Why is your laptop battery not charging?

Laptops of various brands happen to be used among people, but few of them know easy methods to repair the problem if the laptop is not charging the battery anymore. Here are some general guidelines in case you will encounter this problem.

You will find several factors that may lead to battery not charging. Let’s check those problems one after the other:

  1. The battery stops charging as soon as you slightly move it. Sometimes the problem may come from the adapter; especially the power tip of the adapter is a little loose and won’t be able to fit the laptop tightly. If this happens, you could simply get hold of your laptop manufacturer for one proper adapter. Usually when you use the adapter, be sure it is properly connected and the power tip fits properly.
  2. The battery discharges quickly. Sometimes, new batteries may behave erratically until they are charged or discharged after several circles. If it is a new battery, you may attempt to charge and discharge the battery a couple of more times. Usually span for a laptop battery is between two to three years. If your battery had been used for about 2 to 3 years, maybe it will be the time to buy a new replacement battery.
  3. The battery is not detected by the laptop. Whenever the laptop battery is properly installed and positioned, but still not detected when you log in to Windows, there are two factors that may lead to the problem: either the motherboard of the laptop or the battery is defective. To troubleshoot the problem, you may first replace the battery with a working one. In case the problem persists after you replace the old battery, the problem may result from the motherboard. It is recommended to bring the laptop to a repair shop and replace the motherboard.
  4. The battery can be detected, but the laptop immediately turns off in case the AC adapter is unplugged. If this happens, maybe the battery is not seated properly or the battery contacts got dirty. You may try to remove and reinsert the battery for a few more times to see if it can solve the problem. Meanwhile, you may also use a brush or eraser to clean the battery contacts that connect the battery to the motherboard of the laptop. If it still does not help, you may try to replace the battery with a new one. However, even if replacing the battery can’t solve the problem, you may have to check if the problem is not coming from the motherboard itself.

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iOS 4.3 is killing your battery life?

A big number of users complain that iOS 4.3 seems to be draining their batteries much faster. Even with the same settings turned on, (for some), their battery life just vanish.

What can you do?

1. Try a factory restore, for some it seems to fix the issue.

2. If the factory restore didn’t work, try this:

– Go into Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendar, tap on the Exchange account name and turn off the 3 switches.

– Back out of settings, then open Mail, then Contacts, then Calendar to clear the connections.

– Reboot the phone (hold HOME and SLEEP until an Apple logo appears, ignoring “Slide to power off”)

– Go back into settings and turn the 3 switches back on.

You can also do this by deleting the Exchange account, rebooting, and adding it back.

3. If neither the Exchange re-setup nor reboot didn’t help, you can also try to disable the Ping function which runs in the background and drains the battery. Just go into Settings > General > Restrictions and turn off Ping.

Hopefully, one of the solutions will fix the problem.

 

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5 suggestions to protect your Android phone

While trying to keep the open-source policy for Android operating system, the Android Market doesn’t have such a stringently screening process as the Apple Store. Therefore many applications have been reported as harmful and have been withdrawn from the service.

In case you are an Android phone user and want to keep your phone safe from potential threads, you should follow five basic suggestions given to betanews by Tony Anscombe from AVG Technologies:

1. Think of your mobile device not as a phone but as a computer, for that is what it is. Be just as wary about phishing attempts made via mobile email or text as you would on your computer. Avoid unknown sites when using your mobile browser, and don’t click on links before authenticating the sender.

2. Download apps only from trusted sources and pay special attention to the names of these apps. If you want Angry Birds, then download Angry Birds — not Angry Biiirds or some other slightly altered name. Usually you can also tell legitimate and fraudulent apps apart by their file images.

3. Do not root or jailbreak your mobile device to get around limitations set by your carrier or device manufacturer. Doing so will also remove any protections built into the device in order to defend against a number of mobile threats.

4. Be careful when using Wi-Fi. Don’t view or transmit sensitive info in public hot spots. Disable Wi-Fi auto-connect to prevent connecting to a malicious host, and when you are ready to connect, look around for public displays that will tell you which legitimate host to connect to.

