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Compaq Contura Aero Frequently Asked Questions
Section - 2.1.8.2.1 Conditioning the Battery without a conditioner

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Date: Fri, 31 May 1996 08:57:47 -0700
From: Steven Lawson 

This is really screwy, but until I build a discharger it's worked
for me:

  1) boot into DOS mode (F8, command prompt only)
  2) turn on drain mode with the popup function
  3) run looping virus checks or something that moves the heads
  4) wait till the Aero suspends
  5) pop out the battery, pop it in, go to #1

At some point the Aero will do it's 'low battery' beep during the
bootup.  At this point, step #4 will never happen.  Instead, the
Aero will *EVENTUALLY* shut itself off (no, not a nasty low
voltage crash, power management clicks it off intentionally)

Believe it or not, once I got to this point my Aero ran for another
30 minutes before turning off!  I did this a couple of times and
my battery life appears to be back to where it used to be when
it was new...  Step #3 is just to make the system discharge
faster - I can't imagine what that 30 minutes would have been
without the heads seeking around.

NOTE - the above is a pretty rude way around the power management
so I can't recommend it.  If you try it and YOUR Aero explodes
into a million pieces (or fails in any other way) DON'T BLAME
ME!  - any other legalese to avoid court insert here -

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