Being able to configure hardware options from the system tray using an applet is much easier than searching numerous hardware settings from the Unity Dash or the Classic start menu in Ubuntu. There are a number of applets which provide the functionality to manage one or two kinds of hardware related settings from the system tray, however, their functionality is quite limited. Jupiter
is an app-indicator applet for controlling power and hardware options of portable Linux computers. It provides quick access to common power and hardware options so that you can toggle settings to keep your laptop resource consumption to the minimum. The available options include settings for power, screen output, resolution, Wi-Fi , and Bluetooth. What makes Jupiter useful is the fact that it allows the utility to manage multiple hardware settings from a single system tray menu.
brings extra memory power management options to Windows Power Plan Advanced Settings which is accessible from Power Options. These options provide the utility to monitor short memory history, channel power history, backoff channel heat break tolerance, backoff idle utility threshold, and so on. It can help you specify power management settings for your computer’s memory.
Looking for a laptop battery power manager that can efficiently manage the power plans and allows you to tweak the power profiles? Meet Power Plan Assistant
. It is a free Power Management tool developed for Windows 7. Instead of changing the basic power management feature, it adds additional features which enhances the overall power of your laptop/netbook running Windows 7. So is it a Battery booster? No, but it helps increase the overall life of the battery. With this tool you can automatically switch between Windows default power plans – High Performance, Balanced, and Power Saver.
We have previously covered PC battery power management tools that allow you to keep a check on your laptop battery. Among them so far our favorite has been Battery Bar
, but now a new contender has come that aims to be totally flexible and fully configurable, and yes it also supports Windows 7 / Windows 8 Aero Glass. BattCursor
is a free battery management utility that aims to replace the default Power functionality that comes with Windows 8 and Windows 7. The application is highly customizable in terms of changing battery level indicator, system tray symbol, battery icon colors, power profiles, and battery level notifications. Read past the jump for details.
Battery Bar is a free tool for Windows that sits on your taskbar and monitors your laptop battery in real time using a unique algorithm. Many battery monitoring tools are not accurate, but what makes Battery bar different is that it takes a whole new approach. It constantly monitors your laptop battery and keeps it’s historical data. Using this historical data, it can provide you with a very accurate estimate of how much time is remaining on your battery.
Once you have installed this tool, right-click your taskbar, select Toolbars and select Battery Bar from the list. Read More
The build-in power meter in Windows is totally crap, after fully recharging your laptop it will tell you that battery is full, but after a few minutes it will say only 75% is left. What the heck? Can’t there be a simple and reliable way to monitor laptop battery? There are many apps that help you in determining the accurate amount of power left, but the problem with these apps is that they themselves take a good amount of resources to run, which makes them basically useless.
is a free tool for laptop users who wants to monitor their battery level accurately all the time. The battery bar becomes more visible as the power level reduces, when the battery is full the visibility is at it’s minimum, you can choose to hide the bar when battery is full.
To help conserve battery power and save your documents while you away from the laptop for an extended period of time you should use the automatic hibernate capabilities of your laptop. Once you have made these changes your laptop will always go into hibernate after a set time.The secret behind hibernation is that before you turn off the laptop, everything you are doing with the computer is saved. When the computer is turned on again, it recovers from hibernating by reloading all the saved information and restoring your laptop to exactly the same condition it was in before it went into hibernation. Read More
By default, when you click the Power button in the Start menu, it goes into Sleep mode.
To turn off your Windows Vista system, you’ll have to click the arrow (next to the Power button), and select Shut Down
in the drop-down list. If you find it tedious, you can change the Power button action in the Start menu to Shut down the system or place into Hibernate mode.
This guide was originally written for Windows Vista, but the same steps are applicable for Windows 7 as well.