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Lion - Horrible MacBook Pro Battery Life

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  • SoSaintLike Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2012 7:43 AM (in response to SoSaintLike)

    oh no, im sorry, after posting that last bit, my MBP must've read the post and got mad, battery life dropped to 2hours 57mins then jumped to 3hours 45mins. all in a matter of 30 seconds.

  • SoSaintLike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 7:46 AM (in response to SoSaintLike)

    and 5 minutes later we are at 2hours 39minutes. doing absolutely nothing. just sitting here, low brightness, wifi on. watching the screen. now 3 hours 33min. it cant make up its mind....doing nothing. 3 hours 58 minutes....im turning it of as it is making me dizzy watching my battery life be so bi-polar

  • magicchik Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2012 8:29 AM (in response to Michael Empric)

    I have a 2011 MBP with pre calibrated battery and I was getting 7-9 hours of battery life while surfing the web, watching tv shows and being on Skype. Now that I have bought and installed lion, my battery life drops 1 percent per minute just sitting there with no apps running. I shouldn't have to monitor my CPU or worry about running Skype at the same time I am surfing the web. I paid good money for a good computer with a long battery life. Somebody please fix this problem.

  • Birdie2Bogie Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2012 9:25 AM (in response to Michael Empric)

    I have a late model 2001 Macbook Pro dealing with the same issues being posted by everyone. 

     

    Symptoms: My fans run between 5000-6000rpm through-out the entire day, my battery life at full charge is 2.5 hr max, random freezes and then I kill apps and reboot to help

     

    Checked activity monitor and the mdworker process is running at 95-99% - TURNS OUT TO BE SPOTLIGHT INDEXING

     

    Workaround for me:

    I disabled SPOTLIGHT INDEXING and now my fans run at 2000 rpm (max) and on a full battery charge just running Safari to browse the web, I get 6hrs.

     

    I bet in a future OS update, Apple will have a patch for Spotlight

    How to disable indexing:

    To switch off the indexing open a Terminal window and type:

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    sudo mdutil -a -i off

    NB: You will be prompted to enter your admin password.

    If you change your mind about Spotlight, and decide to give it another try, then it’s just as easy to switch back on as it was to switch off.

    Again, in a terminal window type the following:

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    sudo mdutil -a -i on

    NB: You will be prompted to enter your admin password.

  • Barbara Passman3 Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 1:24 PM (in response to SoSaintLike)

    Rather than class action, why not all of you send an email to Tim Cook? I did and , as Franc_iPhone, I received a call from Apple Exec suite.

    If all of you send an email, re: Poor Lion Battery life on laptops, that will have impact.

  • SoSaintLike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 1:48 PM (in response to Barbara Passman3)

    Excellent idea Barbara

     

     

    "Rather than class action, why not all of you send an email to Tim Cook? I did and , as Franc_iPhone, I received a call from Apple Exec suite.

    If all of you send an email, re: Poor Lion Battery life on laptops, that will have impact."

     

    how can i get Mr Cooks email address? i would love to send him an email.

  • Franc_Iphone Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 2:15 PM (in response to Michael Empric)

    Yesterday, starting at 98%, I managed to go from 8.10am to 2:40pm on battery on my LION machine.

     

    Allowing for the hour I took for lunch, this means I got 5 1/2 hours running. I was using hte machine pretty extensively the entire time on half brightness and WIFI plus;

     

    Safari (many web sites, typical day for me)

    Mac Mail

    ICAL,

    VMWARE (64 bit XP session and Visual Studio running within it as well as IE 8 (and silverlight). VMware was NOT the battery drain I was led to believe by some of the experts on this forum in the past!

    Office for MAC (Only used powerpoint)

    Chatter (Salesforce) and Twitter (live update streams)

    Drop Box (synching)

    Google Music and a few others including activity monitor.

     

    This was with a beta LION release (from the seed program), excluding old drivers Apple engineering helped me remove and GFXcardstatus running (Actually, it wasn't running per se since I closed GFXcardstatus down but since a known bug means it locked my MAC into integrated mode, I know it was running).

     

    Apple are aware that their new release (10.7.3 or whatever they end up calling it), isn't a perfect fix yet and there's more to do but credit where credit is due. For months I would NEVER get more that 2 1/2 hours running all of the above. Without GFXcard status running , I got today, exactly 2 hrs and 35 mins  running the same apps and same intensity. Not surprising since VMWARE< Twitter and Office 2011 all seem to require the Discrete card.

