I got my 6-cell batter delivered and wanted to let you guys know how I got on. With the three cell battery I managed to reproduce XP’s 2.5 hour life on Windows 7 after a bit poking around with services and drivers etc.
I charged up the new battery and run it from fully charged, just browsing the web. until it switched itself off. 7.25 hours it lasted. I was impressed. This battery had not been conditioned properly and it was already producing comparable run times to the advertised life.
The interesting thing here is that the batter life achieved with a 3-cell battery is not anywhere near half of what you get with a 6-cell battery. I’m sure there’ll be a scientific explanation about why this is, due to load sharing etc, but for now, I’m just happy that I’ve got a very portable machine that can last a full work day.
One other thing I wasn’t expecting was the battery sticks out of the case at the bottom. I wasn’t expecting this, as people only talk about how much the 9-cell battery sticks out of the body. Perhaps this is because most NC10’s come with a 6-Cell battery in the first place.
I can’t think of any other interesting things to say about my NC10, so this may be my last post about it. Well at least until Google Chrome OS is released :-).