10.4.6 and better battery life?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by frenetic, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. frenetic macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I was just wondering whether I was the only one who is experiencing better battery life with 10.4.6. My powerbook is two years old and had a battery life of about 2 hours on a full charge. Now with 10.4.6 it estimates 2 hours 45 minutes. I am letting it run down now at the moment but the estimate seems to be exact... If this is true this is a great present from apple!
     
  2. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

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    That would definitely be very cool, and I'll be checking for it on my iBook, but in my experience software does not have such a drastic effect on hardware, unless it's something that benefits from optimising... and the powerPC-architecture must have been optimised to their limits by now. But again, it would be cool if you're right.
     
  3. Togglehead macrumors 6502

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    software might just be better are decyphering the hardware's signals....
     
  4. frenetic thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, my pb went to sleep and it was indeed 2 hours 40 minutes ... I don't understand this where this comes from, especially since nobody else seems to have similar experiences.
     
  5. rye9 macrumors 65816

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    It's defnitely possible... some updates have increased my battery's capacity buy about 20%.
     
  6. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

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    I have also noticed a small gain in battery life and battery charging power. about 2 h 40 mins is what i remember my pb telling me last night. before it was 2h 25.
     
  7. frenetic thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK guys and gals, just to reconfirm that indeed my powerbook has extra battery life. Today I let it my battery go down twice and it was more or less 2h40 every time... not bad for a two year old powerbook I say. Still it is bizarre that nobody else is reporting this.
     
  8. dr_lha macrumors 68000

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    You know, last night I noticed that my PB got about 4 1/2 hours instead of the usual 4, so maybe you're on to something.
     
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I have not used my iBook G4 very much since I updated to 10.4.6, but better battery life would be great (not that I can complain, I get ~5 hours of usage as it is already). :)
     
  10. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Could be a firmware tweak

    EDIT: Or, it could actually be improved device communication. I know for instance the temperature monitors that I had on my G4 system would read under 10.2.8, but as soon as I upgraded to Tiger the OS stopped taking their input. I read a tech article that said that because they were so inaccurate, the OS just started ignoring them (in non-technical jargon) So, they might have refined the battery meter or something.
     

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