Powertop drains battery

Bug #1102094 reported by Alexander Mescheryakov on 2013-01-20
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
powertop (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In idle mode my notebook Samsung 300E5Z consumes ~10W, but when I launch powertop 2.1 power consumption doubles.

I check power consumption by monitoring
(it's value raises from 900000 to 1700000 when powertop runs)

CPU temperature reported by lm-sensors raises by 8 °C after powertop launch.

It does not look like powertop uses CPU much though: top shows <10% CPU usage and according to cpufreq-info CPU stays at 800MHz

As soon as I exit from powertop power usage returns to idle.

Purging and reinstall powertop package does not help. I also tried removing /var/cache/powertop/saved_*.powertop but it did not help, either (BTW, I suppose saved_parameters.powertop should be cleaned by package purge...)

Powertop 1.97 used to work well before upgrade to 12.10

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
Package: powertop 2.1-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.5.0-22.34-generic
Uname: Linux 3.5.0-22-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.6.1-0ubuntu9
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sun Jan 20 20:31:22 2013
InstallationDate: Installed on 2012-07-01 (203 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release amd64 (20120425)
MarkForUpload: True
SourcePackage: powertop
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to quantal on 2012-10-21 (90 days ago)

description: updated
Tito (tito-webtito) wrote :

I confirm this bug.

Consumption rises from ~13W to ~25W when running PowerTop v2.1 !

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in powertop (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Tito (tito-webtito) wrote :

More info : I'm running on a Lenovo ThinkPad x220, Ubuntu Quantal, kernel 3.5.0-31-generic, PowerTOP versionv2.1, compiled on Aug 23 2012

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