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06-01-2009

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Re: poor battery life on U330

2009-09-16, 20:33 PM

letterj and after9 - here here!

 

u330 is a nice and tidy little machine, sadly let down by a company that values its corporate deals more than its customers.  A simple battery fix or a simple FOR PAY replacement/upgrade battery option would have worked wonders.  Satisfied customers, positive word of mouth and all that.

 

On a vaguely related note: this week I steered a small company from a bulk (30-40) notebook purchase from Lenovo to another brand - the theme being: Lenovo: hardware good, support nowhere near.  Keep it up, Lenovo!

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09-26-2008

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Re: poor battery life on U330

2009-09-17, 3:21 AM

I'm unsure if this still work, but I remember I disabled ATI in the device manager. Then I went to Intel's website and acquired the latest graphics drivers. I think I even ran the drivers installation in compatiabilty mode. After trying numerous ways I was able to get it to run Intel graphics. If I was on ATI there was no way for me to get 5 hrs on the battery indicator. You guys should try messing around with it. I got sick of compatibility issues with Windows 7. Minor things like active system protection, music buttons, etc. not working so I switched back to Vista.

 

Right now from the looks of things, I don't think they will release Windows 7 drivers until the new U330 start coming with Windows 7. You guys should wait a couple more months and Windows 7 will probably be fully supported.

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07-10-2009

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Re: poor battery life on U330

2009-09-18, 19:51 PM

 


wrote:

 

On a vaguely related note: this week I steered a small company from a bulk (30-40) notebook purchase from Lenovo to another brand - the theme being: Lenovo: hardware good, support nowhere near.  Keep it up, Lenovo!


 

I am also steering people away from Ideapads. There's definite interest among people I know because of my U330, but I just can't recommend a line of computers that has this kind of support.

 

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01-10-2009

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Re: poor battery life on U330

2009-09-18, 22:41 PM

Good to hear everyone is on the same page. I talked to our IT manager about the ridiculously poor support (in particular, lack of VT & battery life claims) and that was enough to have him drop Lenovo out of the running for a 200+ unit replacement contract.

 

I've already told a few of my friends to just buy a Macbook Pro. Granted, they're not without issues and are very utilitarian but at least they tell you right on the website how they managed to get over 7 hours of life out of their battery!

 

I guess if Lenovo wanted to substantiate their claim of up to 5.5 hours they'd need to disclose "With processor and screen turned off ".

 

I really hoped Lenovo was better than this. Fool me once...I won't fall for it again.

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07-04-2009

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Re: poor battery life on U330

2009-09-19, 2:06 AM

Another issue I believe that is causing the poor power management is the OS.

Once Windows 7 is released I guarantee nearly all Laptop owners out there will see at least 30-60mins of improvement on all batteries...provided they are relatively new.

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09-16-2009

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Re: poor battery life on U330

2009-09-23, 15:50 PM

Guys, i was thinking of of going for U330 - 22672BU (with c2d 7350 procc@25W TDP) but after reading this thread i'm confused, can someone clarify few things:

1) the ATi card can be fully disabled right? because from few posts it seems like there's problem disabling it and it still consumes power even on integrated graphics..

 

2) Will i be able to get 3.5-4hr battery life when watching DVD rips(xvid or divx) on this laptop with full charge..

 

I need to buy one laptop soon...and a quick response will be appreciated :)

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01-10-2009

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Re: poor battery life on U330

2009-09-23, 20:31 PM

I can only speak from my experience but:

 

1) The ATI card can only be disabled if you are running Vista. The driver will not work in XP or Windows 7

 

2) My U330 is able to get about 2.5 hours video playback from a DVD rip file. Less than 2 hours using an actual DVD.

 

Hope that helps. 

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10-18-2008

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Re: poor battery life on U330

2009-09-23, 20:38 PM

Dear abe786,

 

if battery life is of any concern avoid the U330.

 

1) As far as I know, the ATi card can be disabled only on Windows Vista, but not on other OSs, such as XP, Linux, and probably Windows 7.

 

2) You'll be luck if you get 3.5-4hr battery life with your U330 sitting idle. Watching DVD rips you'll probably get 2-2.5hrs. That's of course on the first month. After a few months, due to one of the U330's battery issues, the battery will loose rapidly it's capacity and you'll be getting around 2hrs when idle, like the one I have.

 

Best regards.

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10-18-2008

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Re: poor battery life on U330

2009-09-23, 20:43 PM

Hello All,

 

does anyone know if these issues were definitely forgotten by Lenovo? I found odd that even Mark is not participating on this tread anymore. Not even to explain the hotfix (that didn't fix anything) that Lenovo brought a few weeks ago.

 

Best!

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09-24-2009

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Re: poor battery life on U330

2009-09-24, 9:49 AM

Hi,

 

First post on this forum so hello to all (disapointed) lenovo owners :manhappy:

 

I actually use my U330 under seven 64bits with Intel onboard only, like under Vista. The autonomy is good.

My ATI card is disabled (swichable) but i can not use it when i switch on it (it 's bugged... i must reboot after set discrete option under bios).

 

So how i do ? as i use 64 bits version of seven, i get drivers from Y730 download page.

After Seven installation (can be done with discrete option set to avoid problem), i install the energy management and secondary screen drivers.

after i install the ATI 64bits drivers for Vista, reboot and get still problem (both cards are shown !). The problem is Seven drivers are upper versions and vista drivers don't install correctly. Also Seven update automatically my driver so i must disable autoupdate in windows update !

 

To use right drivers, install them thru devices management, select gfx entry, menu update driver, manually et select the source from the C:\Drivers\ATI Graphics Driver\Packages\Drivers. Select manually the driver otherwise Seven will keep the last version if already installed. 

Do that for both cards. Reboot

Normally, swichable menu is there and you should run with Intel board only... :smileyhappy:

 

Good luck.

 

PS: Lenovo, please update Bios to provide "Onboard GFX only" and "activate VT' options ! 

PS2: sorry for my english

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