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Changing power settings

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Steve Silverwood, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Steve Silverwood

    Steve Silverwood Flightless Bird

    In Windows 7 x64, I am given only two power settings on the battery
    icon in the notification tray: "High Performance" and "Balanced." If
    I manually go in and change my current setting to "Power Saver" then
    the two presented when clicking that battery are "Power Saver" and
    "Balanced."

    Okay, some people have called me unbalanced before, but in this case I
    think it would be a good thing...!

    Specifically, I want to have just the "High Performance" and "Power
    Saver" options show up, as those are the two I most often use (the
    former when on external power, the latter when on battery), and I
    rarely need the Balanced setting.

    So far as I've been able to find, I can't move "Balanced" from the
    "Plans shown on the battery meter" column of Power Options down to
    "Hide additional plans" and promote the "Power Saver" up to the list
    of those shown on the battery meter.

    Any ideas? Do I just have to live with it? Thanks in advance.

    -- //Steve//

    Steve Silverwood, KB6OJS
    Wildomar, California, USA

    Email: steve.silverwood@gmail.com
    Blog: http://stevesilverwood.blogspot.com
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/kb6ojs
     
  2. Seth

    Seth Flightless Bird

    "Steve Silverwood" <steve.silverwood@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:b2gup5t21vsubgm9s72ko8hjrm11if5oj8@4ax.com...
    > In Windows 7 x64, I am given only two power settings on the battery
    > icon in the notification tray: "High Performance" and "Balanced." If
    > I manually go in and change my current setting to "Power Saver" then
    > the two presented when clicking that battery are "Power Saver" and
    > "Balanced."
    >
    > Okay, some people have called me unbalanced before, but in this case I
    > think it would be a good thing...!
    >
    > Specifically, I want to have just the "High Performance" and "Power
    > Saver" options show up, as those are the two I most often use (the
    > former when on external power, the latter when on battery), and I
    > rarely need the Balanced setting.
    >
    > So far as I've been able to find, I can't move "Balanced" from the
    > "Plans shown on the battery meter" column of Power Options down to
    > "Hide additional plans" and promote the "Power Saver" up to the list
    > of those shown on the battery meter.
    >
    > Any ideas? Do I just have to live with it? Thanks in advance.



    Not sure how to change the listed plan options, but why not just customize
    the plan to meet both your needs from the same plan? See what the "Power
    Saver" plans shows for the "on battery" mode and just set the "on battery"
    mode for the "High Performance" profile to match. Now your high performance
    when on AC and power saver when un-plugged.
     
  3. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Steve Silverwood" <steve.silverwood@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:b2gup5t21vsubgm9s72ko8hjrm11if5oj8@4ax.com...
    > In Windows 7 x64, I am given only two power settings on the battery
    > icon in the notification tray: "High Performance" and "Balanced." If
    > I manually go in and change my current setting to "Power Saver" then
    > the two presented when clicking that battery are "Power Saver" and
    > "Balanced."
    >
    > Okay, some people have called me unbalanced before, but in this case I
    > think it would be a good thing...!
    >
    > Specifically, I want to have just the "High Performance" and "Power
    > Saver" options show up, as those are the two I most often use (the
    > former when on external power, the latter when on battery), and I
    > rarely need the Balanced setting.
    >
    > So far as I've been able to find, I can't move "Balanced" from the
    > "Plans shown on the battery meter" column of Power Options down to
    > "Hide additional plans" and promote the "Power Saver" up to the list
    > of those shown on the battery meter.
    >
    > Any ideas? Do I just have to live with it? Thanks in advance.
    >
    > -- //Steve//
    >
    > Steve Silverwood, KB6OJS
    > Wildomar, California, USA
    >
    > Email: steve.silverwood@gmail.com
    > Blog: http://stevesilverwood.blogspot.com
    > Twitter: http://twitter.com/kb6ojs


    I agree with Seth's reply. By creating my own custom profile, I get the best
    of both worlds. When on battery, my CPU and GPU throttle back, the screen
    darkens slightly, etc. Use the basic settings to create the new profile,
    then go into Advanced settings to fine tune it. That way, you never have to
    change your option in the system tray. It took a few minutes to create it,
    then probably 2 or 3 days to fine tune some of my changes, but I haven't
    changed anything in it in 3 or 4 months now. If I'm plugged in, it runs
    great, and if I'm on battery, it lasts a little longer than before. My
    Gateway has never had the best of battery life as it is, but I was able to
    eke out a few more minutes this way, and still have it usable.
    You might find this useful:
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/775-custom-power-plan-create-delete.html
    --
    SC Tom
     
  4. Steve Silverwood

    Steve Silverwood Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 16 Mar 2010 07:48:59 -0400, "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote:

    >
    >"Steve Silverwood" <steve.silverwood@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >news:b2gup5t21vsubgm9s72ko8hjrm11if5oj8@4ax.com...
    >> Any ideas? Do I just have to live with it? Thanks in advance.


    >I agree with Seth's reply. By creating my own custom profile, I get the best
    >of both worlds. When on battery, my CPU and GPU throttle back, the screen
    >darkens slightly, etc. Use the basic settings to create the new profile,
    >then go into Advanced settings to fine tune it. That way, you never have to
    >change your option in the system tray. It took a few minutes to create it,
    >then probably 2 or 3 days to fine tune some of my changes, but I haven't
    >changed anything in it in 3 or 4 months now. If I'm plugged in, it runs
    >great, and if I'm on battery, it lasts a little longer than before. My
    >Gateway has never had the best of battery life as it is, but I was able to
    >eke out a few more minutes this way, and still have it usable.
    >You might find this useful:
    >http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/775-custom-power-plan-create-delete.html


    Thanks, guys. I went ahead with that approach and all's good. Should
    have thought of that myself, I suppose. Thanks.


    //Steve//
     

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