powertop helps to save 40% of power consumption?

October 27th, 2007 mysurface Posted in Hardware, powertop | Hits: 35473 | 3 Comments »

With PowerTOP, I managed to increase the battery life of my Panasonic R4 laptop from 4 to almost 7 hours
— Keith Packard, Principal Engineer at Intel

powertop screenshot

This quote was copied from linuxpowertop.org ‘s Success stories. With the Intel processor, and linux kernel 2.6.21 or newer, you may want to try out the CLI app written by Intel developers. To run powertop, simply type:

sudo powertop

( How to check my kernel version? Here)

Powertop will tells you which module on your system uses most electrical power, and it will display some suggestions on how you can reduce the power consumption and you are provided a key to hit on your keyboard to execute the commands. Check out the image above, powertop suggested me to type the line below to turn on wireless power saving mode.

iwpriv eth1 set_power 5

Well, I do not need to type that myself, because it does provide me an easy way by just hitting w.

Is this all about power savings with powertop? No! Please feel no hesitate to check out their website FAQ and Tips and Tricks. You will get more ideas on how to save more resources.

Firefox uses most power consumption, I didn’t try on other internet browser because I rely on Firefox to do my daily updates on the web. The more plugins you install to Firefox the more power you spend, install them by care. Gnome power manager seems to spend more resources while managing your power resource. They suggest you to remove it completely. There are more to try out, at the end of the day, will you get more than 40% of power saving?

3 Responses to “powertop helps to save 40% of power consumption?”

  1. Thank you. I think I got some extra power right there because of that program :)

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