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What are the best ways to save battery? all i need it to do is write word documents but i need the battery to last a while.
I turn off wifi, turn down the screen brightness, turn on power saver mode, close programs and i can't remember what else.
My heat sync area feels warm when i touch it and doesn't passively cool so well. so i think i should clean that out.

So, what are any other ways to save my battery?


EDIT

Also, will an SSD increase battery life?
Edited by iCrap - 5/26/11 at 8:19pm
    
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What are the best ways to save battery? all i need it to do is write word documents but i need the battery to last a while.
I turn off wifi, turn down the screen brightness, turn on power saver mode, close programs and i can't remember what else.
My heat sync area feels warm when i touch it and doesn't passively cool so well. so i think i should clean that out.

So, what are any other ways to save my battery?
By any chance is your laptop an HP?

I think you are pretty much doing all I can think of that can be done except if your laptop has blue tooth you can disable that, too.
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Manually underclock it.
    
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Well if you have already turned off WiFi, turned down brightness, put on Power Saver mode, and close programs, there isn't much else to do except if there is bluetooth, turn it off. How long does your battery last? If it blows, it might be time for a new one. I get 36 minutes my "Gaming Mode" which bogs it down. POS battery
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Acer Aspire 7741g. 17 inch monster lol....
I've managed to get a good 3.5 hours by doing this stuff but there must be something else i can do to get some more battery.
    
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Manually underclock it.
Well not sure if i can even do that on an acer? also i just want to be able to quicky switch back and forth for when i plug it in, i can play a game or something.
    
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Well not sure if i can even do that on an acer? also i just want to be able to quicky switch back and forth for when i plug it in, i can play a game or something.
SetFSB or something like that.
    
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Well not sure if i can even do that on an acer? also i just want to be able to quicky switch back and forth for when i plug it in, i can play a game or something.
Go into the advanced mode of Windows power manager, set the max CPU to 50%, passive cooled. There's 2 sets of options- battery and plugged in. Also, turn off the Aero glass if you're using Vista/7, and turn off indexing and any other features. Not much else you can do.


Anyways you won't get much more than 3.5 hours. 17" screen kills battery.
 
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Ok thanks i didnt think of indexing.

Also,
Will an SSD increase battery life? My harddrive is a 5400RPM slow POS so i was thinking about it anyways.
    
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all i need it to do is write word documents
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