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    Just powered up my over 12 year old laptop after 2 years being off.

    Dell Inspiron 5100.

    Plugged in the power and waited 30 minutes before doing so. I last powered it up April 2014 to get the final XP updates. Of course M$ released one more update late April (so I just got that update; lol). The Malware removal tool download size was over 50MBytes though. lol

    Surprised how spiffy this old laptop is. I suppose the upgrade from 512MBytes to 2Gs a few years back does help. I'll keep it plugged in for a few more hours before removing power to make sure the battery gets fully charged (it's now temporarily acting as a keyboard stand. lol).

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    I would take the battery out if you aren't going to use it for a while and it's advised to store batteries with just a 40% charge in them.

    I don't know if you've ever bought a replacement battery for a laptop, but that's about the level they are when they are delivered.

    That's also the advice for the power packs for portable electric drills.

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    You are right, of course. Still, I've never done this and likely the battery's all but dead by now. lol


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    The free version of HWMonitor will tell you the status of your battery.

    http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

    Ignore the big green button and scroll down a bit on the left hand side - I normally use the SETUP - ENGLISH button.

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    I use Nir Sofer's BatteryInfoView utility, it is compact and requires no installation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.A. View Post
    I use Nir Sofer's BatteryInfoView utility, it is compact and requires no installation.
    HWMonitor gives a bit more info than just the state of the battery - check it out from the link I'd posted.

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    I like that HWMonitor displays all of the hardware information in a simple text only list format which makes it easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.A. View Post
    I like that HWMonitor displays all of the hardware information in a simple text only list format which makes it easier to read.
    Thought you'd like it

    I find it's handy for checking temps as well.

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    I just looked up that Dell model on the web, and I found one report on it, dated 2003, so that's truly an oldie.

    But if my own experience with OLD Dell laptops is any indicator, it will probably run Windows 10/32 with little or no problems. That is, after you disable/shut down all the BS.

    There can be a lot of life left in the older PC's if a guy has the capability to upgrade them.

    Good Luck!

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