HP/Compaq :: Clarify Battery Choices

Jul 26, 2009

I have decided on the HP DV3. I have 3 battery choices, 6 cell, high capacity 6 cell and 9 cell.

I know the 9 cell sticks out - it's also supposed to last 7 hours. What about the 6 cells? How long does each last because I am not sure if I want the 9, high capacity 6 or the option of getting both...

I got the P7535 and integrated graphics.

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HP/Compaq :: New Dv7 Owner And Laptop Cooler Choices

Jan 16, 2010

I recently got a dv7 (17.3") and I've been looking around for a good notebook cooler. The current cooler is not for this size and was wondering for any options available out there.

I've heard of the the Zalman-NC2000 but I'd have to "reposition" it to use it's capabilities. My next option would be the "NZXT Cryo LX". I am considering getting this one but would like to have other alternatives before I commit to it.

I use this laptop for gaming and photo/video editing so portability would be a plus.

Also, any good messenger bags for my lappy? I'll need space for my cooler and wacom tablet. I've been looking around for a long time as this and some were just a tad "tight" fitting in.

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Dell :: Down To 2 Choices For My Laptop Upgrade

Nov 28, 2009

I'm upgrading my XPS m1530 CPU, i figured I'd post in this section.

Anyhow currently I'm running the t5750, 2000MHz dual core, with 2mb cache.

Ive got 2 choices for my upgrade (and I know they both will work for sure in the XPS m1530 as I've asked around) and here they are:

The T8300 with 2.4GHz dual core and 3mb cache and 800 bus speed, or
The T9500 with 2.6GHz dual core and 6mb cache and 800 bus speed.

Since I'm in Canada, the only good prices i can find are on eBay (otherwise I'm buying via Canadian newegg and whatnot, and they charge A-LOT for Canadians because of import and CAD currency exchanges).

The T8300 is listed at 173.56 CAD with +25$ Australian for shipping, which ends up being around 24 ish CAD, which means I'm paying roughly 200$ CAD for it.

The t9500 is listed at 253.56 CAD with free shipping to Canada.

In the end, my question is this: is the +0.2GHz/core and the 3mb extra cache worth the 50$ (considering the t9500 can go upwards of 350 on newegg Canadian, or rather used to, its not even listed there anymore). Although it may not be worth the straight upgrade, it may be worth the time i'll put off upgrading or buying a new laptop. What are your opinions?

the t9500 expires in 9 hours, and although I've been tracking the user since September, hes always re-posted the listing, but I don't know if the price will change a lot (its gone up 10$ since the previous re-post) so speedy answers would be .

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Dell :: M6400 Processor Choices

Jan 9, 2009

I'm trying to decide which processor and OS (Vista 32 or 64) to go with. The quad cores are 2.5Ghz I believe, and I just haven't seen anything showing an advantage for quad cores outside of 3D rendering applications. Anyone have some good hard information on this? For my personal situation, I plan to use the notebook for the following:

App Dev using Visual Studio 08, SQL 05 & 08, Expression
Design/Illustration/Photo using CS3 tools, eventually CS4, Lightroom, rare 3D in Blender.
Gaming to include Farcry, WoW, Neverwinternights, others?

Right now it seems that the quad core will draw more power for almost no performance increase, and in some cases it will perform *worse* than the core duo at a higher clock (say, T9600). I'm not sure how far into the future it will be before a 2.5ghz quad can outperform a 2.8ghz duo in most use cases? Anyone?

On the OS, how are people feeling about 64bit? For all my day to day involvement in the "latest and greatest" in software dev, I still haven't made the move to 64bit.

TIA, and would this question be better in a different forum?

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Dell :: What Happened To And It's Quality/choices

Oct 24, 2008

I got to build a Dell comptuer. I have almsot no choice but for ram and processor.

Every model has only one choice for GPU. Why? It use to be you could build a computer you wanted. Now if you want dedicated GPU you have to go to a Studio and pay 200 bucks more? And if you want a non-suck GPU you have to go to a XPS and pay another 200 bucks.

What happened to modability.. what happened to choice and quality at Dell?

