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Compaq Contura Aero Frequently Asked Questions
Section - 2.1.8.4 Batteries discharging too quickly when suspended

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[Q] There was a discussion about problems with batteries running out of charge
too quickly. I wonder whether mine could be the same: When I use my Aero with
batteries I can work ca 2-3 hours as usual. But when I suspend a fully charged
machine and resume it after, say, 30 hours nothing happens. It has run out of
charge! I have read that the Aero should be able to stay suspended for weeks.
What's wrong?

[A] Do you have anything set so that the PCMCIA or parallel/serial ports remain
powered when in standby? I know you can do this on the PCMCIA port, and 30 hrs
sounds about right for a PCMCIA modem draining the battery.

[A] I would expect the standby to die after 30 hours. I have set my Aero to
"stdby to hibernate mode". It works OK most of the time, but sometimes when I
restart, my mouse is WHACKO! For now my favorite is just to "FN+Purple Button",
and reboot every time which is 100% reliable. I prefer a cold boot before every
session. It is worth the 42 second wait. Besides I can use that 42 seconds to
lean back and stretch or scratch or something.

[Q] How do I change the settings so that the power to the pcmcia port is shut
off on standby? I couldn't find it using the power management utility.

[A] It's under PowerManagement&Hibernation->PCMCIA -- there's a checkbox
labelled "Leave Card On During Standby". I believe you have to have a card in
the PCMCIA slot in order to get this option listed. It's also the same window
that is displayed when you insert a card (if you have "Display Message When A
Card Is Inserted" turned on) -- to get to the display message checkbox, go to
the PCMCIA page as above and select the OPTIONS button.

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