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Q: Battery Wear Level keeps Increasing

Hello there !
This is my very first post in this forum. I've read some best tech support site, and you guys are on the list ! So I'm really looking forward for your help

So apparently the wear level of my laptop battery is just getting higher and higher. In 3-5 days, the wear level usually increasing for 0.x% and I really don't want this thing happen. I check this wear level by using Battery Care.

I have done some surf in internet about batteries and stuffs and here is my habit with my battery and my laptop :

Since I'm a gamer and I need the best performance of my laptop, I rarely unplug my charger from my laptop while playing game, but I often unplug it (if the battery is full) if I'm not playing any game.
Reason : From what I've searched in internet, they said that it is okay (won't do any wear) to plug the charger into our laptop anytime, includes keeping it charged while the battery charge is 95% - 100% is okay. The battery is built-in so I can't unplug it when it reaches full capacity.

Sometimes, I play some games on this laptop while sitting on the bed. I know it's bad for our laptop somehow due to easily getting high temperature and bad air circulation.
Reason : I don't know whether it will harm the battery or not.

Sometimes, while I'm doing some works, I fell asleep so my laptop turns off due to lack of charge from the battery. Maybe setting the battery threshold to make it sleep will help ?
Reason : Hard to avoid

I download games and software a lot, but my internet speed isn't that fast, so usually I download them at night (which is faster than usual) and make my laptop awake all night while charged or just left my laptop download till its battery dried out.
Reason : Same like point number 1 and 3.

I've done the battery calibration after my first 50 discharge cycles. And now I'm going to calibrate it every 30 discharge cycles.
Reason : Battery Care recommendation.
I just bought this laptop around 1 or 2 months ago but the wear level right now is around 16.x%.
Is there any problem with my habit ? Is there any way to make the battery last longer ? How to prevent it from wearing in such short duration ?

Please help, and feel free to ask anything ! Including my other habit you want to know, or maybe other stuff you may need to help me too.

Thanks a lot for those who have tried to help me

A: Battery Wear Level keeps Increasing

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?Hi,What is it mean?(attached the screenshot above)Do I need to replace the battery? If yes, is there a video to explain the necessary step-by-step to do it?Thanks!

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Hello,

Thanks for visiting this thread and any advice you have.

The Laptop this is in regards to is a TOSHIBA A205-S7468 (not the C855 of my specs).

I'm finishing a few upgrades on this older, backup of mine (replaced screen, RAM upgrade, clean up) and the battery was in need of replacement. So, I purchased a new replacement on Ebay (I know, right) and it is working ok, but there has been a few red flags.

There was a brief episode with battery level and charge status, but I seemed to correct it by following some instructions on other threads here. It's now stable and 100%, HOWEVER, it reports it has 25% wear level and will only charge to 100% using 75% of it's capacity.

I've uninstalled (and then scanned for hardware changes) the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery Driver (this seemed to straighten out battery level/charge status flags). Checked and made small recommended changes to power saving option (critical level, etc...). Drained it completely and recharged fully (per instructions).

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts or advice as to why a new battery would be limited to 75% capacity (and be 100% fully charged)??

Here are screenshots:

A:Installed new Laptop battery, 100% charge, but 25% wear level? Help

Did you calibrate the battery as described in this article:
How to Calibrate Your Laptop
(Scroll down to "How to Manually Calibrate a Battery")

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I use CPU-ID HW Monitor to monitor my laptop temperature and Battery Capacity. Since my earlier factory supplied Battery worn out. I bought a new battery from my nearby market. On First Day it showed 4% wear level. I didnt care much as its too less. I has been a week now. When I checked My Battery Status Today it shows wear level of 42%.I have DELL XPS 15 L502x. Is there a way to reduce the wear level. I am just surfing internet with this laptop. Yesterday I played EuroTruck Simulator 2 for Two hours keeping the Laptop on AC Supply.

A:Battery wear level reached 42% in just one week. Am I cheated?

Replacement batteries may be different quality. Not all batteries are equal. The "local" battery you purchased sounds like an inferior battery.

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Hi,I don't think you will be able to do something. It has something to to with the chip which analyses the charge level and stops the charging and reports back the levels (it's on the battery). I have exactly the same issue with an Aspire 5742Z with a wear level of 54% and the ability to use the notebook for almost one more hour after the battery reports 1% remaining. I tried the calibration, and many other suggestions from the internet. Either the chip has failed, or the chips from the battery have the "planned obsolescence" which in this case would mean that they will steadily report that the battery is degrading even if it's not the case.  While you can use the notebook with this situation, it's still very annoying because you don't get any warning before the battery is completely depleted and thus if you are working on something you never knw when your notebook will shut down and you will lose your work/data. Well, they want you to spend some money on a replacement, othervise woudn't be funny eh?

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So HWMonitor has shown over the last 3 years the decline of my battery, from  wear level of 12% at new to currently 45%. I wondered if using Acer's manual recommendation of conditioning the battery (which I did when I first got it) by running it down to the point the battery low warning appears, then plugging in the AC until it fully charges, rinse and repeat until this process has been completed 3 times. First time today I did the discharge and plugged the AC back in at 6%. It not only didn't take very long watching Netflix on chrome to get from 100 to 6% (about an hour and 20 minutes) it also charged up (even while still watching the movie) back to 100% before the movie finished. This time I turn off the AC again and decide to see what happens if I go a little lower. Watching the capacity deplete on HWMonitor it was losing about 15mWh every few seconds and I planned at 3% to flip the switch so the AC fired up again. It got stuck at 5% showing 1474mWh remaining, half an hour after I had started another movie (I didn't start the movie when I started the depletion, just started half an hour before it reached 1474mWh had been browsing prior). I am now 1 hour and 20 minutes into the movie and the current capacity is still showing 1474mWh and 5%! That's  nearly a whole hour of extra time with no apparent change in capacity. How do I fix it so that the percentage is reported correctly (and the wear level)? There is no point having the machine set to w... Read more

A:V3 772g Battery wear

Hi,I don't think you will be able to do something. It has something to to with the chip which analyses the charge level and stops the charging and reports back the levels (it's on the battery). I have exactly the same issue with an Aspire 5742Z with a wear level of 54% and the ability to use the notebook for almost one more hour after the battery reports 1% remaining. I tried the calibration, and many other suggestions from the internet. Either the chip has failed, or the chips from the battery have the "planned obsolescence" which in this case would mean that they will steadily report that the battery is degrading even if it's not the case.  While you can use the notebook with this situation, it's still very annoying because you don't get any warning before the battery is completely depleted and thus if you are working on something you never knw when your notebook will shut down and you will lose your work/data. Well, they want you to spend some money on a replacement, othervise woudn't be funny eh?

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I have an Acer laptop I bought last January 2013.

It's a 10 month laptop and someone told me that I should be removing the battery when I am using AC power. I was hesitant at first so I installed a software called BatteryBar Pro. Upon installing, I was surprised that my battery wear was already at 10.3%!
​I was surprised that I had already wore 10.3% of my battery in just 10 months. Now I am worried that it will not last longer as expected.

I use my laptop for coding, gaming and browsing (mostly on gaming) and I always run on AC power while the battery is plugged in.