I got to HP and i can choose to get integrated graphics or upgrade to dedicated... why did Dell move away from this? And move into ... if you want this upgrade to a new model and pay 4 times more...

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Dell :: XPS M1530 Hard Drive And LCD Choices

Feb 20, 2009

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB, 3MB Cache)

4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)
High Resolution, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LED LCD

256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive

Yesterday I ordered this Computer. I have been reading a few posts about the 7200RPM Hard drive and decided to look at my order to see if this was an option. It seems today the computer is 100.00 cheaper and there are more options. [I ordered through a Dell partner purchase program so the options were a bit different then the regular site]

I would like to know which is better :
Full Hi Definition, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LCD (1920x1200) & 2.0 M

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Dell :: Hard Drive Choices: Hitachi Vs Fujitsu, Vs Seagate

Sep 23, 2008

I have a 160GB 7200RPM with Free Fall Sensor harddrive and the unstoppable clicking of my Seagate hard drive is driving me nuts. so I have three choices:

I have my 160GB Hitachi 7200 RPM Hardderive from my old system that i can strip off before is end back to dell. This hd does not have free fall sensor.

They are sending me a Fujitsu 160GB 7200 RPM one that has FFS.

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Dell :: Latitude E6400/E6500 - Display And Color Choices

Jan 4, 2009

I'm very close to buying a Latitude E6400 or E6500, but I have a few questions before I pull the trigger. I'm hoping that a few E6400 and E6500 users can help me out...

1- Displays- are they all matte finish or ??? If I go with the E6500, I definitely want the WXGA+ (1440x900) LED-backlit option, but I'm thinking WXGA or WXGA+ (LED-backlit) will do on the smaller E6400.

2- Color choices- I know that Regal Red and Regatta Blue are offered in addition the standard Brushed Metal Black finish. Other than the tiny photos shown on the Product Details page as representations of each color, I can't seem to find any larger photos of the Red or Blue models! Is it a glossy or more of a matte/flat finish.....or should I just stick with the Brushed Metal Black?

3- Which size- 14.1" (E6400) or 15.4" (E6500)? The lighter weight and smaller dimensions of the E6400 are very appealing. I'm just wondering if there are any significant benefits that the E6500 would provide over the E6400 (other than the availability of a WUXGA display)?

4- Thermal Management- The reviews I've seen were models with the P8400 processor and integrated graphics. Heat management was very good on those configurations. Does that hold true for models wity T9400/T9600 processsor and the nVIDIA graphics card? Is fan noise ever a problem?

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HP/Compaq :: Difference Between Original And Aftermarket Battery Forg60 Battery

Mar 26, 2010

recently i bought a new HP g60 laptop. now i am wanting about the main differences of original and aftermarket battery for HP g60 laptop.

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Dell :: Dell.ca Fewer Screen Choices Vs Dell.com

Jan 18, 2009

Is it normal that dell.ca would have fewer choices of screens than dell.com? I'm looking at the studio 15, and dell.com lists Hi Resolution/Bright,

glossy widescreen 15.4 WLED display (1440x900) as a choice, which is what I want, but dell.ca doesn't. When I view the system specs though, that choice is listed as on option.

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HP/Compaq :: DV7- Battery

Mar 13, 2010

I have an HP DV7 that keeps going through batteries. The newest battery worked for a few weeks and then died last night. This is now the 2nd battery in roughly a month that has died on me. Why do the batteries keep going bad? When the computer is plugged in it works fine but when its unplugged it dies right away.

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HP/Compaq :: Hp Dv5t Battery

Jun 14, 2009

i bought an hp dv5t laptop about 7 months ago.my laptop battery has been working fine since then.few days back it has has started to give me problems.sometimes it refuses to charge when ac power is connected e.g it stays on lets say 20% even though its been on AC for a long time.well sometimes it charges normally without any problems.also i have noticed that it charging time has increased a lot from about 25 minutes to 40 min.
is there anyting wrong with the battery or is my ac adapter faulty?how can i improve my battery condition?

