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Old 09-13-2004, 09:50 AM   #1
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Battery Level; Wireless


I have a Dell Latitude D600 running Fedora Core 2

1) Can anyone recommend a good way to see what my battery level is? I am running GNOME and it does not display the batter level.

2) I have a Microsoft MN-720 wireless adapter. I have read that there may be drivers available to make it work on my notebook. Can anyone weigh in on the best one to use?

Thanks!
 
Old 09-13-2004, 10:56 AM   #2
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I went with the Microsoft MN-720 card. I used the Linuxant Driver to make it work. The driver worked great. The problems I had were with the way Suse 9.0 does WiFi cards.

The driver makes the WiFi card ETH1. But Suse makes it WLAN0. The way I had to fix it so it works was to edit the /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-eth1 file. I copyed the info from the WLAN0 file and put it in to ETH1 file. Then I changed all NIC cards to 'hotplug'. When I did this and rebooted, the card could get on the network and run at 54mb.

I am not sure if this has to be done with other distributions of Linux. I have run Mandrake 9.1 and it ran WiFi cards as ETH not WLAN so it should work with driver.

I hope this helps. It worked for me and I'm a .

This what my ETH1 file looks like:

BOOTPROTO='dhcp'
MTU=''
REMOTE_IPADDR=''
STARTMODE='hotplug'
UNIQUE=''
WIRELESS_ESSID='powerhouse'
WIRELESS_KEY='xxxxxxxxxx'
WIRELESS_MODE='Managed'
WIRELESS_NICK=''
WIRELESS_NWID=''
 
Old 09-13-2004, 04:13 PM   #3
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I'll try!

Thanks - class is lighter tomorrow so I will try tomorrow evening and post the results to let others know if this works on Fedora too.
 
Old 09-13-2004, 04:41 PM   #4
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if you have acpi in your kernel, you can simply cat /proc/acpi/battery... (I'm not 100% sure of the exact path, when you reach the end of the directory structure it's in status or info. You just compare the current level with the last maximum level and you'll have a clue).

I do believe though that gnome has an applet to show the battery status, I used to have that on my laptop. It definitely needs acpi on my machine, and of course the battery module must be loaded.
 
Old 09-13-2004, 10:24 PM   #5
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For the battery level you will need to right click on an empty space on your task bar. Choose Add to panel -->Utilities -->Battery Charge.

I believe ACPI will be loaded, if not you may need to check /boot/grub/grub.conf after the line that starts with kernel at the end add acpi=on. In my case acpi=on isn't needed because FC2 automatically started using acpi.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 07:15 AM   #6
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Littleking - same problem with wifi card?

I downloaded the Linuxant driver and during setup had the adapter working (LED lights on) but once I rebooted it does not seem to be detected either if I insert it while Fedora (core 2) is "up" or during the boot.

When I try to activate Eth1 in the Config-network dialogue it says it can't control the device. Am I having the same problem you did or an I being "thick" about how to activate adapters in Linux? Does it have to do with this "hotplug" setting?

Pardon if I'm being a hack; I'm a relative newbie too.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 12:08 PM   #7
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Disregard Above

Disregard the above, I got it working!!!!
 
  


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