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Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: The Machine
Re: Battery Life on Mini 9 with 8.10 - 02-15-2009, 09:44 AM
Yes, Ubuntu 8.10 is a right battery gobbler. There are ways to improve the efficiency that a couple of people have put on various forums though...
Memory: 1024 MB
SSD Size: 16 GB
OS: Windows XP SP3/Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Re: Battery Life on Mini 9 with 8.10 - 02-15-2009, 06:56 PM
System -> Preferences -> Power Management -> On Battery Power (tab)
When Laptop Lid is Closed -> Suspend
Works dandy for me in 8.10. I close the lid and it suspends automatically. When you open the lid it will automatically come out of suspend and prompt you for your password. I use it like this every day - close lid, throw in bag, go about my business. 3, 5, sometimes 8 hours later I open the lid and it restarts just fine. I choose Suspend because I have 2 GB of RAM and a 4 GB SSD - not enough room to properly hibernate. Hibernate is an option on that same menu, assuming you have enough SSD space to do it, but it takes longer to resume.
An 8 hour suspend (for me at least) will only pull 3% - 5% off the battery.
Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: Battery Life on Mini 9 with 8.10 - 04-27-2009, 12:57 AM
Just got my mini 9 and and loaded it with 9.04. No upgrades yet, so just a 512MB with 4GB HD. Just was traveling on a plane with .avi's loaded on a SDHC card I was able to watch 4 one hour tv shows (about 42 min with no commercials) and still had an hour+ showing on the meter. Had contrast turned all the way down... Still looked good and worked great.
OS - Ubuntu 9.04
Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: Battery Life on Mini 9 with 8.10 - 04-28-2009, 03:44 AM
I ran 8.10 on mine until yesterday and did not have any issues with suspend resume. I can get about 3 hours of run time doing lots of web surfing.
9.04 seems to be working quite well.
You might want to make sure you are not running compiz
checkout ubuntumini.com for hints about running ubuntu on the mini 9.
Dell Mini 9 - White 2GB RAM 32GB RunCore OSX 10.5.7, AirportExtreme, BT
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