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  • 2,070. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    richsadams Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Ikaika777 wrote:

     

    OK, so I went to the Apple store to see what's going on with my MacBook Pro and the battery drain. They hooked it up to diagnostics and everything was looking great including the battery. They opened up Activity monitor and noticed I had 4 Apps running in the background, Dropbox, MacKeeper, Boom, and iStat. They closed them all but noticed the iStat App would pop back on a few seconds later, they kept quiting it and it would pop back on again. The girl called over another Genius worker, I think he was the head guy and he told her what files to delete of the iStat App and it finally quit. You could see the battery time go back up. It was amazing. When I got home I deleted the iStat App completely off my MacBook Pro as it was only on a 14 day trial anyway. Now, I get 6 to 7 1/2 hours battery time depending on what I'm doing and how intensive it is. The good news is my MacBook Pro WASN'T a lemon and it wasn't a hardware problem. The only problem I still have is my laptop still has battery drain problems when it's asleep. but hope 10.8.2 will fix it as I heard it's supposed to. So you guys might see if you have any sneeky Apps that run in the background that only shows up in the Activity window.

    P.S. I also bought an iphone 4s while I was there. I think the 5 will be to big, the 4s is just the right size plus I have an ipad 3 to do real work on.  As I write this it says I have over 7 hours of battery time left.

     

    Glad that worked for you...hope it sticks!  I've run ML and Lion on my MBA, both clean installs, both with and without any additional foreground or background apps (including iStat Menu, iCloud, Dropbox, etc.) and didn't see any difference in the severe battery drain since the first install of ML. 

     

    Best of luck!

  • 2,071. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    richsadams Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    keith181 wrote:

     

    Hello everyone, I am new to this specific post. My computer is an older iMac which obviously does not use a battery and I may not belong in this thread, but I would like to share my thoughts.  <snip>

     

    Odds are there were conflicts, permissions issues or something else about your iMac's operations that were ironed out with use rather than Apple secretly fixing anything.  Macs are capable of correcting a number of issues on their own.  These things happen to some machines with all upgrades...it's happened to me.

     

    The battery problem we're discussing here is well known and has been an issue for some MacBook owners since July 25th.  The next update to Mountain Lion 10.8.2 will hopefully resolve it.

     

    FWIW the ML upgrade on my late '08 iMac went without a hitch and has been running flawlessly.  I really enjoy a number of the features and like everyone else here hope Apple is able to sort this battery issue out so we can also enjoy it on our MacBooks.

     

    Welcome and thanks for sharing!

  • 2,072. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    wullewuu wrote:

     

    Hm.. I have with 100% Battery 7,5 hours with WLAN on.

    So which process takes so much battery power in normal mode?! I started every program I have in safe mode and I have 7,5 hours.. Oo

     

    I pointed you in the right direction, something in your user account is not running correctly, start by removing all third party add-ons.

  • 2,073. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    keith181 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here we go again with 3rd party apps. It does not feel right that Apple will not allow us to use OUR computers the way WE want to use them.

     

    It is not right that Apple tells us what apps we can or cannot use on OUR computers.

     

    Whatever apps that are on my computer, they are now, finally, working just fine. Which tells me that ML DOES work with whatever apps I have on my computer.

     

    I am no expert on computers, have no idea why or how 3rd party apps effects my computer, and recently ML has been given me a lot of grief. There should be NO reason for me to be an expert on this issue, it either works or it does not, at least Apple should put a list of things that DON'T work with ML. Do they have this list? **** no, they are not going to admit such a thing, because there would probably be a lot of legal issues against them for putting out such a list.

     

    The sensible thing for Apple to do is to make ML work with these 3rd party apps, and right now I think somehow ML has found a way to do just that with my computer.

     

    Removing 3rd party apps is not a solution, it would be a criminal thing for Apple to ask us to do!

  • 2,074. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    So you think that it is best not to investigate what the issue is, just do nothing and hope?..... way to go Keith181

  • 2,075. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    Ikaika777 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Keith181,

    No one is saying not to use 3rd party Apps. In my case I had 4 running in the background, and 1 I couldn't turn off so no wonder my battery was draining fast. Now I just turn them on when I need to and turn them off after when I don't. But like I said before, I still have battery drain problems when the MacBook Pro is asleep and hopefully 10.8.2 will fix that as I read it's supposed to.

