

What you have here is a Desktop Replacement, low portability/battery life
to make way for higher performance. And a lot of people still love these
machines! Graphics professionals and the like who need great performance
and are happy so long as they can haul the machine around their home or to
the office. They still sell these things new all the time, so you might
want to try selling it (eBay!).

Now what you probably want is a "thin and light" which gives you a good
slice of desktop performance, but 5 or 6 hours of battery life and a
lighter package. There are also "ultra portables" but these have slower
performance, smaller screens, and full-day battery life (12 hours).

Look for a Pentium-M processor, not to be confused with Mobile Pentium
processors (like Pentium 4-M). You might be turned off by the lower
clockspeeds at first, but remember these are a completely new design, and
typically do twice as much work in a single clock cycle as a regular
Pentium. So a 1.6 Ghz Pentium-M is roughly on par with a 2.6 Ghz desktop
Pentium (this is a rough estimate, please keep that in mind). But this
confusion in the clockspeeds is why Intel has decided to give them model
numbers instead.

Next, remember to read reviews and opinions on notebooks, it will save you
a lot of headaches in the future, start here:

http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/4521-6527_16-5021302-2.htm...

(Ignore their quoted prices, you can almost always find cheaper configs on
http://pricegrabber.com/).

Last but not least, look into manufacturer refurb notebooks. You can save
quite a bundle, and almost always get the same warrenties as the new
notebooks. In the case of HP/Compaq, when I was buying a refurb from
RadioShack a while ago, they told me all the refurbs had new screens and
casing, and the harddrives were rebuilt! It was a while ago, so still
might not be true, but with a great warrenty you should be okay, and the
savings are huge.

Hope this helps you in the quest for a laptop that suits you. :) 

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