what do you run your processor at - reduced, automatic, or highest?

tekmoe

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Feb 12, 2005
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on battery: reduced
on AC: automatic

just wondering what everyone runs their processors at? i used to run mine at reduced on battery and highest on AC, but just within the past few weeks, i asked myself "why do i need my processor running at highest, when i'm not really doing anything that is processor intensive anyway?" so i changed it to automatic on AC. my powerbook runs a LOT cooler.

i only switch to highest if i need to encode mp3s or video. other than, automatic is GREAT for my web surfing, emailing, and IM's.
 

40167

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Sep 5, 2004
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battery: reduced
AC: auto

Thats on my Thinkpad but I think you'll find that most people just do that aswell; or they would run both as auto.
 

0098386

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Jan 18, 2005
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always highest. i dont really use my powerbook in battery mode anyways
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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iMac G5 - highest. It's criminal not to.

iBook G4 - automatic on adaptor and battery unless I want something done quickly and the iMac isn't around in which case I put it on Highest.
 

TDM21

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Jul 7, 2004
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Battery: Reduced
AC: depends, Normally Highest, but if the fans are running a little loud, I will turn the settings to my custom option. I have it set to the sleep settings of Highest, but the Processing power to reduced. This will let the computer cool down and slow the fans down.
 

50thVert

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Jun 20, 2005
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A/C- Highest
UPS Backup- Reduced

I've noticed when my PM G5 is set on Highest, the fans kick on at minimal speeds, instead of blasting to 100% and then back to 0% when on automatic. *shrug*
 

Yoyodyne

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Jul 30, 2005
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Battery: Reduced
A/C: Automatic

I'm probably just paranoid about extended heat giving my iBook an early death.
 

PedroQ

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May 12, 2005
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Everytime i change mine to highest, it automatically changes itself to reduced again... I have an iMac G5. Do I have to disable any option in the system preferences to be able to do so?
 

homerjward

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jmufellow said:
Not there. I guess that comes in Tiger, I have the lowly panther
it depends on your mac. if you have a g3 or a desktop g4 (at least all desktop g4's ive used) you wont have it. it's only implemented in the mobile g4s (ie ibook and powerbook) and g5s. i guess it's for power reasons in the 'books and heat reasons in the g5s :eek:
 

Chundles

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Jul 4, 2005
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jmufellow said:
Not there. I guess that comes in Tiger, I have the lowly panther
It's only in portables and G5 Macs, so not in minis or eMacs. It was there in Panther on my iBook so if you have a portable but don't have the option then that's really weird.
 

Ringo

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jmufellow said:
Not there. I guess that comes in Tiger, I have the lowly panther

Most G4 desktop computer dont have this option so that may be why :)

Btw : iMac G5 alway on High WAY TO GO BABY :D
 
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