Laptops and “Power Saving Mode”

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So most of my friends know that I am a geek. Every once and a while I’ll be over a friend’s house or get a phone call and I’ll get asked to spend a couple minutes to look at their laptop, which is “slow” or “not acting right”. I came across this situation twice in the past few weeks, both times the person asking me the question has pretty good general knowledge of computers. Neither of my two friends had any idea what was wrong, they told me they ran virus  scanners, malware scanners and even  cleaned their cache and cookies.

I spent over an hour updating drivers, deleting bloatware and cleaning the registry on the first guys computer, and it was still acting funky in any demanding scenario. As a last ditch effort, I looked at the power mode option by clicking on the little battery on the bottom right of the taskbar. It turned out that in both cases, the two users overrode the power settings with laptop “power saving mode”, even when the device was plugged in because they were on a trip or needed the laptop to last longer while not at home.



Just one of the quirks to keep in mind the next time you get one of those phone calls.


Nicholas Fusco

Nick Fusco is a young IT Consultant and "geek"! As a contributing author on GBD, he covers all things tech and writes reviews for a variety of products and services.

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  1. ebey June 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Usually the brightness of the screen becomes lower than usual…surprising none of the two users noticed it..!!!

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