Software on a PC laptop that I actually want!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by cdp788, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    So the other day, my cousin got a compaq (gasp!) laptop... as I was showing him how to use it, I stumbled upon a neat little utility. The laptop came with battery software that would help calibrate it and test for max current. Most interesting, i thought, as a cycle counter that measured how many charge cycles the battery was put through.

    I'm wondering if anyone knew of any software (pref. freeware) like this for our powerbooks. A fwe months ago, i ran across one that tested your battery and "graded" it against other powerbook batteries that had been tested by users. I've had my 12"-er for a little over a year now and am wondering how much time i still have with this battery.
     
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    jacobj

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    Do you have a link to download this little app?

    I wouldn't mind an answer to your question either... I've had my PB for 18 months now and the battery life is starting to taper off.. still acceptable (for a PB, but not great...

    Which reminds me, my battery has never lasted long enough to play a 2hr+ DVD whilst on the road... that bugs me..
     
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    abhishekit

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    There is a command line utility ioreg, write this at the terminal

    ioreg -l | grep -i IOBatteryInfo

    It will show you the capacity and the amperage, from what I have seen, capacity should be around 4600 and amperage around 1200, for pb

    cheers
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's called iBatt. The trial version of the software gives you 10 minutes of limited functionality, but it should be enough.

    http://www.raynersoftware.com/ibatt/
     
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    stoid

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    I did that ioreg -l | grep -i IOBatteryInfo

    it tells me "Capacity"=2938,"Amperage"=1200

    My battery is full and my laptop is only about 10 months old, and I haven't used it on battery all that much, mostly it's on my desk plugged in.

    I recall doing this a few months earlier, and getting similar results. That's only about 64% of theoretical capacity. Do you think that Apple would send me a new battery if I called them?

    edit: searched forums, end of February, i had a result of 3730/4600. My battery is going downhill FAST! :eek:
     

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