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T40 slows down when switching from ac to the battery

The processor slows down when running on battery power.  Any way I can keep processor operating at max speed while running of the battery?  Thanks.

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Re: t40 slows down when switching from ac to the battery

You need to access the bios by pressing F1 when booting up. Go to the power management tab and set to max performance.
Likewise, in windows, control panel, power options, set to maximum performance.
That should do it, although don't expect to much from your battery in terms of life expectancy.
Good luck.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007

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