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Laptop Battery Life

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Steve Mehs, Apr 2, 2005.

  1. stonecold

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    The Pentium 4 M and the Celeron M based off the Pentium 4 M do not have built in wifi in the processor. I own 3 laptops 2 P4 -M and a Celeron 4 M all use MINIPCI wifi which is a separate card put plugs into mini pci slot on the mother board.

    Centrino is not a processor either like some like to be but a intel standard intel states what type of processor and what mother board chipset and what mini pci wifi card the laptop maker must have in the laptop to get the Centrino Sticker.


    But the P4/Celeron - M processors do use less power than the typical P4/Celeron4 processor .


    Mini PCI cards are a some what new format that been out for a couple of years. Mainly used for new wifi cards. Which allows power to be turned on and off to the wifi card by the press of a button. On my HP i even have a light for it when it on or off my dell does not have a light but there is a on/off button for the mini pci wifi card.



    But on the issue of the Battery Life I get 3 hours of life with this new HP laptop but that is with Sierra Wireless Aircard 750 which is battery killer. * aircards are for data transfer from you celluar provider. But with out the aircard and just 802.11B/G I get 4 to 4 /12 hours.
     
  2. stonecold

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    I own a couple of HP laptops nothing wrong here. I know people who had theres for 6 plus years with out issues.

    I also use Dell and Apple laptops on a constant daily business.
     
  3. stonecold

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    Simple Simon,

    All computer companies rip you off for replacement parts. I have friends who work for shopws that are authorized HP and Dell and Gateway and Apple ( Apple shop is a separate place) Anyway I have access to there Tech site for Dell and Gateway and I have a copy of the HP replacement part book. with items numbers It doesnt matter which company you are with. Best thing to do wait for some one to clearlence the times out.

    Dell motherboard for Inspiron 6000 ( pretty new still being sold) 420 dollars now if I were willing to buy 10 of them at a damn time the price goes down to 134 per board according to the dell site.


    Or my favorite is the 70 dollar inverter board for the lcd. You seem to like to HP bash when they are really not doing anything other than what every other computer company happens to do.
     
  4. Bogy

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    The weakest point on most laptops is the ac plugin. I've got an old Toshiba that had the cord bumped and broke the connection inside the case. Had it fixed once for $180, then the second time I bought used case I could change over the hd, memory, etc. with. Right now I have a Dell sitting here from my sister's boy friend that I am going to pick up a port replicator for. Hopefully the half of the ac plug receiver that isn't there anymore fell out of the case.
     
  5. olgeezer

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    to summerize, all computers are pos. buy Bamboo
     
  6. BuckeyeChris

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    Thanks for the info. My Dell has a 1300 Mini PCI WiFi card in it, but there is no button to turn it on or off. Not unless I go into the software settings to turn the radio feature off; though there is an amber light that indicates WiFi activity on the rear of laptop next to the ethernet plug in connector. What gives?
     
  7. SimpleSimon

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    You might want to look closer (or read the manual) - I've never seen a laptop that didn't have either a Fn-key or a slide switch to instantly kill the WiFi.
     
  8. MarkA

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    "You might want to look closer (or read the manual) - I've never seen a laptop that didn't have either a Fn-key or a slide switch to instantly kill the WiFi."

    The iBook and PowerBook - it's a task accomplished by clicking the signal meter in the menu bar, then "turn AirPort off" (or on). Much nicer in my opinion.
     
  9. stonecold

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    The funny thing is not all dell's put a kill the wifi button on all there laptops with built in wifi. like mine has it but my friends who has a newer one does not have kill button like mine does but a function buttion like his is fn+f9 .... I do like this hp as the button ins the the front below the wifi light. While it the light does not show activity if the wifi is conecting and working it does turn on and off with the wifi.
     
  10. SimpleSimon

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    Well of course - Steve-O doesn't want you to disconnect from his mind-control devices - after all, what else could cause anyone to buy an Apple computer? :lol: :rolling:
     
  11. Steve Mehs

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    Thanks Simon for spelling it right, Steve-o, quite a few people actually call me that, but spell it Stevo, go figure :)
     

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