Guys... I've had a Dell Inspiron 600m for about 15 months now (bought it new in April 2005). Everything about it works great, except for one thing: Over the months, the length of time I go on a full charge has dropped in half. When it was new, I'd get about 4 hours (if not longer) of normal use (surfing/working) on a full charge.
It's gotten shorter, little by little, to the point I now get less than 2 hours from fully-charged, to hybernate (battery too-low to run). It's a nuisance more than anything, as I'm usually home-based, and never too far from an outlet... but I'm just wondering if it's normal for a laptop's battery to become less effective over a year-and-a-quarter. Would buying a new battery solve the problem? And if I did buy a new battery, would the same thing happen over time?
Thanks for any advice. This is my first laptop/notebook, so the battery thing is pretty foreign to me.