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I have been using Ubuntu 11.04 on DELL Inspiron 14R (N5010) laptop for last three months. Before I switch to Ubuntu my laptop battery used to give 2.5 hrs to 3 hrs back-up. But since I have been using Ubuntu, it has been reduced to 1hr to 1.5 hrs at max.

I tried following commands:

cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/state

Which gave result as:

present:                 yes
capacity state:          ok
charging state:          charged
present rate:            1 mA
remaining capacity:      4400 mAh
present voltage:         12407 mV

Then I tried acpi -b, that resulted in:

Battery 0: Unknown, 100%

When I gave command as upower -i /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT0

native-path: /sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/device:00/PNP0C0A:00/power_supply/BAT0

model:                DELL W7H3N08
serial:               7114
power supply:         yes
updated:              Sat Nov 24 11:25:34 2012 (21 seconds ago)
has history:          yes
has statistics:       yes

present:             yes
rechargeable:        yes
state:               fully-charged
energy:              48.4748 Wh
energy-empty:        0 Wh
energy-full:         48.4748 Wh
energy-full-design:  48.9595 Wh
energy-rate:         0.011017 W
voltage:             12.408 V
percentage:          100%
capacity:            52.9253%
technology:          lithium-ion
  • Someone please let me know, what is going wrong with my laptop?
  • How can I get charging with full capacity?
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Can you supply the output from running: cat /sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/uevent then we can see exactly what the battery is informing the operating system via the ACPI _BST, _BIX (or _BIF) controls. From that we should be able to deduce if the battery is fully charged or if a cell has died. – Colin Ian King Nov 24 '12 at 10:27
can you charge full capasity when laptop close ? – user84277 Nov 24 '12 at 10:31
I'm having a similar issue in which I have installed a new battery that will not charge to it's full capacity. I'm looking for a manner to change some setting in which Ubuntu will allow a full charge, I have a feeling that this has to do with a design in Ubuntu that may be improved upon and is not an issue with Batteries. POWER_SUPPLY_STATUS=Discharging POWER_SUPPLY_PRESENT=1 POWER_SUPPLY_TECHNOLOGY=Li-ion POWER_SUPPLY_CYCLE_COUNT=0 POWER_SUPPLY_VOLTAGE_MIN_DESIGN=23644000 POWER_SUPPLY_VOLTAGE_NOW=23644000 POWER_SUPPLY_CURRENT_NOW=1995000 POWER_SUPPLY_CHARGE_FULL_DESIGN=6000000 POWER_SUPPLY_CH – user139557 Mar 12 '13 at 1:03

Kindly go through the ACPI Problem and regression problem occured during the period from the ubuntu 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10.. Try to install the ubuntu 12.04 or the newer version . Or else check with the installing the Jupiter app. which is mainly developed eee asus .

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Installing jupiter will not get to the root cause, that is a distraction from solving this user's problem. – Colin Ian King Nov 24 '12 at 10:25

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