[TriLUG] Laptop battery life comparison: Windows vs. Linux
linux-support at earthlink.net
Thu Jan 8 22:06:18 EST 2004
On Thursday 08 January 2004 21:40, Phillip Rhodes wrote:
> Ok, Mike Mueller had asked a question on this subject a while
> back, <snip>
> So, my very unscientific, semi-empirical experience is that
> the battery life is almost identical between Windows and
> Mike, hope this helps..
It does. I've been running my Toshiba A35-S159 all day (10am-10pm) in XP
mode editing a spreadsheet of definitions for a client. I'm at 38% juice
remaining. The controls are set for Normal use. The standby mode is pretty
good. What this tells me is that the Toshiba ACPI is pretty good. It's
power conservation is a perfect fit for my ADD-style of working.
I just got Knoppix loaded on the machine and I am still in the process of
tweaking it. I am not yet to the point of investigating ACPI under Linux. My
research tells me that it's getting closer to Mac and XP charge management
capabilities, but you have to use 2.6 and possibly roll your own kernel.
Emma Jane Hogbin has recently written a nice HOWTO on the subject from a
When I get email running on the Linux partition I'll be able to get a good
long Linux run on the battery and I'll see how APM/Linux stacks up to
ACPI/XP. I'll post results here.
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