Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain (SOLVED)

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Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain (SOLVED)

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Hi, I have a battery problem with my laptop Acer Aspire E1-570G and Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca

I have a dual boot Linux Mint/Windows 8.1 and when I'm in windows the battery lasts around 3 hours with normal work (browsing or watching a movie). But when I'm in Linux with the same work - the battery lasts only 40-50 minutes. I tried with tlp tlp-rdw:
+++ System Status
TLP power save = enabled
power source = battery

So TLP changed nothing, the battery life is the same - 40-50 minutes.
Then I removed TLP and tried laptop-mode-tools - the same.
Installed powertop and made all the settings to "GOOD" - nothing happens.

If it does matter - I have Kingston SSD 120GB and WD 1TB, also the graphics adapter is Nvidia GT 740M.

I even reinstalled the laptop only with Linux Mint 17.1 x64 and the problem is the same.

SO - PLEASE HELP
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Re: Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain

Post by Sereysothea »

I actually have the same problem and have done some research and there's pretty much nothing you can do about it...even the with the best of programs, Linux Mint 17 is just going to drain your battery, and I believe that's the same across all distributions unless you're using XFCE or something designed to be lightweight.

If I'm wrong please feel free to correct me, I would also like to make my battery last longer.

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Re: Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain

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You probably have a laptop with two graphics cards, an on board and another dedicated. Open the terminal and type:

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inxi -Fxz
Copy and paste here the output.
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Re: Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain

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Here is the result:
~ $ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: laptop-1301 Kernel: 3.13.0-37-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2)
Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca
Machine: System: Acer (portable) product: Aspire E1-570G version: V2.06
Mobo: Acer model: EA50_CX version: V2.06 Bios: Insyde version: V2.06 date: 10/08/2013
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i3-3217U CPU (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 7183.08
Clock Speeds: 1: 774.00 MHz 2: 774.00 MHz 3: 1700.00 MHz 4: 900.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
X.Org: 1.15.1 driver: nvidia Resolution: 1366x768@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: GeForce GT 740M/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 4.4.0 NVIDIA 331.113 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card: Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-37-generic
Network: Card-1: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM57786 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe driver: tg3 ver: 3.134 bus-ID: 02:00.0
IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k bus-ID: 03:00.0
IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 1120.2GB (1.8% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: KINGSTON_SV300S3 size: 120.0GB
2: id: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD10JPVX size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID: / size: 110G used: 19G (19%) fs: ext4
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 51.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0:47C
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 187 Uptime: 2:42 Memory: 1340.0/5861.5MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4

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Re: Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain

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You have a single graphic card laptop. This is not the source of the problem.

You said:
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 51.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0:47C
Yes, temperatures are relatively high, we have to search for some reason. Let's wait for the opinion of other users.
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Re: Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain

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My notebook is with two VGA adapters:
CPU: Intel Core i3 3217 with Intel® HD Graphics 4000
GPU: Nvidia GT740M

If I could switch from GPU to internal graphics adapter will it affect on the battery life? Because when I try to switch from Nvidia to Intel vga from Nvidia Control Panel - Cinnamon crashes and the result is black screen...I don't know if I use the Intel graphics the battery will last longer?

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Re: Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain

Post by mbohets »

Same thing here.
When changing from mint to Kubuntu the problem remains, linux drains a lot more power from my machine than windows.
As a result, the system gets hotter also, which may affect the lifetime of my PC.

Any ideas why this is ?
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Re: Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain

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I've managed to switch between Nvidia (Performance) and Intel (Power Save) modes. And now, when I use Intel VGA, combined with TLP and low brightness - the laptop battery lasts around 40% more (nearly 1 hour and 40 minutes). This is the maximum I've managed to get from the battery life. It is still half of the battery life with Windows 8.1, but this is what i've got.

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Re: Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain (SOLVED)

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how did you switch from internal gpu to dedicated gpu (Which i got the amd )... help me to do this

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Re: Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain (SOLVED)

Post by Larry78723 »

Why are you all still on Mint 17 when support for it ended in April?
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Re: Linux Mint 17.1 x64 battery drain (SOLVED)

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Larry78723 wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:15 am
Why are you all still on Mint 17 when support for it ended in April?
Larry, note the time the thread was started.

Stelph, please start a new thread.
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