I had a quesiton or two regarding toshiba m40 jm3 that i was hoping oculd be resolved here.
WEl first of all i've been in a dilemna ever since i bought this notebook. THis featurerich notebook, vs the fs550 that skims on ALOT, but has the distinct sony look. I like gaming, but doubt i';ll be doing anything more than Starcraft since I dont have time for games anymore. The reason i got this laptop was because of the video card, excep i'll probably never use the amazing graphics. except running nvidia demos and winamp plugins and sitting here i n amazement as to how great it looks
I do have a few concerns about the laptop though. particularly the material seems like it could probably get dirty very quickly. The top of the lid (back of screen) has already developed a few patches of slightly differet shades. hopefully cna be cleaned. Plus got a wierd noise when i'd plug in the ac adapter. got it exchanged and now its fine. Computer does crash at wierd times though which the last unit didn't, but hopefully this is only a software issue.
Alright now to my issues that i'm hoping you guys can address. First, how do i squeeze eveyr alst minute from the battery??? 2 hrs is NOTHING for a business laptop. Even screen at lowest settings only gives me an extra 15 mins or so. i find im constatly charging my laptop, plugging and unplugging. Now this raises another question, once the battery gets charged, does the computer automatically shutdown charging and the ac adapter starts bypassing the battery? So far i've been unplugging the adapter and using battery power even when im close to a charging terminal, cos the manual said that overcharging heats up the battery and shortens life. But then again constant chargin up and draining would also not be too good for the battery. What should i do? leave it plugged in when i'm close to an outlet and using the computer for extensive amounts of time? I know other electronics have the capacity to start bypassing the battery once its full owndering if laptops do the same. this is my first new laptop so i dont know the proper protocol.
Now the second and another very important issue. When i play back dvd's, they're not widescreen. Black bars on the side and botto. But the black colored bands on top and sides have different shades. I guess this could be due to the dvd not being in widescreen format. Alright so when i'm playing dvd's, even tried the newest ones like lord of the rings, the picture playback itself is perfect, no pixelation, very smooth. But the picture itself is grainy!! and very noticeably grainy. I thought dvd playback would be amazing considering this is a widescreen high res screen. I went to the store and tried the FS550, but that also had the same sort of grainyness. I'm guessing considering the high end card in this toshiba laptop, dvd's should look much better, and its probably a software issue. How do i fix it?? Its very annoying because i was really hoping for a pristine looking picture on this screen, but tis quite dissapointing.
Hopefully someone here can answer the battery charging issue, and the dvd playback issue. also i could use some reasurance as to why this laptop is better, cos i hae a couple of days while i can get it exchanged, and im really contemplating the sony. My companies paying for it so money is no object. Its more of what im getting for the same money. FS550 and m40 i think are alsmost suppsoed to be in the same class, weight size wise. Performance i know is much better on m40. but the looks of the fs550.....to die for.