How to Change the Power Options on a Toshiba Satellite Laptop

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Toshiba Satellite laptops come with a unique power management software program that regulates the power consumption of your laptop. While this program is often helpful in extending laptop battery time, the program is also known to cause some operational difficulties when software conflicts occur. At some point you may want to change your power options, or remove the program.

  • Click "Start" and then "Control Panel." Locate the "Toshiba Power Manager" program among the Control Panel icons. Note that this differs from the familiar Windows "Power Options" icon.

  • Open the Power Manager application. If you want to merely modify the current settings, the Power Manager gives you many options to choose from. For maximum battery life, consider setting the Power Manager to put the laptop into various states of "sleep" after so many minutes of inactivity. Select the menu items offered to achieve power savings for the monitor or hard drive, or both. Click "Save Settings" and exit the program.

  • Remove the Power Manager if your laptop is prone to "freezing" or seems to have difficulty "waking up" from a Sleep or Hibernation mode. Go to "Start" and "Control Panel" and choose "Add Remove Programs."

  • Navigate to the "Toshiba Power Saver" listing. Click "Remove." When Windows is done scrubbing the program from the system, click "OK" and exit Control Panel.

  • Reboot. The Windows on-board power management program will now take precedence over this function.

Tips & Warnings

  • While the Toshiba power program is in many ways superior to the Windows product, Toshiba's program is known in tech circles to be "buggy" and "fussy" within certain software environments. Removing the Toshiba brand power management program, in order to end frustrating problems, will in no way seriously affect your laptop operation.

References

  • "COMPTIA A+ 2009 In Depth"; Jean Andrews; 2009
  • "PC Technician's Troubleshooting Pocket Reference"; Stephen Bigelow; 2000
  • "Upgrading and Repairing PC's"; Scott Mueller; 2009
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