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A note about leaving the power cord plugged in. You can have battery degradation if you leave it plugged in and fully charged for long periods of time as well as burn the jack out.

It's recommended that you:

A) Keep battery terminals on both the battery jack and battery clean (use alcohol lightly 70% or better)

B) Remove battery when using laptop plugged into the AC adapter for extended periods of time (as though it were a desktop and not a laptop)

C) Never let any modern laptop battery (or any other Li-Ion battery) fully drain, this will degrade the capacity and life of the battery.

As for tweaking, the best thing to do first is figure out what particular economy modes are available. Some laptops come with pre-determined system modes promoting extended use of battery life by turning off components when they're not in need. For instance, in an 'Office' mode, perhaps the CPU is downclocked as well as voltage reduced, sleep is enabled after a longer period of time, and the screen dims quite a bit. This would be for editing documents, writing email and notes, using Excel, etc. This way the laptop consumes less power.

So, while that bit was long winded, my suggestion is that you fine-tune your own power settings according to how you like to use your computer in certain modes. For me (for instance) I prefer to do much of what I use my laptop for in Power-Saver mode with a slightly increased brightness in the screen, but not fully bright. It saves me power and extends my usable time for much longer than say Balanced or High-Power schemes.

Lastly, BlackViper's website is packed full of excellent information on fine tuning any Windows installation. Another great site is Tweakhound. Give them a look!
    
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Great info, thank you Ganja and Freelines. Can I reformat my HDD using the recovery DVDs I created? I have a windows 7 cd but its back in California.
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Great info, thank you Ganja and Freelines. Can I reformat my HDD using the recovery DVDs I created? I have a windows 7 cd but its back in California.
You should be able to no problem, usually you just hit certain key/s during boot to start recovery while the DVD is in. Depends on the laptop. Some are able to recover without the DVD's, others require them.
    
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The only problem with removing the battery is if the battery can't be removed so keep that in mind when you go look for a laptop.
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