Questions about battery usage and issues in Ubuntu.

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Tips to extend battery life for laptops and notebooks

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Why does my computer get less battery life with Ubuntu compared to Windows?

Last year I purchased a Dell Inspiron 5315 laptop shipping with Windows 7 preinstalled. I installed Ubuntu 10.10 alongside it with dual-booting. On upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10, I was upset to find I now ...
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How to check battery status using terminal?

I would like a command that check the battery status through the terminal
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Battery drain on ubuntu is fast [duplicate]

My battery drain on win7 is less than that of ubuntu (around 45 min of difference). Can you advice me something to get best battery performance on my laptop? when I decrease the brightness it remains ...
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How to get the correct battery status?

At this moment, ever since I installed Ubuntu on this machine, the battery status says: not present. Looking at this answer, however, I find that /proc/acpi/battery/BAT1/info (sometimes its ...
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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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Battery life decreased after upgrade to 11.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my computer get less battery life with Ubuntu compared to Windows? After upgrading from Ubuntu 10.10, my battery life has decreased dramatically. There was a ...
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Battery indicator is stuck on “estimating”?

After installing Ubuntu 10.10, the battery indicator worked fine (both percent remaining and estimation on time). I then installed and configured some software (Skype, Pidgin, Thunderbird, removed ...
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The battery indicator in Unity panel not showing up

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 with Wubi. Well after being completely dazzled with the amount of free content in the Software Centre, I decided to go deeper and start messing with settings. Well after ...
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Laptop immediately suspends when going onto battery power

I've got an MSI Wind, model U100 that's been running Ubuntu without trouble for a long while. After upgrading to 10.04 a few months ago, I've had this strange problem. As soon as I unplug the laptop ...
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Laptop battery life drastically decreased compared to Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my computer get less battery life with Ubuntu compared to Windows? I am running Ubuntu 10.10 on my Dell Studio XPS 1640 and have about one hour of battery life ...
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How can I get notification when my laptop battery gets fully charged?

Sometimes my charger remains plugged into laptop even after charging is complete. Is there a way to get a pop-up message/notification when my battery gets full due to charging or is there any ...
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Always be 100% bright when I'm using battery

When I'm using battery only - Ubuntu turns in some mode, when If I do not use my PC for about 5-10 seconds - the screeen becomes darker. Where do turn this option off? Because I often need to read ...
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“On battery” is not recognized

I have just bought a lovely ThinkPad Edge 11 which have ~6 hours of surfing in Windows 7. But unfortunately, a clean Ubuntu 10.10 give me max 4 hours which is not satisfactorily. Therefore I have ...
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How to change critically low battery value?

I would like my laptop to hibernate itself when the battery level is 10% to be sure it has enough power to complete the operation properly. Actually if I don't pay attention my laptop informs me it ...
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display brightness problem with ubuntu 13.04

I have a Dell Inspiron 5520 with intel core i7 and AMD Graphics card. It used to work fine with Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 12.10. Now I tried to install Ubuntu 13.04 but i can't change display ...
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Kernel patch that solves battery issues when for ubuntu ? [closed]

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTAxNDM When will this come for ubuntu ? I am getting tired with my 11.10 dieing at little over 50 minutes of battery when at the most extreme ...
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Battery Critically Low at 85%?

I, along with many others, have been experiencing a problem with our Ubuntu 11.10 installations on our battery-powered laptop devices: The computer misreads information from the battery, so it thinks ...
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How to stop turning off sequence when power manager says that battery is too low and want to power down?

According to this thread I can disable this thing altogether but this battery-critical-power-down not always happens. Is there a way or terminal command that can stop the power manager shutting down ...
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How to enable laptop-mode?

Laptop-mode is said to be one of the energy efficiency boosters for Linux. Now, sources I found say that to activate you need to: install laptop-mode-tools append LAPTOP_MODE_ENABLED=true (if it ...
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Battery icon changed?

I don't know what happened, but today when I logged in to Ubuntu 12.04, the battery icon looked strange (when unplugged): When it's plugged, the icon looks as always been, the problem is when it's ...
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Battery not detected

As the title say my laptop battery is not detected in maverick. I'm using ubuntu since ever and I've never come across this problem. I have a msi ms-171f vr705 series and everything is working fine ...
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Why does my laptop overheat and discharge faster in Ubuntu than Windows? [duplicate]

I am new to Linux. I have a Dell Inspiron 15 with a 1st generation Intel Core i3 and Ubuntu 12.10. My laptop gets heated quickly which doesn't happen on Windows. Also the battery is discharged faster ...
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Is Ubuntu Battery Management Better Than Windows?

Is Ubuntu battery management better than Windows ? I have noticed that in Windows 7 a fully charged battery shows 3:30 minutes but in Ubuntu it shows 2:00 hours ... !!! so what is the power ...
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How to charge the battery till 60-80% only?

I just got my laptop's battery replaced and read a bit about how to prolong it's life. Most people say that the best choice is not to charge it will 100%, but rather to 60-80%. My battery is quite ...
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Can I set the power indicator to show battery percentage instead of time remaining?

