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Old 06-17-2004, 06:05 AM   #1
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Fedora core 1 - APM not detecting battery

Am running fedora core 1 on my laptop, and have had problems getting it to pick up the battery.

Following some posts I'd seen on here, I added "acpi=on" to the appropriate line for the kernel in grub.conf.
Then the next few times I tried to boot, the system stalled half way thru the startup process. (no error, it just stopped dead.)

Eventually, I did manage to boot all the way, logged in, and acpi was running and had picked up the battery.
5 seconds later the system did a windows style freeze up on me. (mouse & keyboard unresponsive)

Fortunatley, I had an older kernel installed (the line for which I didn't edit) and booted into this, removed my ammendments to grub.conf and all is now ok....excpet APM is running not acpi, and APM can't pick up my battery.....

any suggestions?
Old 06-17-2004, 03:22 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, ACPI is one of those 2.6 kernel feature Red Hat has elected to backport to their hacked up 2.4 kernels.

You best options are to download and build using the 2.6 kernel (I found fixes a lot, especially on laptops), or try core 2, which may have addressed some of these issues (though I haven't tried it myself).

FYI, I couldn't get the battery meter to work on core 1 or Red Hat Enterprise 3.0 (another hacked up 2.4 kernel).
Old 06-18-2004, 03:48 AM   #3
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That's interesting...seems a bit hit and miss with fedora. Two of my friends have IBM t21 laptops with fedora core 1 loaded same versions of everything (bios, kernel etc) laptop will talk to network printers, the other just doesn't want to know - can't / won't talk to any network printers...

Another friend has core 2 running, and says it's solved loads of problems for him (and created a load more)...klaptop v1.4 seems much better than 1.3 which comes with core 1....I'm downloading core 2 now.


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