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Battery Drain Problem? Bumblebee to the rescue

Jul 02, 2011, 12:13 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Most modern laptops are equipped with powerful graphics and video cards to help increase gaming and video performance. However these cards drain a lot of your battery charge. In many cases the extra graphic support is not needed for basic computing applications yet the graphic unit run in the background gulping a considerable amount of battery charge.

"Every user of such laptops might have wished they had an option to switch off the graphic support unit when not needed and thereby have more battery life to perform basic activities such as word processing, running their email client and so on. These activities take a lot less hardisk usage and thus lesser charge consumption.

"However users of Ubuntu installed laptops can avail a solution for this problem. Now Ubuntu has software that allows you to actually shut down your extra graphics card when you don't need it. Yes you heard it right. What we are talking about here is Bumblebee Software for Ubuntu."

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