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Your laptop computer may be unable to enter the C3 processor power-saving state.
This problem can occur because the active bus polling that is required to maintain communication with universal serial bus (USB) devices can prevent the CPU from switching to a C3 power-saving state. By default, the USB polling interval is set for every one millisecond (ms). Even if no devices are connected to the USB controller, the polling operation is still performed and the processor cannot enter a C3 power-saving state.
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To resolve this problem, increase the USB polling interval from one ms to five ms. Then, the processor can enter a C3 power-saving state during its inactivity and extend the battery life of the computer. To increase this polling interval, add a registry entry that is dependent upon the operating system:
For Windows Millennium Edition
For Windows 2000
Battery-powered computers that use Advanced Power Management (APM) or Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) may experience increased power consumption leading to a more rapid drain of battery power. This type of problem only occurs on computers that use an OHCI USB controller.
Note If you use Windows Vista, you can visit the following Microsoft Web page for help with power consumption and battery life problems:
Fix problems in which power consumption is more than expected or the battery life is short