     

    So, hopefully in the next 4-6 weeks (I have no inside info, hence the word "hope"), we'll have a new build with some additional tweaks. Although this doesn't effect everyone, for the ones this does effect, HANG in there.. After many many months of personal dedicated testing, and with the help of Apple, I truly have more than doubled my battery life now.

  • sssenator Calculating status...
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    Jan 22, 2012 1:14 AM (in response to Franc_Iphone)

    Franc_Iphone,

     

    Would you be kind enough to share with us what old drivers Apple engineering had you remove? And perhaps  some steps on how to go about doing that?

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    Jan 22, 2012 1:29 AM (in response to Michael Empric)

    Yes me too, another user with a late model 2011 macbook "15 ... so awful was the battery life that I went back to the Apple re-seller to complain so sure that there was a problem particular to my own machine. ... They did a battery check, said it was fine,  then told me that I didn't know how to run computer as I was probably using too many apps! I wasn't, but couldn't argue until a few days later the battery started showing up as an X in the icon and the fan kicks in so there is now definitely a problem somewhere.

    These are just details but now have to go back and haggle with the re-seller to try and get it fixed as its only one month old.

    Having just discovered these support threads I now know that there are issues with the battery in Lion apparently.

    As this seems to be a bit of an issue I am surprised that the store wouldn't have the courage to pass on some of these concerns to me instead of insinuating that I am probably an idiot for not knowing how to use a computer. (I have had 5 apple notebooks)

    Alas, cannot cry over spilt milk but am relieved to know that there are many others also having this problem (and complaining) so maybe its being taken seriously by Apple. These are my 2 cents.

  • herve ciaravolo Calculating status...
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    Jan 22, 2012 9:50 AM (in response to Michael Empric)

    Hi All,

     

    Citrix has been disabled (see post in the first pages of this thread. It solved the problem for me.

     

    With SN : 7 to 9 hours with full battery.

    With LION : 1.5 to 2.5 hours with full battery

    After Citrix disablement : 7 to 9 hours with full battery :-)

     

      Nom du modèle:          MacBook Pro

      Identifiant du modèle:          MacBookPro6,1

      Nom du processeur:          Intel Core i7

      Vitesse du processeur:          2,66 GHz

      Mémoire:          8 Go

      Version SMC (système):          1.57f17

     

    Thanx all.

     

    Hervé

  • Thomas Harnish Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 4:31 PM (in response to christophercoffey)

    Problem solved. MBNP Firmware Update (v2.3) installed and I'm showing 10:47 left.

  • Bob Jacobson Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:14 PM (in response to Thomas Harnish)

    Problem solved. MBNP Firmware Update (v2.3) installed and I'm showing 10:47 left.

     

    Good news (it's an EFI firmware update), but relevant only to owners of 2011 MBPs.  This update  pertains mainly to Thunderbolt technology and some Lion anomalies (not spelled out in the official announcement), although it can be lnstalled on a MBP running Snow Leopard..  I tried it out and the update will not install on my early 2010 MBP.  Here's the link:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1450

  • ReDRuMxxx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:02 PM (in response to Thomas Harnish)

    I've had this update installed since it came out. Battery life still crappy.

  • Franc_Iphone Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:46 PM (in response to Thomas Harnish)

    Yo';ve been fooled - like the rest of us, installing the firmware update and rebooting for the first time must do some kind of silimar thing to most of the SMC reset tweaks. Sadly, they are short-lived. Search this thread and other threads and you'll see same. Sorry.

  • magicchik Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 7:22 PM (in response to Michael Empric)

    There is nothing in my activity monitor running over .3 except when I use the Internet and it jumps around from 1 to 60, but simply not using the Internet is not a solution. I don't have any other apps installed. I don't do anything on my computer except for email and movies, music and photos. Therefore, there is no spotlight, no Citrix, none of these other things I am reading about that I can install. Neither power resets worked for me, nor did the v2.3 update. It said it wasn't supported by my OS. I have yet to find a solution. Is there a way to go back to snow lep? And will iCloud work for snow? I don't understand a lot of these technical terms because I am only mildly aware of what my MBP can do as it is only 6 months old.

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