5. Install security software. Per the first point, you installed security software on your computer, right? So why not do the same for your mobile phone? A number of free solutions are available online.”

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Fix the GPS lag issue on Samsung Galaxy S i9000

There are dozens of Galaxy S ROMs from different carrier out there and I’ve heard of all kind of bugs, some were fixed, some not. One commune issue that I’ve seen many people were complaining about is the GPS lag issue. Below you’ll find a guide how to fix it. Note: To be save, make notes of your custom configuration when you make changes to revert back to original settings if the fix doesen’t work for you.

– Dial this code if your phones firmware build is ECLAIR: *#*#1472365#*#*

– Dial this code if your phones firmware build is FROYO: *#*#3214789650#*#*

– Click on Application Settings.

– Click on Operation Mode and change its value to Standalone.

– Click on Start Mode and change its value to Hot Start.

– Click on GPS Plus and change its value to On.

– Click on SkyHook and change its value to On. (this options might be missing, ignore it if it does)

– Go back to the first screen and click on SUPL/CP settings.

– Click on Server FQDN Type and change its value to AUTO Config.

That’s it, your GPS should work fine now.

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What kind of laptop is right for you?

In this guide, we’ll outline the different categories of laptops and which types are best for different users. We’ll also take a look at CPU, hard-drive, and networking options.

While there are many ways to divide the categories–based on weight, price, and components–the screen size is the primary deciding factor, as it’s the clearest physical difference between types of laptops.

UMPCs (or ultramobile PCs) are small handheld devices with screens that are between 5 and 7 inches, but they never really caught on. While the idea of a palm-size computer Dell d620 running Microsoft Windows and including most of the features you’d find on a full-size desktop or laptop was an engaging one, most of these devices were not exactly practical outside of a handful of specialized users.

Key features:
5- to 7-inch display
Nontraditional design

Netbook

Netbooks are either the most exciting thing to happen to mobile computing in years, (Acer aspire 4520 battery) or they are the downfall of an industry engaged in a painful price war race to the bottom. We generally define Netbooks as having 7- to 12-inch screens, a full keyboard, and an inexpensive, single-core low-voltage CPU.

While the earliest Netbooks had 7-inch screens and Intel Celeron processors, the typical Netbook today has a single-core Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and runs either Windows XP or Windows 7.

Small and lightweight, they lack optical drives, have tiny keyboards and touch pads, and are generally underpowered for anything other than Web surfing, e-mailing, and basic office productivity. The payoff is that a typical Netbook can be had for less than $300, an unheard-of sum just a few years ago.

Key features:
9- to 12-inch display
No optical drive
Single-core low-voltage CPU, Intel Atom or comparable
Typically less than $500

Ultraportable

Before the rise of Netbooks, ultraportable systems were 11- and 12-inch laptops with then-expensive low-voltage CPUs, allowing them to be small and power efficient, but still relatively underpowered.

The popularity of Netbooks had threatened to make this category irrelevant–after all, who would pay $1,500 or more for an 11-inch laptop, when a $300 10-inch Netbook hp nx6100 battery (Hp dv9000) adapter was a reasonable substitute for basic Web and office tasks?

The ultraportable has been revived of late with the introduction of Intel’s new low-cost consumer ultralow-voltage CPUs. These chips are slightly more expensive and somewhat more powerful than the Netbook Intel Atom CPU, and are available in both single-core and dual-core versions.

