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Time Remaing on Battery indicator

by HeyRobi / October 2, 2005 6:05 PM PDT

I just purchased a Pavillion dv4000 and I noticed that when you run the mouse over the battery indicator it only displays percantage of battery not the time remaing. Is there a setting somwhere or something I can do to make it appear? I have tried uninstalling the things in the battery section of device properties and something else in the sytem section. (Hp told me to do it!)

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by TuneUp / October 2, 2005 6:28 PM PDT

In Windows XP there may or may not be a program that tells you the remaining time of the battery indicator windows xp cannot switch itself to be timed only works with percentages though what you can do is adjust the low battery warning indicator by your choice here is a link that shows you how to set it up

Scroll down until you see Adjusting Low Battery Warnings

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My XP pro doesn't show
by nino88 / October 2, 2005 6:29 PM PDT

either. But my other notebooks with xp home shows the time remaining.

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by HeyRobi / October 2, 2005 6:33 PM PDT
In reply to: My XP pro doesn't show

I have home edition. It works on my other laptop. It might be becasue its a Lithium battery!

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logically, it can't be done (IMO)
by jonah jones / October 2, 2005 6:33 PM PDT

if time=%age of battery power/"what you want to do"

if you just email and surf, it could be 4 hours, edit videos and it could be 10 minutes +/-

jonah "can't remember when his battery was alive" jones


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Time remaining for battery power.
by Papa Echo / October 2, 2005 6:49 PM PDT

Indications of battery remaining whether in % of battery power or time in hour or minutes, depend on the ''Bttery Power Management'' application program which came with your computer. Does your computer, the Pavillion dv4000 , have the option to display remainimg batery power in terms of time indications ?

You probably won't get a ''time remaining'' indictor because power usage depends on how you use the computer, what progams are run, devices attached, etc.,so it is more accurate or meaningful to give a % indicator, e.g. 50% may mean 2 hours with normal word processing usage or 30 minutes if you are on graphics design and do a lot of printing. Of course, it is possible to have a program which detects what devices are attached and used, the programs being run, etc., and the power consumed by each and everything at any one moment and provide the ''power remaining'' information in terms of time indicators, but that will raise the cost of computers, and manufacturers are trying to keep the cost down.

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Time left
by glb613 / October 2, 2005 8:19 PM PDT

is a guess as best. A lot depends on what you are doing with the computer. Even if you do find a setting or program to show the time left, it probably won't be accurate.

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