Bad battery life after 4GB Mushkin install to 13" 2.6 MBP

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JustLikeYou, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. JustLikeYou macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007
    EDIT: Mistyped MBP in my header, it should say 2.26, not 2.6 *duh*

    Okay, I've searched and couldn't find an answer, so I'd love some advice.

    I have been regularly getting 6 hours on my MBP and the battery in the top bar always showed 7 hours on a full charge. Today, I upgraded the ram to 4GB of Mushkin, DDR3 ram (yes, it's the right stuff). When I turned my computer back on, I noticed that at almost a full charge it now says 3 hours instead! I also noticed that while typing a simple word document, not doing anything graphics heavy, all my adobe programs closed, that it would jump wildly from 3 hours to 1.5 hours to 5 hours. I restarted it, thinking it maybe was adjusting or something, but after turning it back on, it consistently reads no more than 3.5 hours on a FULL charge.

    Are there any solutions? Anybody have the same issue? Could it be bad ram? I didn't think RAM affected the battery, though, so I'm stumped.
  2. JustLikeYou thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007
    Yes, I calibrated both before and after replacing the ram. When I calibrated it a few weeks ago, it was reading at 6 hours at full charge. After replacing ram and after calibration at full charge it reads 4 hours.

    This is frustrating :(

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