Thanks for the feedback. I'll go hunting and see what's out there.
I didn't know that keeping it plugged in was killing my battery so thanks for that tip.
Just a thought....I haven't gone to get a new battery yet because I never take my laptop walkabout. Is it harmful to my machine to just take out the old bat and run it off the mains?
Oh! Should I take my dead bat out anyway? Just wondering if I'm at any risk of explosions with the voltage still running through it?
I'd love a new laptop - my current one doesn't have enough space for all our music etc and I've no idea how to beef up it's memory (that's another thread I suspect). I might ask Santa for one!