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Windows 7: Performance question

14 Oct 2009   #1

windows 7
 
 
Performance question

Hi just recently downloaded Widnows 7..

When I'm operating on battery it seems as if the battery is dying really, really quickly compared to when I had Vista.

I think one of the problems is that I can't seem to dim the brightness of the screen at all. Is there a way to do this beyond the "power saver" option?

Thanks

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14 Oct 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rail24 View Post
Hi just recently downloaded Widnows 7..

When I'm operating on battery it seems as if the battery is dying really, really quickly compared to when I had Vista.

I think one of the problems is that I can't seem to dim the brightness of the screen at all. Is there a way to do this beyond the "power saver" option?

Thanks

Most laptops have a set of combo keys to raise or lower brightness. on dells it is Fn + UP ARROW. its usually labeled on the laptop keys in blue

Hope this helps

Ken
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14 Oct 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Rail,

If your laptop doesn't have a key as Ken suggested, then adjusting this setting for your current Power Plan is about the only option.

Power Plan Settings - Change
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14 Oct 2009   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

rail

If you tell us what your compute is we can look up the key combo's


Ken
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14 Oct 2009   #5

windows 7
 
 

I have a Toshiba Satellite L500-00W.

My friend has the same computer and can adjust the brightness using Fn and F6 or F7 but it doesn't work for me anymore now that I have Windows 7.
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14 Oct 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Rail,

It sounds like the driver that supports that feature did not get installed. I'm not certain which one it would be though.
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15 Oct 2009   #7

windows 7
 
 

I almost feel like it would be easier to uninstall Windows 7 and then wait until it's actually released and get it then.. Because a lot of old features got erased and I wasn't expecting that to happen.
How would I go about that?
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15 Oct 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You might check with your friend to compare notes on what drivers you each installed to see which one you missed. It should just be a matter of installing it to regain the feature. I could not find them on Toshiba's website for this model number.
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15 Oct 2009   #9

windows 7
 
 

I'm just a bit technologically dim so I don't know what to do when you say check your drivers...
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15 Oct 2009   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry. Each device you have installed on your motherboard will usually require a driver (software) to be installed for the device to either work properly, or use all of its features like in your case. For example, you need to install the latest drivers for the graphics chip, sound chip, touchpad, webcam, etc.....

Since you friend has the same computer, I would recommend getting together with him or her to find out what drivers he had installed so you can as well.
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