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Battery life on the ThinkPad X260

Wed May 31, 2017 5:02 pm

I installed Solus on my ThinkPad X260 (both at the recommendation of the Linux Action Show) and am thus far very impressed by the distro overall! I like that it's Rolling release and is looks just phenomenal. I have noticed one thing though, and that is that it seems to go through battery life like crazy. I've installed TLP and keep my screen brightness down, but it seems to move far faster than my previous installations of Antergos or the -buntus. Is there anything else I should be doing to try to keep the battery from dying so quickly, especially given the battery life selling point of the laptop itself?
Thanks and keep up the great work!

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Re: Battery life on the ThinkPad X260

Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:03 am

Try powertop

Everything is run as root, so either 'sudo su' or add sudo to the appropriate places. Also, this from memory. Let me know if you get an error. I'll try to help

#install powertop
eopkg install powertop

# run auto-tune
powertop --auto-tune

#manually adjust options - optional
powertop #tab over to tunables make sure everything is listed as "Good"

#create a powertop service

Put the following in /etc/systemd/system/powertop.service:

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Description=Powertop tunings

ExecStart=/usr/bin/powertop --auto-tune

#run powertop as a service
systemctl start powertop
systemctl enable powertop

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Re: Battery life on the ThinkPad X260

Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:17 am

There's a small typo in /etc/systemd/system/powertop.service (powertop is in /usr/sbin, not in /usr/bin) :

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Description=Powertop tunings

ExecStart=/usr/sbin/powertop --auto-tune


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Re: Battery life on the ThinkPad X260

Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:48 pm

this is the one thing that is dissuading me to install linux on laptop. i read that it is related to the linux kernel.

fedora is working on an optimisation for laptops but i know nothing abt it. just read it online.

f**k! i really wanted to have solus on a laptop. i need at least 5 hours battery time for my work. normal use (email, occasional browse up, wi fi )

its a shame...solus is the best linux distro out there...

and apparently there is little that solus devs can do abt it....since it is a linux kernel bug

congrats for an amazing OS guys.

ill return when i read that the laptop prob has been solved

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you



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