Dell Latitude D600 & Ubuntu: Force ACPI to Use Both Wireless and Battery Meter

Dell Latitude D600 & Ubuntu: Force ACPI to Use Both Wireless and Battery Meter by David Whelan I spent a lot of time trying to get this laptop to properly use the wireless card. You can see my travails on another post. But once I got the Intel Mini PCI B 2100 wireless card working using the ACPI=OFF switch in my Grub boot file, I could no longer see what was going on with my battery. This is a problem because the batteries I have are old and run down quickly. I seem to have found a solution that enables me to use both wireless AND monitor my battery level.

There’s not that much more to say.  Instead of leaving the line in your Grub2 file – at /etc/default/grub – as acpi=off, try converting it to acpi=force.  When I restarted, my battery icon immediately appeared on the top panel.

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David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.