KILL ME- Macbook Pro 15" Stuck in "Better Battery Life" Graphics Mode!!

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  1. watermelon macrumors regular

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    Okayyy so-
    I have a unibody 15" macbook pro.
    I'll go into my energy saver.
    The "better battery life" box is checked. So I go ahead and check the "Better Performance" box. I log out, and log back in. I go to my graphics settings and the "Better Performance" box is checked, however it still says next to it - you must log out for the changes to take affect... funny since I just logged out.
    I tried doing an smc/pram/nvram reset... but nope :(

    Just to prove the "better performance" isn't happening, I ran an xbench test before and after I logged out into the better performance modes. The graphics scores were pretty much exactly the same.

    Here's a post on the Apple forums w/ someone w/ the same problem.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=9812869&#9812869

    Anyway, any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Ok.....let's try a few things, open up a Terminal and type this in:

    sudo rm -rf /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.Apple.PowerManagement.plist


    (note that this will erase any custom power settings you may have, so you might want to write them down). Shut down, wait about 15 seconds, then start it back up and try switching cards again. (don't hit restart, do a cold boot. Just to be sure)

    Also, did you try the old home remedy/healing incantation of repairing permissions?
     
  3. watermelon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Didn't work :(
     
  4. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    Try repairing permissions?

    (Go to Disk Utility, click on Macintosh HD and click Repair permissions).
     
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Do you have the 15" MBP without the 9600M GT?
     
  6. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    obviously he does if he has the better battery life option.
     
  7. watermelon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Didn't work. :'(
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Did you use a clone backup of your system to restore this too? That is an older backup to this MBP?
     
  9. watermelon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey-

    Nope.

    thanks though! :)
     
  10. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

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    100% sure you have the 9600M GT?

    do an archive and install
     
  11. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    For the record, what speed is your processor?
     
  12. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Your thinking the same as everything else. That he has a low end mbp, thus, no 9600
     
  13. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    We have to ask, the OP never mentioned as to which model he/she has...
    Seriously if the OP think there's a problem, why not goto an Apple Store for assistance?
     
  14. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    People would rather waste time asking on a forum than ask a pro.
     
  15. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    New machines have 90 days telephone support.
    Surely picking up the phone isn't THAT difficult, is it?
     
  16. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Well, if youve worked retail you find out. not all things logical are put into practice.
     

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