Power plan issues...

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Carmen Gauvin-O'Donnell

Hi! I've just gotten a new Vista machine after having XP Pro for a few
years. So far, I've had no difficulties and am qvery pleased with
perfomance etc., with one exception...

In XP, the moment I pulled the plug on my laptop, it would switch power
plans to my "battery" one (i.e. darken the screen, change how it shuts down
and so forth...)

In Vista, when I pull the plug, other than the screen going darker, nothing
happens. I'm told that I'm still in "High Perfomance" mode, which could
affect battery life. Duuuuh! :)

So how do I tell my computer that when I switch to battery, it's to change
plans to Power Saver automatically?

Thanks in advance!

Carmen
 
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SC Tom

Carmen Gauvin-O'Donnell said:
Hi! I've just gotten a new Vista machine after having XP Pro for a few
years. So far, I've had no difficulties and am qvery pleased with
perfomance etc., with one exception...

In XP, the moment I pulled the plug on my laptop, it would switch power
plans to my "battery" one (i.e. darken the screen, change how it shuts
down and so forth...)

In Vista, when I pull the plug, other than the screen going darker,
nothing happens. I'm told that I'm still in "High Perfomance" mode, which
could affect battery life. Duuuuh! :)

So how do I tell my computer that when I switch to battery, it's to change
plans to Power Saver automatically?

Thanks in advance!

Carmen

Go to your power options and set your notebook up the way you want it. There
are dozens of settings you can change to have it behave as you like it.

SC Tom
 
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Carmen Gauvin-O'Donnell

I see that Tom, but what I want to do is this:
- when the computer is on battery, go to Power Saver mode
- when the computer is plugged in, go back to High Performance mode

I don't see anywhere where I can do that... any ideas?

C.

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Go to your power options and set your notebook up the way you want it. There
are dozens of settings you can change to have it behave as you like it.

SC Tom
 
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Jane C

Carmen said:
I see that Tom, but what I want to do is this:
- when the computer is on battery, go to Power Saver mode
- when the computer is plugged in, go back to High Performance mode

I don't see anywhere where I can do that... any ideas?

C.

Hi Carmen,

You can only have one "power plan" mode. Keep it on Power Saver as-is
for when you're running on battery. Go into Power Options, click on
"change plan settings" next to the plan, then "change advanced power
settings". Go into each option and check what each setting is for when
both on battery and plugged in....changed the "on plugged in" settings
to their maximum performance options.

Basically, you will end up with your own custom plan that way. That's
what I do for my laptops, so they run power save when on battery, and
full throttle when plugged in.
 
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SC Tom

Carmen Gauvin-O'Donnell said:
I see that Tom, but what I want to do is this:
- when the computer is on battery, go to Power Saver mode
- when the computer is plugged in, go back to High Performance mode

I don't see anywhere where I can do that... any ideas?

C.

_________________________________________________

Go to your power options and set your notebook up the way you want it.
There
are dozens of settings you can change to have it behave as you like it.

SC Tom
Jane beat me to the answer. That's exactly what I did on my notebook. You
can incorporate the Power Saver mode settings into your custom profile's On
Battery settings, and the High Performance settings into your Plugged In
settings. Tweak them the way you like for max battery life, or however you
want it.

SC Tom
 
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t-4-2

Somehow those who have replied are overlooking the key word the OP had used
....... automatically.
excerpt from OP's post " So how do I tell my computer that when I switch to
battery, it's to change
plans to Power Saver automatically? "
The OP knows how to change power plan manually.
t-4-2
 
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Jane C

t-4-2 said:
Somehow those who have replied are overlooking the key word the OP had
used ...... automatically.
excerpt from OP's post " So how do I tell my computer that when I switch
to battery, it's to change
plans to Power Saver automatically? "
The OP knows how to change power plan manually.
t-4-2

Not overlooked at all, because it cannot be done. You cannot
automatically switch from one power plan to another.

By creating a custom plan, and saving it as your plan, it will do
exactly what Carmen wants.
 
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t-4-2

( sigh ) My point being..... no need to tutor her how to change power plan.
Just tell her straight out that it cannot be done and end it right there.
She knows how to change power plan while running on battery.
t-4-2
 
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SC Tom

The point is that since it cannot be done as Carmen was asking, she has now
been given some viable options to get around what can't be done.

SC Tom

t-4-2 said:
( sigh ) My point being..... no need to tutor her how to change power plan.
Just tell her straight out that it cannot be done and end it right there.
She knows how to change power plan while running on battery.
t-4-2
 
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