Is there a way to boost Mac power when on battery?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aircanman, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. aircanman macrumors 6502

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    Hey all, wondering if someone can help me with this one.

    When I am video encoding etc I notice the laptop slows up something rotten, like a windows PC where you can mess around with the power settings for the processor, is there something similar you can do with the Mac?

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  2. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    Other than forcing it to use the discrete graphics card I don`t believe so. (gfx card status is an essential app imo) see codykrieger.com
    On battery the MBP throttles back a bit to conserve power anyway.
    Hopefully someone with a bit more experience can shed more light on this...
     
  3. aircanman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I dont know if this one has the discreet graphics to be honest because its not an i3? - its the P8600. Thanks for your answer though.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It doesn't "throttle back" on battery power. It does if you're running on AC power with the battery removed.
    How much RAM do you have? It helps in troubleshooting if you post information about what model you're running.

    How to maximise your MacRumors troubleshooting experience
     
  5. aircanman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My apologies, it is running 4GB ram, when I check in the activity monitor the processor seems flat out, even though it goes over the 100% mark?? Which I cant really explain but I am not used to the mac way just yet.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Look at your "Page Outs" and "Swap used" on the System Memory tab. What do they show?
     
  7. aircanman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Page ins = 538.3MB
    Page outs = 684KB
    Swap used 3.5MB
     

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