Horrible Battery Life on 17" uMBP with SL 10.6.4

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  1. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    Back when I was running Leopard and up until a month or two ago with Snow Leopard, my C2D MBP would get around 6 to 7 hours battery life depending on usage with the 9400M. Now I'm lucky to get 3. I noticed this recently, and haven't installed anything new or changed my usage habits, so I'm guessing it's the OS update or another software. Any suggestions or similar problems?
     
  2. sadcamper macrumors regular

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  3. Repo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I calibrated my battery about two or three weeks ago, but it couldn't hurt to do it again. I'll repair permissions as well.
     
  4. Repo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Calibrating and permission repair don't seem to have helped. Any other thoughts?
     
  5. bhattsan macrumors member

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    I'm guessing you tried PRAM reset? Was the problem there with 10.6.3?
     
  6. Repo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I've tried a PRAM reset. Honestly, I can't remember if this was happening with 10.6.3, since my MBP is usually plugged in, however in the past couple months the poor battery life has become very noticeable and problematic, which is why I'm wondering if 10.6.4 is to blame.
     
  7. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    What are your settings when you use it? Do you have graphic intense applications? What is the health of your battery?
     
  8. Repo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Early 2009 17" uMBP with SL 10.6.4

    Health: 100%
    Apps: Firefox, iTunes, Mail, iCal, maybe Dashboard
    GPU: 9400M
    Screen Brightness: 80-100%

    Resulting battery life is around 3 hours until dead.
     

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