Linux is killing lap top's battery. Is it considered normal?

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Linux is killing lap top's battery. Is it considered normal?

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Linux Mint 13 Maya 64 bit on Dell Inspiron 640m. I know - lap top is very old, but it worked fined with Win XP battery longetivity wise. Is it normal?
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Batteries go quickly at the end of their lives. Before blaming Linux try a new battery.
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Also, maybe you have the screen brightness set at a higher level in Linux? But I agree, try a new battery, the one you have has got to be getting pretty old.
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what's the result of 'inxi -Fxz'?
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I used both Linux and Win XP alongside on the same lap top at the same time period. So I still think that there is may be something wrong with my Linux settings. Screen brightness seems to be the same for both systems.
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do you have an nvidia card?
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Umbra Polaris wrote:do you have an nvidia card?
No. I don't have it.

I was using both WinXp and Linux alonside, first one lasted as much as three times longer on the batteries then Linux Mint.

I am not blaming Linux, I like it and keep using it 99% of time, but the battery thing is disappointing, because I can't use laptop wihtout being plugged in to outlet for more then 20-25 min, and in many cases even less then that.

I would appreciate any recommendations.

Another thing is that I can't make my laptop's bluetooth to start functioning properly. It wouldn't connect to my devices. It just is not reposnding to pressing "preferences" and "set up new devices" options.
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This help me out some. You might need to tailor it a bit for you system https://wiki.manjaro.org/index.php?titl ... r_settings
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wyrdoak wrote:This help me out some. You might need to tailor it a bit for you system https://wiki.manjaro.org/index.php?titl ... r_settings
Thanks, but that would be too complicated for me. I am not that experience in IT. I just wanted the system that wouldn't crash or stall that much as Windows XP.
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Haven't tried it myself but will in the future

http://www.noobslab.com/2013/10/enable- ... ks-to.html

I run Mint 13 32bit on my 64 bit laptop (tried 2 times to install the 64 bit version ut always stalled after 5 minutes) with a dual boot Windows 7. My battery on windows 7 lasts about 3 hours but my mint partition it only lasts 2 hours max.
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did you try installing powertop?
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Matt267 wrote:did you try installing powertop?
I didn't, but will try now.
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You may also want to research and install TLP.
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Install powertop but only for measurement purposes. Don't use it to config your settings.
Powertop will tell you how much power your computer is using at any point in time and also what processes are using the most energy.

To increase your baterylife, try installing TLP. The default config works wonders and almost doubled my battery life on a BRAND NEW laptop (wiped windows off and installed LM within 3 mins of opening the box). Then you could research TLP and config it further.

Let me know if you need anymore help w/ the above.
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