Every time I turn on my computer, I see a message saying something like:

Your battery may be old or broken.

I am already aware that my battery is bad. How do I suppress this message?


4 Answers 4


Maybe these instructions will help you to get rid of that message.

Added instructions from the link, Alt+F2, then type in gconf-editor.

Navigate to /apps/gnome-power-manager/notify/low_capacity and untick the value.

Or a single command:

gconftool --set /apps/gnome-power-manager/notify/low_capacity --type boolean false

This worked for me:

If you have a machine with Windows as a dual-boot option, you can boot to Windows and let the battery recharge here. When the battery has recharged for a while, you can boot to Ubuntu and let it do the rest.

  • The message mean the maximum power of the battery is lower then specified by manufacturer. Probably because it is too old. Recharging cannot help.
    – Honza
    Aug 24, 2017 at 9:04

I run this:

gconftool --set /org/mate/power-manager/notify-low-power --type boolean false
gconftool --set /org/mate/power-manager/notify-low-capacity --type boolean false

In Ubuntu mate, gconf editor is not installed by default and installing it will not help.

Instead, you should use dconf editor.
You will need to navigate to /org/mate/power-manager and then untick notify-low-capacity.

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