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January 8, 2011
4:25 PM
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I just got my new replacement battery and i let it charge and i am now using the battery right now. I have a question thats bothering me because the battery status seems to be changing around alot? one min it says 2hrs, 4, 8, etc i am confused of what this means?

 

Thanks for the help

January 8, 2011
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There are many things that can contribute to the amount of time a battery lasts, the most notable being screen brightness (least screen brightness = more time, brighter screen = less time), sound usage (having sound constantly through the speakers will cause less battery life than little sound — since sound usage varies often, this attribute changes a lot), and performance. The last one is based on the number of programs you may be running, which will cause the computer to use more of its resources and, if applicable, may use its built-in fan more often, which leads to more battery usage and less time. Since all of these attributes vary often, an accurate estimate is usually varied. 

If you would like to know how much time you will have to use your computer before your battery runs out, I suggest just using it as you would normally, and counting how much time you get out of it, rather then rely solely on the battery estimate.

January 8, 2011
4:51 PM
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Great!

 

How do you change the screen brightness on dell xps m1210?

January 8, 2011
5:04 PM
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This might help, but I'm not sure that it will work for you. http://en.allexperts.com/q/Laptops-1504/Screen-Brightness.htm

 

If it doesn't, tell me and I'll keep looking for programs that will do it manually. I know Flux (/forums/freeware-software/f-lux/) works with saturation, but I don't think it controls brightness. 

January 8, 2011
5:06 PM
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This one is pretty neat. It is called DimScreen. It's small, free, and quite easy to use.

http://www.donationcoder.com/S…..#DimScreen

 

EDIT:Oh, I forgot to add that most laptops have a built in screen brightness control. Read about it here:

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000594.htm

January 8, 2011
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about to try both of them, the one the webpage doesnt' work my computer.

do the flux not install on your computer or does?

Thanxs alot for the help

January 8, 2011
5:56 PM
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I forgot about that and probably b/c i never used it before thanx!

January 8, 2011
5:58 PM
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Which webpage doesn't work?

Also, F.lux is for saturation, and is probably not what you want. I think it is an installer, if that is what you are asking.

 

EDIT, oops you posted another post while I was writing this up

January 8, 2011
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its okay, no worrys. I really like the flux alot

 

thanxs again

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