Macbook as desktop help

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Mercury7, May 11, 2008.

  1. Mercury7 macrumors 6502

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    I purchased a new blackbook last month and almost immediately afterwards I came upon a great deal on a 12" powerbook that was mint and so now it is my portable machine that I use to take on the road.

    So what happened next is I moved my mac mini back to the bedroom to hook up to a hdtv monitor and I hooked up my blackbook to an external monitor and am running it in clamshell mode as my main computer.

    My main question is if I should take the battery out and save it for when I start using it as a laptop again or should I leave it in and just let it keep trickle charging as needed?

    Any other pros or cons doing this? I really like it as a desktop ....it is quiet and fast, and it works great with my diamond pro 2070b crt monitor.
     
  2. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    definitely get the battery out if you use it as desktop replacement. Your Macbook will charge the battery just a bit as soon as it drops below 95% (I believe) to keep the charge at 100%.

    So you would waste charging cycles if you keep it connected.


    Hope this is helpful.
    /Rupert
     
  3. Mercury7 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, But will the battery be ruined by just sitting in a drawer also? That was what my concern was....anyway I appreciate it....and btw to anyone considering a mac mini......this blackbook although I know cost more, when you compare the specs it really starts seeming like the way to go...it was 13 something with the rebate and came with 2.4ghz duo core, 2 gigs of memory and a 250 hd all standard. I guess we will just have to see what they do with the mini after the update...whenever it comes.
     
  4. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

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    DO NOT take the battery out.

    Apple made all their portables reduce their CPU speeds by half when a battery is not present.
    If you have a 2.0ghz for example, it will be cut down to 1.0ghz.

    There's some reason behind why apple did this, but i can't quite remember why.
     
  5. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    This seems really odd, do you have any more information on that?
     
  6. logana macrumors 65816

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    Yes - definitely true - in fact it reduces the speed to 1 GHz whatever the processor speed.

    Apparently because the charger cannot provide enough amps when required.

    Have been using a MacBook in clamshell mode for about a year now - works perfectly with the battery connected. PowerBooks are different and Apple used to advise removing them...

    Current advise is to use the battery once a month as a laptop and recharge.. but as soon as you run on battery power you can't use an external monitor.....
     
  7. Mercury7 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow....glad I came in to ask first....yall rock!
     
  8. jstanks macrumors newbie

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    Take it out

    If you take the battery make sure that the battery is fully empty. A quick way to do that is to open everything and play music and then just let it go until it is dead.
     
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    On my 2.2GHz MacBook Pro (recently sold so that I could upgrade to my Mac Pro), that I used to use in clamshell mode hooked up to a 24" Dell LCD I left the battery in and no harm was done. Battery life did not seem to degrade at all. :)
     
  10. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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    if you are taking the battery out it lasts longer at 50% charge
     
  11. randyf macrumors newbie

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