This document is to bring to light the improvements in the Power Management functionality with the Open Client 2 and Thinkpads. By keeping an eye on this information the user can extend battery life and reduce charging time thus helping the environment.

Viewing power management information

How to use

  1. Firstly if you hover over the Power Icon on the Taskbar a pop up will appear giving information on battery state and power source.
    Fig 1

  2. If the Power Icon does not appear on the Taskbar. Click Computer Icon>Control center>Preferences>Power management.
  3. From the open dialogue box select the General tab Click the preferred Radio Button. Example Always Display Icon.
  4. Right Click on the icon (a panel will appear).
    Fig 2

  5. Click> Information
    A dialogue box will open with several tabs.
    Fig 3

Tabs/Options are as follows:

  • Tab 1 - Device Information
    This gives Information on batteries and allows the user to keep an eye on the battery state.
    As this is somewhat technical information user is advised to consult the Help at bottom left.
  • Tab 2 - Charge History
    This is a graphical view showing battery percentage over time.
  • Tab 3 - power History
    This is a graphical view showing Charge and discharge over time.
  • Tab 4 - Estimated Time History
    This is a graphical view showing battery time till charged/discharged.
  • Tab 5 - Event Log
    This records events as they happen I.E. if machine is suspended or Hibernated.
    These events are also recorded in the graphs as colored dots
    All this information can be useful in diagnosing battery problems.


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