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R61 battery

2008-03-05, 19:11 PM
I have recently purchased a lenovo R61 with 6 cell battery, which is protruding outside (I was not expecting this). Normally we dont have to care while putting the laptop in bag but due to this protruding battery case I am finding it a bit difficult. Do you think that keeping the laptop with the battery case facing downward will cause any harm to the battery?

The RAM is 1 GB and most of it is being utilized by Windows Vista and that is why I am not getting the speed which I was expecting. Do you think that I should switch to windows XP? Will there be some problem in doing so or can I still increase the speed while keeping Vista on my system?

I purchased it while I was in US for a short stay but now I am back to Austria so if I have some problem how I should claim its warranty and service?



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Re: R61 battery

2008-03-05, 19:52 PM
I presume you have an R61 14" wide as the 6 cell battery sticks out a bit?
I've carried a T43p with a 9 cell battery, which also sticks out the back, for almost 3 years now. I place it in my bag so that when I am carrying it the battery is down at the bottom, no problems up to now :smileyhappy:
 
1 GB of RAM is IMO not enough for Vista, whichever version, 2 is minimal and 3 optimal. If everything works with Vista there is no single reason to downgrade to XP. Vista does use a lot of resources and you will find plenty of advice in the net re "tweaking" it, the easiest "tweak" is to change the appearance to "classic".
 
Regarding warranty service, the 3rd and 4th "Qs" in the FAQs first post should be of help here.
 
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Re: R61 battery

2008-03-06, 19:54 PM
Thank you andy. you are right that mine is 14.1 inch with 6 cell bettery sticking a little out wards. Atleast your words make a little satisfied that I have not made a wrong decision. your answers are quite hitting the questions, thanks.
My system is R61, 7732CTO, 1GB, Intel turbo hard drive cache card, windows vista.

cheers

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02-17-2008

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Re: R61 battery

2008-03-08, 8:41 AM
Vista is a memory and CPU hog... i have 3 gig ram in my R61i.... but it still lags in running many applications (i.e. Office, Photoshop, Internet Explorer) compared to my T40 even with 1 gig ram.... best thing to do for you right now is to get another stick of 1 gig ram.... its so cheap right now... and you would be surprised at how much things ran faster with the extra stick of ram in Vista.....
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Re: R61 battery

2008-03-15, 11:25 AM
Another two easy tips to improove perfomance of Vista - defrag your hard drive (recommend Ultimate Defrag software, built-in Vista's is slow and uneffective) and fix the size of your swap-file. I mean Make it constant - by default it's size is not clearly assigned and it is strething more and more even is there actually no need in it. That takes time and reduces overall perfomance. Recommended size of swap-file (Microsoft version of the matter) is one and half larger than amount of RAM. For example if you have 1 gig ram then assign 1,5 gig swap file.
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01-21-2008

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Re: R61 battery

2008-03-15, 13:45 PM
I have to say I down-graded to XP Pro and could not be happier. 
Many People will say that I don't know what I am talking about and that Vista is the best thing since sliced bread. 
BUT, I have been involved with Windows Vista since its Beta days, and I am not talking 2006's CTPs I am talking 2003(bld 3683).
It is just to bloated, back in 04/05 the Betas were nice stable and not as intensive all around but as things got added, haphazardly at that, it just gets bogged down. 
My advice is, taken with a  grain of salt mind you;
1. Get more RAM 2-4GB(3 if you are running 32bit)
2. Wait until later this month when SP3 for XP comes out to Gen. pop. ( I am using it now, works great)
3. Do a clean install of Vista SP1, then add the Lenovo stuff yourself
4. If you are the adventurous install a linux build OpenSuse, Fedora, Ubuntu all work well on the R61.

HTH

R61 7732-19u + 1GB :)  

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Re: R61 battery

2008-03-15, 14:19 PM
I tried to help with advise with Vista, baut the best advise with Vista is actually ged rid of it  =)
I'm also happy with XP and anyone can see how much i love Vista =)
 
These advises are reasonable and acceptable - I appreciate these ways are much more effective if you have money. So, if you do have - act in this way. Or if you have time - study UNIXes and who knows , may be you'll forget about windows at all.
 
likuidkewl 's advises are good. Really.
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Re: R61 battery

2008-03-16, 16:18 PM
Thank you everybody for your kind advices :).

Cheers,
Farrukh
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Re: R61 battery

2008-03-16, 23:49 PM
I get roughly 2.5 hours of battery from my 14.1" 1.8ghz 2*1gb ram, integrated graphics R61.
I'm thinking about getting a larger battery. And i noticed that it is the same price for 4, 6, 7 an 9 cell batteries.
So the only thing i'm conserned about is physical size. I can't find any pictures of any of the batteries, so it is kinda hard to what size they are. Does anyone know wich one has the best performance/size ratio.

I would acutally think of this as an easy win for the 9-cell because of prformance, but considering that the ppriginal battery is 4-cell, how large will the 9-cell be, evt how large is it compared to 6 and 7-cell?
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Re: R61 battery

2008-03-19, 19:11 PM
I am trying to do a clean install of XP and when I called support they laughed at me and said good luck getting it to work. I am really not happy with this computer. It IS running Vista Basic on 1 gb of ram, but my 256 computer runs XP better than this one runs vista. It skips letters when I type, crashes programs, shuts down randomly. Support says it is all because of lack of memory. The plan all along was to do a clean install and go to XP Pro, but support is telling me that I cannot do this. 
 
Is the ThinkVantage on the HD or in the Bios? I have made a restore CD, but I am afraid that if I try to do a clean install that it will erase something that the computer needs to do the recovery of the factory install that I made.
 
Any suggestions? I just want a clean copy of XP, the drivers and nothing else.
 
Thanks!
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