I tried some suggestions like removing the battery while on AC but when I did, my laptop did not power up. It does not open if the battery is out and AC is plugged in. I always put my laptop on an elevated stand I constructed when using it but is this enough?

Are there any other ways to minimize my battery wear? Thank you!

 

A:Minimize Battery Wear?

If your laptop allows you to, some laptops have an option to confine the battery to between 20% and 85% or something. That'll reduce wear if you can enable that. It'll also help if you manually do that as well.

Li-Ion/LiPo "wear" is well documented and the causes are well known for consumer chemistries.
Storing at high temperatures will increase degradation.
Storing at 4.2v/cell (fully charged) will increase degradation.
Keeping it below ~3.0v/cell (discharged) will degrade it.

So, in general, spend as little time as possible depleted or fully charged. If you fully charge it before leaving for the day, then start using it within a few hours, the wear is very minimal so you shouldn't worry about fully charging it if you're planning on using it soon, just don't store it for long periods fully charged.
Likewise if you leave it fully depleted for a long while, that will also accelerate wear.

If you need to store it, 40% charge (3.85v/cell) is commonly recommended but there is very little difference between storing it between 20% and 80% charge. Again the only times that storage can heavily degrade the battery is if it's fully charged (4.2v) or fully discharged (<3.3v resting)
 

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Just happened to take a look at the battery stats of my May-bought Carbon X1 v4 (20FB) - so 5 months old or so - to find battery wear is 14%: Battery Name 00HW028Manufacture Name LGCPower State Charging, AC PowerCurrent Capacity (in %) 91.6%Current Capacity Value 41,160 mWhFull Charged Capacity 44,940 mWh             <- down to ~45WhDesigned Capacity 52,260 mWhBattery Wear Level 86.0%Voltage 17,196 millivoltsCharge/Discharge Rate 18021 milliwattsChemistry LiP Is is the kind of stats I see on the almost 3-year old X1 v2! Does Lenovo still consider 20% wear within a year "defective" battery? What kinds of wear do people see on their X1 v4? PS. Using original 45W chargers as supplied with laptop, not higher power ones. Thanks!

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I just made an account to post about my issue. I have a Lenovo B50-80LT that was purchased only on Feburary 2016. I recently installed a battery monitoring app called BatteryBar because I noticed my battery life was short (only about 2h 30m on full charge). It shows that I have 32.6% of wear on my battery. I don't game and only browse the web on this device. So if anyone knows please tell me if I can regain my battery's full capacity or will I have to get a new one? If I have to get a new battery, would it be possible to get it for free because I'm still in warranty.Thanks in advance to everyone.

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I just made an account to post about my issue. I have a Lenovo B50-80LT that was purchased only on Feburary 2016. I recently installed a battery monitoring app called BatteryBar because I noticed my battery life was short (only about 2h 30m on full charge). It shows that I have 32.6% of wear on my battery. I don't game and only browse the web on this device.
 
So if anyone knows please tell me if I can regain my battery's full capacity or will I have to get a new one? If I have to get a new battery, would it be possible to get it for free because I'm still in warranty.
Thanks in advance to everyone.
 
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.
 

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Hi

I have a Satellite U940 on Windows 8.1.

My question is whether there is any relationship between battery wear and the health of the laptop on toshiba's PC health monitor.

At the moment my battery wear is at 50% of full capcacity according to BatteryBar
however on the health monitor it says that my battery health is good (full green).

I can only get about 1.5 to 2 hours of life out of my laptop and am just asking for help and information on whether I should buy a new battery or is there something wrong with my battery readings.

Thanks for reading this.

A:PC Health Monitor and Battery wear on Satellite U940

> At the moment my battery wear is at 50% of full capcacity according to BatteryBar
however on the health monitor it says that my battery health is good (full green).

The battery health shows you the battery health status and not the battery charging status.

> I can only get about 1.5 to 2 hours of life out of my laptop
The battery working time depends on notebook usage. What does this mean?
Well, running heavy performance software (games, video editing software, etc?), using bright display brightness or playing DVD movie would discharge the battery quickly.

1.5 - 2h of battery working time is not bad. But of course; sooner or later every battery needs to be replaced. It?s just a matter of time.

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Moderator comment: Model added to subject for clarity.

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A:battery charging but percentage not increasing

What is the charge level? If it is low and not increasing? If it's real low, the battery could be bad or the charging circuitry may be bad. While the charger is plugged in, remove the battery and then replace it after a minute. If this doesn't help, and the battery charge is high but won't finish charging, unplug the charger and drain the battery to below 5% and then try to recharge. If this doesn't help, it could be a bad battery or the charging circuitry may be bad. See if you can borrow a charger and battery from someone with the same laptop and see what happens. This will show you what is faulty. Post back the results.

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hope u all help me.

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After a couple year's use you should completely discharge and recharge it once a month.
Don't keep the charger plugged in all the time but use battery power and charge it when it's low.

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How old is the laptop? That is not a new model. How old is the battery?

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A:MAH Level on notebook battery

Somewhat longer run time depending on the difference.
 

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IN the past, I was able to have the battery level display open continuously. In W7, I can't figure out how to do this.

I've found a gadget which displays battery, but it also displays other things that I'm not interested in having take up space.

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Try this:

Osiris Development - BatteryBar, the most accurate battery meter for Windows

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Try calibrating your battery.
Reading these tips might be helpful: Battery Life Problems on Laptops with Windows 7

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Hello.

Bare with me on this because I'm not the most computer literate.Oh! I'm also sorry if this is in the wrong area.

Recently, my 5 month old laptop keeps switching off when the battery (not plugged in with charger) is between 40%-50% level. I've googled and done everything it's suggested but it's still doing it.

It just switches off completely without any warning. No noise, no sound, it's not over-heating (I don't think).

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Thanks in advance.

Cheers.

A:Laptop switches off at 40%-50% battery level.

Laptop batteries only last a couple of years so you probably need a new one.

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Hi,

I search how to modify Low battery and critical battery level by using registry.

On the web, i have only found topic about the sound of the alarms..

I have used snapshop methode to got this key.. but i have not success.

I hope this key existe.

Thank you for your help.
 

A:How to setup Low battery level by registry key ?

Why don't you just modify the settings in the Control Panel - Power Options panel?

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Hello experts, I want to know why HP does not allow users to change the critical battery level in the power options to anything lower than 7%. I've checked many other manufacturers' laptops (ranging from Dell, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus) and no other manufacturer locks this setting at such a high percentage.  The highest I found was 5% and most allowed you to change it lower (even down to zero in one instance). I even checked some of HP's other laptops and found that 7% seemed to be the norm, with one locked at a ridiculous 9%! It makes no sense why HP appears to rob us of precious battery life by forcing the computer to hibernate at 7%.  I am fully aware of the detriments to running a battery down to zero (and I don't want to run it down to zero), but why does HP feel the need to have such a large reserve of battery life when all other maufacturers seem fine with lower amounts?  Are HP's batteries somehow inferior? HP touts the Spectre x360 with up to an impressive 12 hour battery life.  I just want to be able to get the most out of my battery without HP forcing me to hibernate way before the battery level gets anywhere near danger levels. Will HP issue a BIOS update to the Spectre x360 (and indeed the rest of its range of laptops) to allow us to change the critical battery level to something more reasonable (say 3% minimum)?

