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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
Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
Locate and click the following key in the registry:
Look for the registry value named Controller in this key. If this value is not present, proceed to step 5; otherwise, continue on to step 4.
On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
Value name: IdleEnable Data type: REG_DWORD Radix: Hexadecimal Value data: 1
If additional sequentially numbered keys after \0000 exist (for example, \0001, \0002, or \0003), repeat step 3 for each of them.
Quit Registry Editor.
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: