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Reduced Battery Run Time When Using Wireless on Windows Vista*


Reduced battery run time could be experienced when not connected to a power outlet (AC power) if using the default Microsoft Windows Vista* power settings.


The default power settings for Microsoft Windows Vista use Continuously Aware Mode (CAM) for both AC power or DC (battery) power. This means that the wireless radio is always on and consumes more power.


Use Microsoft Windows Vista to optimize the power settings.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click System and Maintenance.
  4. Click Power Options.
  5. Select Balanced then click Change plan settings directly below the Balanced option.

  6. Click Change advanced power settings. Balanced [Active] should automatically show in the dropdown box.
  7. Click the + symbol in front of Wireless Adapter Settings to expand the section.
  8. Click the + symbol in front of Power Savings Mode to expand the section.
  9. Select Medium Power Saving or Maximum Power Savings for the On Battery setting.

  10. Click Apply.
Related topics
Microsoft Support article 928152
Conserving battery power

Operating System:

Windows Vista Starter, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Home Basic, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Business, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Enterprise, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Ultimate, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Home Basic, 64-bit*, Windows Vista Home Premium, 64-bit*, Windows Vista Business, 64-bit*, Windows Vista Enterprise, 64-bit*, Windows Vista Ultimate, 64-bit*

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® WiFi Link 1000
Intel® WiFi Link 5300 and Intel® WiFi Link 5100 products
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN

Solution ID: CS-024509
Last Modified: 01-Oct-2014
Date Created: 11-Dec-2006
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