A:Why is Critical battery level locked too high and cannot cha...

Hi ddizzle ,  I understand the concern about the unit going to hibernate only at 7% , Its simply to save battery life , However i realise how frustrating that could be . however This option is infact customizable.   Go to Power options > Slect the power plan > Changed advanced power settings > Under that go to the battery section - it gives you options of what action to do when battery goes critcail - What is the percentage when the battery should be considered as critical  & the critical action aswell  Its totally customizable as per your needs    Hope this helps .  




Although I am an HP employee, I am speaking for myself and not for HP.**Click on ?Kudos? Star if you think this reply helped** Or Mark it as "Solved" if issue got fixed.

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also, right before this started happening I was getting GREAT battery life out of my battery, so I don't personally think the battery has gone bad, however you may feel different!

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Batteries for laptops typically only last about 1 year before their capacity starts to dwindle. Since you are only 8 months old, I would call whomever made the laptop and see if they will warranty it for you. What you are describing is exactly what happens when the battery loses it's ability to hold a charge. From 40-0 in a flash.

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Hi EightForum,

I really hope you can answer this simply request.

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I've seen several that keep info about battery and how to optimize but none with the simple function that I need.

Any help will be highly appreciated.

A:How can I set maximum level of battery charge for notebook

I honestly don't think it is possible to change what is built into the hardware and ACPI that ships with the computer. Would take a program that can access and change the settings in ACPI and this most likely would have to come from the manufacturer.

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A:critical battery sound volume level?

You would need a special program just for that function, that whenever it needs to report the battery condition it would also raise the volume level. I've never seen anything like that. Have you tried doing a google search?

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I need help as my ACER Aspire E15 laptop stopped from showing a low battery warning and will just hibernate as it reached critical battery level. I tried to check the advance setting on the power option but still no hope. One time, it warned me again but not anymore. My laptop is just 6 months old as it was bought back in November 2015. HELP! THANKS! BEN

A:No low battery level warning message on windows 8....

In this case, you can follow the steps below and check if that works:1. Right-click on the battery icon at the bottom of the screen and select "Power Options".2. If you are not able to view the battery icon, you can go to "Power Options" by clicking the "Start" button, clicking "Control Panel", clicking "System and Security", and then clicking "Power Options" (this step may vary depending upon your Windows version).3. Click "Change plan settings" and then click "Change advanced power settings".4. In the next popup, first check if "Balanced [active]" is the actual active profile.5. Then click on "Battery"-"low battery notification" and check if both options are "ON".6. If the options are not On, turn them On and click Apply -> Ok. If the issue still persists, you can contact nearest Acer service center using the following link for further assistance:http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/service Hope this will help you.

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I am using a Toshiba tablet and its important for me to have a battery charge level in view all the times.

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Have a laptop with Win7 Pro installed. Is there a feature in this OS that lets me know my battery charge level when I using it? Thanks.

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Yes, there should be something in power options, and you should be able to put the icon down in the lower right corner on the taskbar. Haven`t touched a laptop 4 a while, but I know it`s there.

Doesn`t it show something down there when it`s unplugged now ?

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Hi, I hope someone can help. I have an Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop that was originally Vista but now is running 8 pro.
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I however still have the battery level indicator in the task bar,which still functions correctly.
Any comments,ideas welcome.
Regards Dominic

A:No low battery level warning message since windows 8

Did you do an upgrade installation of Windows 8 over vista or a clean install?

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Hi,
 
I'm running Win 8.1 on a tablet with a dock that has a seperate battery and I'm having an issue where the docks battery will be completely used up and then will not charge unless i remove the tablet and jump start the battery in the dock so to speak.
 
I would like to be able to set a reserve battery level for the docks battery specifically but Windows seems to pool both batteries together while acknowledging them both as seperate.
 
Is it possible to seperate the batteries so I can have a reserve battery level for each one individually or is this a hardware issue?

A:Reserve Battery Level - Multiple Batteries

I'm not real good with tablets, but the exact make and model would help us to research this.

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When my laptop is on critical battery level it suspends automatically. How do I avoid that? I want it to run until the battery is completely empty. Yes, I know I may lose data and damage the laptop; I do not care.

I know the answer is somewhere around the POWERCFG utility but that thing is way too complicated for me.

I use Windows 7 Professional x64.

A:Disable automatic suspend on critical battery level

Hello Ruido, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That's correct. The settings for this will be under Battery in your Advanced Power Plan Settings. You would just need to set what action or level you want for "On battery" under each item under Battery.



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello,
This 10% alert battery level is no longer working since 2 days.
I am using W10 versus 1511. Last update KB 3133431.
Any idea to restore this useful alert?
Thanks.

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Windows doesn't alert me of low battery power and the battery dies. It has been happening for the past couple of days now. I have checked the power plan settings and see that is is suppose to warn me at 16% and is suppose to hibernate at 9%. Anyone know what is causing it not to do either?

A:Windows Fails to Alert Battery Level and Shuts Down

Could you give us the specs for this laptop, seeing as how your System Specs are for a desktop?

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I have just purchased a new HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13 laptop last week with Windows 8.1 installed as the operating system. It is the first time I have owned anything with Windows 8.1.

Anyway, I am wanting to adjust the Critical Battery Level in Power Options to something lower than the default 7% that HP has set. When I try to change the number, it will not save and it just magically jumps back to 7%. This means that my laptop will hibernate when the battery level reaches 7% and I cannot turn it back on unless I plug it into AC power. 7% equates to roughly 40 minutes of battery time and I find this setting way too conservative.

I have done some research on this issue and have found the following:
Some suggest that PC manufacturers will somehow lock this setting to an arbitrary minimum and the user cannot change it to anything below this minimum (it appears HP have set it at 7% in my instance).This link suggests using power.cfg and the command line to make the changes How To Lower the Critical Battery Level to 1% in Windows 7

Steps I have taken to try and resolve this:
I have tried the powercfg.exe method described in the aforementioned link to change the critical battery level to 1% and initially it appears to work. When I open up the Power Options screen, it indeed says 1%. However, when I actually test it out by using the laptop, it will still automatically hibernate at 7% battery level - it simply ignores the 1% setting.
I have also tried using powerc... Read more

A:Cannot lower Critical Battery Level in Power Options

That is because it is coded into Windows to not allow anything lower. Also if you drain the battery all of the way, it ends up causing the battery to have a shorter life span, and less available time on battery. They make add on batteries, that act like a lap pad.

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My Lenovo computer had built-in software that allowed me to limit the maximum charge to 80% to extend battery life. Does Dell have something similar? My model is XPS 13 9350. 
I read on old threads that Dell Quickset is the only battery tool, and it does not have this functionality. Is this still the case? 

