ok, i have found quite a bit on the topic of power management for laptops. however, i am still a noob and need instructions broken down barney-style. I found this:
however, i know it's late but i can't seem to find directions for the step by step. this is very frustrating. as much as i like ubuntu i am not going to keep it if i can't setup my battery situation better than this. as always, help is appreciated.
p.s. typing 'laptop-mode start' doesn't do anything. and i did install the latest version of laptop-tools. it says that it is installed but not activated.