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Old 12-24-2003, 03:44 AM   #1
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How to show battery monitor on laptop


hi folks,
I am running Fedora Core 1 (GNOME Desktop) on my laptop. I have been trying to find battery monitoring software on the web that will display my laptop battery status in the systray. My search brought up utilities like battstat , gLaptop that resulted in installation failures. Any recommendations?

In fact, I read somewhere that there is a GNOME battery applet installed with Fedora but how do I use it? I heeded some suggestions to include "acpi=on" in my /etc/grub.conf file which resulted in my laptop screen hanging during system reboot. Booting becomes successful only when I removed the "acpi=on" from the "kernel...."line in grub.conf during system startup. Any suggestions about how I should do this? If successful, how do I add the battery monitor to the systray/panel?

Please help!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

Frustrated,
Bryan
 
Old 12-24-2003, 02:57 PM   #2
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A battery monitor is installed by default in KDE (in Mandrake). You could try that.
 
Old 12-24-2003, 04:13 PM   #3
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To put the battery monitor on right click on the panel in an open space a menu comes up goto Add to Panel-->Utility-->Battery Monitor it will show up on the panel. As for the acpi where did you place the line acpi=on at?
 
Old 12-24-2003, 10:20 PM   #4
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Hi JayCnrs,
currently, "add to menu" does not appear by right clicking on my GNOME panel.
I added the "acpi=on" to the line almost at the end of grub.conf that starts with "kernel.......".
 
Old 12-25-2003, 12:14 AM   #5
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Here is where I placed acpi=on:

Quote:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2129.nptl ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi acpi=on rhgb
As for the right clicking I had to move some of my shortcuts over to open up a space.

Such as shrink the taskbar then move over the pager, the four squares by right clicking and moving it towards the taskbar, then right click in the spot opened up between the last icon and the pager, you should then see Add to panel
 
Old 12-26-2003, 10:36 PM   #6
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JayCnrs,
it works!.....but with a catch....

As I am using a linksys card to surf the Internet wirelessly, the system hangs everytime on reboot if my card is inserted in the pcmcia slot (that is, after I have added "acpi-on" to my grub.conf file and reboot). Specifically, it hangs at the line "mounting filesystems.." right after "loading pcmcia".....

The system will boot up normally with the battery monitor working perfectly only if I do not insert the linksys card at the time of booting. After successfully booting into the GNOME interface, the system will still hang if I suddenly insert the card in the slot again.

I read about APM management at the Battery Powered Linux Mini-HOWTO webpage and it suggests recompiling the pcmcia linux drivers. How do i do it ? Is it the right solution?

Please help!!!!!! Thanks

Frustrated,
Bryan
 
  


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