A:Software to limit maximum battery charge level/percentage

Hi Mjackson02
Thanks for writing to us. Unfortunately there is no Dell dedicated tool that can allow to set a threshold for battery charge. 
The only option is to disable via these steps
Dell Battery Meter -> Battery Life -> Disable Battery Charging.
Do provide us your system tag#, email address and name via private message
Regards

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My ladyfriend is having battery problems with her HP ze4610 laptop running XP Home.
She keeps it plugged into the A/C wall outlet about 99% of the time, so shouldn't her battery be charged all the way when she uses it the other short 1% times that it is unplugged and running on battery? The computer is not that old, a year, maybe.

She said the other night while unplugged and doing some important work on it for a few short hours(2 or 3, maybe), a pop-up message came up saying it was shutting down from lack of power and to save her data, or it would be lost(which she LUCKILY was able to do before it shut down very quickly).

My question is....is there an utility on her HP that can tell her how well her on-board charger is functioning while the laptop is plugged in? (It must not be charging too well, and we'd like to know how well)
And tell her how much the battery is charged at times it is unplugged?

thanks,
jA
(I'm a real dummy about laptops)
 

A:Is there a utility on HP laptops to monitor battery charging and power level?

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Windows XP Pro SP2, while setting up and testing new UPS and loss of AC power settings, my "Low battery alarm" & "Critical battery alarm" slider bars (under Power Options Properties) are stuck at 94%. I moved them out here for easier testing, but now I cannot lower either of them below 94%. The low battery alarm can adjust above 94% (94-100%), and I understand not being able to adjust it below what the Critical battery alarm level is, but the Critical alarm level will not adjusted below 94%. Crirtical level will adjust between 94% and whatever the Low alarm is set at. So the real problem looks to be the Critial level cannot be adjust below 94%. I have enabled/disabled both settings in every combination, but no help. Searched the web and this forum and not found any answer yet. Any ideas?
 

A:Xp Pro Activate Critical Battery Alarm Level Slider Stuck

After jacking with this all morning, the only work around I could find was to uninstall the UPS. After this, I regained full control of the slider bars, then set to the levels I wanted, rebooted, UPS was reinstalled, and levels stayed put.
 

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Hi all,

First off, thank you for reading. Please help if you do know a fix, and if not, thank you for looking!

I am posting here to see if I simply need to set a setting differently.

A desktop computer I built for a friend, who also had me build one for his friend, is having issues with one to two random reboots a day. I had him take a photo of the error message that he was getting. Here it is.

Here is the link if the photo doesn't work for you:

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o230/sparsons6183/DSCF9426.jpg

This computer shows a battery icon, that is full, in the tray in the lower right. That seems weird since it is plugged in, however I read somewhere that if a comp. has a UPS plugged in that Vista shows the battery level on the computer. It did it's reboot thing when I was there once, and the UPS beeps twice and the light turns orange. Funny thing is though, with this recovery thing running it just brings windows back up, just like a temporary blip in service. It def. powers down though.

So my initial thought is, well, it's gotta be the backup power supply. So I had him plug into a surge protector that was connected to the wall for a day to see if he got reboots, and he did. So that tested to see if it gives a battery error even if the computer is plugged into the wall, and it does. This shouldn't be a CMOS battery problem, because it happens everyday, and works fine in the inbetween...but am I wrong? The real kicker with all of this is that... Read more

A:Solved: A desktop, plugged in, gives "critical level" battery error?

Update! It rebooted when plugged into a power bar, AND when the USB cable was still attached to it. He is testing without the USB connected.

So without the power connected to UPS, but with the data connected, it still messed up.

Does this help?
 

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Is there a chance do define two different audio levels?
I guess I am not the only one listening to music with my computer - so I'd like to avoid awkward and looooud system sounds while turning up my stereo...

is there a chance to do so? I know that apple has it, not sure bout win7...

thx

A:Low system sound level, high music level?

I think I understand your question. I use powered partner speakers and in my audio controls for my sound card it has output levels and then and then my music manager has it's own. First I set my sound card at around 1/3 volume +- and then go to the mm and set a volume to around 1/2-3/4 full volume. Then at my speakers I adjust the volume to a clear but loud volume. Then going back to the mm I'll use it's volume only which is controlled off my keyboard and it seems to work well. You still will run into situations where things are too load or too soft and other than in your music files there really isn't much you can do about that, just be ready to ride your volume a little.

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I cannot use IE on my desktop, but several other applications (e.g. outlook) can access the internet. When I ping my router from the desktop, it works fine, but when I ping the desktop itself from the desktop it times out.

Pinging the desktop from other computers on the home network work fine.

Is my stack screwed up, or do I have a problem with the network adapter?

Steve
 

A:Low-level Connects work, not high-level

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 6143 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4650, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 938406 MB, Free - 848180 MB;
Motherboard: Gateway, EG43M
Antivirus: PC Cleaner Pro, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disable
I play FarmVille and was at Level 39. I started it today and am now at Level 1 and can't get my game back.
 

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Hello,
Does anyone know how to disable Level 1 and Level 2 cache in CMOS
there doesnt seem to be any options in the bios menus (PHOINEX)
I have a problem of windows xp not booTing after installing windows sp2

Many thanks
Joe

A:Disable Level 1 and Level 2 cache in CMOS

If there is no option for it in the BIOS you probably cant do it. Its not advisable anyways - and i also doubt your problems with SP2 come with the CPUs cache.

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I have read on here that in the case of reformatting to get rid of viruses that one should do a low level format and I do not understand what that is. I have read the article from Microsoft that some have linked to that is suppose to explain the difference, but it does not explain it to me.

Is formatting using the XP disk considered low level?

Also, how does one go about using third party formatting tools like killdisk or the format tools from the hard drive mfg? As in, do they have to be burned as an ISO to a cd or can the just be copied onto a cd?

I am assuming they have to be put on a cd as I cannot see how they could run off the hard drive, is that correct?

A:Low Level vs High Level Format

Also, how does one go about using third party formatting tools like killdisk or the format tools from the hard drive mfg? As in, do they have to be burned as an ISO to a cd or can the just be copied onto a cd?As an ISO. The instructions for Killdisk are very easy to followUsing Killdisk will remove partitions and overwrite the entire drive with zerosThat is a low level reformat

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Increasing speed by increasing RAM?

I have an older laptop TOSHIBA Satellite L25 S1216 circa early 2006 with 1.25 GB of RAM (DDR2). I would like to increase speed. One of my goals is to increase the speed at which I can move to different pages in a PDF document during an online WebEx document sharing interview. It currently takes time (about 8 seconds) to "load" when I move to a different page. This time can add up over the course of an interview. Even the rate at which typed characters appear on my screen is slow sometimes.

QUESTION: I am thinking of moving up to 2GB of RAM by replacing the factory 0.25 GB (250MB) RAM chip with a 1GB RAM chip that matches (in terms of clock speed 667MHz) the 1GB I previously added (years ago) to the factory 0.25GB. Would this likely help?

The TOSHIBA specs for the laptop say that dual-channel support requires two memory modules of same capacity and clock speed. The capacities of the two current memory chips differ (1GB & 0.25GB) and I think the clock speeds may differ too (667MHz & I think the 0.25GB is 533MHz)

Thank you,

CCT (Bob)
 

A:Increasing speed by increasing RAM?

