Macbook Pro 5.1 LM 20 XFCE Nvidia Settings

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Sangheili
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Macbook Pro 5.1 LM 20 XFCE Nvidia Settings

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Hi everyone, basically Im new in Linux, I dont have more than 2 weeks (I think) using Linux Mint 20 on an old Mac Book Pro 5.1 of 2008. I will provide the information below. Im experiencing some issues basically with graphics and also with the battery life of the laptop (Battery topic is on another forum) , but I think that the issue with the battery and the graphic card of Nvidia al related , since I haven't set up the correct settings (I dont know even how to do so , I have been trying and I cannot get them to work fine).

Basically , this Laptop have 2 Nvidia Cards (or so I think) , and I wanna know how to set them up in a proper way so I can play, make 3d models and also extend battery life. I don't have issues with the display monitor or something like that, is just that when I'm browsing the internet or watching a video on Netflix or open 1 game that I have (Supertux) the fan of the Nvidia card starts to sound in a weird way, When I'm browsing internet or making some documents with writer or nothing that request the video card , that sound is basically none.

Someone has an idea so I can fix it?

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System:    Kernel: 5.4.0-40-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.3.0 Desktop: Xfce 4.14.2 
           tk: Gtk 3.24.13 wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 20 Ulyana 
           base: Ubuntu 20.04 focal 
Machine:   Type: Portable System: Apple product: MacBookPro5,1 v: 1.0 serial: <filter> Chassis: 
           type: 8 v: Mac-F42D86C8 serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: Apple model: Mac-F42D86C8 v: Proto serial: <filter> UEFI: Apple 
           v: MBP51.88Z.007E.B06.1202061253 date: 02/06/12 
Battery:   ID-1: BAT0 charge: 33.6 Wh condition: 49.1/50.1 Wh (98%) volts: 12.1/10.9 
           model: SMP bq20z95 serial: N/A status: Charging 
CPU:       Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core2 Duo P8600 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Penryn rev: 6 
           L2 cache: 3072 KiB 
           flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 9552 
           Speed: 2388 MHz min/max: 1596/2394 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2388 2: 2388 
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA G96CM [GeForce 9600M GT] vendor: Apple driver: nvidia v: 340.108 
           bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 10de:0647 
           Device-2: NVIDIA C79 [GeForce 9400M] vendor: Apple driver: nvidia v: 340.108 
           bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 10de:0863 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: nvidia resolution: 1440x900~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce 9400M/integrated/SSE2 v: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.108 
           direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: NVIDIA MCP79 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
           bus ID: 00:08.0 chip ID: 10de:0ac0 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-40-generic 
Network:   Device-1: NVIDIA MCP79 Ethernet driver: forcedeth v: kernel port: 41e0 bus ID: 00:0a.0 
           chip ID: 10de:0ab0 
           IF: enp0s10 state: down mac: <filter> 
           Device-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN 
           vendor: Apple AirPort Extreme driver: wl v: kernel port: 2000 bus ID: 04:00.0 
           chip ID: 14e4:432b 
           IF: wls3 state: up mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 298.09 GiB used: 18.13 GiB (6.1%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: MQ01ABF032 size: 298.09 GiB speed: 3.0 Gb/s 
           serial: <filter> 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 291.92 GiB used: 18.12 GiB (6.2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 
USB:       Hub: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 7 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Device-1: 1-4:2 info: Apple Built-in iSight type: Video driver: uvcvideo rev: 2.0 
           chip ID: 05ac:8507 
           Hub: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 5 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Hub: 3-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 7 rev: 1.1 chip ID: 1d6b:0001 
           Device-2: 3-5:2 info: Apple Built-in IR Receiver type: HID driver: appleir,usbhid 
           rev: 2.0 chip ID: 05ac:8242 
           Device-3: 3-6:3 info: Apple Internal Keyboard/Trackpad (ANSI) type: Keyboard,HID,Mouse 
           driver: apple,bcm5974,usbhid rev: 2.0 chip ID: 05ac:0236 
           Hub: 4-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 5 rev: 1.1 chip ID: 1d6b:0001 
           Hub: 4-1:2 info: Broadcom BCM2046B1 USB 2.0 Hub (part of BCM2046 Bluetooth) ports: 3 
           rev: 2.0 chip ID: 0a5c:4500 
           Device-4: 4-1.1:3 info: Apple Bluetooth Host Controller type: <vendor specific> 
           driver: btusb rev: 2.0 chip ID: 05ac:8213 
           Device-5: 4-2:6 info: USB OPTICAL MOUSE type: Mouse driver: hid-generic,usbhid rev: 1.1 
           chip ID: 0000:0538 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 63.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 63 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Repos:     No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list 
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/graphics-drivers-ppa-focal.list 
           1: deb http: //ppa.launchpad.net/graphics-drivers/ppa/ubuntu focal main
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list 
           1: deb http: //mirrors.evowise.com/linuxmint/packages ulyana main upstream import backport
           2: deb http: //la-mirrors.evowise.com/ubuntu focal main restricted universe multiverse
           3: deb http: //la-mirrors.evowise.com/ubuntu focal-updates main restricted universe multiverse
           4: deb http: //la-mirrors.evowise.com/ubuntu focal-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           5: deb http: //security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal-security main restricted universe multiverse
           6: deb http: //archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ focal partner
Info:      Processes: 168 Uptime: 14m Memory: 3.59 GiB used: 1.37 GiB (38.0%) Init: systemd v: 245 
           runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 9.3.0 alt: 9 Client: Unknown python3.8 client inxi: 3.0.38 
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Pulegium
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Re: Macbook Pro 5.1 LM 20 XFCE Nvidia Settings

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Have you tried installing the TLP power management tool ? It's in the software manager . It works well on my 2008 unibody MacBook and others .
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Re: Macbook Pro 5.1 LM 20 XFCE Nvidia Settings

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I have install it. How long does your battery last before installing TLP and after installing TLP? Because my battery life last without TLP around 1 hour, with TLP it can last about 1:20 or 1:30 hours.
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Re: Macbook Pro 5.1 LM 20 XFCE Nvidia Settings

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I installed TLP on my own MacBook over a year ago and I don't think I ever really measured the difference between before and after precisely .
I'm afraid the best I could say is that I noticed performance was "somewhat better" on a already very elderly battery which I rarely use .
The most obvious difference I've noticed is with fan control . On some MacBooks I have found the fans often run unnecessarily fast before installing TLP .
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Re: Macbook Pro 5.1 LM 20 XFCE Nvidia Settings

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Thanks for the reply.
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