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Its not enabled by default in Arch.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Speedstep



And there's a gnome panel applet that will let you set your scaling governor.
I'm running XFCE, so no Gnome panel applets for me

I'm on a custom kernel though, so I believe Speedstep should be enabled in there?

Anyway, I found an app called xfce4-cpufreq-applet or something similar, that promises what I'm after - gonna check it out tonight

Edit: Just checked the wiki - I don't think I'm running any userspace drivers for it, so I'm guessing it's off....

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I don't know about your specific model but I know that the advertised battery life was based off of my netbook being run in "super power saving" in which the clock speed stayed locked to 800MHz max. I could get the advertised 10-13 hours that way but only with Windows because Linux would lock up with that clock setting. But 800MHz and WIN7 was just pathetically slow; hell even 1.6GHz was pathetic.

To me getting 6-8 hours at 1.6GHz max 1GHz idle is more than enough considering how powerful Linux has made my netbook. Hell I can do some HD playback on it now without noticeable drops. In windows I could barely get DVD movies to work. So I'd call it a fair trade.

Unless you've accessed you're BIOS controls for clocks (I think most netbooks had them hidden but there) you should be running either the most aggressive powersaving or the default clocks and speed step will be enabled in that.
Mine are still locked, the BIOS is pathetic on my netbook (as it is for most laptops I've encountered, to be fair)

6-8 hours would be a god send, mine managed 2.5 hours at best when new, now it's more like 90 minutes

I'm gonna hunt around for a 6 cell battery though, 3 cells just don't cut it
Edited by chemicalfan - 5/19/11 at 9:28am
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I posted a thread somewhere about a good site, http://www.lesswatts.org/
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Yeah, I've done a bit of work overnight (but got bogged down in recompiling GCC - which failed, grr), managed to sort the governor out but not sure if it's persistant of not. I'll find out at the weekend, lol
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You should update it, otherwise you won't get security fixes....
True, I just updated-
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Yeah, I've done a bit of work overnight (but got bogged down in recompiling GCC - which failed, grr), managed to sort the governor out but not sure if it's persistant of not. I'll find out at the weekend, lol
how do you recompile gcc... isnt that your c compiler
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Yeah, you can compile the package using the compiler - how do you think GCC came to be in the first place? There's no chicken-and-egg in computing
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how do you think GCC came to be in the first place?
Not using GCC that's for sure.
    
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Ok, ok! The very first compilation won't have been done on GCC, because it didn't exist

But subsequent versions have and will continue to be built using GCC. The key difference to think about, is the difference between the installed binary package, and the source package. The source can be anything, the compiler doesn't care. Until a package is installed, it's just a bunch of files to the system & compiler.
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