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can some one pleas read and respond


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:33:42 PM, on 10/23/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\1137127499\ee\services\sscFirewallPlugin\ver1_10_3_1\aolavupd.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\ANTIVI~1\mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\mcafee.com\personal firewall\MPFService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\ANTIVI~1\OasClnt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\zHotkey.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\MusicMatch\MusicMatch Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\shwiconem.exe
C:\WINDOWS\ALCWZRD.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\1137127499\ee\AOLSoftware.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\1137127499\ee\services\sscAntiSpywarePlugin\ver1_10_3_1\AOLSP Scheduler.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\mcafee.com\antivirus\mcvsescn.exe
C:\Program Files\mcafee.com\personal firewall\MPfTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\E_FATI9AA.EXE
C:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.e... Read more

A:hey i think i have spy wear

Hi, Welcome to TSG!!

Please download VundoFix.exe to your desktop.
Double-click VundoFix.exe to run it.
Click the Scan for Vundo button.
Once it's done scanning, click the Remove Vundo button.
You will receive a prompt asking if you want to remove the files, click YES
Once you click yes, your desktop will go blank as it starts removing Vundo.
When completed, it will prompt that it will shutdown your computer, click OK.
Turn your computer back on.
Please post the contents of C:\vundofix.txt and a new HiJackThis log.

Note: It is possible that VundoFix encountered a file it could not remove.
In this case, VundoFix will run on reboot, simply follow the above instructions starting from "Click the Scan for Vundo button." when VundoFix appears at reboot.
 

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Have done all the steps and not having any luck, computer is freezing, here's the log from the panda scan.

Incident Status Location

Adware:adware/safetybar Not disinfected c:\documents and settings\all users\desktop\Online Security Guide.url
Adware:adware/oemji Not disinfected Windows Registry
Spyware:Cookie/2o7 Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt ... Read more

A:spy wear

desarae, is this Panda log for the same system we're working on over here http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...6065-help.html

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need to uninstall this on my computer. saw the previous links but not sure how to add my files to this. Help please!!!
 

A:antivir wear 3.8

Please do not start new threads. I am closing all of your threads except this one: http://forums.techguy.org/malware-removal-hijackthis-logs/647182-hijack.html

Reply there.
 

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Hi, will disconnecting and reconnecting VGA plugs a lot wear and tear and reduce quality, and eventually brake?

I am disconnecting and reconnecting about 3 times a day.. Thanks
 

A:Wear and tear?

well if you're shoving it in and tearing them out i would say so..
otherwise a good quality card and good care to it can last you years (and millions of plugin plugouts) without any/not much damage..

but eventualy, like everything else they will die.. common deaths include frying the bugger (or if it had a good life) components refusing to operate properly..

try swap monitors or the vga plug with another pc see if its still workign first (if that was the problem you're asking) before you decide to bin it..
 

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I think i have spy wear and maybe a virus or somthing because when i search for things on google, weird pop ups come up, and also this porno pop up thing keeps happening. and a nother pop up keeps saying i have the blackworm virus but then it just takes me to some website to buy somthing. also how do i get rid of winfixer cuz that pops up tooo... what should i do?
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:46:26 PM, on 3/7/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Generic\USB Card Reader Driver v2.2e4\FlashIcon.EXE
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 6\DragToDisc\DrgToDsc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wltrysvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 6\AudioCentral\RxMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
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A:get rid of spywear and ad wear???

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There is a light next to battery status that flickers on and off. It seems to be about HDD activity(it flickers very rapidly aftet boot during which time PC is not responsive...busy?). It also flickers as rapidly during any scanning...like, anti-virus, sfc /scannow, diskcheck, defrag, disk cleanup, system restore, etc.

I tend to do these scans very often, easily several times a week. I also turn off PC at least once daily. I might even be trigger-happy with SR at the slightest suggestion of malfunctions. Am I wearing down my HDD?

A:HDD wear...and tear

With normal use a Hard Drive is expected to last anywhere between 5 and 10 years.
Turning off the computer no longer extends the life of a hard drive. It years ago but these newer hard drives are meant to be used and turning off does not prolong the life. In fact, turning the computer off is the reason it is busy when you boot. It is performing the tasks it would normally due when not busy (in your case turned off). You should boot the computer, about once a week, so that any errors can be corrected at boot.
Bottom line, with today's modern hard drives just be sure to turn off properly, and this is the best thing that you can do to keep your hard drive in good shape. I have also heard, that overuse of chkdsk (with both boxes checked) does hurt the drive.
You may want to download the free crystal disk to check on the condition of your hard drive and to check its progress
CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World

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Hey i was wondering what the long term affects of playing powerful games such as crysis far cry etc can have on your computer system. Does constantly playing games gradually wear out the system and make it slower and less powerful and can it even reduce the life of your pc? thanks in advance ps i have an alienware so before you say it depends if you have the right requirements.. i do
 

A:Wear and tear!

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Hey,

How can I wear out my laptop so something in it breaks? Better yet, how can I make everything in it break, but only by wear and tare?

I've got a Whatever Happens agreement (a thing in Enland by DSG [PC World, Currys] you pay like 7/month and your laptop is coverd for whatever happens to it, and if they cant fix it you get a voucher which goes down 20 of the original price you bought your machine for every year )

So how can I wear out my laptop basically?

Cheers guys
- Mike
 

A:How To Wear Out a Laptop?

You are trying to act in a (slightly) dishonest manner?
The cover you have is for real life events, not for deliberately created events.

I think the official term would be "fraud", but this is probably covered by "fair" wear and tear unlike deliberate wear and tear?
 

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does any one know were i can get sft wear 4 interior design 4 homes or rooms or anything
 

A:looking 4 soft wear 4 pc

Hi, There are many free or shareware versions of this software. You can look through these Google results for something you think will work. A search engine is always the easiest, quickest way to find things like this.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...g+design+software+freeware&btnG=Google+Search
One result that looks promising is this one:

http://www.b4ubuild.com/links/cadd.shtml
 

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Wear Is Regedit? My Friend Sayed I Need To Delete My Registry To Fix My Computer Problem So How Do I Get Into Regedit, Thx Ur Kewlio
 

A:Wear Is Regedit???

If you "delete your Registry", your days of using the computer are over unless you fully install Windows again. The Registry is the heart of the operating system, you cannot and must not delete it.

Your "friend" is giving you bad advice.

If you were to post here explaining what your problems are, you may get better advice.
 

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I have a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 1.0A USB optical mouse which is six years old. When I was using Win ME it started to freeze occasionally needing a restart. Now I am using XP and it freezes more often than before (it just did it while typing the above). Sometimes I just disconnect from the USB port and reconnect and sometimes I substitute a small USB optical Mikomi mouse (on the same USB port) which I normally use with my notebook. This mouse always works but is not so comfortable to use with the desktop because of its small size.
The MS mouse will sometimes work for long periods and sometimes for only a few minutes but its frequent freezing is irritating. I don't see what can go wrong with it - I have checked the leads and cleaned the base and am using it on the same desk surface I have always done, so maybe it is on its way out.

Has anyone had this problem and solved it? I suppose a new one may be the only answer.

johnni
 

A:Can an optical mouse wear out?

