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Ask Dr. Root: Battery Life, LauncherPro Docks and Icons

What is ask Dr. Root you say?

Well with the influx of new Droid-Life readers, and the mounting questions being asked. I thought this would be a great way to help the community. Each week I would like to take the top three most requested topics and answer them for you. This week I will be starting with my three topics. To submit your topics please send your emails to doctorpicolas@gmail.com.

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Dear Dr.Root,

How do I get more battery life out of my droid?

Well kiddies glad you asked, SetCPU found in the market is your friend. Whether your over-clocked or not, you should take the time to set up some profiles. Setting profiles will enable you to ramp the processor up or down depending on your needs. Also using a low voltage kernel will help

This is an example of some settings that have worked for me using a p3 lv 1 ghz kernel. Check out the time and battery percentage left.

How do I get those custom docks you all have?

This ones easy guys first visit this LauncherPro link, then find a dock you want. Long press on the image and save to your phone. Next, go into your launcherpro settings and press appearance settings and then dock background. Select custom dock and pick it from your gallery. Back out of settings and see your new dock.

How do I get those custom icons on my homescreen?

Go to the market and get folder organizer. If you need icons use Google and search for icon .png or start here.  Save the images to your SD card. Next, select apps in folder organizer then find the app. Click on the arrow and select icon. Find your icon in your gallery and select it.

Now long press on your homescreen and select shortcut. Choose folder organizer item,select app and find the app name you put your custom icon on and select it. If you have done this right, you should see your shiny new icon on your homescreen.

Thats it for this edition, looking forward to your questions.

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mrpicolas (aka.. doctorpicolas)

  • GulMiguel

    Dr. Root, pls forgive me if this has already been asked, but I've heard that 'rooting' my Droid X will allow me to use a 3rd party app which will make my R2-D2 behave as a 3G hotspot. (Verizon gives you a 3G Hotspot App, but you have to subscribe @ $20/month for 2GB of data. Hell, I go through that in a couple of hours.)

    Can you shed some light on this? Am I pipe-dreaming or is what I heard really true? Thanks in advance for your answer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1104422562 Jeff Jones

    Looking forward to future installments…

  • http://thejumpseat.tumblr.com clevens

    It is possible to change the layout of the PIN security feature? I mean, I like the PIN feature, but I'd really like to change the look of it. I'm sure this can be done by ROMs and stuff, but I know nothing about ROMs and very little about rooting.. I'm kinda lost, Lol.

    ..help? Someone? =)

  • GulMiguel

    Dr. Root, pls forgive me if this has already been asked, but I've heard that 'rooting' my Droid X will allow me to use a 3rd party app which will make my R2-D2 behave as a 3G hotspot. (Verizon gives you a 3G Hotspot App, but you have to subscribe @ $20/month for 2GB of data. Hell, I go through that in a couple of hours.)

    Can you shed some light on this? Am I pipe-dreaming or is what I heard really true? Thanks in advance for your answer.

  • http://thejumpseat.tumblr.com clevens

    It is possible to change the layout of the PIN security feature? I mean, I like the PIN feature, but I'd really like to change the look of it. I'm sure this can be done by ROMs and stuff, but I know nothing about ROMs and very little about rooting.. I'm kinda lost, Lol.

    ..help? Someone? =)

  • Michellesimoneau4

    is the SetCPU for rooted phones only or will it work on a non-rooted phone?

  • http://phaseportrait.blogspot.com/ Ted Pavlic

    I don't really understand the “Charging/Full” profile in SetCPU. Seems like you should set your “Main” profile to your default “Full” and setup “Charging/AC” and “Charging/USB” to whatever you want Additionally, isn't it common knowledge that you shouldn't be overclocking while you're charging?

  • mista_milla78

    I just got an OTA update and I'm running BB 0.4?! I thought BB & other ROMs disabled OTAs?

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    This post is FULL OF WIN! GO PICOLAS!!!!

  • Snowblind164

    One mistake I spotted. On SetCPU the temp profile should have the highest priority. Then the charging profile, and then the battery percentages (ordered so lower battery percentages have higher profiles).

    • Mrpicolas

      the pics were to illustrate some setting that have worked for me mileage may vary and my temps are very cool so i dont give it higher priority

      • Snowblind164

        Well you need to read the SetCPU FAQ then because you are using profiles wrong!

