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G50V... Express Gate...

Discussion in 'Asus' started by DsH, Sep 16, 2008.

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  1. DsH

    DsH Newbie

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    I have a G50 and I'm very happy with it, except that I have to take the battery everytime I turn it off so Express Gate doesn't suck it while I'm not using it.

    Just a question: How do I turn it (Express Gate) off?

    I know I can:
    -Take the battery;
    -Uninstall Express Gate.

    But it's there another way? I mean, just turn it off when I go to bed or something like that...

    I called Asus (well, you know... you give your name, they call later... later=8 hours later or next day... in this case, both... but it's ok, I don't mind) and on the first call they told me to unistall it and on the second the guy told me "there's an option to turn it off on the program"...
    AllI can see is the Exit button (leads to Windows) and Power button (turns the PC off, but not Express Gate), not to mention the other buttons (game, web, etc...)

    Please, HELP.

    PS: Just a detail (not about the same subject) on Computer it shows 4 HDDs, each with 149Gb. Is it ok? I mean, it should be 2 of 300, right? If you know how I can put it that way (2 of 300Gb), please, let me know. If you don't know (or just don't care or don't want to bother typing :p), no problem, it just bugs me a bit.
     
  2. ALLurGroceries

    ALLurGroceries   Super Moderator

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    That stupid expressgate light won't ever go off even if you remove expressgate. At least I've not figured out how to get it to stop. It's the kind of thing they'd need a BIOS option for and there doesn't seem to be one.

    In terms of ur hard drives, those are partitions, not physical drives. You can use your recovery cd to blast away those partitions and install to one full drive, or you can set up RAID 0 across both drives (so they show up as one), there are a few options you have. You can also delete a partition or two and extend your other partitions. But that isn't the cleanest way to go about things.
     
  3. VikingBastich

    VikingBastich Notebook Consultant

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    I just suck it up and let it drain at this point. I'm usually plugged in with this laptop wherever I go anyway.
     
  4. killeraardvark

    killeraardvark Notebook Evangelist

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    can you use express gate when using raid 0
     
  5. ALLurGroceries

    ALLurGroceries   Super Moderator

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    Doesn't seem to work for me. I tried installing ExpressGate just now and shut down. When I hit the expressgate button it throws an error message and reboots.
     
  6. jim_loves_randy

    jim_loves_randy Newbie

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    Does anyone even find it useful at all? Why does anyone really need to listen to music on their laptop in 5 seconds or to use Skype or whatever? It would be a lot better if it gave direct access to files on the hard drive, like word documents, but I don't think that's possible.
     
  7. killeraardvark

    killeraardvark Notebook Evangelist

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    Great point Jim, I would like to access doc and mp3 and stuff from the hd. As for the point of it is for others to use your laptop without getting into the system and to be able to use it using minimal power so that you can use it longer. It is a great idea and feature but at the same time it needs time to mature.
     
  8. VikingBastich

    VikingBastich Notebook Consultant

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    I'd rather have a more mature linux distro built into hardware. Like if i could boot suse or ubuntu and have it totally seperate from my hdds as an "insant on" that would be more useful. As of right now I've only used it maybe twice .
     
  9. ViciousXUSMC

    ViciousXUSMC Master Viking

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    There is a term called RTFM :p

    You can not turn off the light, its part of the hardware design, it says so in the manual.

    You can not use Express Gate with Raid 0, it says so in the manual.

    I highly doubt that little led is draining much battery power, if something is draining power its not the light. Test it yourself find a low voltage led and hook it to a little AA battery and see how long it lasts.

    I personally dont use it (I dont even have a choice I have Raid 0) but there is nothing really to complain about.
     
  10. SwatPT

    SwatPT Newbie

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    In the manual, it says: "It is normal to see a dim light on this key even when the Notebook PC is powered off" and don't say anything about turn it off.

    I had my G50v turned off with the battery on it for two days. Now I only have 80%.

    btw, hey guys :D
     
  11. Dazman

    Dazman Notebook Evangelist

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    I'll have to check this out when i get home as I was wondering the same thing.

    My laptop was fully charged last night and when I put it on this morning I was sitting at 94%.

    Interesting. :cool:
     
  12. DsH

    DsH Newbie

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    I think a button close to the Power button would do it without trouble. Dam those sweet looking blue leds.
    A led may not draw that much power (in my case, maybe not the led, I can't remember how much it had when I left it, but I remeber it had 17% when I turned it on), but it still drains power. Anyway, lots of people complain about it (not just in this forum), so believe it's not just my problem.
    Fact is: even if you use the ExpressGate, it's useless to have a glowy button standing there forever, but I guess we can do nothing, right? Just keep looking at that led and make it useful or take the battery off. :)

    PS: I tried using Express Gate, I randomly hitted the Game button and it just froze on the black screen with the ExpressGate logo. Was it because I have no games or should I worry?

    I love my G50 (I would love anything costing as much as G50) but I simply hate that ExpressGate. Even an "Instant Calculator" would be more useful.
     
  13. Rogue2010

    Rogue2010 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I would rather a play movie feature on Express Gate for DVDs / Bluray... I haven't tried the music player with a music CD yet.

    I did try the web browser and it works like a charm.
     
  14. EneergE

    EneergE Notebook Enthusiast

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    If some of you guys are running Vista, the default action for Vista when you shut down is to enter a sleep state instead of fully shutting down. You may want to modify that if you want it to fully shut down instead of entering that sleep state.
     
  15. Geared2play.com

    Geared2play.com Company Representative

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    it doesnt even work right after it boots into express gate. it takes another 10sec or more for the wifi to initiate. Using vistas hibernate feature you can recover much faster with full functionality. its not like express gate saves you any battery life
     
  16. aviper9

    aviper9 Newbie

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    I could be wrong, but pretty sure when your running off the AC adapter, it does not ALWAYS charge. I see mine cycling from 100% to 95% and back up again. I read this somewhere either on these boards or in the manual that it does this so you don't keep charging the battery which would reduce its life somewhat if you always have it plugged in.
     
  17. RdWing

    RdWing Notebook Consultant

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    aviper is correct. Say you plug into AC at 50% battery. It will charge all the way up to 100%, and then turn off the charging feature. But it will continue to run off of AC power and not the battery. The battery will eventually self-discharge, or you will use the battery, which will reset the circuit.
    Basically, the charging circuit is disabled from 100%->95%. If it hits 94% it will turn on again.
     
  18. kennyy

    kennyy Notebook Consultant

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    I always plug in the AC no wonder the battery status always display 95%
    At first I thought is my battery life get reduced until I read this post.
    Thanks for the info.
     
  19. Will1989

    Will1989 Notebook Geek

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    Well, technically, the battery life will be significantly reduced if left in a highly charged state for extended periods of time. The battery will last almost three to five times longer if left at approximately 40% when not being used.
     
  20. DsH

    DsH Newbie

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    People!!! You'r going offtopic

    A way to turn it off...
     
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