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HP/Compaq :: Battery Worn In A New DV5

Feb 22, 2009

the DV5 in my use was purchased in Oct '08 (30th) and in the time following that the battery has worn down to 6.2-7% based on charging rates can i claim on this if not what can i do to prevent this (cycling does not help..and please no links to HP's battery tips..those do not work...atleast the power cycling did not)

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HP/Compaq :: DV7 Battery Care

Apr 16, 2010

It's been since the DV6000t that I looked at battery & notebook technology.

From then I believed to cyccle the battery a couple times and store it out of the machine @ around 60%.

Is it still so? Will just plain leaving it in the machine all the time plugged in shorten the life or effciency? Or have things progressed?

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HP/Compaq :: DV6568se- Battery

Jan 22, 2009

I have a 12 cell battery for my DV6568se. The problem is that hte battery drain very quickly. It goes from about 100-80 percent in about 20-30 minutes on power saver mode while im just surfing the web. Also, the battery status bar goes from around 60-50% to 6 percent instantly.

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HP/Compaq :: HP Battery Recall

May 15, 2009

If you own one of the following laptops:
Pavilion: dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500, dv6700
dv9000, dv9500, dv9700

Compaq Presario: A900, C700, F700, V3000, V3500, V3700, V6000, V6500, V6700

HP: G6000, G7000

HP Compaq: 6720s

Go to the following website:



Theere isw a specific range of battery serial numbers that are being recalled by HP. If you have a bettery that matches the reported serial number range you should contact HP immediately for a replacement battery.

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HP/Compaq :: HP DV5-1235DX 6.75 Hrs Battery

Mar 8, 2009

Just was looking at Best Buy's ad this week and it shows on teh front page an HP DV5-1235DX that boasts a 6 3/4 hrs battery life. What makes the battery life so great on this?

All the components look similar to other notebooks.


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HP/Compaq :: Battery Onzx5000

Feb 4, 2009

my battery charges up to 86 percent and then says battery full. the battery is only about a month old.

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HP/Compaq :: HP Omnibook 510 Battery

Oct 25, 2009

The 6-cell lithium ion battery would only run it for about 10 minutes. I tried replacing all the lithium ion cells with new ones, made for cell phones, so I doubled them up.

Then, I just got blinking lights when pressing the battery circuit board 'test' button.

So I left it for a long time, several weeks.

Just picked up a complete battery conditioner, with a built-in balancer, normally about 100 bucks for 25.

So I disassembled it, but then probably waited too long (fell asleep) before rehooking up the old cells.

Figured out now I should have left everything alone from the beginning, done several drain and recharge cycles to recondition the cells, and would have had the pack like new.

Now I can charge the pack with the bench battery charger/conditioner/balancer, but the electronics seem 'dead' on the circuit board strip. The laptop thinks it's on AC power when it's on battery, and shows no sign of powering up the pack.

I'm thinking leaving the replacement cells out for too long, before I put the old cells charged, back in, made the circuit board 'forget'.

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HP/Compaq :: Envy 15 Battery

May 20, 2010

i've had my Envy 15 for over two months now and although i don't use it frequently enough my wife noticed that on a full charge, unplug then the next day or so the battery is drained.

Basically here is what she does:
she would charge the laptop up
unplug then use it for like 20 mins
shut down Start>>shutdown
CLose lid

About or two days later she would try to use it and the thing wont turn on. Plug in the brick and voila! thing comes up.

Is she not shutting down properly? or is there some program on sleep eating the battery?
Or is that the rate this battery drains?

this is still on the FACTORY image, i didnt rebuild it

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HP/Compaq :: Dv5 1135ee Battery

Jan 5, 2009

i just have bought hp dv5-1135ee laptop today ..

i like it very much indeed very classy and very good laptop..

but there is a very big problem ..

i charged my batter till FULL charge .. and after i plugged out the charger

i start to use the laptop and i set the battery to BALANCE and i increased the brightness little bit

i found that the battery become form 100% to 80% in less that 15 mins!

i was using the wireless i tusrned it off and used the wired connection

my battery become form 80% to 72% in less than 15 mins!

whats going on here is there an hardware error or i do something wrong

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HP/Compaq :: HP 6720 Battery

Jan 9, 2010

I've a 2 year old 6720. The problem is that it is giving me a battery time of around 1 hour max ( a couple of min more maybe) while doing browsing, word, basic stuff.