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do cdrws wear out after too many uses? i had always figured they did, that after they started getting scratched, they would be unreadable, thus unwritable and unerasable. but i have a cdrw here that has no visible scratches or smudges, and my burning software is telling me this:

Media- cdrw
Writabe- yes
Free space- 0mb
Used space- 0mb
Total disk space- 0mb

i tried doing an erase, but it still tells me the same thing. anyone know why?
 

A:cdrw wear and tear

Yes, they have a finite number of reburns before they die, also they can fail due to age as well, once one gets above 3-4yrs old its usually done for anyway

Cheers
 

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This is back to the old argument do I shut down or leave it run...form your own opinion

Personally...I think heat is your enemy...abs

HowStuffWorks "Does powering down your computer wear it down?"






For a modern computer, frequent shutdown and startup has a minimal effect on the computer's overall life. The truth is that computers aren't meant to last forever. The average lifespan of a PC is five to seven years, at which point it succumbs to any number of hardware glitches, software viruses, or is rendered obsolete by technological advances. Modern PCs are built to handle 40,000 on-off cycles before failure [source: EnergyStar.gov]. If you shut down your computer at night and start it back up in the morning, you should be good for the next 109 years.

If anything wears down your computer, it's leaving the machine on. Computers build up heat when they are actively processing data and running software. Heat itself can damage internal components, but it also causes your computer's fan to run longer [source: Greenemeier]. The more the fan runs, the quicker it will wear out its bearings [source: Gwinn].



CREDITS: by Dave Roos

A:Does powering down your computer wear it down?

The equipment is unlikely to fail due to heat-related issues for as long as you're likely to own it. Here's the common-sense way to handle it.

1) Make regular backups of important data in case it breaks.
2) Use the machine until it breaks.

Beyond that, quit micromanaging everything.

-Max

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I'm suffering a wear problem. I've got the HijackThis and hear is my log:Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Archivos de programa\Archivos comunes\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exeC:\Archivos de programa\Panda Software\Panda Titanium Antivirus 2004\Pavsrv51.exeC:\Archivos de programa\Panda Software\Panda Titanium Antivirus 2004\PsImSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZONELABS\vsmon.exeC:\Archivos de programa\Panda Software\Panda Titanium Antivirus 2004\AVENGINE.EXEC:\Archivos de programa\Panda Software\Panda Titanium Antivirus 2004\APVXDWIN.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\SAgent.exeF:\Archivos de programa\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exeC:\Archivos de programa\Messenger\msmsgs.exeF:\Archivos de programa\SlipStream Web Accelerator\extreme.exeC:\Archivos de programa\Peque?o Larousse Multimedia\pop.exeC:\Archivos de programa\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXEC:\Archivos de programa\Panda Software\Panda ... Read more

A:wear problem with HijackThis.

You did not post a complete log. Please post a complete log.

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Hi. I picked up a Dell Inspiron 3847 Desktop with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. Initially, looking at the layout I was like, "huh?." Though after installing the Classic shell I was feeling a bit more comfortable with the new set-up.

Though I was a bit freaked when I opened the Task Manager and noticed there are 76 processes/programs running after start-up. My old XP machine had 25 process/programs running after start-up, making me wary of what is necessary and what is Dell bloat. I'm still working on that.

Anyways, I prefer using high contrast themes. I was wondering if constant switching between hi-contrast themes (alt + shift + print screen) and regular Windows themes causes any extra wear on the system?

Are there any actions that cause extra wear and tear on a Desktop?

Another question. I use winrar frequently. In Windows 8.1 I cannot point the mouse on single file and drag the mouse to select multiple files from the winrar queue, an action that worked well in XP. Is this something new in Windows 8.1 or can I make a configuration adjustment to allow this action?

An observation. After I start Windows I open the Task Manager and observe the Disk process bouncing up and down between 1% and 100%. After a minute or so the Disk process simmers down and rests at about 0-1%. I dumped the Mcafee free AV that came pre-installed because it appeared to be the main hog. Now I see a Windows process spikes the Disk (redline @ 100%) momentarily before returning to 0%. Is th... Read more

A:Question about wear and tear

Nothing you do or can do "electronically" causes wear and tear. Electronics don't wear out as such.

The practical aspects are how much reading and writing to the hard disc is occurring, meaning that if the disk is being thrashed then the wear is higher... in theory... in practice I suspect its a bit of a non issue though.

Processes... I just looked on this installation (its W8.1 Enterprise running on an 8yr old laptop) and I have 27 (it varies, just looked again and its 30) as showing in task manager along with two apps.

My main PC is a Dell (and I clean installed W8.1 on that) but can say that bloatware is an issue with standard PCs as supplied from the manufacturers. My Dell had W7 preinstalled along with all the other unwanted stuff. First thing I did was clean install W7 from the Dell supplied discs.

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I have a DI-524 router and Motorola sb4200 cable modem and keep getting intermittent internet service. I have Zone Alarm Security Suite running. I run virus scans, spybot, ad-aware, the works and don't find anything. I have Cox internet. Sometimes if I restart the connection returns, other times it doesnt.

I've had the modem for 4 years and the router for 2 years.
 

A:Can a router and/or cable modem wear out?

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just curiouse whats the new free soft ware, for anything...really i am wanting good strong anit virus software..
 

A:wanting to know about new soft wear,well free ones.

Hi,

Here is our FavoriteFreeware thread, these are individual TSG Members' favorites so they could be anything

http://forums.techguy.org/tech-tips-tricks/366118-favorite-freeware.html

In the General Security forum

http://forums.techguy.org/78-general-security/

you will find many discussions of the "best" security free software, pay-for ones too....as well as a lot of other security software such as firewalls, antispyware programs....etc
 

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I've looked through all of the threads and couldn't find this particular issue addressed anywhere. I was wondering if a Computer Processor slowly wears out? I have an old HP 4535 computer. It has a Celeron 400MHz Processor. 256MB SDRAM. I'm running Windows XP SP2. What I mean is, as my Computer gets older will the Processor no longer run at 400Mhz and start running slower, say at 300MHz or 200MHz? I've noticed lately (the last year or so) that I am barely able to run two programs at the same time. That was not the case when the computer was newer. Lack of Memory does not seem to be the problem.
 

A:Solved: Does A Computer Processor Wear Out?

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Hi everyone

I got my copy of Windows 8 off Dreamspark several days ago and I decided to try it on my notebook. Well, first of all I must say that I really like the way it's quicker and neater than Seven.

but considering that quite everything I use is desktop-based, I tried different ways to bypass the Modern UI Start screen and stay on the desktop as much as possible (at least for now).

Eventually I decided to create a shortcut to "shutdown /h" and pin it to the taskbar where Seven formerly had the orb (so I could just hibernate the system by clicking once on it).

Now, this is the question: seeing that I use hibernation 3/4 times per day, and that Windows 8 is installed onto a Samsung 470 SSD...
Does the lifespan of the disk get significantly shorter (because of the limited rewrite cycles supported by the SSD drives) if I use hibernation instead of the normal shutdown?

I believe not, but any advice/suggestion would be very appreciated!

Tnank you in advance!

A:SSD, hibernation and wear... Needing advice!

You don't need to worry about hibernation, I use the "OS optimisation" in Samsung Magician, it tunes my ssd.

