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Turbo Battery Mode on MSi Wind U100-279US

Just got my MSi Wind U100-279US last night. It's a very nice notebook. I'll be ready to post my first impression soon. On the sticker by the touchpad, I see "Turbo Battery Mode". What is it? Does it extend the battery life twice as long? Or does it use the battery twice as fast? hmmmm . . .

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 29 Oct 2008 22:25:01 +0000

It let's you do I do that???

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 23:11:09 +0000

with BIOS v1.06 (probably what you have now), you can hit Fn F10 to underclock. the power LED should turn amber. this should work even if you're not connected to the power outlet.

with BIOS v1.09, the underclock feature doesn't seem to be available anymore. Fn F10 overclocks the CPU by 8%/15%/24%, depending on the BIOS setting "DOC %". this only works if you're connected to the power outlet. also under OSX, this has to be done when you see the MSI logo during POST, otherwise, it doesn't do anything. windows doesn't have this limitation and shows you some on screen graphics to let you know it's overclocking when you press Fn F10.

yeah, i don't know why they called this turbo battery mode...

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 23:57:02 +0000

At first, I couldn't figure out why pressing Fn-F10 doesn't do anything on my MSi Wind. Then I realized that it's because I am running on AC power. Once I unplugged the AC Power, the Turbo Battery Mode works like a charm. I have BIOS version 1.06. Attached below is a screen shot of what the processor is running at normally.

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Normal Mode - No Serial.png

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 30 Oct 2008 01:23:55 +0000

The following screen shot shows that the processor runs at 800 MHz in Turbo Battery Mode. The screen also dims and the power setting changes to "Max Battery".

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Turbo Battery Mode - No Serial.png

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 30 Oct 2008 01:25:26 +0000

I hope that first trick works! I'm running Linux (Ubuntu) and the fn+f10 button doesn't work when the OS is loaded.

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 22:11:35 +0000

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Excerpt: I got the tiny MSi Wind Netbook last night. It's a pretty awesome computer; something I can really carry with me on the go. Here is my first impression of the MSi Wind U100-279US Netbook. Pro - The AC power block is extremely small, yet still supplies 20 volts at 2 amps. All notebook power sup . . .
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