SO, I have a goofy Acer Aspire E15 with hybrid Intel/nVidia graphics.
Recently, battery life has been getting worse and worse as compared to Windows 10 LTSC, and in spite of using xfce.
I had the intuition my discrete graphics were running when they just didn't need to . I did "sudo tee /proc/acpi/bbswitch <<< OFF" and suddenly my estimated battery life went back through the roof. But only temporarily.
"Something" had been using my discrete graphics harder than necessary.
My personal solution was to disable hardware acceleration in Firefox, and it seems to be using it for YouTube videos. Windows seems to offload that onto the igpu instead of the discrete graphics.
This probably isn't a great solution for anyone running an i3 or something, if they even have discrete graphics as well, but it works for me.
Anybody else notice this? It seems to be much moreso Firefox than Chrome, Opera, or Epiphany. Because I can swear it used to handle it better. Anybody else notice this or have more in-depth knowledge on web browsers using hardware acceleration? Because it ALSO seems to be a problem moreso in Linux than Windows as well.
Maybe this isn't the right place for this, so I'll tag myself as #newbie, but it isn't technical support as I feel I have adequately solved it. Sorry, I'm unfamiliar with this forum's etiquette asofyet.
Anyway, lets see if we can shed some light on this. Thanks for tolerating my perhaps misplaced first post!