Somewhat dissapointed by new battery - would more memory help?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by veronicaleo, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. veronicaleo macrumors newbie

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    I've had my 4G ibook for 2.5 years and bought a new battery from newer tech a couple of weeks ago (since my original battery eventually couldn't hold a charge for more than a few minutes). I calibrated the battery several times as recommended, but am only getting a little over 3 hours unplugged. I distinctly remember getting 4 hours when I first bought my computer, and this new battery supposedly should be able to get at least that. I'm only running Firefox with the screen at half brightness. Is there something else I should have done or should be doing to get a better battery life? I've also noticed that it's been taking my computer a lot longer recently to complete simple tasks like opening a new tab or closing a program. I'm assuming that buying more memory would help with this?
     
  2. eyebeaz macrumors 6502

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    As for the battery issue.. not sure. But adding more memory should definitely give you somewhat of a speed boost. How much memory do you have right now?
     
  3. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Could your energy saver settings (in the System Prefs) have changed? This would affect battery life.

    Adding extra RAM would help performance...how much do you have now? You could also be losing some battery life to your computer paging, or using part of your hard drive as RAM.
     
  4. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Go into activity monitor in the utilities folder. Then click system memory. Then give us the page ins/outs from this you can tell if you need more Ram. The second number should be less then %10 of the first number. However, it won't be like that if you haven't rebooted in ages. Or if you are using more intensive apps then usual.
     

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