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Chapter 13. Using Windows on a Notebook ... > Configuring Power Management Options

Configuring Power Management Options

The Power Management icon in the Control Panel gives you access to controls for setting your desired level of power management on your notebook or desktop system. Windows Me automatically checks to see which type of power management schemes your PC supports and then displays a list of devices (on the Power Management Properties sheet) that can be set for various power conservation levels.

Why should you use different power conservation levels? When you're plugged into an AC socket, you want a bright screen and don't want your computer to make you wait for drives to spin up, even after you've been away from your mouse and keyboard for a coffee break. But, when you're stuck inside an airplane flying a holding pattern after a cross-country flight, you're probably willing to put up with a dimmer screen and drives that rest when you stop typing so that your battery will last longer. With the Power Management feature of Windows Me, you can customize how your devices use power, depending on what you're doing and to which type of power your computer is connected. As you move from AC to battery power, Power Management lets you adjust device settings to match.


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