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Thinkpad X1 Extreme - Linux Mint - Battery Power



got my X1 Extreme the last days and running it with the pre-installed Win 10 Pro and on another partition Linux Mint 19.

On Win 10 Pro everything is ok.


On Linux Mint i have some problems/questions:



I charged the battery to 100%, but Linux only shows about 3 hours remaining time in the system tray.


Info: Linux only used the onboard intel graphic chip 


Thanks ...

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Re: Thinkpad X1 Extreme - Linux Mint - Battery Power

I just purchased the X1 Extreme laptop with Windows 10 and am about to attempt installing Mint 19 in a dual boot setup.  Mine has the Intel integrated graphics (not the nVidia card).  May I ask if you had any problems beyond the battery power issue?  Did you need to change any setting in BIOS prior to your installation?  If so, then what did you do?


Thank you very much in advance for any help you can give me.

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Re: Thinkpad X1 Extreme - Linux Mint - Battery Power



I'd be interested to know the MT-M of your laptop.  I don't see any indication of an X1E - on the sales site or in the base spec - that doesn't have NViDIA graphics.



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Re: Thinkpad X1 Extreme - Linux Mint - Battery Power

There are a few thing you can do to decrease battery usage:


- in the BIOS, enable "Thunderbolt assist". Make sure you have updated to the latest BIOS first.

- undervolt the CPU with undervolt

Try a -0.125mv undervolt and see how it goes

- disable the NVIDIA GPU entirely with bbswitch

- use the "intel" (xf86-video-intel) Xorg driver instead of "modesetting" as it is likely to be more power efficient

- running just a Windows Manager instead of a full Desktop Environment might help as less processes are running. I'm using i3wm

- generally speaking, favor newer distros with recent kernel and software. I'm using OpenSUSE Tumbleweed (on a P72),

although I would not recommend it to a beginner

- monitor you changes with s-tui and powertop


Lenovo ThinkPad P72 - i7-8850H / 16GB DDR4-2400 / 1TB Samsung 970 Evo / 1TB HDD / 17.3" UHD / Intel UHD 630 / Quadro P600 / 99W Battery / Linux distro: openSUSE Tumbleweed
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Re: Thinkpad X1 Extreme - Linux Mint - Battery Power



Here is what I have ordered.  The graphics is the Intel® UHD Graphics 630 integrated graphics.


Product Numer 20MFX002US


Configuration Details
● Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-8850H Processor (9M Cache, up to 4.30 GHz)
● Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64 - English
● Display Type: 15.6" HDR 4K (3840x2160) with Dolby Vision, anti-glare, LED backlight, IPS, multi-touch, anti-reflection (AR) w/IR and HD720p Camera
● Memory: 16GB DDR4 2666Mhz SoDIMM Memory
● Hard Drive: 512GB Solid State Drive M.2
● Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 630
● Battery: Li-Ion Battery (80Wh)
● Bluetooth: Bluetooth
● Wireless: Intel Wireless-AC 9560, Wi-Fi 2x2 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0, M.2 card

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