i have a dell inspiron 1000 running xp. the problem is that my laptop keeps randomly shutting off while on battery power.when i plug it back in i get this message "battery recalibration warning,your battery needs to be re-calibrated press f1 to boot to os or press f6 to run battery recalibration utility",is f6 the way to go ?i went with f1 logged on and took my laptop off the charger at 100% estimated time to shut down was 30 minute..sobs.. so should i go with f6 this is the logical thing to do right? i have been reading about battery recalibration ..... charge it all the way to 100%,unplug let run totally down on battery power ,then re-charge to 100% and this should solve problem? i don't know what to do but 30 min. off time at 100% wont work for me. maybe i should just buy a new battery. well any help would be a life saver.