Sunday, September 16, 2007

F572us: To Sleep or To Hibernate, that is the question!

To sleep or to hibernate that is the question! Sleep makes it easier to wake up, hibernation take a bit longer but save more power, namely the pc is turned off. With Sleep the pc is eating up more power. This is not a big deal if you are connected to AC, but if you are running on battery, then that is something to consider.

The default is Sleep mode, but in my case I found Hibernation to be more convinient since when I usually don't turn it back on right away. I am currently using the default HP power plan but I changed one setting, closing the lid puts the computer in hibernation, since that's what I do most of the time. The default was to put the computer to sleeeep.

Another default I changed was to decrease the time it takes before turning off the display. If you are doing things like running scans, hard disk defrags, virus/adware checks, burning media, downloading stuff, etc, you may not want to sit there and watch it tick tock tick tock. Since the display does not have an ON/OFF button like a stand-alone PC display does, I found this to be the easiest way to turn it off.

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