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Old 31-03-2006, 02:34
lalaland
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I got a laptop today.

It was a freebie and came without any swap drives, power supply, hard disk and batter.

I've got a spare hard disk at home, bought a power supply for 20 and a swap CD drive for 15, but batteries are more pricey.

I wasn't particularly after a laptop, but this was free and I can use it to take advantage of the wireless feature on my router at home.

Anyway, is it safe to run the laptop off the mains without a battery? Will it work? Will it damage the laptop?

(It's a Dell Inspiron 4000)

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Old 31-03-2006, 04:57
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I can use my laptop using the mains power supply with the battery not connect though i dont know the technical side wheather it can damage but ive had my laptop 6 months and done no harm so far!
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Old 31-03-2006, 07:28
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Originally Posted by lalaland
I got a laptop today.

It was a freebie and came without any swap drives, power supply, hard disk and batter.

I've got a spare hard disk at home, bought a power supply for 20 and a swap CD drive for 15, but batteries are more pricey.

I wasn't particularly after a laptop, but this was free and I can use it to take advantage of the wireless feature on my router at home.

Anyway, is it safe to run the laptop off the mains without a battery? Will it work? Will it damage the laptop?

(It's a Dell Inspiron 4000)

It will be fine without a battery. If you do eventually buy a battery, something to remember, cheap batteries don't last very long so you may as well stay on the charger.

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Old 31-03-2006, 11:51
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Thanks everyone.

I've ordered a battery, but it's going to take a week to deliver where as the power pack should be here Monday.

As long as it's not going to damage it I think I'll try running it that night.
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Old 31-03-2006, 16:06
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Do you mind us asking how you came about this laptop (albeit barebones) for free?
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Old 31-03-2006, 16:10
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Originally Posted by ondigiboxoner
Do you mind us asking how you came about this laptop (albeit barebones) for free?
I was offering my employer 10 for it yesterday as it's been left for dead for quite some time at work and my boss turned around and said I could have it for free.

I am now trying to see if I can get it going or not. The parts I've sourced so far for it have all been cheap, so if it doesn't work I've not really lost out too much, but if it does work then I'll chuck a wireless adaptor on it and have it as an extra PC in my house with the benefit of being wireless (as I have a wireless network, but most of my devices are wired).
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Old 31-03-2006, 18:20
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Hi! I have a laptop (Inspiron 1150). I NEVER take it off the mains. Would it be better for me to just take the battery pack out and use mains?
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Old 31-03-2006, 19:17
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I bought a new laptop and I have only used the battery once to test. Now my laptop is connected to the mains only.
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Old 31-03-2006, 20:02
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Originally Posted by Salt
Hi! I have a laptop (Inspiron 1150). I NEVER take it off the mains. Would it be better for me to just take the battery pack out and use mains?
If you only use it on mains then yes. Batteries aren't like they used to be where they need charging and discharging to stay in good condition.
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Old 31-03-2006, 20:21
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Originally Posted by Bengie
If you only use it on mains then yes. Batteries aren't like they used to be where they need charging and discharging to stay in good condition.
If you are primarily going to use mains on your laptop remove the battery as this will extend how longs your battery will last. (in this I mean age not capacity) The high temps inside a laptop reduce battery life.

NB A few laptops do not work without the battery inserted.

The battery University
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