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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    Can we make this thread an open discussion/question session? List the questions and we'll see what can be done about answering them?


    In your BIOS there may be a power management setting for the CPU to make the notebook run at full power/performance by default. Alternatively, Power Options in Control Panel may have an option to set the notebook to full power. IRC, Power Options in Control Panel sometimes has the option to set performance based on whether the notebook is on AC power or battery power. Normally they're set to full power when using AC power and some power saving setting when they're on battery. A good setup.

    As you've probably guessed, if the notebook is permanently set to full power/performance, then the battery will drain quicker that if it's set to a lower power/performance mode. The theory is that when they're set to a power saving perwer scheme, they throttle back the CPU when it's not in high demand and ramp it up to full power when it does need the full amount of juice.

    It wouldn't overheat. The notebook would still be operating within it's intended performance range (ie. not overclocked). You might notice the fans kick in a bit more frequently and/or stay on for longer. The only issue that comes to mind is how quickly the battery drains under full power. I don't think it'd have a significant impact on wear and tear.

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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    There are no settings in the bios (the bios options are extremely limited, what you'd expect for a manufactured PC). I've set the Power OPtions settings in Vista to Performance with everything on max, but the mult will still scale back to 6 (vs 12 ) and even the fsb speed drops down from its max of 166.

    I was curious about settings because for fun, In installed 3DMArk2001se and only obtained a score of 18K, which seemed very slow to me for this setup, but it would make sense if the cpu speed had dropped. I have found 3dMark 2001se more cpu-sensitive than the later 3DMarks, which are more GPU-bound.

    marty
    Gigabyte P55A-UD4P, Core i7-860 Lynnfield at 3.6GHz, ZALMAN CNPS10X QUIET 120mmCPU HSF, CORSAIR Vengeance (2 x 4GB) DDR3 at 1640, PowerColor HD5870, Earthworks 650W PSU, Samsung 840 EVO 120g SSD (W10 Pro 64-bit), 320G Blue Caviar storage, LiteOn DVD burner, Antec 902 case [B]
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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    I take it that was with AC power and not battery power?

    Haven't had time to write that sticky yet - but will get onto it ASAP.

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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    Quote Originally Posted by Mjölnir View Post
    I take it that was with AC power and not battery power?
    Yes. I'll have to look up some benchmarks for this card.

    marty
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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    I've slapped together a notebook care guide and made it a sticky here in the Mobile Computing thread. If anyone can think of anything else to add, I'd be interested to hear about it
    Last edited by Mjölnir; 10-01-2008 at 03:37 AM.

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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    You should see these laptops when our boys bring em back from over seas after a tour of the sandbox.

    Some good tips here, great read and write up. Thx.

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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    Quote Originally Posted by mpulliam View Post
    You should see these laptops when our boys bring em back from over seas after a tour of the sandbox.

    Some good tips here, great read and write up. Thx.

    -=M=-
    LOL - I can imagine

    Thanks for the feedback. Got a few more things I'm gonna put in.

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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    Great job, great sticky. Anyway we can digg this? I don't know much about digg, but I guess it's a way to get people to check it out. If I can digg it, let me know.

    marty
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    ASRock Z68 Extreme3, i5 2500K OCed at 4.5GHz, CM 212 Hyper Plus, G. Skill Ripjaws 4G X 2 2133 Ram, Samsung 840 EVO 250G, 3Tb Seagate HDD, unknown DVD drive, XFX Double D Radeon HD 7870, PC Power and Cooling 610 Silencer, Fractal Define R4 Case, LG 27" AOC IPS monitor, Win 10 Home 64-bit

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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    I just put it on Digg. Will post the link here when I get it.

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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    digdug

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    Rock the Jukebox:
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    Asus DSBV-DX
    4x Kingston 2Gb FBuffered 667mhz w/4x MemCooler
    FSP 650w PSU
    MS Server 2008 STD

    M3ltD0Vvn:
    Intel Q9550 w/Coolermaster Hyper 212 - 2x 120mm
    Asus P5N-D
    2x Transcend 2Gb 800Mhz
    FSP 550w SLI Certified <~~Bullet Proof
    EVGA GTX560Ti SC (Asus 22" 1680x1050)
    MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

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    Re: Laptop Maintenance and Good Practices

    Great Tips for a NEW laptop user!
    Thanks!
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    http://www.heatware.com/eval.php?id=34094

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