A question about laptop battery life.
Posted on 2012-03-18
I have a Compaq Presario 1600 with Windows 98.
I have not used it, or booted up for a good 3 years or more.
I got it out and plugged it in and left it plugged in for about 48 hours.
The indicator shows a fully charged battery.
I booted up and it was rather slow, but that may be in comparison to my computer tower that has Vista and cable modem.
I do not have internet for the laptop, but it searched for a PCI connection, found none, and then booted up to the desktop.
I clicked on start and "shutdown" and it sort of froze for a minute before finally turning off.
By froze, I mean the desktop icons were half way fully colored and half way not.
So, is this battery any good, or is the indicator not giving real battery power?
When I considered getting a back up battery for this $1100.00 laptop many years ago, they cost about $175.00. That seemed to be alot back then, and even now, compared to new laptop prices.
What is to be made of my existing battery and is it capable of performing normal time boot-up and shutdown?