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    Default Opensuse 13.1 Power Management Inquiry

    So i've been using Opensuse for quite a while now and i get the hang of it. I wouldn't call myself a noob but i can get around it without any problems.

    But the thing now is that i installed OpenSuse 13.1 on my laptop at work and this laptop doesn't have the best specs so it can get a bit slow from time to time, specially when im running multiple programs, including Virtualbox.

    So i recall on windows you can adjust the power settings so it can either be on a power saving mode or performance. But on OpenSuse 13.1 (running KDE) i cannot find this. I only have the powersaving option enabled, and no others profiles to switch to. I've googled a bit and i believe that there is no support for yast2-power-management on OpenSuse 13.1, so im wondering if there some other option i can enable a performance profile on my laptop.

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Opensuse 13.1 Power Management Inquiry

    Quote Originally Posted by aacs90 View Post
    So i've been using Opensuse for quite a while now and i get the hang of it. I wouldn't call myself a noob but i can get around it without any problems.

    But the thing now is that i installed OpenSuse 13.1 on my laptop at work and this laptop doesn't have the best specs so it can get a bit slow from time to time, specially when im running multiple programs, including Virtualbox.

    So i recall on windows you can adjust the power settings so it can either be on a power saving mode or performance. But on OpenSuse 13.1 (running KDE) i cannot find this. I only have the powersaving option enabled, and no others profiles to switch to. I've googled a bit and i believe that there is no support for yast2-power-management on OpenSuse 13.1, so im wondering if there some other option i can enable a performance profile on my laptop.

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Cheers
    Start Menu=> Configure Desktop=> (in the Hardware section) Power Management
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    Default Re: Opensuse 13.1 Power Management Inquiry

    Fraser Bell wrote:

    >
    > Start Menu=> Configure Desktop=> (in the Hardware section) Power
    > Management
    >
    >


    You must have a different kde than mine.
    It is in :
    Start Menu=> Applications=> System Settings=> Hardware=> Power Management


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    Default Re: Opensuse 13.1 Power Management Inquiry

    Quote Originally Posted by graham View Post
    Fraser Bell wrote:

    >
    > Start Menu=> Configure Desktop=> (in the Hardware section) Power
    > Management
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    >


    You must have a different kde than mine.
    No.

    It is in :
    Start Menu=> Applications=> System Settings=> Hardware=> Power Management
    I am using Classic Menu, you are not.

    But, you did not reveal if that solved your problem???
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    graham NNTP User

    Default Re: Opensuse 13.1 Power Management Inquiry

    Fraser Bell wrote:


    >
    > I am using Classic Menu, you are not.


    Ah! I wondered why.
    I Have the default start menu installed but rarely use it.
    I use a left click on the desktop to obtain a my menu.
    This can be set up by a right desktop click and choosing mouse actions.
    >
    > But, you did not reveal if that solved your problem???
    >
    >

    It was not my problem but "aacs90"'s

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    Default Re: Opensuse 13.1 Power Management Inquiry

    Quote Originally Posted by graham View Post

    >
    > But, you did not reveal if that solved your problem???
    >
    >

    It was not my problem but "aacs90"'s
    Heh. Yeah, I spotted that much later, that you were not the OP, way too late to edit, and when I was tired and shutting down. So, I just let it slide at the time.
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    Default Re: Opensuse 13.1 Power Management Inquiry

    On Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:06:01 GMT
    Fraser Bell <Fraser_Bell@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

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    > graham;2672562 Wrote:
    > >
    > > >
    > > > But, you did not reveal if that solved your problem???
    > > >
    > > >

    > > It was not my problem but "aacs90"'s

    >
    > Heh. Yeah, I spotted that much later, that you were not the OP, way
    > too late to edit, and when I was tired and shutting down. So, I just
    > let it slide at the time.
    >


    I wonder if the problem the OP is having is not that Power management
    tool in unavailable but that the way to configure and switch between
    different power set-ups has changed. It used to be that you could do
    this entirely within "energy saving" if I remember rightly, but now you
    have to set up an activity for each method you want and then set up a
    power management scheme for each activity - and good luck with getting
    that to work first time - or second or . . .

    Something I saw recently got me worried and also made me laugh. I saw
    that it was planned to do away with activities. This would mean that
    the old power-management scheme would have to be revived or a new one
    dreamt up. Happy daze! ;-)


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    Default Re: Opensuse 13.1 Power Management Inquiry

    Quote Originally Posted by Cloddy View Post
    I wonder if the problem the OP is having is not that Power management
    tool in unavailable but that the way to configure and switch between
    different power set-ups has changed. It used to be that you could do
    this entirely within "energy saving" if I remember rightly, but now you
    have to set up an activity for each method you want and then set up a
    power management scheme for each activity - and good luck with getting
    that to work first time - or second or . . .

    Something I saw recently got me worried and also made me laugh. I saw
    that it was planned to do away with activities. This would mean that
    the old power-management scheme would have to be revived or a new one
    dreamt up. Happy daze! ;-)
    Hi, Graham:

    I actually have not bothered to look into the Power Management utility that deeply.

    I usually turn off all Power Management functions (except I define the power button setting and, for laptops, the lid-closing action).

    I do my own Power Management:

    When I walk away from the machine for awhile, but want it to continue working for some reason, I Ctrl-Alt-L lock the screen and turn off the monitor.

    If I am only away for a moment, I simply lock the screen.

    If I plan on being away from the machine for a longer time, but still want it running for some purpose, I lock the screen, turn off the monitor, turn off and/or disconnect any peripherals that will not be required.

    If I have no duties for a machine to perform, I shut it right down and turn off the power bars.

    I also shut down any hubs/switches, routers, and cable modems when they are not needed.
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    Default Re: Opensuse 13.1 Power Management Inquiry

    You might be interested in laptop mode tools. It automatically spins down disks whenever you are on battery power. On my old laptop this gave me over an hour longer battery life.

    http://software.opensuse.org/package...top-mode-tools

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