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Old 01-04-2007, 02:53 PM   #1
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Weird Battery Monitor with FC6 and Acer Aspire 5601

I have installed Fedora Core 6 onto my Acer Aspire 5601, and it works well, except the battery monitor appears to be broken.

When I am on battery power, it only reports how much battery is remaining to the nearest 33%, and with that gives a life of either 1 or 3 hours. When it is plugged in and charging, it gives more accurate figures (closest 15-20% or so) and with that says that if I was to unplug my laptop, it would have a two minute life.

I have made sure that I have the correct kernel architecture for what it should, an i686 kernel installed.

What is causingt his problem and can anything be done to rectify and fix it?
Old 01-04-2007, 03:57 PM   #2
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Please install the acpitool rpm package from Fedora Extras, as root type from the console or xterm session; yum install acpitool

And if have not done so also do; yum install updates

After you done installing from the console or xterm session type; acpitool -B
Are the results a bit better and more clear to understand??

You might want to check here and see if a BIOS update fixes the problem;

Old 01-04-2007, 05:05 PM   #3
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Ok, I installed acpitool and it gave me the correct information for my battery. I also ran yum update to make sure that everything was up to date and was, but I still get the incorrect information on the gui one. Is there a way of making the gui one show the same as the acpitool -B as I would rather not have to type that command in all the time when I want to check the battery life?
I would rather use the gui one if it would somehow work.


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