Originally Posted by fadeaway1289
I have a Toshiba Satellite as well and basically the same story. First laptop I've had, first Wifi computer and first computer with Windows 7. I love it. However, I got it as a gift and didn't get the extended warranty. It will be 2 years in December that I've owned it and the battery needs to be replaced because it will no longer hold a charge without being plugged in. I still think it's a great computer though .
The only real problem I had with mine so far is that it would not burn the recovery disks. It burned the repair disk just fine, but kept giving me error messages when I tried to burn the recovery disks. So I took it in to Office Depot and the assistant store manager burned them for me after hours as I waited (cost $30). I think she used a better brand of DVD blanks or something.
She gave me a piece of advice. I should ask for a new battery before my extended warranty runs out, whether I think I need one or not. So I'll wait 3.5 years and then ask for a new battery (one replacement battery is included in the warranty). I hope the initial battery lasts that long to make this plan work. I am sorry to hear that your battery is giving you trouble.
I am thinking of buying a second AC/DC Adapter. I'm afraid to take the one that came with the computer out of the house for fear I'll lose it or something and then really be screwed.
The actual adapter says Model PA3822U-1ACA. But the spec sheet says one thing under Power Supply
(which matches what I have) but then a very different thing under Accessories: Power
, with a different wattage rating and a different model number.
I'm going to try to attach the spec sheet PDF.
One freebie that I downloaded for the laptop is called Speed Fan
. It monitors various temperatures in your laptop, and has controls to tweak the fan speed and other features of your laptop to try to keep the thing from overheating.http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
So far, I haven't noticed any overheating of the laptop, as far as I could tell by touch, etc.
But I've had friends with laptops that ran very hot.
Oh, one other thing that is a little weird. When I first turn it on (when I run it unplugged), the battery icon will say something like "3 hours, 56 minutes - 99 % charged." Then I'll use it for a while, and it will say "5 hours, 26 minutes - 85 % charged." In other words, the time estimate will be going up even as the percentage charge is going down. (?) I have not tried to actually time the battery usage with an external timer or watch, although the battery is supposedly rated to last 6 hours when fully charged.
satellite_C655D-S5234.pdf 58.7236328125k . file