hi there, i just made an observation today and was wondering if other ppl are experiencing the same problem. i am draining my battery to keep the juice flowing with my external monitor plugged in, n i noticed that my battery life is abysmal (i am at 53% and its quoting me less than 2 hrs left, a far cry from the 7hrs a charge). I am doing nothing right now, just surfing and word processing. I am wondering if the gfx card (in this case, 6750M) is forced turned on if external display is plugged in? if it is, is there a way to manipulate it such that it only does intel HD?