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Old 06-28-2006, 02:23 PM   #1
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Need a command/program to find out laptop battery level


I'm running slack 10.2 with 2.4 kernel and the icewm windows manager and I'm trying to find a command or program so I can see (or preferably monitor) my battery life.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.
 
Old 06-28-2006, 02:30 PM   #2
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Slackware comes with Gkrellm which has a battery monitor as well as monitors a lot of other things (which you can turn off if you don't want to see them)
 
Old 06-28-2006, 02:44 PM   #3
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After typing that into the command line nothing seems to happen...

edit- nevermind it was hidden over other windows, but I don't see the battery level...

Last edited by beserkjay; 06-28-2006 at 02:47 PM.
 
Old 06-28-2006, 02:59 PM   #4
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right click on the stack that comes up, you might have to enable the battery monitor (with a checkbox maybe?)
 
Old 06-28-2006, 03:07 PM   #5
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Nothing changes when I enable or disable the battery in the options after right clicking.
 
Old 06-28-2006, 03:58 PM   #6
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Which 2.4 kernel? Bare.i? Or bareacpi.i?
You need acpi enabled to get battery info.
Either install bareacpi (You can use 'pkgtool' as root to do this, just choose 'Install Scripts to run again'), or recompile your kernel with ACPI functions included.

If you choose to recompile, here is an EXCELLENT guide.
 
Old 06-28-2006, 10:06 PM   #7
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Another thing to try
Code:
cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/info
Sample output:

present: yes
design capacity: 47520 mWh
last full capacity: 32840 mWh
battery technology: rechargeable
design voltage: 10800 mV
design capacity warning: 1642 mWh
design capacity low: 200 mWh
capacity granularity 1: 1 mWh
capacity granularity 2: 1 mWh
model number: IBM-08K8193
serial number: 125
battery type: LION
OEM info: SANYO
 
Old 06-28-2006, 10:48 PM   #8
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Mine is cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT1/info
 
Old 06-28-2006, 11:02 PM   #9
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Some laptops (such as mine) use APM rather than ACPI. If that's the case, you'll load the apm module and then type "apm" at the command line to check your battery status.
 
Old 06-29-2006, 04:39 PM   #10
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hmm when I try apm it says I don't have support in this kernel, and I don't have a acpi directory in my proc directory.

Would upgrading to 2.6 kernel allow me to install battery monitoring modules?
 
Old 06-29-2006, 06:39 PM   #11
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Quote:
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Which 2.4 kernel? Bare.i? Or bareacpi.i?
You need acpi enabled to get battery info.
Either install bareacpi (You can use 'pkgtool' as root to do this, just choose 'Install Scripts to run again'), or recompile your kernel with ACPI functions included.

If you choose to recompile, here is an EXCELLENT guide.
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