Blog PostImprove Laptop Battery life in Linux

Since I bought my Laptop HP Pavilion DV6353, I couldn't get more than 2 hours using its battery. When I upgraded to Fedora 10, My battery lasts for only an hour and half. So I decided to increase my battery life. After long time of hours reading and reading about saving power, I came up with a list of stuff that I have done and improved my battery life to almost 3 hours!!

1. eth0 driver is doing 100 interrupts per second. after reading "modinfo forcedeth", I had to create a file in /etc/modprobe.d/forcedeth and have the following line in it:

options forcedeth poll_interval=65534

This reduced the number of interrupts.

2. nvidia driver was consuming much of power too.. After reading its manual and searching the internet. I had to modify my /etc/X11/xorg.conf to have the following: In the driver section:

Option "RegistryDwords" "PowerMizerEnable=0x1; PerfLevelSrc=0x2222; PowerMizerDefault=0x3; PowerMizerDefaultAC=0x2"

What I have done here is I have disabled Nvidia powermizer and I have set the clock to the lowest speed when running on battery and on mid speed when running on AC.

In the Screen section:

Option "OnDemandVBlankInterrupts" "True"

3. Kernel Tuning for laptop... I. Enable laptop mode:

echo 5 > /proc/sys/vm/laptop_mode

II. Virtual Memory:

echo 40 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_ratio
echo 10 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_background_ratio
echo 1500 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs

4. Laptop mode tools:

For Kernel tuning, I have created a script that got the default values for kernel parameters and the tuned values so that I run the script with parameters to switch between modes.


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