Questions about battery usage and issues in Ubuntu.

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Battery indicator has disappeared from Gnome panel

I'm using Gnome Flashback (still the best!) on Ubuntu 14.04. In the Indicator app, it used to always show the battery level indicator. Now, it's missing entirely: I've looked in the power settings ...
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Lenovo g500 on ubuntu, battery won't charge over 59%

When I had windows I used lenovo energy managment and set the battery to charge up to 60% only as it recommended it to me. Yesterday I switched to Ubuntu and now I have this problem. It would be great ...
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No battery icon in Ubuntu Gnome 14.04

I'm using an Asus K56CB Laptop and I just upgraded from Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 to Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 (Gnome shell 3.10.4) however now I don't have a battery icon in the upper right-hand corner. Also the ...
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How do I get my power indicator to reliably warn me before shutting off my laptop?

A while back I was having trouble because my power indicator for my laptop running Ubuntu never warned me when the power was about to go off. That was when using Ubuntu 14.04, and to be honest, I ...
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Laptop battery always discharging

I have a fully up to date Ubuntu 14.04 on my Asus X550DP laptop. My problem is that the battery is always discharging. When I plug the AC adapter in, it charges battery up to around 96% and stops ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS drains my Samsung Series 9 900X3C ultrabook's battery extremely fast. Is there anything I can do to fix that?

The title basically says it all. My Samsung Series 9 900X3C ultrabook's battery is in the deep red around barely three hours after disconnecting it from the power - and during most of that time the ...
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14.04 battery status not recognized correctly on MacBook Air

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a MacBook Air 2011. When starting Ubuntu, sometimes the battery state is shown to be empty, although it is not. Hence, automatic shut down takes place. After one or ...
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How do I set the computer to turn off screen when battery is critically low?

I read in this answer that to set the configuration to suspend we need to type: gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power critical-battery-action 'suspend' However I want just to turn ...
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Battery efficiency issue in Ubuntu 14.04

I have an HP Probook 440 G2, with an intel core i5-4210U processor. I have dual boot windows 8.1 installation. I get approx 5+ hours of battery backup in Windows 8.1 and approx 2+ hours in Ubuntu. My ...
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how to disable charging in ubuntu when battery level is above 80 percent?

I tried various tutorials to stop charging laptop battery but it is not working on my Lenovo laptop. I tried following commands: sudo apt-get install tp-smapi-dkms sudo modprobe tp_smapi ...
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Charging only ever reaches 95%

I am using Ubuntu 14.10. And my computer is always attached to an AC power source thus it is always charging. But I have noticed that my battery says it is charged when I click on the battery icon in ...
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Toshiba Portege r100 No Longer Recognizes Second Battery

This is what I posted on the Toshiba forums, but posting here, in case there's a clever Ubuntu angle I can use: Now the second battery is not recognized. The light doesn't come on (in the r100's row ...
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How do I disable low and critical battery notifications in 14.10?

The frequency of these warnings is too high and I don't need to be nagged into plugging in my laptop. How do I disable them entirely?
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Power Management

I'm running Ubuntu on an Acer Aspire V Nitro - VN7-571G laptop. The battery should last for 8.5 hours with Windows 8.1, but with Ubunt the battery drains in about 3 hours. Acer has no drivers for ...
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Ubuntu consumes more battery's power than Windows 8.1

I have installed Ubuntu 14.10 with Windows 8.1 dual boot. I have noticed that Ubuntu gives 3hr and Windows 4hr battery timing. Why?
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14.04 Laptop battery time increasing and decreasing

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 in my new laptop. Every thing is fine except the battery timing. When it is 100% fully charged the time starts from 16 hours and drops to 2 hours in just seconds ...
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Netbook Edition battery life - Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu?

I've been running UNR on my eee 1000 pretty much since it came out over a year ago (I was using easy-peasy before that), but I'm curious about the new Kubuntu netbook edition. Ultimately, KDE is ...
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Battery indicator ALWAYS says Using Battery Power - even when plugged in

I have an ASUS N550JK laptop (BIOS version 204) running Ubuntu 14.04 (3.13.0-43-generic kernel). My issue is that the battery indicator ALWAYS shows that it's using battery power - even when plugged ...
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Battery is fully charged but when I unplug my laptop it shows battery is low

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 on my dell INSPIRON N5110. The battery icon shows the battery is fully charged(when plugged). When I unplug it says that I have low battery and approximately 20 minutes of ...
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Battery Life on Dell

i just installed ubuntu and im gettin around 3 hours of batery life on a full charge and it used to get about 3 times that on windows i already istalled tlp but if there anything i can do to improve ...
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Prevent LED blinking on Sony Vaio

I own a Sony Vaio VPCSB18GG model laptop, running Ubuntu 14.04. The dedicated power button has a LED built-in. The LED glows green when the laptop is being used. But when the battery is say, 30%, it ...
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Are proprietary drivers better for battery life?

I have an Intel HD 4400 onboard video card. I was pondering getting the properitary linux drivers from Intel. Will this increase battery life and performance? Does this apply to other components as ...
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battery recalibration tool Sony Vaio, battery Li-ion

I`m searching for recalibration battery tool for Li-ion battery of my Sony Vaio laptop. Using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Battery last for max. 10 min. there is just just 2 ways to solve it: 1 . recalibrate and ...
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Audio codec consuming high battery power

My powertop reports this for the two audio codec components. 4.85 W 100.0% Device Audio codec hwC0D3: Intel 4.85 W 100.0% Device Audio ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 EliteBook 8460p constant fan, hot, short battery

Finally took the plunge from Ubuntu in VM to wiping Windows and installing Ubuntu 14.04. I'm liking it so far although I've noticed the laptop gets hot very quickly, the fan is constantly on, and the ...
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Battery not working/charging but detected

i have a thinkpad t 410 and ubuntu 14.04 LTS installed. everything worked fine for a long time, but since a week or so my battery is not working properly any more (orange battery light flashing) it ...
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Overheating and battery draining

About a month ago, I installed Ubuntu 14.10 on Lenovo T430 removing the current OS Windows 7. First two - three weeks everything was working smoothly. After then, my laptop started to overheat and ...
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battery died during update from 13.10 to 14.04

Apologies for a deeply rookie error, but any help much appreciated; Whilst updating from 13.10 to 14.04 the power died and now only boots a blank screen. In recovery mode I've tried 'repair broken ...
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How make longer lifetime of battery?