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I'm looking for a hardware platform for a sort of embedded system.
It should run a Linux flavor (undefined at the moment) and have preferrably no rotating parts (except for fans maybe) (so no harddisks).
I was thinking of a pcmcia flash drive for OS and applications, and a RAM drive for logs etc.
Not sure what kind of processing power I will need.. guessing P III at 1 GHz should be enough for now (or equivalent).

Any info on this kind of hardware is welcome!

Regards,

Koen
 

A:Robuste Hardware with minimum wear

Virtually every ready-made embedded platform satisfies your current plans..

Does it have to be a PC? What peripherals do you need supported? What software (besides the OS) is it going to run? What is the device going to do?
 

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I am running a 3-yr old IBM laptop R40 with XP Pro. When I see the amount of work the hard drive goes through to shut down and then start up again I wonder if it is better to leave the computer on continuously rather than shut down and reboot with each session. Any considerations pro or con? Thanks for your help
Frank
 

A:Reduce Wear on Hard Drive?

frankhats said:

I am running a 3-yr old IBM laptop R40 with XP Pro. When I see the amount of work the hard drive goes through to shut down and then start up again I wonder if it is better to leave the computer on continuously rather than shut down and reboot with each session. Any considerations pro or con? Thanks for your help
FrankClick to expand...
depends on your type of use you can save hours on your drive if
you go to Control Panel -> -> Power Options
and have your drive stop spinning after a selected amount of
time of nonuse.

so if your machine stays on for hours without doing
anything you can shutdown your drive.

shutdowns depend on your on and off hour proportions
to determine if you want to shutdown/hibernate
lots of options.
 

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I been wanting an alien wear computer for years, but now that I can finally afford one, they've been taken over by dell. and I don't like dell. so my question is, Are alien wear computers still being made by the same people who always made them, and just being sold by dell, or are they made by the same people who make dell computers? If they're made by the same people who make dell computers, then I don't want them.

A:Question about Dell and Alien Wear

Ailenware is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dell.
They must answer to the managment of Dell and the Dell shareholders. Day to day decisions are made by Alienware. Mfg techniques are still that of Alienware.

I know how corporations work, from many levels. When a company becomes a subsidiary due to a take over. The office staff is cut to save money ie tax dept. legal dept etc. But the manufacturing stays the same. That is why they take companies over, its to get their expertise and kill the competition.

To save money Dell may purchase the plastics, etc to make the computer because they can buy in bulk to save money, but the actual manufacturing is done by Alien

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Hi everyone

I got my copy of Windows 8 off Dreamspark several days ago and I decided to try it on my notebook. Well, first of all I must say that I really like the way it's quicker and neater than Seven.

but considering that quite everything I use is desktop-based, I tried different ways to bypass the Modern UI Start screen and stay on the desktop as much as possible (at least for now).

Eventually I decided to create a shortcut to "shutdown /h" and pin it to the taskbar where Seven formerly had the orb (so I could just hibernate the system by clicking once on it).

Now, this is the question: seeing that I use hibernation 3/4 times per day, and that Windows 8 is installed onto a Samsung 470 SSD...
Does the lifespan of the disk get significantly shorter (because of the limited rewrite cycles supported by the SSD drives) if I use hibernation instead of the normal shutdown?

I believe not, but any advice/suggestion would be very appreciated!

Tnank you in advance!

A:SSD, hibernation and wear... Needing advice!

You don't need to worry about hibernation, I use the "OS optimisation" in Samsung Magician, it tunes my ssd.

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Hello peeps.

I have a quick one for you all.

For a little while now I've been getting irritated by my 1TB hard disk constantly powering down when not used for a while, and then having to wait for it to spin back up when its accessed.

Its not making my PC freeze or anything, but given that my "home" folder is located on this hard disk, whenever I request access it takes 4-5 seconds before my request is forfilled, as it has powered down the disk while not being used. As you can imagine, even clicking a link on the desktop causes the delay as well, because it is actually on the 1TB disk.

So, would I risk loads of wear and tear on the disk if I turned off the shutdown disk option, and forced it to run the whole time the PC is running?

Its not the end of the world if I can't do it, but its just bloody annoying going from super fast operations because of my SSD, to literally having to wait for the 1TB hard disk to spin up just to access a personal file. Firefox is the worst for it though, as when I go to download something, the default folder is on the hard disk, and it literally locks it up for 4-5 seconds, and causes mayhem should it be a small file, as I then have to wait for it to come online, then the download ends almost immediately and is scanned... It seems it totally confuses Firefox and it throws a fit in the process!

So would it be alright to just make it run nonstop like the SSD?

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A:Question regarding wear on disks if you keep them running

Definitely disable the auto turn off disk setting...that is only useful is u are super eco concious, otherwise, repeated spinning up of the drive is actually detrimental to the health of the drive and will reduce the drive's life and likelihood of failure will increase...

In short, u will be better off with that option disabled
 

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Does anyone know how to remove glare from the flash reflecting off eyeglasses?
 

A:Solved: Glare from glasses (eye wear)

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trying to help a friend get his computer woorking right. someones disabeled many things in msconfg. he has spy sweeper running but the tray icon is not there to disable he had nortons antivires in stalled tryed to unistall but you know how that goes with nortons.

ive attached a hjy log to try and give you guys a starting point.

Thanks alot.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:51:48 PM, on 2/1/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\acs.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb05.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AMERIC~1.0C\waol.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
C:\Program Files\D-Link\AirPlus G Wireless Adapter Utility\AirPlus.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpobnz08.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\TopSpeed\2.0\aoltsmon.exe
C:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXE
C:\WINNT\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXE
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpoevm08.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\WRSSSDK.exe
C:\Progra... Read more

A:Solved: Dont know wear to start ??? hjt attached

hey, try this
http://thekonnection.net/ts/display.php?filename=sd_6_0_7
 

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i just ran super anti-spywear and now anything i click on thats on my desk top says i have to open with so and so program.....i can open my control panel but anything i click on in that page says application not found.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 4:56:19 PM, on 15/01/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcdetect.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcshield.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mctskshd.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\usnsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\MySpace\IM\MySpaceIM.exe
C:\Program Files\MySpace\IM\MySpaceIM.exe
C:\Program Files\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://us.rd.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults... Read more

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Hi Gang,

I have three hard drives. The first two, C & D are connected internally. I also have a CDRW and a DVDRW connected internally. They are E and F.

To add a larger, third hard drive, I put a USB adapter on an internal hard drive. A Molex Splitter provides electricity to the D Drive and the G drive simultaneously.

I only use the third hard drive occassionally. I usually use it to contain backups of the other two drives or to play movies that have been stored on it. Its 160GB. The other two are 20 and 40GB. (C&D)

Because I only use it occassionally I like to disconnect it by unplugging the USB port only. I also like to disconnect it to protect the already stored backups from possible viruses that might infect the other two drives.

My question is, should I also be unplugging the Molex connector to the drive?Does it make any difference? Does it add to any wear and tear to keep the molex connector in?

One of the other reason I also like to disconnect the G drive is because every time I restart the computer I have to plug in the USB connector to the drive, otherwise I wind up with two drives showing on my Device Manager.

I don't like to disconnect the Molex because I have to unplug the computer and open the case every time I do it.

