poor battery life in gutsy

Bug #153504 reported by Blake on 2007-10-17
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gnome-power-manager (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned
Declined for Hardy by Pedro Villavicencio

Bug Description

When you hold the mouse over bttery icon in task bar it says 2 hours 5 min when fully charged but when you click on the battery icon and click on battery it says 3 hours and 18 min which is about what my battery should be but it loses power in about 2 hours. I have the same computer dual booted with Linux Mint 3.0 and it gets about 3 hours when running that distro. This is on a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4104

Nanley Chery (nanoman) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/FindRightPackage. I have classified this bug as a bug in gnome-power-manager.

Robert (robrwo) wrote :

When I ran Feisty, I had 4.5 hours of battery life. After upgrading to Gutsy, I get less than 2.5 hours of battery life.

I am running a ThinkPad Z60m.

AlesUbu123 (ales-maver) wrote :

I can confirm this issue.
Battery life is significantly reduced in Gutsy when comparing with other operating systems, such as Windows XP. In my case I can get 5 hours of work on my battery using Windows and 3,5 hours on Gutsy. This prevents me from using Gutsy when running on battery power.
I don't understand why this bug does not get more recognition from the community.

Robert (robrwo) wrote :

I just found this regarding a patch available in kernels 2.6.24-rc2 and later: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/How_to_reduce_power_consumption#Kernel_boot_and_module_loading_options

The "Useful Patches" section below describes more:

Thomas Gleixner High Resolution Timers (hrt) patchset brings many improvements, like the cpuidle work and Udo A. Steinberg and Venki Pallipadi "force enable HPET" patches (non HPET timers causes about 20-40 CPU wakeups/second, but HPET is often hidden by the BIOS due to Windows XP deficiencies). Those are fully merged in 2.6.24-rc1 vanilla kernel. See http://www.tglx.de/projects/hrtimers/

Kristen Carlson Accardi from Intel has a patchset to turn on "Aggressive Link Power Management" (ALPM) for the AHCI driver (for SATA bus). Also from Accardi, SATA Asynchronous Notification (SATA AN), alows SATA link to notify media insertions (thus avoid hal polling the cdrom). Those patches were merged in 2.6.24-rc2 kernel. See: http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/kristen/patches/SATA/alpm/

The HDAPS disk protection systems can reduce battery life. Matthew Garrett provides a patch that prevents hdaps kernel module to generate interrupts when this feature isn't used.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Could you please attach the resulting log file of: gnome-power-bugreport.sh &> gpm.log to the report? You might also want to take a look to the Debugging instructions located at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingGNOMEPowerManager for submit any other logs related to your problem.Thanks in advance.

Changed in gnome-power-manager:
status: New → Incomplete

report attached. thanks.

On Wed, 2008-03-12 at 18:59 +0000, Pedro Villavicencio wrote:
> Thanks for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu
> better. Could you please attach the resulting log file of: gnome-power-
> bugreport.sh &> gpm.log to the report? You might also want to take a
> look to the Debugging instructions located at
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingGNOMEPowerManager for submit any other
> logs related to your problem.Thanks in advance.
>
> ** Changed in: gnome-power-manager (Ubuntu)
> Status: New => Incomplete
>

Robert (robrwo) wrote :

FYI, I am having the same problem on Hardy.

I am attaching the power manager debugging log.

Robert (robrwo) wrote :

This bug is still an issue for Hardy.

Robert (robrwo) wrote :

What other information do you need for this bug to keep it from expiring?

weuch (scott-e-ross) wrote :
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None.  As far as I'm concerned, expire it.  I appreciate your contact and interest.

Respectfully,

Scott Ross

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert <email address hidden>
Date: Monday, April 28, 2008 21:06
Subject: [Bug 153504] Re: poor battery life in gutsy
To: <email address hidden>

> What other information do you need for this bug to keep it from
> expiring?
>
> --
> poor battery life in gutsy
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/153504
> You received this bug notification because you are a direct subscriber
> of a duplicate bug.
>

Robert (robrwo) wrote :

On 29/04/08 02:24 weuch wrote:
> None. As far as I'm concerned, expire it. I appreciate your contact
> and interest.
>
> Respectfully,
>
> Scott Ross

But this is still a bug.

Changed in gnome-power-manager:
status: Incomplete → New
ethanay (ethan-y-us) wrote :

cd insert notification still relies on hal drive polling in Hardy -- is this part of the bug? isn't this feature supposed to be implemented?

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

This is not an GPM bug. GPM just read the information about the battery life from the kernel or acpi, etc, if you run powertop and discover an app using a lot of cpu cycles or wake ups you should fill a bug to that application not to the app who show how much battery you currently have, feel free to do that, closing this report. thanks.

Changed in gnome-power-manager:
status: New → Invalid
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