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Is there a way to monitor the mouse's battery status in Kubuntu? I have a Logitech Wireless Mouse M510 and in Windows I can use the default software (from official site) to monitor battery status and do other things like editing some mouse buttons etc.

Is there any software to do same thing or just monitoring battery status (applets, widgets, software etc.)?

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It appears that only half a year ago some first work was done to get this information through the HID USB interface in the Linux kernel. See this wonderful article if you're interested in technical background. (not an answer, so posting a comment) –  gertvdijk Jan 26 '13 at 21:31
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More specifically, only since June 2012 it's known how the HID++ protocol Logitech uses actually works. This protocol has been released into the public, so it's just a matter of time for this to be included in Ubuntu. Logitech HID++ specification document - it includes "0x1000 Battery Unified Level Status" –  gertvdijk Jan 26 '13 at 21:46

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Using the Solaar program as described in this answer, you can obtain the battery status.

Screenshot of Solaar


warning: technical gibberish below, feel free to skip if you are not interested in hacking this mouse

The M510 is a HID++ 1.0 device judging from the register dump at the Solaar repository. The HID++ 2.0 document that include Battery Unified Level Status as linked by gertvdijk are irrelevant here.

As noted on https://git.lekensteyn.nl/ltunify/tree/registers.txt, the "07" register shows the battery status. If you want to learn more about the technical side, you can read my article about reverse engineering the protocol.

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hi, I have one logitech recevier and both my M150 and my logitech keyboard are connected to it, but the solaar program only recognizes the keyboard and it doesn't find the M150 –  Frank Sep 10 '13 at 9:31
    
it's not paired that's the problem. btw it can't find the command solaar show: gist.github.com/anonymous/72f58a989bdf4d3f92e3 –  Frank Sep 10 '13 at 13:01
    
the problem is that it does not recognize the mouse, I tried to pair it with no success. –  Frank Sep 10 '13 at 17:19
    
With either program? To pair, you must start the pairing proces and have your mouse (M510, not the wired M150 right?) powered off. Then turn it back on and the pairing proces should be complete. Are you sure there is sufficient battery in the mouse? Isn't there a second receiver plugged into another machine? What keyboard do you have and what receiver is it? Unifying, Nano or something else? (please answer all questions, that saves me from repeating them) –  Lekensteyn Sep 10 '13 at 17:30
    
the pairing process doesn't work with solaar, I did not try ltunify. I have M510. I have tried to turn if off and then turn it on (many times). The is sufficient battery. There is only one receiver but it is used for both mouse and keyboard, solaar program only recognizes my keyboard logitech K360. it's a logitech receiver. –  Frank Sep 11 '13 at 17:36

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