Windows 98SE. Seagate 160GB, divided into two parts using Partition Magic 8.0, Partitions are labeled G and H. G is 60GB H is 90GB. Cluster size is 32kb.

Thanks,
HULK!
 

A:Question About USB Hard Drive Wear 'n Tear

Get one of these ....
http://www.sanmax.com/products/index.cgi?display=item&part=HD-338-U2

And plug the Seagate in it.
It has a front panel power switch.

You can do everthing externally, cept boot from it.
 

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Hi there

latest windows build 1511 -- can get nice text sizes within applications but menus are TINY -- don't I.T developers ever test this stuff or do they all have eyesight like raptors. !!!



Cheers
jimbo

A:Do all I.T dvelopers wear glasses etc -- why are menus so tiny

Originally Posted by jimbo45


Hi there

latest windows build 1511 -- can get nice text sizes within applications but menus are TINY -- don't I.T developers ever test this stuff or do they all have eyesight like raptors. !!!

Cheers
jimbo



Here ya go @jimbo45

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Well I have had my notebook for about 2 and a half years now, and with heavy usage comes heavy wearing. It's mainly silver, but on big parts of those silver areas, there are dark, grey marks that look like dirt marks, but cannot be cleaned off. I suspect these are wear marks.

Is there a way to make them fade? My keyboard also has shine spots where my most frequent usage is.

Also, a few weeks ago I had a small water spillage, it glitched some keys, so I aired the pc out for a while and they started working normally again, howver my ESC, F2, F3, and F4 keys are all now not responding. Any way I can fix this?
Please respond, and thanks for reading .
 

A:[Laptop] Wear marks and Broken keys.

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After my friend's laptop wouldn't run on battery power OR charge the battery I tried many "fixes."
 
Shockingly none worked that I found.
 
Only one thing worked for me to my surprise.
 
A last ditch effort was to open up the laptop (sony pcg-81114L) and disconnect the cmos battery for a few minutes to reset the CMOS.
 
To my surprise, when powered on, the battery instantly showed it was charging AND when removing the power plug the battery POWERS the laptop now! (and I'd thought I was wasting my time.)
 
Worked with an off brand battery also.
 
Many times this has saved many computers that have odd "unsolvable" things wrong with them.
 
Surely someone else has done this also but I haven't seen it posted anywhere to my knowledge.
 
Thank GOD for bringing the idea to remembrance!

A:sony vaio won't charge battery or run on battery power (CMOS BATTERY FIX!)

Hi askfault,
Do you have any information on how this fixes the battery problem? would be interested to know.
 
Xen

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Read the entire referenced webpage below. Apparently, the problem is in the BIOS or HDD firmware, and also affects Windows and Mac platforms (especially laptops) as well as Linux despite the problem being reported against Fiesty and Gutsy Ubuntu:

Article Explanation of Ubuntu Hard Drive Wear and Tear.

Ubuntu doesn't touch your hard drive power management settings by default. In almost all cases, it's more likely to be your BIOS or the firmware on your hard drive.

There are two fixes documented: choose wisely after reading the entire article as there is a trade-off between laptop battery life vs HDD life. I would choose in favor of the solution that extends the HDD life at the expense of battery life. Just my $0.02 worth of advice.

-- Tom
 

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Hello,
I have to use my mothers laptop to transfer mp3s from CDs to a mp3 player, now here is the problem, she thinks that using her CD player will shorten its life expectancy, I argue that they have brushless motors that dont wear out, she argues that the dust on the CDs (even if cleaned) will settle in the CD drive and cause it do malfunction.

I would really like to know from the experts now, how and if making use of a CD rom drive affect its life.

And while we are at it, she also doenst let me put much on the hardrive under the arguement that it slows the computer down, is that true? but even if, the computer would run fine after deleting what I put on, no?

I really would appriciate an expert answer on this as I simply cant argue from my point of knowlege.

cheers,

sauhund
 

A:Wear and tear on a CD drive - life expectancy proportional to usage?

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Hi

i did notice with DiskInfo _http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html

that the wear leveling count of my ssd is 99 and the raw values is 000000000005
some day ago the raw value was 000000000004

the others values are ok outside Por Revocery Count 000000000003

should i be worried?

thanks

A:whould i worried about smart value wear leaving count solid disk?

No. You should not be worried.

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I would normally think it would prevent it alittle but when i was in performance moniter It was by far the biggest user of the disk. I ask because have to keep this hard drive going until i can afford a new one.

One last thing, when in device manager and the hard drive properties if you turn on write caching and advanced performance could it cause anything bad to happen? (other than loss of data on power outtage)

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By how much can i increase the RAM of my computer. The exsiting Ram is 6 gb. The product name is HP compaq el ite 8300 CMT and product number is QV993AV. Is there a way to find out if there is an empty ram slot witout opening the cpu?

A:Increasing Ram

Dear Customer,  To the best of my  knowledge, the unit supports Maximum of 8GB of RAM Please go through the below Maintenance and Service Guide for detailed understanding:http://h20628.www2.hp.com/km-ext/kmcsdirect/emr_na-c03612798-1.pdf Go to:4  Illustrated parts catalog - Page-6select Convertible minitower (CMT) chassis spare parts  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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I was recently playing Combat Arms Europe and found that after about 30mins the FPS dropped atleast 20, With an ATI Radeon Express Series that is too much because it then works at around 4-10 FPS. Anyways to increase the FPS?
 

A:Increasing FPS?

There's many ways to increase the FPS.
Like set the game a higher priority
Better CPU, GPU
Clear clutter on your computer etc.
 

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Hey here are my Current computer Specs (Note: It is a laptop.)

--- all info taken from run-dxdiag
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Processor: Mobile AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3700+, MMX, 3DNow, ~790MHz
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Display: Ati Mobility Radeon 9600/9700 Series
Memory: 128 MB
Current Display Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (60 Hz)

The Current game i am trying to get the best FPS on is World of Warcraft, i was curious if anyone can help me out with the best possible setting for my computer, maybe programs i need to run to help increase performance or close all the useless crap in the backround. ill check back often in and out fora few days and any information that i need to add to what has already been given that will help out ill give, but otherwise im running around 10 fps or less, its pretty horrible i tried turning all setting on v-card and in game performanced based but idk why i cant get it up higher, i kno this computer has a lot of potential to be a good gaming laptop, i mean thats what it was made for, (cyberpowerpc.com)
 

A:Increasing FPS...

Do you have the videocard drivers installed? If not, install them now, as they will improve performance by about 999,999,999,999%. If they are installed, try downloading newer version. Also, press ctrl+alt+delete to open task manager and check how many processes you have running. If you have more than 40, that is too many.
 

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Hey all, i have a question about adding ram. i have a dell dimension e520 with 512 memory and 3.06 ghz. i would like to add some ram but i have never done it before. i will likely add a 1 or 2 gig stick. someone told me that if i am going to increase the ram to put the higher ram stick where the higher stick is now or put the higher stick in the number 1 slot and move the ones inserted now down one slot. i was just looking for some advice on how to do it. will i lose anything by increasing the ram? any advice and directions would be appreciated
 

A:Increasing ram

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