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Author Topic: Battery monitor in VextorLinux 6.0 Light  (Read 5693 times)
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« on: May 03, 2009, 11:26:05 pm »

I am running VectorLinux 6.0 Light on an ASUS L-7200. A ten year old laptop. It works very well.
There is only one thing. I want a battery monitor. How can I get a battery monitor in IceWM ?
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009, 04:04:47 am »

Light includes gkrellm, which has a battery monitor. Conky is another system monitor, it can be installed using gslapt.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009, 05:01:48 am »

You can get a batt status on the taskbar in ice wm by editing your ~/.icewm/preferences
Find the line that reads
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TaskBarShowAPMStatus=0
Change that 0 to a 1

In the same area, you find another line to display the battery remaining time....

You dont get an icon, but at least a time.... helps
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009, 04:52:01 am »

Thanks, that did the trick.
A nice looking battery icon showing the percentage of charged level would have been perfect, though.

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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2009, 05:02:21 am »

Thanks, that did the trick.
A nice looking battery icon showing the percentage of charged level would have been perfect, though.

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I agree, but I dont think this is possible in a minimalistic wm like icewm.
xfce has what you're looking for, but it's a bit heavier.

LXDE even offers something in the middle of both worlds. Not as fancy looking as XFCE, and not as minimalistic as icewm.
They just offer a mini vertical progressbar.
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2009, 05:09:13 am »

But, the CPU load and network load indcators is kind of advanced in IceWM, so the battery indicator could easily, at least, have been like the one you describe in LXDE.

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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2009, 09:16:56 am »

http://www.nabble.com/acpi-batter-monitor-td6110700.html
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2009, 12:51:44 pm »

During the development of Light, I looked for such a battery monitor icon without much luck. My solution was to use gkrellm, remove all the other modules, and use the "invisible" skin. That left me with a nice indicator bar on the desktop that would give the percentage and a "progress bar".
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2009, 05:14:18 pm »

If you set TaskBarShowAPMTime to 0 in the preferences file it shows the percentage of the battery capacity instead of the time. And also a C for Charging and a P for Powersupply.
For me it's almost like an icon.
Code:
TaskBarShowAPMTime
#  Show APM status on task bar in time-format
TaskBarShowAPMTime=0 # 0/1
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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2009, 02:25:20 am »

If you set TaskBarShowAPMTime to 0 in the preferences file it shows the percentage of the battery capacity instead of the time. And also a C for Charging and a P for Powersupply.
For me it's almost like an icon.
Code:
TaskBarShowAPMTime
#  Show APM status on task bar in time-format
TaskBarShowAPMTime=0 # 0/1

Nice one! Works like a spell!
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