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Dell Inspiron 8600 Battery only lasting twenty Minutes

Ok first off for those thinking its cause its an old battery its not, I purchased a new one about two months ago so the battery is good... This all started happening about a few weeks ago when i upgraded my laptop to Vista Ultimate, and since then my battery's life will either last up to twenty minutes with me just watching a movie on power saver, or it will last 100 seconds when im just showing my mother a picture on the laptop with it on high performance (before you all get creeped out about the mom thing, i am in high school still) Does anyone have any ideas on why its draining so rapidly? When it was running off XP it was running perfect. Should i roll it back to XP instead? Please i need help soon because i have to go to texas soon. Thank you!

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Ask dell....

Ask dell if they have a BATTERY CALIBRATION procedure. No, I didn't ask them for you.

Also, ask Dell what drivers you need for Vista. It's possible the Microsoft supplied drivers keep the CPU busy and draining your battery.
Bob

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battery unloading after five minutes

i have a dell vostro 1000 two years old.i;m running vista and i've found that on running on battery power,it only lasts five minutes.(111GB,PROCESSOR ATH.64X2 MEMORY 2.00GR

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That's proper. here's why.

Most Dells came with 300 cycle batteries. So at 2 years you are well past the 300 cycles.
Bob

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