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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Samsung monitor not going into power saving mode

I have recently bought a Samsung LT24D390 TV monitor, which I connected to my computer using a HDMI cable; the video card is a GeForce GTX 560 Ti, the O.S. is Windows 7 x64. The monitor works as ...
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How to fix Ubuntu 14.04 suspension - abruptly suspends and after manual suspension unsuspends

I had a problem when I closed my lid the desktop did not suspend so I read this post however this did not help so what I did is to rollback now my files looks as attached below. However now I have two ...
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UBS devices not waking PC from sleep on windows 8.1

I have a new build based on MSI H97M-g43 motherboard. None of USB devices are able to wake the PC back from S3 sleep. Two methods that do wake up the PC are the power button and wake timers. The usb ...
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Boot computer on bringing it to power

I'm trying to reach following: I have a multi master/slave power point. My computer is plugged in into the master slot. The whole multi power point is plugged in into a radio power point I can ...
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Keep dual-monitor settings in Windows 8.1 after closing laptop lid

I've got a Dell XPS 15 laptop connected to a (rather old) Dell 2408WFP monitor via HDMI. I want to use only the monitor when I'm at my desk, so I've set Windows to show the desktop there and switch ...
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Windows 8.1: How to tell power management to ONLY TURN SCREEN OFF when closing the lid?

I was expecting to find another option in my laptops power management when I close the lid, but all I found is those 3 options: Do nothing Sleep Shut down In an old ThinkPad running Windows 2000 ...
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My laptop will not sleep when I close the lid

I've tried to look into everything I know of but this has stymied me. I have a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 15" currently running Windows 7. The laptop will not enter sleep mode when I close the lid. When I ...
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Why does unplugging my laptop from power reduce power consumption?

I want to save unneeded energy. Because of that, I changed my energy settings to power save mode. However, once I switch off the power supply for my laptop, the energy consumption and CPU tact goes ...
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Screen brightness

I bought a new Core i7 HP Pavilion 15-r122ne with Windows 8.1 preinstalled and Nvidia Graphics. I am new to Windows 8. When I am using laptop on battery and I launch different apps or pages the ...
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“No Battery is Detected” but battery works

The Question: How do I get my battery to be detected again? My system is dual boot Windows/Linux. On Linux, for a while, the system claimed that the battery was always at 15%. Now, it says there's ...
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Harddrive spinning down though time increased with hdparm

I have an external harddrive connected via USB. The usual method to set the spindown / standby time of harddrives seems to be using hdparm. So I run sudo hdparm -S 200 /dev/sdb and get /dev/sdb: ...
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Strange behavior checking disk power state

After sending the command to put a traditional hdd drive to sleep, via hdparm -y , I get a very strange behavior: If I execute this command: while [ 1 ]; do smartctl --nocheck standby -i /dev/sdb ...
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Wake on LAN cause computer wake up immediately after shutting down

I've installed Ubuntu on my Dell PC, and i want to use Wake on LAN. But here i encounter a weird problem. The computer will wake up immediately after shutting down. Here is what i've done: The ...
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Setting up customizable power options for different activities (reading, listening to music, etc.)

How can I set up various configurations of customized power options for different activities? Settings I would like to configure: Reading Mode -> screen never goes to sleep, low performance, dim ...
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How accurate is Windows Power Plan timers?

I configure a power plan to put system into sleep in 2 minutes, and then apply the plan. I observe the system sleep time from the last keyboard or mouse input, and the results vary from 1 min 40 s to ...
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Is there any way to disable automatic head parking of a HDD?

My hard drive semms to park its head after X minutes, and when I access it again it loads the head in a fraction of a second (causing a small beep),and causing disturbances to media streamed from it. ...
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How can I set the hard disk spin down time per drive in Windows 8?

I'd like to set the hard disk spin down time for each drive individually on a Windows 8 system. One drive that is not used so often could be allowed to spin down, and another one that is used for ...
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What is the procedure for totally disabling HDD spin down on Windows 8?

I'd like to totally disable all HDD spin down on my system that I use for music production. Is Control panel/Power options/.../Turn off hard disk after the place to go or are there any other settings ...
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How can I stop my laptop waking from suspend as the lid is closed?

I have an Alienware M17x with Kubuntu 14.10. When I suspend to RAM and close the lid, very often it will wake up after a few seconds of sleep. Sometimes not. I get the feeling it's related to how ...
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Unable to start computer with docking station button while connected to a docking station and laptop lid is closed, but when open, works fine

Basically I am placing a laptop on a docking station within a cart and placing the laptop inside the cart and closing the lid, then connecting an external monitor to the cart w/ keyboard and mouse ...
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it possible to disable HDD after 20 min idle but not SSD (Windows 7) [duplicate]

Hello my operating system is Windows 7. I have 3 hard drives: 1 SSD (which hosts Windows), 2 HDD (just a file storage) Is it possible to turn off HDD after some idle time but leave active SSD? I ...
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how to configure wifi power management in debian jessie

I have a plain Debian Jessie installation on my Thinkpad x230. Everything works smooth but I noticed that wifi powermanagement is set to 'off'. I can activate power management manually but after ...
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Repeatedly the “turn off the display” setting is set to “less than a minute” - what's the cause?

I have this problem at my helpdesk: On a Windows 7 computer the screen goes into standby mode just a few seconds after a key is hit or the mouse is moved. Looking into the Power Options in the ...
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Are default NUT settings fine? (about UPS configuration)

On Debian Linux jessie: After buying an UPS and installation of nut-server and nut-client at my PC and configuring the ports and the protocol, do I need to adjust time and/or percentage parameters, ...
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Script to put Windows 8 to sleep and wake up in 5 seconds

How can I put Windows 8 to sleep(standby) and then wake up in 5 seconds? I know I can use psshutdown -d to sleep, but then how can it wake up on a timer?
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Why does reducing CPU frequency improve battery life?

