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Old 09-27-05, 11:33 AM   #1
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Default Power saving features?


I own a Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop with a nVidia GForce4 4200 Go graphic card.

I'm trying to reduce the power consumation of my laptop but I don't know what is the graphic card capabilities.

I've already set dpms in xorg.conf that will shutdown the monitor after some time. Is there something else I can do? Like gpu frequency throtle or shutting it down almost completly...

If you have any suggestion on power saving, please post them. I'm open to anything

Thank you.
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Old 09-28-05, 02:49 PM   #2
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I use Option "Coolbits" "1" on section Device of "xorg.conf" to activate memory and processor clock modification. Then if you are using "nvidia" driver and if your graphic card supports it, simply with "nvidia-settings" at the command line you could reduce the throtle of nvidia's processor at minimun. The memory only allows me to reduce clock to 162 Mhz from 320 (Gforce Fx5500) and processor is set at minimun 67 Mhz. If you don't use it for gaming, the performance don't suffers, and the power consumption is reduced a lot

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