a question about laptops

@bunnybon7 (38377)
Holiday, Florida
March 7, 2009 4:54pm CST
i dont know much about my little laptop except that i would be lost without it and cant buy a new one if something goes wrong.i've read all the info and still cant figure out this one thing. it has the battery in it at all times. i think if i unplug it i cant pick up the wireless connection. is that true? since there is a box the cable guy had to put in for me to recieve connection from my sons pc/or the router? whatever. when i use it for hours it seems like its hot near the battery/back of it. should i worry about this? hope someone of my friends are computer savy enough to explain. thanks.
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11 responses
• Singapore
9 Mar 09
Hi bunnybon7, You can remove the battery, no problem at all - just make sure to plug it into a power source - such as using the provided wire to the power socket. Either will provide power to run the battery - you need it to even switch on the laptop, internet access or otherwise. As for that box to receive connection, is it connection to your laptop or the modem? From what you are saying, it seems to be a router - meaning it should be connected to the modem and not your laptop. In that case, it has nothing to do with you. If it is connected to your laptop, strange... then it is not a router. Usually laptop uses wireless access adapters to access wireless internet connections and these adapters are usually in a "card" form or it might possibly look no different from one of those thumbdrive. You might have one that comes in the form of a little gadget with 2 antenna thingies - which might be your box - but we normally use that for a desktop - but it does work the same for a laptop except that it is not as convenient to carry around.
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
9 Mar 09
well when the man came out to hook me up to the supposedly "wireless" fast internet, he installed another little box under my sons desktop? hhhmm. so confusing. he has a router in the house.
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• Singapore
10 Mar 09
If you are feeling adventurous, you can play a trace the wire game. See where that box is connected to. The box is under your son's desktop but it could be just placed there for convenience. If that box is not also connected to a special cable point in the socket(if you are using cable connection) or the phone wire (if you are on ADSL connection), then it is *not* a modem. But if you are sure it has something to do with the internet, it is almost likely a router. If it is a router and it is connected to your son's desktop, then your son is accessing the network through a LAN wire. You when accessing the connection wirelessly would be really tapping onto the waves emitted by this router. I have quite a few routers of all kinds in my house too - but that doesn't mean they are all used. Sometimes, we can even leave something there for a long time before we really it has already been replaced by another "box" and we are not using it anymore.
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
14 Mar 09
we get everything from cox cable. so it just confuses me
@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
8 Mar 09
hello bunnybon i as well have a laptop and have grown fond of it as well. i can type faster on the laptop computer than i can on a regular sized keyboard. and i know what you mean about the battery near the back of the laptop like that getting feeling hot when it has been on for awhile, my laptop computer does the same thing. i can be logged onto the internet for several hours and the bottom part of the laptop towards the back of it will always feel warm to the touch. i have no idea how long that a person should stay logged onto their laptop at one time. and i guess that that is how that i get my signal for my laptop as well is through the router that we have on the other computer. but i also have a linksys adaptor that i have on the side of my laptop. i went to K-Mart several months ago, and i purchased a small mouse for the laptop. it is much easier to use than the touchpad on the laptop. and i also purchased some earphones for the laptop at Radio Shack. take care and have a beautiful evening.
• Australia
8 Mar 09
You adjust the size of your screen by adjusting its resolution. I would consider a normal resolution to be 1024x768 But I still use 800x600 in order to not having to wear glasses. That's mean that I need to use a scroll bar on most websites as I cannot see the whole page. But that's work for me. I am use to it.
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Mar 09
im beggining to get pretty used to it and i do use the scroll bar. i can see most the page up to 125% but still wish for bigger screen. its a trade off i think
@tea512 (687)
• United States
7 Mar 09
it is normal for laptops to heat up as the fans only come on when they are needed. A dekstop they run all the time. There are things you can buy to sit the laptop on that act as cooler but it should not be needed. Not sure I understand all that barrety / router / wireless but for the over heating it has no bearing. If it really alamrs you the bios of the machnie should tell you temperture. you could when you fell it hot reboot to bios and see how hot it is. Then check that temp against the normal. But is should not be a worry
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Mar 09
thanks. that helps set my mind a bit at ease.your very helpful.
