For those who run the SW on Dell M6400 wit 9cell baterry
how long would it last if you run the SW continously
That's a loaded question. I'm also on an M6400. It really depends on a LOT of factors.
Are you running wireless? Are you using USB devices such as mice and memory sticks that draw power?
What level of power saving mode are you running? Are you dimming your backlight, turning off bluetooth, etc.
All of these play a factor in battery life.
I have found that I got about a good hour. No keyboard backlight, dell powersave mode not performance mode, shut off wireless, bluetooth and CD drive.
Also dimmed the screen a certain percentage.
Battery life says more but realistically speeking about an hour is what you get. I also have the flourescent backlight screen not the led one. big difference on power consumption.
hope that helps
Thx for the info
I just ordered one from Dell and haven't received yet
How do you connect a second monitor to this laptop? Do you need any adapter for this
It has a VGA out on right side - no DVI unfortunately so you will need appropriate cable or adapter plug if your monitor is DVI only.
Thx for a quick reply, Troy
We use docking stations at the engineer's primary desk (their home desk). They allow for more options for connection to the monitor. I know they have a DVI and possibly an HDMI in addition the the DB 15 connection. Overall they work well and allow for a quick un-dock and off to a meeting.
It all depends on how often you will be moving your workstation - how mobile do you have to be.
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