my poor laptop battery

I’m not a good caretaker for my laptop’s battery – I leave it plugged in for days at a time, for instance.

It’s recently been communicating its hatred of how I treat it by dying ever-quicker deaths.

When I first got the laptop, the Win7 10% (“low battery level”) and 7% (“reserve battery level”) warnings (5% is “critical battery level”, when it actually hibernates) happened all the time; everything worked great.

Now, most of the time I don’t even get the 10% warning, let alone the 7% one (I haven’t seen the 7% one in months).  The machine just dies.  Not “went into hibernation”, either – when I plug it in and turn it on, there’s no “Resuming Windows”, just the F8-style menu where I have to say “Yes, start Windows Normally”.

Now, I can go into Power Options –> Change plan settings –> advanced and change the percentages for those levels, but I know it won’t be much longer and I’ll have to replace it.

I guess I could try some full-charge/full-discharge cycles to see if that helps.  We’ll see.


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