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The battery of my notebook is ending very quickly when I use ubuntu. I have a Dell Inspiron 14R with 6 gb memory, 1tb and NVDIA gt630m hd. Someone can tell me what I can do to improve it?

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Your system has dual graphics card and optimus enabled. you need to turn off the discrete graphics card. Otherwise both are enabled and lead to high temperature.

First look for a BIOS configuration to turn off the discrete one. (As a dell user, I am sure the option isn't there, though check once)

Instruction for installing Bumblebee to turn off discrete GPU and enable only when required

Please read - Ubuntu docs link for updated info. The following part is taken from this link.

  1. Type the following in terminal,

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable then sudo apt-get update

    For more up-to-date nvidia drivers, you need to add another PPA. As of 12.04, this is still necessary for Nvidia GT 6xxM cards. It may be optional for the GT 4xxM and GT 5xxM series on 12.04. When in doubt, just install it. The command is:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

    sudo apt-get update

  2. To install Bumblebee using the proprietary nvidia driver:

    sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia linux-headers-generic

    if you are only interested in power savings, don't do above step. Instead execute

    sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends bumblebee linux-headers-generic

  3. Reboot.


To know, whether discrete GPU is off after reboot ,

execute after reboot dmesg | grep bbswitch

you will see something like below

[   25.305974] bbswitch: version 0.4.2
[   25.305983] bbswitch: Found integrated VGA device 0000:00:02.0: \_SB_.PCI0.GFX0
[   25.305991] bbswitch: Found discrete VGA device 0000:01:00.0: \_SB_.PCI0.PEG0.PEGP
[   25.306182] bbswitch: detected an Optimus _DSM function
[   25.306192] bbswitch: Succesfully loaded. Discrete card 0000:01:00.0 is on
[   25.325482] bbswitch: disabling discrete graphics
[   25.325620] bbswitch: Result of Optimus _DSM call: 11000059

If you just want to disable nvidia card, no need to learn followings

Usage Instruction :

To run a program with nvidia card, use optirun command prefixed in terminal. Like to run glxspheres with nvidia card type

optirun glxspheres

To run firefox type : optirun firefox &

Note: If you intend to run 32-bit programs like Wine and using Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric or later, install 32-bit libraries with: sudo apt-get install virtualgl-libs:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libc6:i386

Linked Questions:

How well will Nvidia Optimus cards be supported in 12.04?

How well do laptops with Nvidia Optimus work?

Can't use nvidia card/driver on optimus notebook

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