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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How to turn off a particular hard disk in a multiple disk computer system to save power?

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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How to turn off the display in Windows 8 without locking or making computer go to sleep?

How to turn of the display in Windows 8 without locking or making computer go to sleep ? The problem is that when I enable ‘Turn off display after x minutes’ feature from control panel, the device ...
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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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How to disallow USB devices to wake the computer by default in Windows 7

Every time I plug in a new mouse/keyboard or plug an existing one to a new USB port, I have to manually go to the device manager, go to the device's property page, and uncheck "Allow this device to ...
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Lenovo tools for windows 7: can't re-enable wireless

Consider a netbook - Lenovo S10e with Windows 7 and the S10 Lenovo power management tools. Machine has factory BIOS. Fn+F5 is the key combo to toggle the wireless radio on/off. The tool allows the ...
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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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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 do I get my laptop's screen brightness settings back?

From when I bought it up until yesterday, my laptop would dim the screen automatically if you let it sit for long enough, and then if you hit a key or moved the mouse, the brightness would jump back ...
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How can I prevent my wireless mouse from waking my Windows 7 computer?

My mouse is so sensitive that it randomly wakes my computer up even when I don't touch the mouse. I don't want this to happen, so I want to disable the mouse's ability to wake the computer. I know ...
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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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ASUS G51J - GPU overheats when plugged in to power, does not on battery power

The ASUS G51J comes with an nvidia GeForce GTX 260M. Running Windows 7. Running FurMark Stability Test, Full Screen, 640x480, MSAA Samples: NONE FPS starts at about 50, GPU Temp at about 100' C. ...
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Is it possible for a device to remember settings after turning the pc off?

I once had a problem with a sound card in my computer. After installing drivers under windows and setting the card, I had to mute it. Then I turned my pc off and loaded a linux OS from another disk. ...
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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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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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What could be causing windows to fail to sleep or hibernate, and revert system settings?

I am running Windows 8.1 on my system (Dell e6520) and the symptoms are this: My PC won't sleep or hibernate. It the screen turns off, but the fans just run and run, and after a little while, it ...
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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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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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Turn off USB power when closing MacBook lid

I have a USB-powered cooling pad under my MacBook Pro. When I close the lid to put my MacBook to sleep, I would like the cooling pad to turn off. In other words, I would like the MacBook to cut ...
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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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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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Is it possible to create individual power settings for each hard drive?

I have a number of different drives that I use for different purposes but I only use two of them frequently. I would like for the others to enter sleep mode when not in use, but never my main two. Is ...
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Diagnose slow wake up from sleep

My new work computer (Dell Precision T3600, 16GB RAM, SSD) running Windows 7 takes roughly 40 seconds to wake up from sleep mode. How can I diagnose what's taking so long? And what can I do to reduce ...
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How to disable the screen (Linux without X)

I would like to know if there is any way I can disable the screen on a linux distro I'm using Debian. I found a few way to do that with X installed, but not without X.
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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 ...
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How to tell Windows 7 “sleep when laptop is closed, unless there's an external monitor connected; then use that”?

Most of the time, I would like my Windows 7 laptop to sleep when I close it. But sometimes, I like to connect an external monitor over DVI. I would like my laptop to use the external monitor when I ...
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Vista doesn't sleep - how do I diagnose?

Please note: I am not looking for a solution to the problem. I am looking for how I can get extra information to figure it out... give a man a fish, he's fed for a day. You know the rest. This is ...
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What's Keeping My Computer Awake?

First the question; How do I figure out what is preventing my Windows 7 computer from going into sleep mode? Second; some background... I've been struggling with this for a few days and am utterly ...
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Power Management: Have Win 7 box turn on and off at a scheduled time

I sometimes need to run a batch job on my Win 7 Pro workstation at a fixed time. I use the scheduler to make sure the task runs then. But, I need to disable sleep beforehand, which wastes lots of ...
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Can I prevent my Windows laptop from waking up when the lid opens?