  • http://twitter.com/jakechance Jake Chance

    Is there a low voltage kernel you recommend for Bugless Beast v1.1 (yes I'm still on Eclair :-p)

    • Mrpicolas

      i really like jdlfg's kernels alot and mostly run them

      • http://twitter.com/jakechance Jake Chance

        Pete says to only use the kernels he lists on the bugless post. Have you tried these with bugless? I'm currently using the 800Mhz LV 7X.

        • Mrpicolas

          pete recommended these because these are what has been tested with his rom
          and can offer help for these this however does not mean other kernels wont
          work. so feel free to give a couple others a shot just remember if you have
          not done one already do a backup before flashing in case you need to revert
          back to a working image

          • http://twitter.com/jakechance Jake Chance

            Thanks Doc!

  • aldigger

    I know this is a dumbass questions, but for the life of me, I can not figure out how to get to the launcherpro settings on my phone. Can someone help me out?

    thx

    • Soap

      From your home screen, press the [Menu] key, then select 'Preferences.'

      • aldigger

        Thanks, I knew it was easy. Total brain fart.

        • Soap

          No problemo, we all do it. ;)

  • Debrihmi

    What's the IRC chat room again?

  • David M118

    what theme is he using? or ROM

  • http://www.facebook.com/VonSwoopington Intesar Zaman

    how did he get the screen off profile?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    I had no idea about the folder organizer great tip

  • Maizekid

    Bad punctuation. Bad spelling. So what this is droid life not english 101. Everyone comes here to get the latest insight or idea not to pass an english course. He has information that some people need or would like to learn about. I say preach on brother, all the new comers to the droid will appreciate it.

  • http://www.chuckinabox.com Phigment

    Thank you for taking the time to help me, and other new Android users, with this information, it's greatly appreciated.

  • DeeMat

    Good work Picolas!

  • Soap

    “This is an example of some settings that have worked for me using a p3 lv 1 ghz kernel.”

    I noticed your profiles use 800 max. What are your max/min settings on the main screen?

    In other words, do you set it ondemand with a max of 1000 (1GHz kernel), or 800?

    • Mrpicolas

      I usually run mine at 800 but have run it at 1ghz as well there is a very minimal difference if any

      • Soap

        Thanks! I'm running a D1 with a 1.2 GHz (Sapphire) kernel, and I've found the speed differences to be negligible above 800 as well.

        Does anyone think there is an advantage to reloading the 800 MHz kernel versus just keeping it 'dialed down' in SetCPU?

  • gamboo

    Thanks for the information. I'm not as stupid as you say I is. LTFOL!

  • http://www.thaicon.thasyndicate.com/ Tha PHLASH

    Great insight, you can also try my icons with that, all prep and ready! Its called Tha Icon get it here: http://www.thaicon.thasyndicate.com/

  • Ssminnow

    Awesome post doctor!

  • jiggaman508

    Great job pic looking forward to more threads from dr root : )

  • Anunnaki

    Thanks doc! Now would you mind taking a look at this rash?

  • memnoch73

    I set up a profile for screen off in setcpu similar to the one pictured above. So far of all the things I have tried this has been the most noticeable battery saver. I would say I have about 20-30% longer life.

  • Mrpicolas

    Thanx guys was excited to have the chance to do this for ya :-)

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/I37YLWJRR4XCAJJIXULRSXABZQ Eduardo

      Yeah congrats man

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1104422562 Jeff Jones

      Looking forward to future installments…

  • Rizzidy

    Grammar.
    Punctuation.
    Spelling.
    All poor.

    Seriously, who is this guy and what is he doing to my beloved droid-life.com?

    • EC8CH

      Insightful knowledge on numerous frequently asked questions regarding android…

      PRICELESS

    • jer42

      kellex's nephew maybe?

    • Mrpicolas

      I'll try harder next time. Lol… :-)

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/I37YLWJRR4XCAJJIXULRSXABZQ Eduardo

        Haters man

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Shanklin/100000620941274 Ryan Shanklin

        you the man!

