Hacking a Laptop Battery – Increase Runtime

Do you have an old laptop whose battery struggles to reach 30 minutes? I used to.

An aftermarket 6-cell pack would have cost me around $40, which isn’t expensive, but the laptop was old (circa 2006) and not worth putting money into.  I happened to have a fair number of Lithium-Ion battery cells “lying around”, and decided to upgrade my pack, not just with new cells, but with more cells.


This project was completed about a year ago, and I’m surprised I never posted it before!

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 computers, electronics, projects 1 Comment

Nostalgia: Windows 98

Last weekend I tried to install Windows 98 on the oldest laptop of mine. It didn’t work, it gave an error, “Insufficient system memory”. Funny, I had 2GB of RAM…

Windows 98 Setup


Computer Type

After all, it is a laptop. Why doesn’t Windows XP ask these questions? Maybe it just knows.

Web TV for Windows

I wonder if it’s any better than Justin TV?

Dial-up Server

Dial-up server!!!

Country Selection

Time Remaining

23 minutes remaining, no, I mean, 14 minutes, no, I mean, 3 hours 27 minutes!


I miss this… Sort of, not really. It’s so much nicer to have it all shut down on its own.

I’ve got a video of it trying, and failing, to boot, however, bad quality, and not all that important.

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Saturday, January 9th, 2010 computers, software 3 Comments