Power management refers to the capability of a computer or its operating system to regulate its power usage. This can help achieve cooler and quieter operation, longer-lasting electrical components, and for laptops, longer battery life.

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Query current power config settings on Windows 7

Powercfg gives the ability to set certain settings like monitor-timeout-ac and standby-timeout-dc using powercfg -change <setting> <value>. Is it possible to query the current values of ...
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Windows 7 screen saver

We have a range of public Windows 7 computers. The computers are always on. When the users are logged on, the screen must not go off and the computer must not sleep. However, when the user ...
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Avoiding sleep when lid is close and no one is logged in

I've an old Dell Latitude laptop that I've converted to CentOS 6.5. As this is going to work like a server (i.e. no one will use it directly) I've changed from UI the power management option to ignore ...
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After a while the computer enters hybernate, how to disable?

If I manually set the computer to sleep or just leave it alone, by the morning it appears to be switched off, in hybernate mode. This is very annoying because the computer is notebook and I have to ...
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minimum allowable CPU speed

How can I determine the minimum allowable speed for my CPU to run the computer. Having the option to reduce the CPU to 0 is not logic nor allowable in Win8. Even if you set the Max. processor ...
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Display issue after enabling Super Energy Saver?

This is going to sound incredibly stupid to computer buffs, I'm sure. But: My battery was dying. I enabled Super Energy Saver in the Power Options. The screen went black, and then the resolution ...
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Laptop keeps waking up from sleep (Windows 7)

Laptop is fully charged before I put it to sleep and when I come back more than 12 hours later and resume it, the computer only has around 10% left. I have used the powercfg lastwake and powercfg ...
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How can I monitor CPU frequency on Linux servers?

At low CPU frequency, latencies can be higher or we may come to some wrong conclusions related to server capacity. Knowing the CPU frequency is important for high performance scenarios. In case of ...
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Force a program to consume at most x% of CPU time [duplicate]

Is there a way to force a specific program to use less than 100% processor time even when the CPU would be idle otherwise? Using process priority, we can adjust how much resources a given program ...
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Linux Mint 16 on HP Pavilion dv6 laptop - power management doesn't work

I installed Linux Mint 16 on my HP Pavilion dv6 laptop. On Linux, my laptop always seems to be under load (fan spins at full speed etc.) Is there any power management tool / driver that could help ...
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are APM levels (hdparm -B) and spin-down time (hdparm -S) different?

The man page referenced in this answer indicates that hdparm -S sets the spin-down time, while -B sets the APM level, and also suggests that -B is a hardware thing (implying -S is software?) However, ...
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How to wake a sleeping laptop

I have an old compaq pressario CQ61 that's getting a bit old and I'm trying to convert to a media server. I want to put it by the TV and leave it mostly alone, and manage remotely (via RealVNC). Now ...
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win 8.1 can't sleep automatically after hibernating

There have been many post online about win 8.1 not entering sleep mode, my problem however only happens after I wake the device from hibernation (data saved to memory, power off). laptop: Asus eee PC ...
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How to disable Connected Standby in Windows 8?

I have a tablet that runs Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft came up with a new power mode that they call Connected Standby, in which evidently all non-Metro apps are suspended when the tablet is put in a lower ...
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HP 2000-bf69WM doesn't wake from sleep after downgrading to Windows 7

I have an HP 2000-bf69WM laptop that originally shipped with Windows 8. I have since downgraded it to Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1. I have installed all the drivers from HP's website for the laptop, ...
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Why is my computer constantly resuming from sleep?

My recently reformatted Windows 8.1 machine keeps resuming from sleep. This is an acute issue ever since I got my SSD (the reason for the reformat), as Hybrid Sleep is out and the system does true ...
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Games hang in “Balanced Power” mode

My PC specs: AMD FX-8320 @ 3.7 GHz (stock cooler), 8GB 1866 MHz RAM, XFX R9 280X (OC'd @ 1.25v), ASUS M5A97 R2.0, Corsair TX750. While playing games like Dead Space 3 and BF4 and other ...
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Sleep hard disk after X minutes of idle

I want to make two drives sleep after 15 minutes of idle (sdb and sdc) on Linux Arch. I have the idea that hdparm should be able to help me. I can put the disks into standby (hard disk spins down, ...
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Close programs when on battery

Is there a Windows application or a script that kills programs when my laptop in not plugged in (and preferably relaunches them when charging)? I have a few background applications that use too much ...
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Change Behavior of Linux Power Button

I have a headless linux mint machine that I use for a file server and other things. It's been working great for me for a few years, but there's one issue - my cat likes to hang out on top of it, and ...
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Disable 2 cores to meet 95w TDP

I have a Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU on a M5A78L-M LX/BR motherboard. The motherboard supports processors of maximum 95W TDP. The CPU is 125W TDP. So I disabled 2 cores of the CPU trying to avoid the ...
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OpenSuse 12.3 gpu fan speed

I won't go into the details of what I tried and simply explain what I want. graphics card: AMD HD 4870 So I'm usually working with Windows 7 and my gpu is at 54C with 30% fan speed when idle. Now I ...
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How to know which /proc file is used to set the backlight?

How to know which /proc file is used to set the backlight ? $ ls -1F /proc/acpi/ returns : ac_adapter/ battery/ button/ event wakeup xbacklight works. I use awesomeWM with Ubuntu 12.04, on a dell ...
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Something's turning off my hard drive

I have an Acer Aspire V3-771G laptop With Intel chipset and NVidia 650M Graphics, running Windows 8.1 pro. The laptop has 2 hard drive slots. A few weeks ago I installed an SSD in my laptop. I ...
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HDD randomly turns off and then on

I have problem with my SATA HDD - it shutdowns itself from ocassionally, and then almost immediately turns back on again. It's system drive and the only one in my PC. I've disabled turning hdd off in ...
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Why is my monitor turning off after inactivity when power settings tell it not to?

