I got a Dell Inspiron 1501 a little over a year ago. In that time, I have had my hard drive crash, have gone through 2 adapter cords (one in a little more than a month) and have had it overheat regularly. It went through a period where it regularly crashed whenever it tried to sleep. Now, my battery is dying. I go to class, and within half an hour, the battery is dead. I use the laptop on power saver, and turn down the screen light so it draws less power. I checked the processes I was running, and they are definitely not a huge power draw. I'm not downloading or streaming, just using the internet and Word. So, at this point, I am wondering what is going on. Is there anything I can do at this point so that I don't have to pay 150+ dollars for a new battery? I used the battery quite regularly over the summer, and I am remembering the time seeming to be shorter on my battery life, but I didn't think anything of it at the time. I kind of want to chuck the thing through the window and go buy a Mac... So, that's my rant...I apologize, but I am desperately hoping that someone can help...can I fix anything so the battery lasts longer?! Or am I doomed, and do I have to buy a new battery?