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Old 08-03-05, 02:42 PM
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Dell Laptop - Brightness Question?

Ok, I recently purchased a 700m laptop. I noticed that if I use the laptop with the AC adaptor plugged in, the screen brightness is fine. However, when using battery power, the screen seems a little dark. Is there a setting in windows or somewhere to fix this so it's brighter without the battery?

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is this even after you've manually upped the brightness manually (when on battery?)
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You can adjust the display brightness when using battery by editing the schemes in the Dell Quickset program (the blue Q icon in the tasktray). There are 8 levels of screen brightness on my 9300 and by default I believe battery runs at 3.
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No, the 700m does not have a Q icon in the corner. Also, when I try to manually adjust the brightness, it's just washed out.....any other suggestions? I'm assuming it's some kind of battery saving thing....maybe not though
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My Inspiron 6000 does the same thing. But I haven't tried to adjust it because I'm always using the ac adapter.
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So, anyone else?
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Not sure if Dell uses a different proprietary power management system for the 700, but have you gone to Control Panel>Power Options? Is there a Dell QuickSet program in your Programs menu?
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This is the suck part about Dell. They don't have a power management software for the 700m or the 6000. I have never used the Dell QuickSet but it sound very similar to the ones I have in the Sony VAIO laptops which had preset profiles, also customizable, of power management.

Beside, does it bother you that much to hit 2 key strokes to adjust the brightness again?
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My 600m has a setting for on ac power and on battery. I would think the 700m would as well.
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Originally Posted by zuffy
This is the suck part about Dell. They don't have a power management software for the 700m or the 6000. I have never used the Dell QuickSet but it sound very similar to the ones I have in the Sony VAIO laptops which had preset profiles, also customizable, of power management.
Wow, I assumed Dell would just use the same management features over all their systems. The default windows power management blows in the customization area. My previous Sony & Toshiba laptops all had great PM software. Our new HP lappys don't have software either.
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Originally Posted by BigDaddy
My 600m has a setting for on ac power and on battery. I would think the 700m would as well.
Those are the default Windows management systems, but you can't dynamically control screen brightness, processor power, fan controls, etc. there, as you can with separate PM software, all of which help extend battery life tremendously.
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Wow, I assumed Dell would just use the same management features over all their systems. The default windows power management blows in the customization area. My previous Sony & Toshiba laptops all had great PM software. Our new HP lappys don't have software either.
That was my thinking. Dell need to put that QuickSet in all of their laptop series. It's a friggin joke that I can't slow down my processor when I'm just surfing the net while running on battery.
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I believe the only setting mine has is for turning off HD's, screen saver all that OTHER power management stuff...nothing on brightness. I feel this may suck when I want to use this with a battery on car trips for movies or things like that.
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Power management

Control Panel, power options.

Or you could just do the FN key and then use the Up / Down arrow...

Press and hold the FN key, then hit the up arrow key.
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You don't adjust the brightness from the Power Management. You do that via the Fn and the up/down arrow buttons.
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It's crazy that Quickset doesn't come on all Dell's laptops. It also allows you to control power to the integrated LAN and wireless cards to squeeze every little bit of juice possible (I need every drop).

Zuffy, The Pentium-M processors should automatically scale up/down according to usage. Right now I have a 2ghz Pentium-M on my Dell9300 and the processor is running at 800mhz while I browse DVDTalk (I love my job )





You might be interested in the programs on this page, particularly Speedswitch XP which may give you the CPU power profile control you want (sorry OP, no screen brightness control). I don't use it myself (I do use a version of I8kfanGUI (for the I9k series laptops) which is where my screenshot came from), but I always see the programs recommended on the various notebook forums I visit.
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Here is a screencap of the power management options from my Quickset panel:



As you can see you can specify settings for the screen brightness and networking hardware power, in addition to the standard windows controls. You can also save them as profiles.
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matome, the processor does slow down when it's idling but the moment I launch an application or open another browser, the CPU is right back to full force.

I will give that SpeedswitchXP a try.
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Fucking awesome! This SpeedswitchXP is exactly what I want.
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Forgot to say THANK YOU!
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You do if you adjust the settings for when you are on battery mode...
If adjusted correctly, the screen will not dim when on battery mode.



Originally Posted by zuffy
You don't adjust the brightness from the Power Management. You do that via the Fn and the up/down arrow buttons.
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Originally Posted by Barney1234
You do if you adjust the settings for when you are on battery mode...
If adjusted correctly, the screen will not dim when on battery mode.
With the 700m, when the laptop goes into power management mode, when the screen returns, the screen will dim to medium regardless if it's in AC or battery.

I tried to install 2 different version of Quickset that I downloaded from Dell and it say it didn't support my system What the hell is wrong with Dell and the 700m?
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I have the quickset on my 600m. I am not sure you may try to give them a call.
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You may also try the Dell forums. I would imagine you are not the first to have the issue.

http://forums.us.dell.com/supportfor...ry.id=inspiron

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