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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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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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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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

Is there any option native to VLC player on windows to automatically turn off the display when playing a video in it? Could be handy when I want to listen only to audio with the screen off for battery ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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extract power plans from saved registry

I need to restore Windows 7 power plans. I saved full registry on an old PC (also Windows 7), that PC is not available any more. How can I extract power plans from the saved registry?
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Power scheme not applying in Group Policy

I've created a new GPO and created a power scheme under computer configuration. I've disabled the User configuration part of this GPO. In this power scheme I have the action selected to create a new ...
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Low processor performance after removing and then plugging the power cord

It's really confusing. When plugged in, everything is lagging. On battery everything goes smooth, three times as fast. I looked into power options, set everything to default and tried the three modes:...
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Off vs standby. Which is better for an office laser printer?

At an office where I work, there is a Samsung CLP-310 laser printer: The staff turn this off every evening. Right off -using the hard power switch on the back. They are trying to reduce their ...
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PC turns off abruptly [closed]

I had to press my PC's power button for about 60 to 90 seconds to turn it on. After it boots it works for about one hour. After this hour the monitor goes blank. Power and hard disk LEDs are ok with ...
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Is it safe to add or remove any type of device while in sleep mode?

Is it safe to add (plug in) or remove (unplug) any device while Windows is in sleep (a.k.a. standby, a.k.a. suspend) mode? What type of devices can be added or removed in this manner? Can you do this ...
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Is it possible to use IGP and Dedicated graphics like nvidia's optimus? [duplicate]

Pretty much like the title says. I'm curious if it would be possible to use my dedicated graphics card for gaming and other intensive tasks, while using my IGP for general usage to get power usage ...
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Execute a command if Linux is idle for 5 minutes

I would like to execute a command such as notify-send 'a' if my Linux machine has been idle for 5 minutes. By idle, I mean the same thing a screen saver that gets activated would use to define "...
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How can I view events that cause laptop screen to turn on from standby (but not sleep)?

On a Windows 7 laptop, is there a way to see exactly what device or process triggered the screen to turn on? I'm referring to the "screen off" mode where the notebook is still on, but the screen has ...
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Hook system power button in Windows

I have a headless computer running a custom service that I want to enable/disable using the power button, rather than having to remotely connect every time. The computer does other things as well, so ...
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Computer randomly powered off at exactly 3 am

I am running a Zentyal server at home, set up to run as a gateway, file server, etc. It is running on a fairly standard computer with standard hardware (Intel i3, 8GB RAM, 300W power supply). A few ...
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Monitor turns on when computer accessed remotely by Remote Desktop user

I am running Windows 7, service pack 1, 64-bit, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT. I used Power Options to configure the monitor to turn off after 10 minutes of inactivity. This works fine when I use the ...
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Windows 8 custom power plan keeps resetting itself

I just got a new Haswell laptop, and was experiencing very short battery life: about 3-4 hrs with minimal use. I knew this had to be wrong, so I checked the power plan, and found that "HP Recommended" ...
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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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Do ULV Core i5 CPUs consume same power as i7 CPUs if they use same TDP?

Title says it all really: If you have a Core i5 CPU and its TDP is 17W and there is a Core i7 CPU which also has TDP 17W, will they consume the same battery power even though one runs faster? I am ...
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How do I detect Windows turning on/off display (going to away mode)?

I'm trying to find a way to detect when my computer decides I've been away (no user input) long enough to turn off the display. That also means I'm not watching movies and the OS is not prohibited ...
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disabling power save option on wifi device

I use usb wifi dongles that have AR9271 chipset and use compat driver 3.9.1 - ath9k_htc. I use the wifi units to create an ad-hoc wlan. When there is no communication for a while, the nodes leave ...
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Modify “plans shown on the battery meter”

I always use Power Saver or High Performance. No in between for me. How can I rearrange the plans so that those are the two in the top section?
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How to Lower Power Consumption while still running tasks? [closed]

On my pc, I have Norton 360 installed. Since it takes up lots of resources, I usually just leave it on while I let it scan my computer, but I'm starting to think it takes up a lot of power. Is there ...
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Dynamic Power Usage

This is more of a theoretical question, but if it is actually possible, I'd definitely like to look into implementing it. Basically, I'd like to have my computer (Core 2 Quad Q6600, Nvidia 8800 GT ...
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Windows 8 on Surface Pro goes to sleep on lock screen despite “High Performance” power settings

On a Windows 8-enabled Microsoft Surface Pro I have a "High Performance" power mode selected. When the device is locked via Win + L it still goes to sleep after a minute or so. Screen saver is ...
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Can I prevent Windows 7 from restoring my brightess setting when the power state changes?

I have a question regarding Windows 7. I have set different values for the screen brightness when on battery and when on AC power (in the power plan settings). If I manually change the brightness of ...
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Battery alarms and notifications don't work in Windows 8

It's about some months that I have a strange problem with my laptop battery. In the past, whenever my laptop went about 10% of battery, my operating system Windows 8 showed a notification alarm to ...
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My Windows 8 PC wakes up every night around 3 am

I just built a new Windows 8 PC, and started using it a few days ago. Every night, I use Hibernate on the computer before I go to bed. The only way to turn it back on is to hit the Power button. ...
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What is the difference between an USB hub with external power and without?

I have a 7-port USB 2.0 hub (this) which comes with external power supply in its packaging. However, when I connected a lot of USB sound cards (Creative SB X-Fi Go Pro! or ASUS Xonar U3) to the hub I ...
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Mac OS X sleep mode

I am a new Mac user. I need to return to the MacBook continuously with varying amounts of time in between. However, the Mac goes into sleep mode breaking the tasks it was doing. I have figured out ...
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is it possible to wake up a Linux device at a specific time

I run Debian on an embedded board. I would like to suspend or hibernate the board say at 10 pm and wake it up at 7 am. There is no problem to suspend/hibernate the board by pmi action suspend/...