Here's our Hardware Tip for.. July 9, 1999
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Using Power Management for Portable Computers
Last week, we showed you about Using Power Management for the Desktop. Today we take a look at Power Management for Portable Computers (laptops and notebooks).
In addition to the tabs provided for the desktop, Power Management for portable computers includes the Alarms and Battery Meter tabs. A major difference between power management for desktop and portable computers is that you can change settings based on battery use for a portable computer.
System Standby can reduce the power consumption of your computer, depending on whether your computer is plugged in or running on batteries, you can choose a different length of time for the computer to go into standby. The time specifies the length of time that your computer is inactive before it going into standby mode.
You can change the properties of an existing power scheme or create a new power scheme using Power Schemes. Select a power scheme that works best with the way you use your computer. You can choose from three preset Power Management configurations: Home/Office Desk. Portable/Laptop. and Always On. You can also set suspend time for Energy Start-compliant monitors and the IDE hard drive spin down time.