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#1 TelMeDragon

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 01:01 AM

I've had my laptop (Dell Inspiron 6000) for a little under a year and the battery is failing T__T, at first it lasted about 2 hours and now it lasts about 10 mins. Does anyone know why?
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Posted 10 January 2007 - 08:38 AM

Hi TelMeDragon.
Battery life depends on usage and power management settings but 10 minutes isn't good under any circumstances. :thumbsup:
Either the battery is not getting a chance to fully recharge or it's worn out. They do not last forever.
To make sure you're getting a full recharge, the battery must be at room temperature before charging starts and charging should be done for 2-3 hrs with the laptop turned off. If afterwards you still only get 10 minutes usage, it's probably a bad battery.
The inspiron 6000 was also one of the dell laptop models that could possibly contain a defective battery (fire hazzard) and is replaced for free. If you haven't seen the recall yet you might just get a free replacement. To see if your battery is on the list, go here.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 12:35 PM

I'm not sure about Dell's, but generally the manufacturer's warranty is for a year - check with Dell to see if the battery is covered under it.
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Posted 11 January 2007 - 07:55 PM

Hmm, I checked on the website and it said nothing about my batter /sob. But something I left out was that I hibernate my computer almost all the time, could that be a factor?
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Posted 11 January 2007 - 10:17 PM

Hibernation shouldn't affect the battery - as it shuts the computer off completely.

Check with Dell about the warranty on your system. Talk nice to them and they may opt to exchange the battery.
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Posted 11 January 2007 - 10:25 PM

Unlike nichol cadmium batteries the lithium ion batteries used in laptops don't like to be run down to a near flat condition before you charge them. This can actually harm them, they want frequent small charges to maintain them.

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 04:11 AM

But I'm pretty much always on AC power so my battery is like always charged, I guess i could call in.
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