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Ideapad Y510P

Discussion in 'IdeaPad & Essential' started by MJG1492, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. actingdumb

    actingdumb Newbie

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    I'm getting my laptop soon, and I was planning on taking out the battery and leaving it plugged in most of the time except for when I take it to go out somewhere. However, I've recently read about a feature it had where you can leave the charger in and it will stop around 60%. After 60% would this be equivalent to the latter because I don't want to leave it plugged in all the time with the battery still in there affecting the life of it.
     
  2. Jobine

    Jobine Notebook Prophet

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    Keep your battery in the laptop at all times. The battery will protect you from power outages and accidental yanking. Use the 60% change feature in Lenovo power management (called Optimized battery health). Also, even though the cooling in this laptop is not the best, it does do a good job of driving the heat away from the battery.
     
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    actingdumb Newbie

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    Does the Optimized battery health save the battery as much as leaving it out?
     
  4. Jobine

    Jobine Notebook Prophet

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    Yes. A user reported a total capacity loss of only 8% over 2 years by keeping it at 60% at all times. Also, Optimized battery health is a feature built into the battery/bios, so even if the laptop is off it will not charge past 60% unless you return the setting to "maximum battery life".
     
  5. actingdumb

    actingdumb Newbie

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    Oh wow, that's really good. Also, is there anything I should uninstall right off the bat? And what should I install?
     
  6. Garbuckle

    Garbuckle Notebook Consultant

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    I know everyone is different, but this is how I get a system ready after purchase:

    - Remove bloatware: Office trials, Antivirus, proprietary media software, extra toolbars, windows skins, etc
    - Leave the important stuff like drivers, and system software (Energy Management, Audio settings, etc)
    - Install Microsoft Security Essentials (not needed for Windows 8, as it's built in; it just needs to be enabled after removing the other antivirus software)
    - Run Windows Update several times to get all the updates
    - Change system settings to run smoother, such as visual settings, defrag, etc
    - Install system software as needed (updated video drivers, MSI Afterburner, etc)
    - Install secondary software. My list includes the following, which are all free. These are my base applications used on all systems:
    Windows Live Mail
    Firefox
    Irfanview (for image viewing)
    Media Player Classic/Home Cinema (for videos)
    MediaMonkey (for audio organization)
    Steam (games)
    OpenOffice
     
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  7. actingdumb

    actingdumb Newbie

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    I downloaded the Power Management and chose the optimize battery health. Just incase I need to change it to something later on, how do I go back to that menu? Once I exited it, there was no desktop icon, and I couldn't find on on my computer.
     
  8. TheXanadu

    TheXanadu Notebook Enthusiast

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    So, as I wait on my y510p to ship, I've decided due to the heavy gaming I'll be doing I should get a cooling pad, although I have the fear that a cooling pad will not make much of a difference. Does anyone in here have experience with a cooling pad, and can I excpect a huge difference from one? If you have had success with a cooling pad, please let me know which one.

    On a side note, I ordered my laptop with a 2 year warranty. I have heard repasting offered as a way to reduce temperatures. I have plenty of experience with thermal paste (built my own desktop) but have also heard that this will void my warranty. Is this true? Could I at least repaste the ultrabay 755m without voiding my warranty? If I can't repaste at all, any other options to improving the cooling?

    Thanks for answering my constant barrage of questions!
     
  9. Garbuckle

    Garbuckle Notebook Consultant

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    I'm also curious about cooling pad options. I wonder how much of a difference it would make, and if there's a good option that is also quiet. My ultrabay GPU doesn't get above 85C now, but it's still a good 10C higher that my main GPU.

    Yes, you can repaste the ultrabay GPU without voiding the warranty. There's a link floating around somewhere with some teardown photos. I have no experience in pasting, and I was able to repaste my ultrabay GPU pretty easily.

    Because the laptop brings air in from the bottom, having it raised a bit also helps. I currently have it sitting on 4 furniture pads, which raises it about 1/4" just to help the airflow.
     
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    NudieDenmark Newbie

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    dtmwerks Notebook Consultant

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    Guys with cooling pad questions, there's another thread in "accessories" that has ridiculously detailed info/recommendations.

    However, no point being "that guy" so...

    I was recommended a cooler master u3 (good to get a 15-17inch one for a 15 inch laptop) and it works well. I haven't been able to measure any difference though, but I'm not sure if I'm able to. For example XTU and HWmonitor report 40 degrees on a table for 5 minutes at idle, I leave it by a -10 degree window open fully for 5 minutes, still 40 degrees.

    But I really like it and it probably is making it cooler lol.
     
  12. dtmwerks

    dtmwerks Notebook Consultant

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    Under "hidden icons" in the bottom right of your screen. Unless you deleted it permanently from there. For me it's under an icon that looks like a car labelled "energy management"

    Downloaded it? I thought it comes with all Lenovos, especially ours. But if you ever need to find something, just hit windows key, then start typing. That's the search function now.
     
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    arersando Newbie

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    Hello every, just got my y510p today. i've been reading this forum since last week and i have learned a lot from this forum. I just have a question, does anybody already tried the latest r331 driver from nvidia? How does the sli work with the new driver? Thank you.


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  14. berrykerry789

    berrykerry789 Notebook Consultant

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    Yep, it works fine as long as you don't have SLI.
     
  15. iLiftCars

    iLiftCars Notebook Guru

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    Who are you replying to? The guy with the monitor question, the cooling pad, or the nvidia driver?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
     
  16. DavidZ2844

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    Are the hybrid hard drives that are 1 TB plus 8 GB ssd that come in the laptop when bought from resellers (newegg, amazon) a 2.5" SATA hard drive? In other words, will it work in my Playstation 3 when I decide to swap it out of the laptop for an actual SSD? Or do those hybrid hard drives not work in Playstation 3s?
     
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    berrykerry789 Notebook Consultant

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    Guy with the nvidia driver question. Not sure about SLI, since i don't have one.
     
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    SpinalTarp Notebook Consultant

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    I'm gonna be ordering my y510p. Should I do it later today (Black Friday) or wait until Cyber Monday?
     
  19. wahoo

    wahoo Newbie

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    i personally am waiting until monday, unless someone talks me out of it. i figure there's a chance amazon will bring the i7+sli back down to 950, or that lenovo might have a better sale on it (though slim). i really wanted to buy from lenovo to get the 24gb ssd so i could replace it but looks like after they redid all the options they aren't offering anything competitive with amazon and the ssd isn't worth hundreds to me.

    of course if the current 980 price goes away i'm gonna be mad, but i figure i'll take a shot waiting until monday.
     
  20. d_source

    d_source Notebook Enthusiast

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    Buy it now from Lenovo. If you find the deal on Monday, buy it again and cancel the first order. That's what I did yesterday. Had one from last week, better option presented itself yesterday so I bought a second. Also want to buy a third from futureshop and then pick the best for me of the lot and return the other 2. No hassle returns from either merchant.
     

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