• Singapore
9 Mar 09
Indeed, laptops heat up notoriously easily... Always use original batteries btw. There have been reported cases of laptops blowing up because of non-original batteries. I am not saying originals are SAFE but yes, they are usually a whole lot more reliable. Anyway if you are at home or have easy access to a power source, I would just remove the battery and power the laptop from the socket if I were you.
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
9 Mar 09
so would the battery stay good and i can store it and use it when i go away some where?
@MsTickle (24995)
• Australia
9 Mar 09
You need a plug to plug into your router, the battery always stays put. If you have a wireless router then you need a wireless card which sits in your laptop. The battery and other workings underneath do get hot but not enough to burn anything. I worried about that too when I first got mine but my technician assured me it was normal.
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
9 Mar 09
thank you for this answer. its the best i've got yet. i can understand that. seems you know what i was trying to say. love your big smile ms tickle. always makes me smile
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@MsTickle (24995)
• Australia
11 Mar 09
Gosh, thanks bunny, I've impressed myself. LOL. I'm an older girl still learning everything and loving it. What you wrote sounded like something I would write...we are probably on a par on the learning curve. I have a friend close by who can figure out how to use applications but I can't figure those out. Thanks so much for BR. And I'm glad I can make you smile with Tickle, my avatar...he has that effect on me too.
@samafayla33 (1857)
• United States
14 Mar 09
sometimes, when you disconnect the laptop from ac, it will disable your wirelss card. Go to your power scheme and keep your card on at all times. If it's a dell inspiron, hopefully you have quickset, just edit your power scheme from the software. :) good luck, the card uses more of your batterie's juice, that's why it disconnects your wireless card.
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
14 Mar 09
yes thats one other thing i noticed. if im online and move the pc to the bedroom, its like the few seconds its unplugged makes the battery go down to 96 % charged?geesh!
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
9 Mar 09
Hi bunnybon7 - Don't take my word for it because I use our desktop computer the majority of the time. My husband has a laptop so I'd have to double check with him when he gets home, but I think you'll still be able to pick up your wireless connection if you unplug it from the wall. I think that is what you are asking. Is it? As long as you have the battery in it should be just fine. My husband unplugs his from the wall occasionally and just uses it that way, as long as his battery is charged. But, as I said, please do not take my word for it. I'm sure there are many others here that could answer your question better than I. I hope you are having a nice day! Jill
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
9 Mar 09
thanks jill. thats one thing i was wondering about besides the over heating. but i think it needs plugged because the router is somehow hooked to my sons box under his pc and theres an extra box they put in for mine under his pc hooked together? its very confusing.
@athinapie (1151)
• Philippines
9 Mar 09
I really don't understand what's wrong though. Why not let the experts check out your laptop.
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
9 Mar 09
i was just worried about the heat in the back. not knowing if it could over heat or if i needed to move the battery. saving money by asking these friends here
• China
9 Mar 09
hello,i think we should take the right attitude of it,the compuer is a kind of equipment ,of course will produce the large heat at the time,so do not worry about it ,but if the haet reffers to mcuh,then u should check it whether belongs to the right contains
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
9 Mar 09
thanks i'll do that. thanks for your response.
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@NancyXie (78)
• China
8 Mar 09
Wow you are lucky so many friends replied you...I have no idea about your question,my laptop works for two year and don't have these problems.Are you working in company?We always call our IT for help if we have any computer problems.
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Mar 09
no, nancy. its my laptop at home. if you have a lot of friends you get more responses hon
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• India
8 Mar 09
Oh bunny, that's sad! Why not get a technician to look at it? I don't know much about such things. But I have a laptop too, and if anything happens to it, I am in no position to buy a new one. I hope things get fine for your laptop soon. I, for one, would go nuts if anything happened to my laptop. Cheers and happy Mylotting
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Mar 09
yes that makes both of us i've gotten lots of good tips so i guess i have not any thing to worry just yet. thanks positive minded
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
8 Mar 09
Wireless means just that... No wire. Even when your laptop is plug in... it does not use any wire to go on the internet. So it does not make any difference whether you plug it in or not. As for the laptop getting hot. All computers get warm while in use... and rather hot in summer. Normal computers have a ventilation system to cool things down. But I don't know about the laptop.
@bunnybon7 (38377)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Mar 09
thanks aussies. most seem to think its ok.