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  1. This is even worse news for us older legacy card...

    This is even worse news for us older legacy card users, since now the community attention will surely focus on these newer cards. My best power management option on linux side is still Debian Lenny,...
  2. Power management is the reason I'm stuck with...

    Power management is the reason I'm stuck with Windows XP and Debian LENNY with drivers dating from 2008-12 to 2009-03 (although I'm quite happy with both of them). Yes, I have an "old" notebook with...
  3. Legacy cards

    Thanks for the article. As an owner of a legacy card (X1600 Mobility, upgrading means upgrading the laptop which is not an option atm), I wish that a similar test could be made to legacy cards as...
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    Damn neighbours, they don't have a working...

    Damn neighbours, they don't have a working internet for me to test even in Windows! ;) However, I invested 1 hour of my sleep, downloaded and installed AntiX 8.2 (for example here:...
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    Just a layman observation: the first power...

    Just a layman observation: the first power regression coincides with the start of ATI KMS power management (2.6.35), so could it be that the default power settings in KMS are even less aggressive...
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    I found my PCLOS2009 but can't tell if the...

    I found my PCLOS2009 but can't tell if the wireless works or not because the damn neighbours have started to crypt their wireless! ;) I only have wired. Too bad Debian Lenny is a showstopper, have...
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    Just a comment: I have managed to get decent...

    Just a comment: I have managed to get decent temperatures (=fan speed, equal 55% to the proprietary driver) for my X1600 Mobility, although on a medium run they tend to recover the lowest speed...
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    I'm really short of time (three babies), but I'll...

    I'm really short of time (three babies), but I'll try to dig up my PCLOS2009 cd and see if the wireless works or not (I'm not even using the NC8430 at the moment, but nevertheless I'm glad that there...
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    If you want to use the proprietary drivers, the...

    If you want to use the proprietary drivers, the max version for your card with powerplay functioning is 9.1. Debian Lenny uses version 8.12 I think, but it works well, though Lenny's a bit outdated...
  10. That may be true if the OP's friend has played 3D...

    That may be true if the OP's friend has played 3D games on windows and the computer still overheats. However, to see if you can use any linux on it, try installing Debian Lenny (the oldstable...
  11. I wish someone released a notebook optimized...

    I wish someone released a notebook optimized distro (with optimized meaning battery duration).

    Right now I unfortunately don't have time to dig into this, so I would accept a "ready" distro,...
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    I acknowledge this and am really grateful for it....

    I acknowledge this and am really grateful for it. But as we end users are never satisfied... ;)

    I mean now I can easily use newer linux distributions (kernel 2.6.34+) comfortably for desktop use...
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    Yes, and that's why I'm puzzled why the power...

    Yes, and that's why I'm puzzled why the power consumption differences are so big. Still haven't been able to try the tips on other thread (due to lack of time) but will still try them, just difficult...
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    Thanks for the link, kernelOfTruth. When I have...

    Thanks for the link, kernelOfTruth. When I have time I'll try all the scripts and report how it went.

    I partially agree with yotambien, the computer needs to be usable. But on the other hand I'm...
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    Hi all! This is slightly OT, but I thought people...

    Hi all! This is slightly OT, but I thought people interested in GPU PM would be interested in PM in general. I wrote a while ago to a wrong forum:...
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    Did I write on a wrong subforum? Or is the...

    Did I write on a wrong subforum? Or is the subject so well discussed that nobody has anything to add? For me this is the last thing keeping me using windows. Surely somebody else is interested in...
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    Of course I can't turn off my GPU (or maybe I...

    Of course I can't turn off my GPU (or maybe I even could, but then I couldn't see the current power consumption). The recent OSS radeon driver reaches the same clock speeds as the Windows driver...
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    Power consumption Linux vs. Windows

    Hi! I found Phoronix when I bought a used HP NC8430 laptop that was my first laptop with a dedicated GPU, Mobility Radeon X1600. Unfortunately it was around the time the GPU was deemed as "legacy"...
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    Strange, I didn't have to do anything after a...

    Strange, I didn't have to do anything after a stock install besides installing a new kernel to get the power management working, on Ubuntu Lucid I installed kernel from here:
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    In Arch Linux I did the following: ...

    In Arch Linux I did the following:

    http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ati#Early_KMS_start

    and added line


    echo low > /sys/class/drm/card0/device/power_profile

    in file
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