Responsible computer ownership has always included running Scandisk and Defrag on a regular basis. With notebooks, another regular maintenance task is added: conditioning the battery.

In order to receive the maximum battery life from your unit, you should get into the habit of draining the battery entirely, at least once a month.

This serves two purposes. First, it prevents many batteries from establishing a false and artificially low "memory" of their capacity.

Additionally, in many machines, this is necessary to "recalibrate" the computer's internal battery meter. This will ensure that the computer can accurately gauge the remaining battery charge at any given time.

In fact, check your owner's manual and you'll likely find the best procedures for conditioning your battery, and likely special utilities for accomplishing the task.


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