Why is 10.2.3's Energy Saver Still Dysfunctional?

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in macOS edited January 2014
As an iBook user, I'm continually puzzled by the fact that through three updates 10.2's Energy Saver still isn't totally functional. How so you ask? Well, try to work with the pre-sets in the Optimization menu. Logically, I should be able to set separate optimization types for the battery power and AC adapter configurations. Let's say that I want Best Battery Life for the battery configuration and Highest Performance for the AC configuration. With the AC menu choice selected, I select Highest Performance. Then I switch to battery and select Best Battery Life. When I switch back to the AC setting, I find that it has been changed to Best Battery Life; if I change it back, then the battery power setting changes to Highest Performance too. In short, the most recent preset setting is applied to both. I can't imagine that I'm the only one experiencing this issue, so why hasn't Apple fixed it yet? This problem certainly isn't significant, but it's a nuisance nonetheless.
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  • Reply 1 of 30
    mcqmcq Posts: 1,543member
    Heh, I must be reading this wrong or misunderstanding you. You want highest power when connected to an outlet, and best battery life when using battery? Choose the Automatic setting.
  • Reply 2 of 30
    quaremquarem Posts: 254member
    I believe that the Highest Performance and Best Battery Life presets are hard coded, if you want you to make your own presets use Custom. Or Automatic as previously suggested.
  • Reply 3 of 30
    aquaticaquatic Posts: 5,602member
    Is it unusual to watch Jaguar eat 1% of battery every 10 seconds? I'm NOT kidding. It says "reserver battery power" at just below 60% too. OS X SUCKS! (battery)
  • Reply 4 of 30
    mcqmcq Posts: 1,543member
    Um, maybe you have a bad battery?
  • Reply 5 of 30
    I see it too.



    40% left and it says 0%.



    Got another hour or so left.



    :/
  • Reply 6 of 30
    [quote]Originally posted by Aquatic:

    <strong>Is it unusual to watch Jaguar eat 1% of battery every 10 seconds? I'm NOT kidding. It says "reserver battery power" at just below 60% too. OS X SUCKS! (battery)</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Thats a bug I think with regards to your reserve power message at 60%.



    See Apple Tech docos for that
  • Reply 7 of 30
    aquaticaquatic Posts: 5,602member
    I don't think OS X even with reduced processor speed and dimmed screen gets over an hour on my iBook. Must OS X always be doomed to get less battery than 9? I thought since OS X pages out more it'd use less RAM and therefore get better battery... <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
  • Reply 8 of 30
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    [quote]Originally posted by Aquatic:

    <strong>I thought since OS X pages out more it'd use less RAM and therefore get better battery... :confused: </strong><hr></blockquote>



    and therefore the harddrive...duh!
  • Reply 9 of 30
    jlljll Posts: 2,709member
    [quote]Originally posted by Aquatic:

    <strong>I don't think OS X even with reduced processor speed and dimmed screen gets over an hour on my iBook. Must OS X always be doomed to get less battery than 9? I thought since OS X pages out more it'd use less RAM and therefore get better battery... :confused: </strong><hr></blockquote>



    What kind of iBook do you have? A clamshell?
  • Reply 10 of 30
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    for those people who get a very short battery life in their 'books:



    <a href="http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=14449"; target="_blank">PowerBook and iBook: Resetting Power Management Unit (PMU)

    </a>



  • Reply 11 of 30
    aquaticaquatic Posts: 5,602member
    So that uses more battery defiant? Does 10.2 have RAM disk implemented yet? I wonder if putting your swap file on that would help?



    Yes Jonathan I see that 0% bug too. Thanks for that link Defiant I'll try this later today.
  • Reply 12 of 30
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    [quote]Originally posted by Aquatic:

    <strong>So that uses more battery defiant? Does 10.2 have RAM disk implemented yet? I wonder if putting your swap file on that would help? </strong><hr></blockquote>



    brad ? could you please ? I'm not confident to explain it myself.
  • Reply 13 of 30
    asaphasaph Posts: 176member
    Wow, I dont understand all these battery woes... I have a new 14" iBook 800 and I consistantly squeeze at -least- 4 hours. 5-6 if im not gaming... ::shrugs:: guess I got lucky?
  • Reply 14 of 30
    [quote]Originally posted by Asaph:

    <strong>Wow, I dont understand all these battery woes... I have a new 14" iBook 800 and I consistantly squeeze at -least- 4 hours. 5-6 if im not gaming... ::shrugs:: guess I got lucky? </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Yeah, I have a new Powerbook 1GHz and I've gotten six hours (I left it unplugged doing nothing...) but, I usually get 3-4 watching a dvd, or doing just light work... It really saved me when my flight was delayed by 4 hours. I just played Sim Cinema (old school!) for the whole time.
  • Reply 15 of 30
    cowerdcowerd Posts: 579member
    [quote]Does 10.2 have RAM disk implemented yet? I wonder if putting your swap file on that would help?<hr></blockquote>

    No RAM Disk, and to put your swapfile on a RAM disk it would have to be created at boot, before your swapfile is defined and created. Unless you're hitting Photoshop or some ungodly crappy piece of code, with enough RAM you shouldn't even be hitting the HD.
  • Reply 16 of 30
    ijerryijerry Posts: 615member
    I have a 500 mhz ibook, with OS X installed and have not noticed any of the bugs you all are saying either. I haven't done anything special, other than download updates...MMmm, well good luck. I guess it is just the luck of the draw, But I am at 4-5 hours with both of my batteries. Good luck.
  • Reply 17 of 30
    drewpropsdrewprops Posts: 2,321member
    If you want Brad to weigh in you might want to email him to get his attention....I know we all think that he's the omnipresent god of OS X, but even Brad Almighty has to be alerted to events from time to time!



    I'm an iBook-ist with a rapidly draining batt too, by the by. I tried the remedy before and still find that the battery plummets like a rock regardless of settings.



    OS 9.x it ain't when it comes to batt life!



    D
  • Reply 18 of 30
    Haha, I have been summoned!!





    &lt;insert lame Final Fantasy joke&gt;



    Anyhow, sorry guys, but I really don't have a solution for your battery woes. I don't own an Apple portable nor do I have someone nearby that does. My best suggestion is to try the link that Defiant posted above. It seems to have had success with a number of users.



    As for OSX's swap file, putting that on a RAM disk would be a ridiculous idea. Basically you're saying that when the system runs out of RAM and needs to hit the drive for memory that it should hit the RAM disk instead. Uhh, does anyone else see the problem here? If it runs out of RAM... it has nowhere else to go! Get it? The solution here is to just buy more RAM and pack as much as you can into your Mac.
  • Reply 19 of 30
    aquaticaquatic Posts: 5,602member
    Hehe...I was tired and I still am! But my iBook just died. In X and 9 it got 10 mins on battery then died. Then I got home just now, plugged it in, and powered it up. It was in 9 I remembered so I hit the X key, and ended up with a flashing system folder... And I left my boot disks at URI. %)(@&#(%*&;!!! So I'll try "resetting the PMU" later tonight and hopefully it'll work, since batteries are expensive.



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  • Reply 20 of 30
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    and ?
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