What in the sam hill, DOS? Hitachi is living ten years in the past, damned fools. :-)
I have the Power Settings set to Always On, and I noticed that sets the hard drive to turn off every 30 minutes. If I change that to every five minutes instead and so on, will it work or will the power scheme interfere with CrystalCPUID again?
I tested the battery by throttling the CPU to .8 volts (800 mhz) and got about 20-30 more minutes out of the battery. This ought to lay to rest any thought of getting low powered AMD CPUS to replace the DTR chip. Not worth a measly 20 minutes of battery life in my opinion, and you can't upclock back to your maximum CPU power when using the AC instead of battery.
My wifi card was on though, so Im going to test it again with it off. Also, I had a cardbus installed, and read that if there's any PC card in the PCMCIA slot, the card will suck the battery life even if it's not being used. Gonna take that out and see if it makes a difference too.
Finally, in order to extend the battery time to its optimal range, I need to completely discharge the battery and recharge it again. Partial recharges dilute the battery's performance. The manual states that you're supposed to completely discharge the battery upon initial use, which makes me wonder if the reseller you buy the laptop from already do this to break in the battery, or if you have to do it yourself. I know the default power scheme settings prevent you from being able to totally discharge your battery, so this may be a factor some people may have overlooked when trying to optimize their battery life.