My laptop (a Lenovo Thinkpad W530 running Windows 7) regularly wakes from a sleep state in my bag, draining battery and overheating badly (even when I make a point to leave the fans unobstructed by ...
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Battery Meter in Windows 8.1 keeps showing “Balanced” a the top

I often use High Performance and Power Saver, but the "Balanced" power plan keeps staying at the top and I can't rearrange. How I can change what plans should be shown so I don't have to go to Power ...
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Prevent Windows 7 from enabling power saving on USB 3.0 hub

I have installed a USB 3.0 hub on my desktop computer. I use it to connect an external USB 3.0 disk for backup purposes, and I have a problem: Windows 7 enables by default power saving for said hub, ...
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Processor Maximum and Minimum state missing from Power Options

Restarted my laptop after all-night torrenting, and when the exhaust fan felt unusually warm, I notice the setting is gone, my CPU is running on max-speed no matter what profile I choose (even ...
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Is there a way to close the lid on a MacBook without putting it sleep?

Is there a way to close the lid on a MacBook without putting it sleep? This would be useful when connecting the macbook to an external display, for instance. I've never been able to figure it out ...
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Terminate/Kill a process before entering Standby

We have a MSAccess based solution that is running on customers computers and is lauchend through a VBScript-script. Due to the network enviroment here, we KNOW that in most of the cases the ...
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What is preventing my computer from going idle?

When I first boot my Windows 7 computer, it will go idle if I stop using it - first the screensaver comes on, then the computer goes to sleep after a certain amount of time. This is the expected ...
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Loss of memory when system is mistakingly inactive

I have an application (FEM-Simulation) which runs about 24 hours and takes about 60%-70% of my memory. When I keep working or surfing during the simulation, it runs without any problems. But when I ...
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What Is AVR Mode In UPS Software Management?

When UPS was disconnected from power source and 25W desk lamp was connected to it, all was normal: But as soon as i have unplugged it and plugged in 95W fan, AVR "Normal" changed to up arrow: ...
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How many watts do case fans generally use?

I'm deciding between a 500 watt PSU and a 600 watt PSU. I currently have a 460 watt PSU that powers everything but my dvd drive, spare hard drive, and 2 fans. I've determined 40 watts is enough to ...
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Laptop Power saving when in standby

After my laptop goes into standby is there any way to put it into hibernate when the battery reaches a critical level?
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How do I set my power plan to turn off the display in less than 1 minute?

The lowest setting in a Windows power plan under "Turn off the display" is "one minute". How do I set it for 30 seconds, 15 seconds, et cetera? I found that the shortest idle duration time you can ...
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Windows Vista computer won't power on when connected to router

In all of my years of supporting PCs, I have never seen this. Here's hoping y'all have an idea. My client has a home PC running Windows Vista (long story as to why he hasn't upgraded). He has a ...
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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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how to make LXDE hibernate the computer when the power button is being pressed

How to setup LXDE (a linux desktop environment) to hibernate a PC after the power button on the computer is pressed?
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which parts i can remove from server to reduce power coonsumption

I have a 4u IBM server for home use and it consumes 480w. It has 4 X Quadcore CPU and 128GB RAM & CD Drive I want to reduce the power consumption so i want to know that if i remove 2 x Xeon ...
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Idle state in RTOS, sleep state or lowest frequency?

In real time systems using an RTOS, what how would the RTOS handle an idle period? Would it run nop instructions at the lowest frequency supported by a Dynamic Voltage Scaling capable processor? or ...
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Windows CPU max/min %age settings not being adhered to

Interesting. I have a Windows 8.1 laptop with and an Intel Core(TM) i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.40GHz with 4 cores and 8 virtual processors. I have various power profiles in Windows: 1. Power Saver, 2. ...
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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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CPU is underclocked on battery (balanced plan)

I have a pretty bad amd e300 cpu. Whenever I am on battery and on balanced plan, cpu-z reports my frequency to be 798 mhz (in all conditions (full load etc)). However, in the processor power ...
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Turn on computer with wireless keyboard

I have a PC connected to my TV that I like to use from the sofa. I have a wireless keyboard (Logitech K400, this one) for the purpose. I would like to be able to turn the PC on (as opposite to just ...