It's great that the indicator applet tells me I have 2 hours and 12 minutes of battery left, or that it will be charged in 1 hour 8 minutes, but I might well change my pattern of usage during that ...
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Application to display battery info

First of all, I am not sure the title of this question is the most appropriate however this is what I meant to say, There are many ways to extend the life of a laptop battery. One way is by not ...
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Regardless of battery charge, when unplugged Ubuntu displays critical battery message and hibernates

Regardless of battery charge, when unplugged Ubuntu displays critical battery message and hibernates. I can only seem to change it to either shutdown or hibernate. This does not happen when using ...
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Is there any utility to check whether my laptop battery is in healthy condition or not?

Is there any utility available on Ubuntu to check whether laptop battery is in healthy condition or not?
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Where do I set use_time_for_policy?

Where do i find the "use_time_for_policy" fix in ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot? This post fixed it before. Laptop immediately suspends when going onto battery power I installed dconf-tools ...
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12.04 hangs at “checking battery state”

My 12.04 system hangs at "Checking battery state". At this stage, no commands work eg: Ctrl+Alt+f1, or Alt+f5. I ran recovery mode, and ran the following commands: sudo mount -o remount, rw / sudo ...
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Battery Time To Empty Incorrectly Estimated

My laptop battery is getting a old but it still gives me approx one hour [ 1½ hours on Windows]. The problem is that when I disconnect the power cord [or log on without the power cord ], the estimated ...
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Lenovo Y460 won't boot most of the time unless plugged in

My laptop won't boot Natty beta 2 unless it is plugged in most of the time (like 2 out of 3 times). After it is booted I am able to unplug it and let it run on battery power with no problems. ...
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How to reduce the fan noise and how to increase battery life?

I have a brand new Sony Vaio S series laptop.(VPCSA2DGX) It came factory installed with Windows 7 professional Edition 64bit. Runs Intel core i5, 500 GB HDD , 4GB Ram. First I installed ubuntu 11.10 ...
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Battery indicator missing in gnome classic

I had upgraded to ubuntu 12.04 from Ubuntu 11.10 and I am also using gnome classic. But the Battery indicator is Missing in the taskbar. So i followed the link ...
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Is there a tweak to show a percentage in the battery icon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I set the power indicator to show battery percentage instead of time remaining? I'm use to not having to click on the battery icon to see what my battery percentage ...
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boot stuck on “checking battery state [ok]”

loaded ubuntu 12.10 but during boot gets stuck at checking battery state [ok]. It appears its some kind of loop where this message keeps repeating. Any idea on how to fix?
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Battery status not showing

How do I keep the battery status on as to see how much life is left in my battery? I configured this to be on all the time in the power management but it only shows the amount left when I am charging ...
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Hibernate dialog apears but doesn't hibernate?

Followed this Question and now whenever I press the button hibernate it just take me to the login screen. For critical battery I wanted it to hibernate on specific battery % and for that I followed ...
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Specific short battery life problem with Sony VAIO laptop

(I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 Bit) I have some problems with my laptop's (Sony VAIO VPC-F22S1E) battery . It's fullly charging about 3-4 hours (while using) and 2-3 hours (when shutdowned) . And ...
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How do I get rid of double battery monitor status? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Two battery indicator symbols, how do I get rid of one? It seems there is a bug that displays an extra battery monitor in Oneiric. From what I found, it is not right in ...
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Timed Shutdown - shutdown after 30 minutes [duplicate]

I am running Xubuntu 13.04, I got in the habbit of closing my Acer Netbook and forgetting about it for a week+. I open it up to find it has still been running. How do I set it to shutdown after 15 ...
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Increase screen idle dim timeout

On Ubuntu 11.10, when on battery, the screen dims after 10 seconds of inactivity. This is annoying because it is too short. Is there anyway to increase this timeout? I know I can disable it, but ...
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Suspend when critically low power 11.10

Is there a way to suspend when Ubuntu is at critically low power. The only option in Ubuntu 11.10 power setting is to shutdown or hibernate. I run my battery all the way down till it suspends then i ...
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The battery indicator& Power setting panel shows wrong battery state

My laptop is Thinkpad E420 with Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit installed, the kernel version is 3.2.0-33-generic. I have set the battery threshold as 60% via windows7. It seems that the threshold auto effected ...
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How to see 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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What is an ACPI GPE storm?

Just experienced a system freeze (no touchpad, no keyboard, screen looked normal), Alt/SysRq/REISUB didn't work, had to press the start button. In var/log/kern.log I find "ACPI: EC: GPE storm ...
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Battery indicator missing, ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

There is a closed , question at Battery Indicator Missing. But I have the problem and have not found any solution yet. Also asked a question about it on Launchpad but no replies again. ...
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Lubuntu - xfce4-power-manager alternative

Can I uninstall xfce4-power-manager and set my suspend settings somewhere else? How would I be able to check my battery status? I would like to get rid of xfce4-power-manager because of my problems ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Battery problem

I have my laptop ( Dell Inspiron 14R) on dual boot with Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7. While using Windows 7, I used to get about 2.5-3 hours on battery fully charged (with my cellphone connected for 3g ...