I'm running Windows 8.1 Pro and a Radeon HD 6670 with the latest ATI drivers. I've noticed lately (maybe within the past month or two) that my HDMI out will turn off after not being at the computer ...
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Win8 on laptop: lid turns off only the monitor

I have an Asus S400CA with Win8. When I'm home I access it with VNC. I'm trying to config its power settings so that, when it's plugged on AC, when I lid close it, only monitor is turned off and ...
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Wake-on-LAN stops working after a few hours

I have a Linux server (Ubuntu 12.04.03) which serves as the internet gateway for our LAN of about 15 PCs. That is, eth0 on the Linux server is the Internet, and eth1 plugs into an unmanaged switch (a ...
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Why deleting a file in windows re-spin / wake up / power up all the hard drives?

If I delete a file on HD 1, and HD 2 is sleeping (power down), windows spins it up for some reason. I'm using the regular recyle bin. Turning off the recycle bin for all partitions on HD 2 won't help ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 has no Suspend or Hibernate Options

I have a Lenova Yoga 2 Pro, and I have Ubuntu 13.10 installed. I am having some issues setting the power functions. At the moment I can not suspend or hibernate the laptop. So from Gnome 3.10 I have ...
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Laptop will not power from battery

I have an Acer Aspire 7551G that will not power from battery, the AC adapter must be connected for the machine to boot and as soon as the adapter is removed the laptop instantly dies. The contacts ...
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Ubuntu: Do not show display state when resuming from hibernation

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 saucy on my laptop. The device is set up to suspend when the lid is closed, prompting for the password when resuming. However, when I resume, the last state of the display ...
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Wake-on-lan from S5 and prevent network card from turning off

I'm tired googling and looking through hundreds of forums, please help. OS: Windows 7 64-bit Motherboard: ASUS M4A77T/USB3 Onboard network card: Realtek® 8112L The problem is that network card keeps ...
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Is an event registered when a monitor comes out of Power Saving Mode?

I am using task scheduler to fire a program when someone logs in, unlocks the station, and I would like to do it when the screen turns back on prior to locking. IE the power savings turns off the ...
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Disabling AppNap for Terminal

How do I disable AppNap for Terminal? Get Info on Terminal does not have Prevent App Nap check box An alternative is to turn the NSAppSleepDisabled flag on, but will it actually work? $ defaults ...
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How to force Windows Battery/Power notifications to display over RDP sessions

I have fast machine with SSDs and when the low battery notification for 10% etc pops up, I don't always see it if I'm working in a full screen RDP Session. I've set my PC to hibernate on low battery, ...
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Windows won't sleep

My Windows 8.1 PC suddenly decided it no longer wants to go to sleep. If I explicitly put it to sleep then it stays in sleep mode, but it doesn't obey the power plan setting to go to sleep after 30 ...
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turning display off while playing video file in vlc player

Does there is any option or settings (native to vlc player or windows) to automatically turn off the display when playing a video in it.. Could be handy when want to listen only to audio and making ...
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Closing the lid of my notebook doesn't have any effect

When I close the lid on my Samsung 900x3c-A01 nothing happens, both on Windows and Linux... I've made double-sure all the OS' settings are correct, I even tried to set them up so they would shut down ...
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Reducing CPU load to absolute minimum

I have had a couple of things gone missing I believe stolen in my shared apartment and want to run my laptop constantly with a webcam attached, running webcam surveillance software to record/ take ...
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How to limit my CPU power programmatically on Windows 7?

Whenever I run a CPU-heavy activity (like compressing a big set of files into an archive for example) my CPU switches to its full throttle (maximum frequency) and shuts down of overheat in less than a ...
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really disable power save in linux wifi

I've got a laptop with an Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] (rev 34) (using iwlwifi kernel module). Although power_save (a module parameter) is disabled, I can see 802.11 ...
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Disable screen power save mode when external monitor connected

I have a laptop with a HDMI connector (NVidia gfx), is it possible to stop the screen from going into power save mode only when I have something connected to the HDMI connector?
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Setting HDD Turn Off per disk

I can only find a setting that is applied to every HDDs. What if I have multiple disks on my system and want to set different time for each disk? Is there any way?
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How effective is to blacklist GPU to avoid power consumption? [closed]

I blacklisted my NVIDIA graphic card by putting it in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf, I would like to know how it reduces my power consumption
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On windows, how to force application close upon going to sleep

Is there a scripting possibility or application, free or commercially avaible, that would allow me to set up windows to close a partuicular application before it goes to sleep mode?
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Underclocking Haswell for power saving

I have been reading up on Intel's new Haswell processors, and it seems that the K-series is designed for overclocking. But what if I want to underclock? Do I still need to buy a K-series processor? ...
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Ubuntu sleeps after disconnecting power

I've Lenovo S400 laptop, dual boot with windows 7 and ubuntu 13.04. The problem is that whenever I disconnect the power adapter, ubuntu shows that that battery level is critically low and goes to ...
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powercfg.exe not working properly

os:Windows 8 pro x64 build 9200 (fully updated) I want to change the closing lid function through command line with powercfg.exe, so I gathered the required GUIDs and executed the following command: ...
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manage hardware power supply

How can I manage power supply? (if it's possible of course). Since my charger doesn't supply the needed energy, I need to reduce/remove power from some devices in order to let my processor run full ...