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#1 Director

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:14 PM

To say I know nothing about Linux woiuld be a compliment. :) Anyway, i decided to chuck Mint 15 on a spare lappy yesterday, a Toshiba Satellite A200, so far so peachy. The reason for my question is that I don't think the right drivers are installed..or somthing. Everything runs OK except the battery discharges after about 20 minutes, it's a new battery and runs for hours on windows. The lappy also runs pretty hot, it's like Linux isn't throttling the CPU. Does that make any sense and if so, how I can fix it? Cheers

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 06:29 AM

Why not linux mint 16? it seems to be released
The mint forums or the mint IRC channel would probably be the best places to get help.
Or you could try a live usb of a different distro (e.g. xubuntu) and see if the battery life is ok there
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Posted 03 March 2014 - 08:34 AM

Thanks, will do. :)

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 07:14 PM

Does it have a discrete graphics card?

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:31 AM

Don't think so? Anyway, that lappy is buggered, keeps shutting itself off and restarting, was doing it under windows as well so I retired it and put LM16 on a different lappy dual/booting with Windows 8, seems to be OK though I had to tweak files to get it to see the windows network and also had to find the broadcom drivers for making good wireless. Enjoying the tinkering actually, haven't had to do that for too many years now. :)

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:43 AM

Main reason I asked about graphics is if it has say an Intel GPU plus a GeForce/Radeon, it'd be using the open source drivers. They generally don't have power management features included, which means battery life can be woeful But glad you're enjoying tinkering!

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:20 AM

Don't think so?

Anyway, that lappy is buggered, keeps shutting itself off and restarting, was doing it under windows as well so I retired it and put LM16 on a different lappy dual/booting with Windows 8, seems to be OK though I had to tweak files to get it to see the windows network and also had to find the broadcom drivers for making good wireless. Enjoying the tinkering actually, haven't had to do that for too many years now. :)


Ive had linux break laptops before, I'm very cautious.
Ive had it not run the fans at all, and not safety power off. melted junk.

Windows runs the fans fine and throttled based on heat. /shudder

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:24 PM

Main reason I asked about graphics is if it has say an Intel GPU plus a GeForce/Radeon, it'd be using the open source drivers. They generally don't have power management features included, which means battery life can be woeful

But glad you're enjoying tinkering!


^ This.

Have had this problem with a lot of laptops with any form of Linux on them.

Check the card and download the drivers direct from the manufacturer.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:35 PM

So which command do I use to find out the graphics card? (Current lappy looks like it has one of these "The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M (GMA 4500M) (sometimes also called GMA X4500 M) is a DirectX 10 capable integrated shared memory graphic card for laptops. The mGPU is integrated in the Intel GM40 and GL40 chipsets and designed for cheap laptops. The graphics card is also called Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family in the Intel drivers." Whereas the original lappy had one of thse: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on a Mobile Intel 965GM (with 500 MHz core speed) and 960GM (400 MHz) chipset (for Merom = Core 2 architecture). ) :)

Edited by Director, 05 March 2014 - 12:40 PM.

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