Power plans for laptop ?


First off, I would like to say that I am a complete newbie both in using Linux and this forum, so im not sure if this is the right place to post this.

Now, I recently installed OpenSuse 11.1 on my laptop and I was wondering if there is any piece of software out there that would give me something similiar to power plans ? So i can change the performance of my laptop by reducing the battery usage ?
Because on Suse it only shows me the remaining battery life and thats it.


Which desktop are you using? Once we have that info, someone will be able to offer more specific advice.

Desktop ? Ah, sorry, I have no idea what that means (as far as Linux is concerned anyway)

He means are you using KDE, gnome, XFCE, or something else?

Also might help if you told us a little about the laptop.

KDE: 4.1.3 (KDE 4.1.3) “release 4.9”

As for the laptop…

HP pavillion dv6000

Processor (CPU): Intel(R) Core™2 Duo CPU T7300 @ 2.00GHz
Speed: 800.00 MHz
Cores: 2

Total memory (RAM): 1.9 GB
Free memory: 93.1 MB (+ 1.5 GB Caches)
Free swap: 2.0 GB

KDE 4 uses PowerDevil. With KDE 4.1.x, it was a separate kde package, but from KDE 4.2 onwards it is part of the kdebase package iteslf (ie built in). If you left-click on your battery icon, you should be able to bring up the power management user interface. If not, the other way is via menu > configure desktop > advanced power management. Make sure ‘Let PowerDaevil manage screen powersaving’ is enabled.

BTW, it is strongly recommended to upgrade the KDE 4 desktop to KDE 4.2 or 4.3, as there have been many improvements, including power management functionality.


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