Battery Working, but not Charging

Peter Silva peter at bsqt.homeip.net
Mon Jul 18 15:08:15 UTC 2016


I don't know how to bottom post.  I googled and it doesn't seem
possible with gmail, which forces top posting.   any ideas (other than
not using gmail which is impractical for me.)

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 10:40 AM, Colin Law <clanlaw at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 18 July 2016 at 15:35, Peter Silva <peter at bsqt.homeip.net> wrote:
>> OK, to determine if really charging, then try this in a terminal:
>>
>> upower -i /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT0
>>
>> Look at energy rate...
>
> Please don't top post.  Thanks.
> Much simpler for the OP who seems to be having difficulty with
> understanding just to run it for two hours, switch to Windows, and see
> if it is charged.
>
> Useful command though, so thanks for that.
>
> Colin
>
>>
>> On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 9:34 AM, Colin Law <clanlaw at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On 18 July 2016 at 14:02, Peter Silva <peter at bsqt.homeip.net> wrote:
>>>> OK, lets fix power usage first... (not worrying about indicator for now.)
>>>
>>> Better to find out whether it is actually charging first.
>>>
>>> Colin
>>>
>>>>
>>>> sudo apt-get install powertop
>>>>
>>>> sudo powertop
>>>>
>>>> This ranks stuff running in order of power consumption.  but not
>>>> obvious, for example, first line on my laptop is bogus, assigning all
>>>> hardware consumption to an ethernet interface.  so since it is hard to
>>>> interpret, please just  copy/paste the first five lines to get an idea
>>>> of the top few processes running.
>>>>
>>>> Generally:
>>>>
>>>> Do you have two graphics cards (i.e. Nvidia Optimus?) ?
>>>> Having it use intel by default, and using primusrun to only use nvidia
>>>> when needed will save a lot of power as well.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> How are your ACPI settings, if you a booting with ACPI=off... well
>>>> that's going to consume a lot.   Can you adjust screen brightness  ?
>>>> Need to know the specific brand and model of laptop to research solutions
>>>> as there are many variations in power management, ACPI settings and such.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 8:43 AM, Ralf Mardorf <silver.bullet at zoho.com> wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:34:51 +1000, Karl Auer wrote:
>>>>>>On Mon, 2016-07-18 at 19:11 +0700, Didik Setiawan wrote:
>>>>>>> If I boot into Windows and I plug the ac adapter in, then the battery
>>>>>>> indicator will always charging. That's not happen when I use
>>>>>>> Ubuntu.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>Forget the indicator!
>>>>>>
>>>>>>Tell us: Does the battery charge when using Ubuntu, or not?
>>>>>>
>>>>>>We are trying to find out whether your problem is
>>>>>>
>>>>>>a) the indicator is not working as expected; or
>>>>>>
>>>>>>b) your laptop does not charge when Ubuntu is running; or
>>>>>>
>>>>>>c) both.
>>>>>
>>>>> Perhaps d), too?
>>>>>
>>>>> d) It's charging when using Ubuntu, but some software needs that much
>>>>> resources, that the consumption is higher than the charging.
>>>>>
>>>>> ;)
>>>>>
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