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Hello, guys, I have this laptop like two or three weeks ago, and I am quite annoyed that I am getting like 2-3 hours of battery life.
I tried dimmed the screen till it is nearly at the bottom and avoid gaming however the results are the same.

What do you guys do to get more battery life out of it?
I mean, I was going to use this for college for animations, programming, web-design and etc however considering if I use any programs, my battery life will go down which result me using the AC Connector.
That is if I could find a spot in the back to keep my laptop charged.

I am starting to regret getting this laptop, and I should've went for Ultrabook.
     
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Looking at the specs of your mentioned laptop on amazon, I see an i7 quad core and a 660m. I think its just because you have more powerful hardware you're going to get less battery life. I'm not sure if this laptop has switchable graphics like on some models with nvidia cards, but if it does you can force the integrated graphics to always run when your on battery power and that will help. There's really not much you can on the software side unless you have high idle CPU usage. If you absolutely need better battery life, you might need an extended battery which can be found with a quick google search. An SSD might help out a little as well.
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Looking at the specs of your mentioned laptop on amazon, I see an i7 quad core and a 660m. I think its just because you have more powerful hardware you're going to get less battery life. I'm not sure if this laptop has switchable graphics like on some models with nvidia cards, but if it does you can force the integrated graphics to always run when your on battery power and that will help. There's really not much you can on the software side unless you have high idle CPU usage. If you absolutely need better battery life, you might need an extended battery which can be found with a quick google search. An SSD might help out a little as well.

Ehh, it has an optimus, so it run Intel HD 4000 when I am not doing anything intensive and switch to dedicated GPU when on gaming and etc.
My laptop is i7 3630m, 6gb ram, 750GB HDD, 1366x768 resolution and GTX 660m 2GB.
     
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Yeah, i'm not sure there is much else you can do then. Usually when manufactures post battery specs its an overestimation of what you'll actually get, usually when the laptop has a very low load.
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Yeah, i'm not sure there is much else you can do then. Usually when manufactures post battery specs its an overestimation of what you'll actually get, usually when the laptop has a very low load.

Meh, I feel like I regret getting this laptop.
Sure, I was excited when I got this nice gaming laptop with a 5 or 6 hours of battery life, but I didn't expect it to be 2-3 hours frown.gif
I wish I can sell it, but I don't know where.
I am afraid my dad will yell at me for selling this laptop, lol.
     
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Does doing dual boot might help it?
You know, having an Ubuntu OS and Windows 8 or just use Ubuntu OS?
I assume there are some games that you can play on Ubuntu, right?

I mean like use Ubuntu OS just for browsing, emails, words, blenders, autodesk maya, autodesk motionbuilder, autodesk mudbox, autodesk 3ds max and Steam.
If I feel like for gaming, I can change to Windows 8 OS.
Is it possible to do it or not?
     
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post #7 of 14
Using a different OS won't help with battery life, it's the processes going on inside the OS that eats up battery life.

I know you have optimus, but you can "turn it off" entirely. Go to your Nvidia control panel ---> Manage 3d option --> Global Setting tab ---> prefer integrated graphics (yours must be on auto). If you want to game, switch it back to the dedicated. Can't guarantee if it will help with your battery life though.

Another thing you can do is disable some start up programs, kill task in task manager to get rid of unnecessary processes. Else, you can also go to your battery advanced power setups to see if there's anything you can turn down (control panel --> hardware and sound --> power options --> change plan settings on the battery mode you use --> change advanced power settings).
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Looking at the specs of your mentioned laptop on amazon, I see an i7 quad core and a 660m. I think its just because you have more powerful hardware you're going to get less battery life.
It may be other parts and the panel as well not just the CPU/GPU

My brother has a Samsung Chronos with a quad core sandy bridge and a 6470M (Same switchy stuff though). With the GPU off and running Lunix VMs inside Windows 7 he still gets 5-6 hours.
Macbook Pro 15" with the same i7 nail the same mark.
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post #9 of 14
is Optimus actually working though? a lot of people have issues on laptops with Optimus and Enduro.


Just saying, ask the question on http://www.notebookreview.com/
post #10 of 14
Lol the battery is only a 6-cell 72whr.
Edited by HellzHavoc - 4/5/13 at 8:29am
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