  • 2,076. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    keith181 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Who is qualified to investigate an Operating System? How can we investigate something so massive with bad information flying all over the place and Apple people sitting in corner laughing at us because they are probably not allowed to tell us certain things in the first place. Therefore, there is a limitation on how far we can go to investigate.

     

    There needs to be some investigation at a certain level, but not to a point where people Pretend to be experts. From this form I have seen people do drastic things because of their own investigation.

     

    My investigation is by reading all the forum's and seeing how things are happening to others. The best advice I got was to sit and wait, and guess what? It worked and I am happy now .

  • 2,077. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    On the contrary, if your Mac behaves differently when you use another account the problem is software, it is software on your machine, and with a little effort can be found and fixed, if that is too much for you waiting may help.

     

    Once fixed (usually by getting up to date versions of the 3rd party apps) you can put the ones that work back.

  • 2,078. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    richsadams Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Ikaika777 wrote:

     

    P.S. I also bought an iphone 4s while I was there. I think the 5 will be to big, the 4s is just the right size plus I have an ipad 3 to do real work on.  As I write this it says I have over 7 hours of battery time left.

     

    BTW, you might want to go back to the Apple store and get some of your money back...they just announced that the iPhone 4s is now $99.

     

    Or you have 14 days to return it so maybe you'll want to get an iPhone 5 afterall.  I know it's everything I'd like to be: thinner, faster, stronger, smarter, lighter, improved memory, taller…    Nice…

     

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    Okay, back OT...

  • 2,079. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    Beisarius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Keith, must side with csound on this one.

     

    you do not need to be an expert to isolate a problem and figure out if it is the OS or hardware.  As for waiting, well if you have a problem, that is an interesting outlook. You do not have to be an expert to figure out if your tires are worn out, if your brakes are giving up. So if you feel something is funny, I think it makes sense to look into it.

     

    Sure, if too busy and too rich, might as well pay for support or drop the machine at a genius bar. BUT if you yourself do not quite understand your symptoms, how can you describe it to support? No problem, they will walk you through it, it will just take much much longer.

     

    After a full calibration started paying more careful attention to this MBA, and sure enough, noticed the drain problem pop up. I left it overnight and it lost 4-5 %. Also, although it lists me 7-8 hrs of wi fi, it is nearly 5 and seems to drop. Already on the phone with Apple and will explore my options- try a new battery or send it back to them.

     

    Am not sure if the calibration had something to do with it,  simply I had not spent enough time in front of it. but unlike the beloved one with the defective trackpad, taking 4 evenings to drain (and sleep in between), this one is at 42 % in my second evening since unplugging it. And the counter was misleading. SO a minute drain in my upper right corner is not one minute real time. Well, I do not thing the 5 minute Apple site iPhone 5 video should account for the drainage.

     

    10.8.2, well richadams post on it was edited. Unless an issue is clearly described in a patch, I do not believe it is necessarily adressed. Why have 'evident' fixes and 'hidden' ones? Would like transparency.

  • 2,080. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    Ikaika777 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Richsadams,

    Actually it's the 4 not the 4s that's $99. Since I got the iPad 3 I don't need the extra 1/2 inch of screen space. I only make calls and listen to music and take pictures so the iPhone 5 would be wasted on me. I like the beefiness and heft of the 4s too.

  • 2,081. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    Ikaika777 wrote:

     

    Hey Richsadams,

    Actually it's the 4 not the 4s that's $99.

    Sorry, that's wrong.

     

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  • 2,082. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    Ikaika777 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    richsadams,

    You're right, the 4s 16 GB is $99. But I need 32 GB for my music.

  • 2,083. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    Robert Huebi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Schadenfreude is the mark of a small and jealous mind.

  • 2,084. Re: Battery life dropped considerably on Mountain Lion.
    Robert Huebi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Word is that the GM for osx 10.8.2 has just been released, so this means that we should see the public release of same within the week.  Early reports are that battery life issue is fixed, and powernap functionality has been extended to mba early-2011 as well (as was earlier promised by Apple but not delivered with osx 10.8.0).