Please help to setup power perfomance on the laptop. Before Ubuntu 14.04 LTS use Win7 and work time was about 4 hours after 1,5-2 hours. Tried everything install Bumblebee, TLP. Lenovo e430 Intel ...
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battery charging problem

My problem reappeared again. I have a Lenovo G780 which originally came with Windows 8 installed, and its power management would charge the battery up to 60%, but Windows crashed, and it was ...
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Battery not detected when laptop is disconnected in Ubuntu 14.04

I have made a fresh Ubuntu 14.04 installation on a Toshiba Satellite L735 laptop and bought a new BTExpert Battery. Strangely, the battery icon does not show ("Show battery status in the menu bar" is ...
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Ubuntu (14.04) freezes on laptop when power not inserted

I use Linux Mint 17 Qiana (on Ubuntu 14.04.1). My laptop is a Dell Inspiron M5110 which has an AMD CPU and an AMD graphics card. When I boot my laptop on battery, no problems occur. When I boot my ...
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How can I limit battery charging to 80% capacity?

I just learned that some Lenovo laptops include a utility that offers to limit battery charging capacity to within 0–80% in order to slow the attenuation of the battery lifespan: How can I do this ...
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Lenovo G40-45 AMD Driver match for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I have Lenovo G40-45 Laptop with specs : AMD A8-6410 Processor Radeon R5 M230 I use Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS for the operating system, overall almost my laptop work properly with Ubuntu, but I ...
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Problem with battery indicator in 14.10

I've got a problem with battery indicator: Ubuntu keeps showing the charging icon although the laptop is not connected to an external power source. Is there any solution?
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Tips to extend battery life for laptops and notebooks

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How can I find the discharge rate of the battery?

Maybe this question was made earlier but I can't find it. I want to see a terminal command or gui program that can show me the discharge rate of the battery. What hardware parts or programs are using ...
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How to repair powerstate (intel_pstate) on Intel Haswell chips?

I recently installed tlp on my Lenovo U430p laptop. After I runned it I noticed significant drop in my laptop's on bettery time. Now my laptop lasts on battery for 2 hours less than before. After ...
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Battery not charging when laptop is in use (14.04)

I have a HP pavilion dv4, with an Intel® Core™ i5-2410M CPU. I switched to Ubuntu 14.04 recently and the battery of my laptop does not appear to charge when in use. It charges when the laptop is ...
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I want to write a Shell program for my Laptop battery

I found many commands that fetch the battery status and Percentage like upower -e and so on. Now, I want to write a shell program for an alert message (As we get during Connected and Disconnected to ...
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Old battery detected

At the end of last year I had to purchase a new batter for my now five year old laptop. After upgrading to 14.04 when it had come out it started to detect my old battery and now displays the percent ...
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Battery indicator displays same percentage, gets stuck on charging/discharging

I'm having a problem with my battery indicator on my MacBook running Ubuntu 14.04. It consistently shows the same percentage until I either restart the computer or resume from suspend. Additionally, ...
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Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and Ubuntu 14.04: Power display not updating

The percentage and remaining battery time display on the top right do not update on my Yoga 2 Pro that is running Ubuntu 14.04. However, if I click on the battery and Power Statistics program starts, ...
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Battery drain in lenovo g400s

I just bought a Lenovo Ideapad g400s (specs http://pastebin.com/VSMBUxFq) and for some reason, my battery only last for like 1 hour, the laptop is brand new, and i already tried everything, from TLP ...
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Java program keeps writing to disk when laptop is running on battery

I notice that when my laptop is running on battery, java applications (e.g. JabRef) will write to HDD every 5 seconds or so, as shown by iotop: 11:05:42 23199 be/4 yopology 0.00 B/s 7.39 K/s ...
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Just installed Ubuntu 14.04 Battery no longer charging past 70%

thanks for the help. I just installed Ubuntu, and it was working fine yesterday. I just fixed my internet connection speed, but now my battery is stuck at 70% charged. It has a symbol that says its ...
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Battery issues - suddenly critical level [Ubuntu 14.04]

Since a week I'm experiencing sudden drops in battery level: it will be around 50-60% and suddenly drop to less than 10% and I get the message the battery level is critically low. Sometimes it doesn't ...
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Power Statistics in Ununtu 14.04 shows me battery percentage = 0%. How to fix it?

in the past days I killed my netbook while booting, then I found that I can't turn it on unless it's connected to AC power. Power statistics tells me the battery is charging, the time to full is 0, ...
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Changing screen Brightness with a script

As you may know, screen brightness drains battery, that's why it is considered a big problem for laptops (at least for me). I can change the screen brightness but every time ubuntu boots up I will ...
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Using a desktop with Ubuntu 14.10…upper right corner says battery is charged 100%, why? (there is no battery)

I've done no modification to the system and I onky use apt-get update/upgrade. Nothing special like dist-upgrade or using beta packages. Should be standard stuff. This happened a couple weeks ago ...