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The Apple Store Genius quickly resolved the issue by doing an SMC reset and NVRAM reset in rapid succession. (He may have done more than one of each; I'm not sure. I don't think he waited for an audible startup chime before adding the NVRAM step. It was a 5-minute visit and the store was loud.) So if this state recurs, I'll try each of those in order, in ...


gfxCardStatus is an unobtrusive menu bar app for OS X that allows MacBook Pro users to see which apps are affecting their battery life by using the more power-hungry graphics. https://gfx.io By this way you can simply disable your graphic card by an icon in your menu bar.


A third party tool such as DssW Sleep Monitor can be used to track the amount of time your Mac was powered on. The application tracks power and battery use. Totals are available in the applications' Info panel. I wrote Sleep Monitor, so am bias. Also please note Sleep Monitor 3 works on OS X 10.7 – 10.9.

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