Upgrading their LG notebook to Windows 7 has left some customers scrambling for new batteries after the new operating system suggested they needed to replace their old one, and scratching their heads when the “Consider replacing your battery” persisted.

Microsoft confirmed that users were seeing a warning message immediately after they made the jump to Windows 7 on certain LG notebooks, instructing them to replace their laptop’s battery.

However, customers that went ahead and swapped existing batteries or new ones, continued to see the message from the Windows Battery Meter.

The software giant explained that Windows 7 is not at fault for the problem. According to the Redmond company, the erroneous “Consider replacing your battery” messages are generated by a code defect in the system firmware (BIOS) of some LG notebooks, including the R500 family of laptops. More »

Well, it appears that there are some exceptions. According to the Redmond company, Windows 7 can also present incorrect “Consider replacing your battery” warnings.

This can happen to users running older HP notebooks with the last Windows client from the software giant.

Such customers should disregard the message from the Windows Battery Meter, and the additional warnings from the OS.

“Additionally, a red “X” may appear on the battery icon in the notification area. However, the battery may still be in sufficient health. This issue is known to occur on the DV9000 and DV 67000 series of notebooks,” the software giant said.

Microsoft blames the problem on the fact that the older notebook models were not designed with Windows 7 in mind. More »

In what is a rare occasion in the Apple ecosystem, Cupertino has confirmed virtually every one of the recently emerged rumors on the company’s upcoming plans to release updated Macintosh computers, and an all-new product called the “Magic Trackpad.” Apple’s online store went down just a couple of hours ago and is now back up, but a bit glitchy. However, the Apple.com PR section lists the goodies in question, as well as a brand new, 27-inch Cinema Display.

Apple has updated its all-in-one iMac line with the latest Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, as well as better graphics, featuring discrete ATI Radeon HD processors. The computer’s design remains unchanged. The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac is now available for $1,199 (US). At the other end of the spectrum, the new 27-inch 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 iMac is available for a suggested retail price of $1,999. More »

Most of our time, the capacity of our notebook battery is not enough for our work and life. If you don’t have money for Apple Macbook , Dell and HP that have acclaimed battery life of 8 hours, this few tips will help to enlarge your notebook battery life a little longer:

1. Use only the power cord that came with your notebook or other authorized replacement.

2. When you don’t use it, follow the correct maintenance for your notebook.

3. Don’t leave it in direct sunlight, areas where it will be exposed to extreme temperatures such as car trunks.

4. If your notebook has power management features, use it, so the system will run at lower processor speeds when enabling power management features and it will go into “sleep” mode faster when inactive.

5. Buy notebooks with internal Li-Ion batteries. Non Li-Ion batteries must be fully discharged and recharged every 2-3 weeks.

6. If you don’t use your notebook for a period of time, you must fully discharge then recharge it, so the battery will last longer.

Microsoft’s “Better Together” slogan apparently applies not only to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 but also to the latest iteration of the Windows client and the Redmond company’s peripherals. The vast majority of products offered by Microsoft Hardware features the Windows 7 Compatible logo and comes with device drivers designed to play nice with the successor of Windows Vista from the get go. Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22nd and hit the shelves last week on October 22nd, with Microsoft applauding strong support and compatibility for the OS.

The Redmond company even features a webpage dedicated to Microsoft Hardware products and Windows 7, advertising a match nothing short of the perfect marriage between peanut butter and jelly. More importantly, the Microsoft Hardware + Windows 7 page contains a collection of special offerings for customers. The software giant noted that the special deals on Microsoft were open to all customers.

Microsoft Hardware products including mice, keyboards, LifeCams, gaming devices and notebook accessories, all compatible with Windows 7, are also available at discount prices from a variety of online retailers including the Microsoft Store. The only exception to the Windows 7 compatible line-up of Microsoft Hardware items is the Fingerprint Reader, which does not play nice with the operating system, the company informed. More »