    • http://www.chuckinabox.com Phigment

      Sir, do you live over or under the bridge?
      http://www.themudflats.net/wp-content/uploads/t

    • Droidzilla

      Critiquing internet grammar = fail.*

      http://cdn.allleftturns.com/www/sites/default/f

      *Critiquing the nonconformity of this sentence to standard rules of grammar may result in additional fail.

      • fish1552

        Making ridiculous excuses = x2 fail.

        • Droidzilla

          Did you mean, “The internet isn't an excuse for poor grammar usage”? The way you put the sentence together implies that the internet begs for improper grammar usage, from your perspective.

          Irony = win!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/IOYAXDXUOW2GBWVLAKGMO2NXAA Nik

      Stop trollin'. Your grammar wasn't the best either.
      “Grammar.
      Punctuation.
      Spelling.
      All poor.” Is not a paragraph.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Homncruse Aaron Burke

        Reads awfully similar to a haiku though.

        Grammar. Punctuation.
        Spelling. All poor. Who is he?
        What is he doing?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Shanklin/100000620941274 Ryan Shanklin

      Hey watch your mouth young man! this guy is my rooting god! if it wasnt for Mrpicolas, I would still have a stock droid. Thanks Drpicolas!

  • mhoe

    What about better battery life for non-rooted?

    • Mrpicolas

      Setting screen timeout to 30 sec and turning off services your not using are a start also darker wallpaper helps or grabbing an extended battery. Hopefully with the next os update we'll see some battery optimizations

  • Michael_NM

    Dr. Picolas, congrats on your Ph.D. in Droidology. It's nice to have another doctor in the house. :)

  • kulz

    DL getting better and better everyday…kellex got staffing :D

  • e3pin0

    thanks Doc…this is a great idea

  • planetes42

    Doesn't bugless beast negate the need for SetCPU? I may be mistaken on that, but thought I remember seeing that somewhere…

    • EC8CH

      Many ROM include BB enable OC without SetCPU. Sapphire also allows you to control the Max, Min, and Scaling Governor on its own.

      However SetCPU still allows for more precise control and customization of the OC through profiles, which can be based on a number of parameters, such as temp, battery level, etc.

      • planetes42

        Ah, thanks for that clarification. I'll check that out then!

    • Mrpicolas

      Well yes and no basically setting your parameters with set CPU will be applied then the rom will kill the setcpu process so its kinda like set and forget from my understanding

      • Jk

        I'm running Sapphire 1.0 with a min of 125 and max of 1000, standard voltage. Are you saying that setCPU won't help? I'm not entirely happing with the battery life so far and was thinking of getting setCPU even before this posting. Also, how does one determine what setCPU settings are best for each different ROM. Thanks for your help, I'm trying to learn all of this as I go along.

        • Mrpicolas

          No it will help the rom just kills the process once set so setcpu wont keep polling the processor and trial and error on each rom because they are all different

        • EC8CH

          setcpu will just allow you to automatically change the min, max, and governor based on variable such as temp, battery level, etc. For example you could have setcpu change the max oc down to 600 when the battery level falls to 50% which would extend you battery life over leaving it at 1000.

      • EC8CH

        I believe Pete has commented that BB does not interfere with setcpu if it is used, it's just that it's not needed anymore to enable overclocking.

  • JosueD

    Hey Guys, Awesome idea, Keep up the good work.

    [JD]

  • http://www.facebook.com/colinvesper Colin Vesper

    You have to be careful with doing certain things like turning the cpu all the way down when the screen is off. If you have a lot of things running, they can back up and then it tries to catch up again when the cpu ramps up. This doesn't really pose a problem until you start missing calls because of it.

  • EC8CH

    Extremely helpful post, that I'm sure will help many people!

    Only thing I would add is which of these topics require root, Setcpu does, Launcherpro and Folder Organizer do not.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RFDMAGYGZE7CFWXWBIZE3RTW2A -=Hacku=-

    Great ideal man. Keep up the good job.

  • Zomygodowned

    Dr. Root is a great idea btw what theme is that there?

    • Mrpicolas

      Jrummy's lithium mod. Evo theme

  • tbaybe

    Go Mr. P!!

  • Yagermeister

    Thank you mrpicolas (aka.. doctorpicolas) for picking up Kellex's FIRST bit of slacking in a long time :) Just kidding of course Kellex :)