Conserving Your Laptop Battery Using Power Options

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You can use the Power Options feature to help your laptop  battery last longer. You can also avoid using certain devices or ration their use to save a modicum of power. For example, by setting a lower resolution  and fewer colors on the display, you cause the computer  to use fewer video resources, although those overall savings are minor.

HP Pavilion Dv9000 Battery 8 cells 4400mAh

HP Pavilion Dv9000 Battery 8 cells 4400mAh

The real control happens by setting timeouts in the Control Panel’s Power Options window  or dialog box. In Windows Vista, use the Power Options dialog box to choose a plan: Balanced, Power Saver, or High Performance. Note that Power Saver gives you the longest battery life (Toshiba Satellite M55-S139 Battery). (You can fine-tune the options and settings by clicking the colored text labeled Change Plan Settings.)

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In Windows XP, use the Power Schemes tab in the Power Options dialog box, as shown here. That’s where you can disable or time-out certain laptop features and help extend laptop batteries life in a dramatic way.

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Use the Power Schemes tab in Windows XP to conserve power.

Note the two major items in the figure: Turn Off Monitor and Turn Off Hard Disks. You can direct Windows to turn off those power-sucking hardware leeches after a given period of inactivity, greatly saving battery life.

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