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    easy ways to do so.
    1. Defrag regularly- The faster
    Laptops tend to lose their charm
    quickly when you’re constantly
    looking for the nearest power
    outlet to charge up. How do you
    keep your battery going for as
    long as possible? Here are 15
    your hard drive does its work –
    less demand you are going to put
    on the hard drive and your
    battery. Make your hard drive
    as efficient as possible by
    defragging it regularly. (but not
    while it’s on battery of course!)
    Mac OSX is better built to
    handle fragmentation so it may
    not be very applicable for Apple
    systems.

    2. Dim your screen– Most
    laptops come with the ability to
    dim your laptop screen. Some
    even come with ways to modify
    CPU and cooling performance.
    Cut them down to the lowest
    level you can tolerate to
    squeeze out some extra battery
    juice.

    3. Cut down on programs
    running in the background.
    Itunes, Desktop Search, etc. All
    these add to the CPU load and
    cut down battery life. Shut down
    everything that isn’t crucial
    when you’re on battery.

    4. Cut down external devices–
    USB devices (including your
    mouse) & WiFi drain down your
    laptop battery. Remove or shut
    them down when not in use. It
    goes without saying that
    charging other devices (like your
    iPod) with your laptop when on
    battery is a surefire way of
    quickly wiping out the charge on
    your laptop battery.

    5. Add more RAM- This will
    allow you to process more with
    the memory your laptop has,
    rather than relying on virtual
    memory. Virtual memory
    results in hard drive use, and is
    much less power efficient. Note
    that adding more RAM will
    consume more energy, so this is
    most applicable if you do need to
    run memory intensive programs
    which actually require heavy
    usage of virtual memory.

    6. Run off a hard drive rather
    than CD/DVD -As power
    consuming as hard drives are,
    CD and DVD drives are worse.
    Even having one in the drive can
    be power consuming. They spin,
    taking power, even when they?re
    not actively being used.
    Wherever possible, try to run on
    virtual drives using programs
    like
    Alcohol 120% rather than
    optical ones.

    7. Keep the battery contacts
    clean:Clean your battery’s
    metal contacts every couple of
    months with a cloth moistened
    with rubbing alcohol. This keeps
    the transfer of power from your
    battery more efficient.

    8. Take care of your battery–
    Exercise the Battery. Do not
    leave a charged battery dormant
    for long periods of time. Once
    charged, you should at least use
    the battery at least once every
    two to three weeks. Also, do not
    let a Li-On battery completely
    discharge. (Discharing is only for
    older batteries with memory
    effects)

    9. Hibernate not standby–
    Although placing a laptop in
    standby mode saves some power
    and you can instantly resume
    where you left off, it doesn’t
    save anywhere as much power
    as the hibernate function does.
    Hibernating a PC will actually
    save your PC’s state as it is,
    and completely shut itself down.

    10. Keep operating
    temperature down- Your
    laptop operates more efficiently
    when it’s cooler. Clean out your
    air vents with a cloth or
    keyboard cleaner, or refer to
    some extra tips by
    LapTopMag.com.

    11. Set up and optimize your
    power options– Go to ‘Power
    Options’ in your windows
    control panel and set it up so
    that power usage is optimized
    (Select the ‘max battery’ for
    maximum effect).

    12. Don’t multitask– Do one
    thing at a time when you’re on
    battery. Rather than working on
    a spreadsheet, letting your email
    client run in the background and
    listening to your latest set of
    MP3′s, set your mind to one
    thing only. If you don’t you’ll
    only drain out your batteries
    before anything gets completed!

    13. Go easy on the PC
    demands– The more you
    demand from your PC. Passive
    activities like email and word
    processing consume much less
    power than gaming or playing a
    DVD. If you’ve got a single
    battery charge – pick your
    priorities wisely.

    14. Get yourself a more
    efficient laptop- Laptops are
    getting more and more efficient in
    nature to the point where some
    manufacturers are talking about
    all day long batteries. Picking up
    a newer more efficient laptop to
    replace an aging one is usually a
    quick fix.

    15. Prevent the Memory Effect
    -If you’re using a very old
    laptop, you’ll want to prevent
    the ‘memory effect’ – Keep the
    battery healthy by fully
    charging and then fully
    discharging it at least once every
    two to three weeks. Exceptions
    not
    to the rule are Li-Ion batteries
    (which most laptops have) which
    do
    suffer from the memory
    effect.

    Bonus Tip #1: Turn off the
    autosave function. MS-Word’s
    and Excel’s autosave functions
    are great but because they keep
    saving regular intervals, they
    work your hard driver harder
    than it may have to. If you plan
    to do this, you may want to turn
    it back on as the battery runs
    low. While it saves battery life
    in the beginning, you will want
    to make sure your work is saved
    when your battery dies.
    Bonus Tip #2:Lower the
    graphics use. You can do this by
    changing the screen resolution
    and shutting off fancy graphic
    drivers. Graphics cards (video
    cards) use as much or more
    power today as hard disks –

    Bonus Tip #1 to
    give caution about turning off
    autosave, tip #8 to change
    information about discharging
    batteries – thanks to all who
    pointed it out. Added Bonus tip #
    2, Tip #1 to add in clause in
    regards to Mac OSX, Tip #1
    about the spinning of hard drives
    – thanks to all who pointed it out
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    very nice.thks bt plz hw do i defrag mi laptop.plz if ther's a software 2 do dat post d link 4us
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    S NOT A SOFTWARE::

    Actually, When computer files are
    fragmented, they are typically disorganized
    and in the wrong place. This can cause the
    system to run slowly and to experience
    processing problems. Defragmenting the
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