Shouldn't we have roughly the same battery life regardless of the frequency since the higher the frequency is, the faster tasks will complete so in the end the CPU, despite running at a higher ...
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Sleep mode vs. hibernation power usage and safety [closed]

I was wondering roughly the power difference between hibernation and sleep mode? I know hibernation uses almost exactly the same amount of power as when the PC is off, but how about sleep mode? Also, ...
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Screen brightness maxes out automatically when watching videos or playing games

The screen brightness maxes out automatically each time I am wath videos or playing games on my laptop (a Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66HR). What i have done recently: I bought new Samsung Evo SSD ...
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Change power plan in Windows after power failure (on notebook)

I have Windows 8.1 and would like to have my notebook automatically change the power plan to a different one when loss of AC is detected. How can I do this? Reason is because I have a pretty power ...
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Insert the battery in a notebook connected to electricity?

I use to work on the netbook (Asus X53S) with no battery using the electricity cable. Sometimes it happened that I need to move the notebook and I would like to know if is it possible to insert the ...
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(Windows 8) Change power button to log off

Ways to accomplish this. Perhaps using group policy, registry editor, windows settings, and etc. Since windows 7 configurations differ somewhat from windows 8, the settings that worked for windows 7 ...
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What is the “known hardware incompatibility” that disables PCIe Active State Power Management? How do I fix it?

I'm on Windows 7. I just ran a Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report through powercfg -energy and I got this error: Platform Power Management Capabilities:PCI Express Active-State Power Management ...
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VESA DPMS not working with xscreensaver

I have a monitor fully VESA DPMS capable. I am using Gentoo stable with XFCE. For xscreensaver: I have the setting "Quick Power-off in Blank Only Mode" enabled. For xscreensaver: I have the setting ...
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How to let my laptop automatically hibernate after sleep in Windows 8.1?

I have looked through the advanced power setting but didn't find out a method. What I want is to let my laptop automatically hibernate after certain minutes of sleep. But if the laptop is not ...
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USB mouse and flash drive work but Webcam and Camera dont

im having some issues with my USB ports. mouse and flash drive work but Webcam and Camera have some problems. my webcam freezes after a few seconds and in ManyCam it says please close other programs ...
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How to find out what's causing a laptop to take too long to go to sleep?

Until recently my laptop took at most around 5 seconds to go to sleep when the lid is closed. This was the case for several months. Recently however, my laptop takes around 2 minutes (maybe more) to ...
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Low performance when charger is plugged in

I got this laptop: Dell Inspiron N5010 with i5 2,40GHz processor, 8GB Memory and a Kingston SSD. 4 months ago my charger`s pin jack has broken, but it was still working. I noticed that the ...
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Computer hibernates when I tell it to sleep

Problem When I tell my computer to sleep, it hibernates instead of sleeping. This occurs regardless of whether I tell it to sleep using the button on my keyboard or using the UI. Interestingly, when ...
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Enable Lenovo's “conservation mode” on boot

I have a Lenovo Z50 laptop with Lenovo's Energy Manager installed. Inside the manager's settings menu is an option to enable "conservation mode", which keeps the battery charged in the 40-65% range ...
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How to turn off a particular hard disk in a multiple disk computer system to save power? [duplicate]

Explanation: I have about 5 hard disks in my windows 7/8 machine. Since, the operating system is only installed in 1 disk, the rest 4 drives just consume power staying connected to the motherboard. ...
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What are the impact on underpowering my motherboard/graphic card?

I recently had to change my PSU and the one that was given to me has not enough power cables to fully plug every plug in the motherboard and the graphic card. It seems to work just fine though, and ...
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Why do desktop OSes have a high response time when resumed from sleep/hibernation mode?

Why do desktop OSes such as Windows have a high response time when resumed from sleep or hibernation mode? Intuitively, it should take less time to respond. But what is messed up internally that ...
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What exactly do power plans do in Windows 7?

What do power plans do on a desktop PC? My computer has Balanced, AMD Power Plan, Power saver and High performance. When going to change settings, the only things to change are the display timeout and ...
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How can I get the power consumption of a laptop in miliwatts? [closed]

I've seen programs which are able to retrieve the power consumption of a laptop in milliwatts, like BatteryInfoView (for Windows). I'm looking for something similar but more powerful, i don't care if ...
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USB device only works through a hub

This one kind of boggles my mind. I have an audio interface (Steinberg UR-22), which was working until this morning. I've tried plugging it into every usb port on my laptop while removing all other ...
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Close lid to sleep just about and open lid to wake up asap without requiring password if done soon enough

I am sure at some point this tablet-like laptop was doing the thing I've briefly described in the title. That is, within the first couple of months that I've started using this thing. I am using a ...
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USB Suspend: USB Device not Entering Selective Suspend

After running powercfg energy command I get the following efficiency diagnostics report with 6 Errors: USB Suspend:USB Device not Entering Selective Suspend This device did not enter the USB ...
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ACPI, computer turning on sporadically

Lately I've noticed that my GNU/Linux Gentoo desktop computer turns itself on sporadically while it is suspended in ACPI S3 mode. I have made no changes nor updates to the BIOS. In dmesg I see the ...
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Power plan keeps getting changed to 'turn off after 20 minutes'

In Windows 7, I go into the Control Panel and select the Always On power plan - it should never turn off the display or put the computer to sleep, but it keeps reverting to turning off the display ...
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Windows Power Plan automation

I like to keep my Asus ROG G750JZ(laptop) on all the time and I have already automated sleeping at 01:00 in the morning, auto wake-up on opening the lid. However since I am not using the laptop all ...