Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Kernel 2.6.33.5-124 is more eee laptop friendly!

Recently Fedora released kernel 2.6.33.5-124, I noticed immediately that on my Asus eee 1001P the power consumption got much better, extending my battery life ~15-20%. Looking through the changelog I saw some extra support for chipset's, but I'm not sure if this is what did it.
Here is a small example of power top.
Settings during this test:
Screen- 30%
KDE desktop (no "compiz" type effects)
Firefox open with 3-4 tabs (Flash is disabled with "flashblock")
Thunderbird (with davmail)
Skype
Empathy
Wireless network with medium reception (Bluetooth disabled)

After running for an hour, here is a screen shot of my "powertop" read out:

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