[How To] increase battery life with the Debian/Ubuntu Laptop
January 11, 2012 | How To | 2 Comments|
- Enabling ALPM will save 1-2 W power, but may cause corruption of data for some devices.
echo SATA_ALPM_ENABLE=true | sudo tee /etc/pm/config.d/sata_alpm
- Change your desktop background to a lighter color for the notebook LCD-screen increases the duration of about 1%.
- Enable power-saving mode for RC6 Intel i915 video cards through transmission kernel parameter
i915.i915_enable_rc6 = 1
will save 25-40% energy of devices based on the architecture Sandybridge, but in rare cases may hang on some laptops.
- Enabling compression frame buffer (FrameBuffer Compression) for driver
i915 through the transmission parameter of kernel
i915.i915_enable_fbc = 1
will save 0.6 Watts
- Setting a delay blanking retrace the beam vertical deflection (DRM vblank off) via the kernel parameter
drm.vblankoffdelay = 1
reduces the number of wakeup events of CPU and possibly save a little energy.
- Turn off all wireless subsystems, if they are not used. In particularly disabling bluetooth (“blacklist bluetooth” in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf) will save ~1-2 Watts
- Disabling web-camera (“blacklist uvcvideo” in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf) will save ~1-2 Watts
- Use PowerTop tool to put the following devices in the state economic use of energy:
- Using the Linux kernel which fixed the problem with the activation of ASPM (Active State Power Management) for all PCI Express cards. The test version of Ubuntu 12.04 already contains the patch. For other systems it is recommended to set kernel parameter “Pcie_aspm = powersave”, which is the default mode activates the maximum energy saving. For some laptop models this action may reduce energy by 10-30%.
- Muting the screen brightness up to two thirds of the maximum value will save 1 watt.
- Disable blinking cursor in gnome-terminal will get rid of unnecessary CPU wakeups:
gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/cursor_blink_mode off
- Identifying problems with overly frequent awakening excessive CPU and CPU usage for commonly used applications with the package powertop or utilities eventstat and cpustat from PPA repository colin-king/powermanagement.
For example, to identify the most active events for 10 seconds:
sudo eventstat 10 1 Evnt/s PID Task Init Function Callback 96.10 12659 npviewer.bin hrtimer_start_range_ns hrtimer_wakeup 58.10 0 [kern sched] Load balancing tick tick_sched_timer 49.80 2026 alsa-source hrtimer_start_range_ns hrtimer_wakeup 49.30 2024 alsa-sink hrtimer_start_range_ns hrtimer_wakeup 47.20 0 kworker/0:0 hrtimer_start_range_ns tick_sched_timer
To monitor for 60 seconds and output processes that generate more than 5 events per second:
sudo eventstat -t 5 60 1 Evnt/s PID Task Init Function Callback 54.00 2003 compiz hrtimer_start_range_ns hrtimer_wakeup 49.35 2024 alsa-sink hrtimer_start_range_ns hrtimer_wakeup 18.92 0 [kern sched] Load balancing tick tick_sched_timer 17.57 0 kworker/0:0 hrtimer_start_range_ns tick_sched_timer 16.13 0 [kern core] usb_hcd_poll_rh_status rh_timer_func 9.98 2386 gwibber-service hrtimer_start_range_ns hrtimer_wakeup 9.88 10063 desktopcouch-se hrtimer_start_range_ns hrtimer_wakeup 9.87 2382 ubuntuone-syncd hrtimer_start_range_ns hrtimer_wakeup 9.83 10109 desktopcouch-se hrtimer_start_range_ns hrtimer_wakeup 5.23 0 [kern core] hrtimer_start tick_sched_timer 12046 Total events, 200.77 events/sec
Hey, it seems like a pretty neat guide for saving up energy, although I would like to see a more elaborated information on those “saves * watt” statements, by what study are they made?