Key features:
9- to 12-inch display
Low-voltage ULV CPU
No optical drive
Typically $600-$800

Thin-and-light

This somewhat unimaginative descriptor is intended for 13-inch laptops. Why do laptops with 13-inch displays deserve their own distinct category? It’s because they occupy a unique space in the industry. We define this by pointing out that a 13-inch laptop is the smallest size we’d be able to work on comfortably all day, and at the same time, the largest size we’d consider carrying around more than once or twice a week.

read the full article on: http://www.goodlaptopbattery.co.uk/battery-blog/

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Remove “Shortcut” text from new created shortcuts in Windows XP, Vista and Seven

It’s annoyance for many users (including myself) that the “Shortcut” text is added to the name of any newly created shortcuts and you have to manually edit them to remove that text. Well, there is a easy registry hack that when you create a new shortcut to a program, the annoying text won’t appear anymore. Let’s see how we do that:

– open up the Registry Editor through the start menu search box (search for ‘regedit’)

– browse down to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

– on the right-hand side you should find a key called ‘link’ with the value: 1b 00 00 00


– open this key up (and change the ‘1b’ to ’00’ instead; you should have now ‘with 00 00 00 00’
– restart the computer or log off -log in and you’re done, any newly created shortcut will be without the “Shortcut” text

Note: This will affect only the shortcuts that you create from now on.

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Configure Yahoo Messenger to save a history of all your conversations

By default, Yahoo Messenger doesn’t save your messages, alerts and conferences but you can enable this feature manually. Click the ‘Preferences’ option in the Yahoo Messenger menu, select ‘Archive’, select ‘Save all my messages’ and after that just hit the ‘OK’ button. That’s all, from now on, a history of all your conversations will be saved.

To view your conversations, just click the ‘Contacts’ menu in Messenger and select ‘Message Archive’. A new window will appear where you can select the desired archive folder that you wish to review.

You can also do this if you double-click the name of the contact you would like to view history from. Then, in the window where you usually see your IM conversations, click Show Recent Messages. If you want to view an earlier conversation, scroll to the top and click View Full Archive.

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Top 11 Tips to Increase Laptops Battery Life

Tip 1. Avoid using unnecessary programs
One of the main reasons of battery life reduction is the usage of unwanted programs on the laptop which only takes in more power from the battery. Hence use only those programs which you mostly work upon. Opening limited number of programs simultaneously can help increase your battery life as well. Also use applications which consume less power.
Tip 2. Clean your Laptop regularly

Any electronic devices gathering dust or dirt generates more heat as it blocks the air-vents and with devices such as Laptops or cell phones their battery life reduces fast. Cleaning air vents from time to time and working in an open space zone which allows the air vents to breathe will help reducing the battery life and heating of the devices.

Tip 3. Genuine Adaptors

The use of cheap quality adaptors can harm the battery life of your laptop. So make sure you use the adaptor of a better quality.

Tip 4. Reduce Background processes

Background processes which are not used much should be reduced. In case of the non usage of the internet stop the other programs associated with running on the task bar something like the anti-virus program as it will also use battery to keep itself running.

Tip 5. Unplug external devices

Make sure that various USB devices such as flash drives, Wi-Fi, data cables, Bluetooth, external speakers….etc should be unplugged when not in use as they use more battery power than any other device.

Tip 6. Check the appropriate levels of your brightness

on your laptop screen. Limit the use according to your tolerate levels as it is again one of the causes of power sink.

Tip 7. Sounds to be checked

Avoid using high volume sounds of your speakers and also try muting your speakers when not in use.

Tip 8. You do not require screen savers

Screen savers suck in more battery power and are totally useless for genuine reasons. So simply avoid using screen savers for effective battery coverage.

Tip 9. Control power options

You can turn off your hard-drive or monitor for a specific time duration using Windows XP and Windows Vista that already come with advanced power management features. This can further be checked by going to control panel and clicking the ‘power options’ feature available on it.

Tip 10. Choose Hibernation mode to Standby mode

Opting in the Hibernation mode will save the battery power as it will turn the computer off completely (saving of course the current state)than choosing the Stand by option where although being in the ‘sleep mode’ with monitor or hard drive turned off the memory still remains active and slows down the CPU.

Tip 11. Go for recent modern laptops
The modern laptops which have arrived in the market have Li-ion ( ‘Li’ stands for Lithium) batteries which doesn’t affect the memory as there is no problem of ‘partial discharges’ and recharge which very much exists in laptops having Ni-MH batteries. It is therefore recommended that you buy a latest one rather than going for an older version.

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