[quote=groovemeister;2113425]Thank - really? A juicer OS is more efficient with power?
Can’t I just edit the power options in Control Panel of XP? I was all excited at having good ol’ XP on there and now this is thrown into the mix![/quote]
The point about PC’s is that humans are slowing the computers down - it spends many Watt’s waiting for the pebkac to do something.
Note that WindowsXP does not use hardware acceleration for the GUI.
If you compare apples for apples, and turn off Aero, and use the maximum power saving capability of Vista vs XP … Vista will mop the floor with XP.
XP’s power saving capability is quite … crap … to say the least. Shutting the monitor, HDD’s or overall PC off so it’s unusable is not decent power management.
Vista uses dimming of the LCD screen (probably the largest drain on teh battery), turns off hardware video acceleration and unnecessary eye candy, closes unnecessary programs, and lowers the CPU multiplier, and drops the FSB when you’re on the move to lower power consumption - The 3D accelerator is a HUGE waste of power when on the go - All that and the power management isn’t enabled by default.