Presario 1200 laptop not displaying battery meter


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I have a Compaq presario 1200 with XP pro recently installed on it.
Everything has been working fine but the power options. When the machine is
plugged in to AC it displays the power cord icon in the sys tray. But after i
unplug it from the AC the icon stays there and for all it knows it is still
plugged it, not running off a battery. As a laptop user obviously i need to
know what my batterys charge is at and i havent been able to figure it out.
Anyone out there have the answer!?!
~Apollyon62s
 
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I have a Compaq presario 1200 with XP pro recently installed on it.
Everything has been working fine but the power options. When the machine is
plugged in to AC it displays the power cord icon in the sys tray. But after i
unplug it from the AC the icon stays there and for all it knows it is still
plugged it, not running off a battery. As a laptop user obviously i need to
know what my batterys charge is at and i havent been able to figure it out.
Anyone out there have the answer!?!
~Apollyon62s

The answer is to get on the HP Compaq web site and download a new
power monitor utility that works with XP. Notebook computers are
proprietary and usually require special utilities and drivers to
support functions such as the battery/AC power monitor.
 
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Guest

I talked to a compaq support person for and while and she never mentioned
that, i'll try and find it on there. Thank you for your tip
~Apollyon62s
 
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Guest

Unfortunatly i searched the website and the only drivers or updates for Xp
that i found are all un-related to power management. There are some for the
touchpad, and some clipart. There is another one called "ROMPaq" and under it
is listed 12xl and 1200xx series system ROM Updates. What is this update? i
am not sure what ROM is.
 
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CS

Unfortunatly i searched the website and the only drivers or updates for Xp
that i found are all un-related to power management. There are some for the
touchpad, and some clipart. There is another one called "ROMPaq" and under it
is listed 12xl and 1200xx series system ROM Updates. What is this update? i
am not sure what ROM is.

That's not what you need. Do not install ROM updates from Compaq
unless you've been specifically instructed by support to do so.

If you can't get an updated power monitor utility from Compaq, you may
have to try and obtain a third party utility which will do the same
thing. A Google search turned up this one. It's also free so you've
nothing to lose by trying it.

http://www.softforall.com/Utilities/System/BatteryMon09140150.htm

Good luck and let us know if it works for you.
 
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Guest

Thank you for the idea, however even the batterymon program suggested doesnt
think that there is a battery. Even when it is only running off of the
battery. It thinks that it is still plugged in! I tried to uninstall the ACPI
fixed feature button hoping that on boot up it would re-install the power
managment which it did, however it did not change anything else. How
frustrating!
 
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Apollyon62s said:
I have a Compaq presario 1200 with XP pro recently installed on it.
Everything has been working fine but the power options. When the machine is
plugged in to AC it displays the power cord icon in the sys tray. But after i
unplug it from the AC the icon stays there and for all it knows it is still
plugged it, not running off a battery. As a laptop user obviously i need to
know what my batterys charge is at and i havent been able to figure it out.
Anyone out there have the answer!?!
~Apollyon62s
 
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Guest

I developed this problem on my Dell. After weeks of back-and-forth, they now
insist the motherboard has gone bad. I have not sent it in for repair yet, as
I am trying to exhaust all inexpensive second opinions.
 
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I don't buy Dell's excuse...
I have had the same problem on my Presario 1150 laptop from day 1. Dell told
me there is a software conflict (of course they loaded all the software) and
that seems to be true...When I first turn on the machine the power meter is
not there. If I softboot, it shows up. Dell offered no explaination, but I
doubt it's a motherboard problem. Try doing the softboot and see if that
works.
 

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