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Old 12th March, 2005, 02:49 PM
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Laptop battery recalibration

Ok, i have a bit of a problem here...

My laptop is a Compaq M300 Armada
P3 600
512MB sdram
80GB disk

The laptop is one of, if not the smallest proper laptop ever made. Its around 1.5cm thick, 11.3 inches diagonally and weighs in at 1.2KG.

The problem is the replacement battery for this thing costs around $300 in australia due to its compactness and complex power level reading system. I cant buy a $300 battery for a laptop thats only a P3, its just not worth it.

The battery used to give me around 2 hours per charge. Recently i loaned it to my brother who considers himself to be a bit of a genius. he went into power management and recalibrated the battery "for my benefit" thinking it would help.

It didn't.

I now get around 40 mins off a charge. I read a little into it, and you are meant to calibrate the battery once, then leave it forever, or until it asks to be recalibrated. Is there a way i could get it back to the state it was once in?
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