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10. Hardware > 10.2. Laptop Tricks

Laptop Tricks

Nothing beats a laptop when it’s time to hit the road and you need to keep working on a spreadsheet, a pile of email, or your Homer and Jessica Simpson genealogy Web site. This section offers advice on caring for these sometimes finicky contraptions.

Extending Your Laptop’s Battery Life

No matter how many hours PC manufacturers promise, laptop batteries always seem to conk out a bit early (and usually during some vital research, like when you’re trying to watch a DVD of some of Governor Schwarzenegger’s favorite persuasion techniques).

Thankfully, there are a few ways to extend your laptop battery’s life:

  • Turn off your wireless signal. WiFi cards can use a substantial amount of power; turning yours off can save you up to 20 minutes of battery life. Turn it off by right-clicking its icon in the notification tray and choosing Disable.


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