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opinions - buy new battery for old laptop computer?

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#1 cafejose


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 11:27 AM

Asking for opinions -

Would buying a new battery for an old laptop computer be worthwhile?  Operating system is Vista s.p.2, and current battery will not charge beyond 66%, even after about 4 hours of charging time.  The machine otherwise works very well for being over 9 years old.

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:03 PM

If you don't plan on upgrading to something like Windows 7 and you don't take the laptop where a battery is required then I would say forget and run the computer off the power adapter.


Vista is no longer supported and you do not receive critical security updates. Therefore I don not recommend you use the computer for any banking or online purchases unless you use something like a live linux DVD where Windows Vista is not used.

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 10:07 PM

First thing is, see if you CAN purchase a new battery for your old PC.  Laptops can change about considerably with model changes, and it may well be that the manufacturer does not stock the replacement you need.  So you're stuck with hitting computer repair shops and EBay to see there's a machine similar to yours that you can strip a battery from ...  This is not guaranteed to be a pleasant experience.


Other hand, if you can find a new replacement battery and the price is reasonable, why not?  Vista's old but not embarrassingly old, so the machine will continue to be useful.  And if you decide you want something newer, Windows 7 or a dozen versions of Linux ought to   install quite easily. 

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