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Power Options

The Power Options applet provides options for controlling how power is conserved in your computer, whether a desktop machine or portable.

A few years back, Intel and Microsoft began conspiring to devise a plan whereby portable computers could better manage and conserve the battery charge, enabling users to run for longer periods of time without AC power. The result was a standard called Advanced Power Management (APM). Windows 95 shipped with APM. APM took some of the load off applications programmers by letting the operating system and the computer's BIOS handle power management. Under APM, power management was somewhat limited, however, because many of the devices in the computer had no way of communicating with the operating system. For example, waking up the computer when a fax or voice call came into the modem or when a LAN request came into the LAN card was not possible.


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