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Last Updated: Friday, 13 April 2007, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Click Tips: Power settings
Rob Freeman
By Rob Freeman
Click tip-ster

Rob Freeman, Click's very own Mr Fixit, troubleshoots your PC problems and helps you get the most out of your computer. This week he talks you through your PC's power settings.

There are times when your computer does something unexpected and you are not entirely happy with it. Trouble is, without a fix, after a while you tend to just get used to it.

Alvin, from York in England, writes:

"With my old laptop I used to close the screen whenever I wanted to take a break. When I re-opened the lid, the computer would come back to life. However with my new laptop, whenever I close it, it shuts down and takes a long time to turn on again. How do I get the quick response back?"

It sounds like something is awry with your power settings, so let us go through them. First, head to your control panel, look for Power Options and double click on it.

There are some useful settings here if you have a laptop, and they can be very effective in reducing the amount of battery your laptop uses so that it lasts longer.

You can choose one of several power schemes which alter the parts of your computer that are turned off, to conserve power, or you can choose your own settings.

The setting Alvin needs is in the Advanced Tab, and this controls what happens when you shut the screen of your laptop. Our guess is that this is currently on Shut down, so move this to Standby and you will not have to completely reboot your computer each time you re-open the lid.

If you are trying to reduce the drain on your battery be aware that when your computer is in standby it is still slowly chewing through the battery.

In order to give you that fast restart the memory has to stay powered up so that you can return to your work exactly as you left it.

If you want to be able to return to your work exactly as you left it, and not use so much battery, there is the Hibernate function, if your computer supports it, but because this involves recording the whole of the memory on hard disc, it takes much longer to go into hibernation, and longer to return from it.

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