Who gets better battery life?

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  1. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

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    A TiBook running OS X 10.4 (w/o classic mode on)

    or

    A TiBook running OS 9.2

    Assume that it is the same TiBook.
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    That is obviously going to depend on CPU load, application choice, etc.
     
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    Well yes, but generally speaking, I guess my question could be rephrased, "Is OS 9 innately more or less efficient than OS X?"

    This is assuming all things equal as possible, aside from the OS. For example... watching a DVD. Or watching the same quicktime video. Or doing the same tasks in Office 2001 in OS9 vs. Office v.X in OS X (as they're quite similar).
     
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    My TiBook's fan comes on much more frequently in OS X than in OS 9. I would presume that anything causing it to heat up enough to spin up the fan is likely also causing it to use up the battery faster.

    Although my battery has a problem where it will spontaneously drop from ~30% to 0%, but not predictably enough that I can tell for sure when it's going to die. (Sometimes it drops at 33%, sometimes it gets as low as 25% before it dies.)
     
  5. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Sounds like you have dead cells in your battery.
     
  6. happyfrappy macrumors 6502

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    Considering "Classic" when inactive/idle will "sleep" itself, battery life will remain similar to OS 9/X but some OS 9 applications are prone to more battery drain than OS X native--that is my observation on my 2003/2004 PB G4s. If you use more OS 8-9 era software, better to keep a spare Mac just for that task alone.

    Remember Classic doesn't allow direct access to certain hardware/chipsets so your mileage varies with older software, in my experience some older IDE/PATA to USB 1.1 bridgeboards can't have the HDD formatted to HFS+ with journaling but hybrid USB 1.1+FW400(Oxford chipsets) don't have this issue with Classic.
     
  7. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Probably. I've been tempted to buy an aftermarket battery, but all the high-capacity ones I see are either insanely overpriced, or have some terrible reviews. (Like "this battery stopped working after one month" terrible.)
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I would go for a standard capacity Chinese battery. There are tons for the Aluminum PowerBooks, but I can imagine that TiBook batteries are much harder to find.
     
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    Not a good idea with Li-Ion batteries. It's a good way to start a fire or kill yourself unless you really know what you're doing.
     
  11. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Well obviously you'd need to really know what you're doing.
     

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