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Am I having battery problems.

Message #1 - Posted 2005/11/15 - Dick Sidbury

I just got a new Powerbook G4 17" about a week and a half ago. I'm new to mac but I thought I understood sleep. I brought it to my office this morning at about 9 with a (relatively) full charge and turned it on. I had left my charger at home and the one at the office was on loan to a friend. Anyhow because of this I only used the system about 15 minutes the whole day. At 9:30 when I got ready to leave this evening, the battery had 2% life left. I was under the impression that if I didn;t do anything that it would automatically sleep and this would allow me to leave it turned on for several weeks with no appreciable battery drain.

Am I misinformed? or did I accidentally set something wrong in configuring the system?

Thanks

dick

Message #2 - Posted 2005/11/15 - pailface88

I was under the impression that if I didn;t

do anything that it would automatically sleep and this would allow me to leave it turned on for several weeks with no appreciable battery drain.

Am I misinformed? or did I accidentally set something wrong in configuring the system?

Thanks

dick

It depends on what the value is set at in the Energy Saver Preferences Pane. You can set how long it waits till it goes to Sleep both when using the power supply and when running on battery only.

Message #3 - Posted 2005/11/16 - Richard Tomkins

McAfee AV prevents the power system from sleeping properly. It used to keep my system on all the time. I trashed McAfee and have no sleeping problems.

rtt

"Dick Sidbury" <DrJamesSidbury@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:3ttadrFuasqpU1@individual.net...

I just got a new Powerbook G4 17" about a week and a half ago. I'm new to mac but I thought I understood sleep. I brought it to my office this morning at about 9 with a (relatively) full charge and turned it on. I had left my charger at home and the one at the office was on loan to a friend. Anyhow because of this I only used the system about 15 minutes the whole day. At 9:30 when I got ready to leave this evening, the battery had 2% life left. I was under the impression that if I didn;t do anything that it would automatically sleep and this would allow me to leave it turned on for several weeks with no appreciable battery drain.

Am I misinformed? or did I accidentally set something wrong in configuring the system?

Thanks

dick

Message #4 - Posted 2005/11/25 - Doug Day

On 11/15/05 6:28 AM, in article 1132054093.158545.250280@g49g2000cwa.googlegroups.com, "pailface88@yahoo.com wrote:

I was under the impression that if I didn;t

do anything that it would automatically sleep and this would allow me to leave it turned on for several weeks with no appreciable battery drain.

Am I misinformed? or did I accidentally set something wrong in configuring the system?

Thanks

dick

It depends on what the value is set at in the Energy Saver Preferences Pane. You can set how long it waits till it goes to Sleep both when using the power supply and when running on battery only.

Do you have a wireless card? Could it be active periodically even if asleep? If so that would of course consume battery.

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