I installed the HP battery checker software and it says that the health is good, dunno how accurate the app is but thats what it said.

A bit of history, I've been using the notebook 90% of the the time plugged in, and powered on about 15-24 hours a day.

So, time to change the battery? or anything can be done to improve the times?

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HP/Compaq :: Dv6 Battery Wear Off

Oct 6, 2009

I got my hp dv6 last Monday, so it's quite new. About three days ago I downloaded System Information for Windows trying to find out which was my GPU temp(what I didn't find, it only shows only HDD and CPU temp) and looking other stuff I noticed that my battery wear off was 7% while the battery is(was?) also new, so it got me preoccupied, so I checked it again yesterday and it was 9%!, I checked today and it's at 10% . Just c'mon I don't dedicate all my free time to plug and unplug the battery ,so why the fcuk(note there's no grammatical error) it wears off so quickly,

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HP/Compaq :: Calibrating The Battery

Nov 24, 2009

I have been trying to calibrate my HP (DV2700) battery. It would drop from 40% down to 6% and put the computer into standby mode. If I were to turn it back on, it would drain down to 0% and run for another 30 minutes before it powers off.

After that I would give the battery a full charge. I have tried to charge it while the computer was in sleep mode, and while it was on.

It doesn't help that RMclock reports the remaining capacity as like 21mWh remaining when its at the "0%" mark. I do switch between 3 batteries so not sure if that does anything negatively.

(Yes I am well aware that draining it is bad and calibration is not always necessary)

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HP/Compaq :: Hp Envy Gen 1 Battery

Mar 7, 2010

looking at purchasing one from futureshop, getting a decent discount, it has the i7 6gb of ram, 4830 graphics. It comes with both 6 cell and 9 cell, my question is, that is there anyway for me to get 3 hours from the 6 cell battery, with just office and wifi. Is there a way to underclock the processor a lot to do this, disable cores temporarily

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HP/Compaq :: ENVY Ext Battery

Mar 7, 2010

How much time does it add to the Envy?

Will the laptop automatically switch from the 6cell to 9cell when the 6 runs out?

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HP/Compaq :: DV7T Battery Meter

Jan 26, 2009

Its starting to get annoying, only being able to see the Percentage and not the remaining time. Is there a way to make it display the Battery life time? You all know what i'm talking about -- like in Dell laptops, they say

"99% 3 hours 10 minutes remaining"

is there a way to make my DV7T show the time left?

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HP/Compaq :: Can A NX6320 Be Operated Without The Battery

May 12, 2009

Can a HP Compaq NX6320 be operated without the battery. Trying to isolate whether the notebook has battery issues or power issues. When power on switch is pressed, With AC plugged in, the lighting indicator ( assume for charging) blinks three times and that all folks, not power. Of course if the battery in not plugged in, not even the lighting indicator works.

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HP/Compaq :: HP Needs To Design A New Battery For The Envy 15

Jan 30, 2010

Now I haven't used my notebook on battery very often but judging by reviews and battery use here and there I do believe HP could've done better with designing their battery. I mean they can achieve up to 24 hrs with an elitebook (given its like a battery slice plus sticks out in the back) but don't even get close to a proper battery usage time with the standard battery. I've read reviews where the battery runs about 2hrs on battery and even some around just an hour, and that really is sad. I know the MacBook Pro was able to get about 7-8 hours out of a thin-n-light(given crappy hardware) so I know hp has the resources and capability to make this new battery. At least bring it out by the time the next gen Envys will come out and make sure these batteries will be backwards compatible with older Envys as well. Besides the battery life and locked multiplier I love my Envy

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HP/Compaq :: Can I Use My Laptop While Doing A Battery Calibration

Mar 8, 2009

I recently purchased a dv4-1275mx special edition, and would like to calibrate the battery. The battery is suppose to last up to 6 hours (I'm expecting about 4-4.5). Does it screw up the calibration if I am using it while letting the battery run down. I have the screen turn off disabled and the sleep disabled, but I am using a screen saver.

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