The difference 1 little change can make.
S. Dale Morrey
sdalemorrey at gmail.com
Sat Jun 29 19:01:18 MDT 2013
I see my original request for help hasn't posted yet because it was 45k and
message length seems to be 40k. (I put in a bunch of diagnostic info).
So here's the deal. I suffered some corruption with ecryptfs and lost a
bit of my more important apps (things which don't install themselves but
just launch out of home). After that I realized I had basically horked my
install due to adding some bad repos. So I decided to try a clean install
of the latest version of ubuntu.
Everything went well except after rebooting and performing updates etc, the
computer sounded like a jet engine. It was fully available and snappy but
running full throttle constantly.
I tried a bunch of different little tweaks, but nothing I did seemed to
help. The system was fully available and running like a champ, but it was
just running too loud and too hot.
In desperation I posted a requested to the list for help, then got a bounce
message because the message was evidently too big. Evidently I gave too
much information with lsmod, lspci and ps ax.
So I gave up for a bit and went about my day. I eventually came back to
the problem a few hours later and started looking for distros that were
linux optimized. I found one, but it's evidently no longer being created
called fuduntu. Still I evaluated what it did different and noticed it had
an app called "jupiter" that was supposed to help with battery life.
Jupiter is no longer being maintained, but I found a replacement called
TLP. I installed tlp and now my laptop is dead silent except when it needs
to kick up for extra horsepower like a compile.
Let me just say I am very, very happy with tlp. Whatever it's doing it
solved my problem, my system is no longer running full throttle. So just a
tip, if you install a new distro on a laptop consider putting tlp on it as
soon as you're finished with the install. It helps ALOT.
I've now had 4 hours of happily running unplugged doing what I normally
do. If the battery meter isn't lying to me I still have 2 more hours at
the current pace before I need to plug back in aain.
With my previous distro (Linux mint) I was lucky to get 3. With windows 8
(which is what this thing shipped with) I was getting 2.5 - 3 regularly and
could do 4 only if I was on power saver and shut down wifi.
Thanks everyone for your eternal unending patience with me, and I hope this
helps someone else in the future.
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