vista on mbp = not good battery life?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by twoodcc, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    so i think i'm gonna have to use windows for class. i went ahead and installed vista via bootcamp on my mpb, and it barely made it thru my 2 hour class. and i mean barely, even with the settings on as low as possible and trying not to do much on it.
     
  2. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

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    I always had battery problems with XP as well. Always had an hour less than I did on OS X. Ubuntu was much worse though. Never had over one and a half hours.
     
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    I don't know how exactly, but I've heard from several random people that osx does much more to conserve power than windows. i think it's all the automatic screen dimming, hard drive spinning down, etc.

    that, and windows tends to accumulate more crap that uses processor cycles when it shouldnt. if the proc is always idling at 20% because of spyware and trojans and all that crap that every printer, camera, and usb thumbdrive forces onto the system, it'll use more power. that extra crap might tend to spin up the drive more often, etc etc.
     
  4. clevin macrumors G3

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    based on my previous acer experience, vista should be fine.
    my 4400mah acer battery lasts 2 hrs for vista, 2 hours for ubuntu as well.

    since MBP's battery is bigger, it should be definitely above 2 hours, if everything is right.

    however, to take advantage of all the system power conserving tech (such as cpu clock slowing down, we all know in MBP, most of the time cpu is running at half of top clock speed), proper drivers need to be installed.

    Im not really sure your situation tho, I can only say for the hardware and battery, vista should definitely last more than 2 hours.

    edit: slashdot has this article http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/04/1754220&from=rss

    some comments indicate apple's driver doesn't offer step speed of cpu for vista, thus the cpu is running at full speed all the time, which is obviously a big power drainer.

    maybe thats why vista runs on Mac faster? lol :)
     
  5. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    thanks. maybe that's the reason then.

    also, had my first crash today as well. i was trying to unzip a fairly large file (900 MB unzipped), and it finally did it, and then it froze.

    i had just installed Vista Business today. and first crash today. i guess windows is still where i left it in 2005 :rolleyes:
     
  6. clevin macrumors G3

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    don't know, never tried 900MB zip, largest I got was 800MB HoMM3 complete, sorry I got from bt since no retail version was avaiable in the stats at all at that time. Vista handled that one pretty good.

    if your vista keeps having this problem, mmmm.... maybe try doing it in osx, since they all support zip files.

    Oh, i remembered when I use windows, 7zip (free) is the compressor of the choice, it works nicely, and compresses files generally 25% smaller than rar and zip. you might like it.
     
  7. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    thanks. hopefully no more big zip files though. and hopefully no more crashes. i guess i'll have to start carrying my plug-in to class from now on though :(
     
  8. ClassicMac247 macrumors 6502

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    According to my friends it is horrible battery life, my friend already has to buy another 129 dollar battery.
     
  9. coolant113 macrumors 6502

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    Thats because vista can handle its power right the software is horrobile i think it is the worst microsoft os release:apple::apple:
     
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  11. clevin macrumors G3

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    i guess nobody really read above discussion?

    apparently, its because apple's bootcamp doesn't provider proper driver of cpu for vista. let me know if you have any other questions.
     

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