Originally Posted by Shutty
thanx rince, do i need to download something to minitor PowerNow!, I can't seem to find anything on my comp like that
Hum....i'm actually plugged in, but its still 793Mhz
*edit* I rebooted and checked the Bios, and it shows it as 1800Mhz...so i'm really not sure what its runnin at.
To make sure that PowerNow!
is activated in Windows XP, select Portable/Laptop in Control Panel>>Power Options>>Power Schemes that looks something like this:
Then you should be able to use AMD's PowerNow! Dashboard to monitor your system and to make sure that PowerNow! really is active and it looks something like this:
You can download the AMD PowerNow! Dashboard from here:http://www.amd.com/images/PowerNowDashboard_setup.ziphttp://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/...5E4396,00.html
Also make sure that you've installed the latest AMD Athlon 64 Processor Driver for Windows XP that you can download from here:http://www.amd.com/us-en/assets/cont.../Cpudriver.ZIPhttp://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/...5E9706,00.html
For extended battery life watching DVD's I suggest you install DVDIdle that you can download from here:http://www.dvdidle.com/dvd-idle.htm
"DVDIdle helps you to extend lifetime of your DVD drive. By using Smart Read-ahead Cache, DVDIdle saves DVD data which will be played soon onto hard disk cache or RAM cache, and feed it to DVD player then, so that DVD drive can take a rest. For example, a 6X-speed DVD drive will only work 15 minutes when you are watching a 90 minutes DVD movie."
Enabling this should extend the battery life of your notebook significantly