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No Battery Indicator on my Acer

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    No Battery Indicator on my Acer


    I have windows 8 installed on my Acer Aspire TimelineX and everything is working great, but sometimes I have the battery indicator, and sometimes I don't , I hate not knowing when my laptops gunna die, I included a screenshot to show you what I mean.
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  2. #2


    Hi nhellman,
    Go to Control panel, All control panel items (view by small icons) then Notification Area Icons, now you can enable Battery charge indicator. HTH.
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    yeah, I tried that, it's greyed out like it is on a desktop computer
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  4. #4


    You could try running sfc /scannow, may be some sytem files corrupted.
    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8

    EDIT: You can also do a Refresh but it's a bit too much work as you have to install the programs and the drivers again after the refresh.
    Refresh Windows 8
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    Posts : 14
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    Ok, well I tried that, it fixed some files, but I still can't get the power icon to show
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    windows 8 consumer


    Friend, I have the same exact laptop as you do. I fear we may have the same problem. I have refreshed my pc, and I have reset the entire thing, but to no avail. Go to power options and begin to edit a setting. See if you can still make a setting for when the cord is plugged in and when the laptop is on battery. Over time, the features for my battery dwindled after installing windows 8. At first, I just couldn't see the icon. Then, I couldn't change the power options for when it's plugged in and when it's not. Now, the computer is saying that my mousepad is an external mouse. I fear my laptop believes it's a desktop, for it will not acknowledge the power source. I've downloaded an external widget to monitor my battery, but when it's not plugged in, the widget reads my battery as "external power source"; thus, it thinks i'm always plugged in.
    I do not know what is wrong with our laptops. But, this is an aggravating problem for me. I don't know what features are going to drop next. I just checked and now the power icon in the customize window is completely absent.
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    Posts : 14
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    Man, it does seem like out laptop have the mind of a desktop (they wish), well all I can hope is that it's fixed in the next release

    thanks for the replies everyone
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1
    windows 8


    Same issue, found a fix:

    Go to device manager, right click and uninstall "microsoft compliant ac adapter"

    go to action>scan for new hardware.

    It'll find the battery and you wont even need to reboot :-)
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  9. #9


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    omg your a god!! thank you very much, that worked
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by nhellman View Post
    omg your a god!! thank you very much, that worked
    I just signed up here to reply to this topic

    Nhellman I'm sure it will disappear again once you restart your computer, unfortunately....

    I had the same problem, and ended up reinstalling. I installed W8 again today in dual-boot and I have the same problem, and once again I've returned to W7.

    This looks like it's a general problem for Acer Timeline machines, because I've seen this problem in other forums as well, and they all have Acer Timelines.

    A temporary fix is to scan for new hardware and then it will detect battery and install Microsoft ACPI driver, but when you restart it's gone.

    If this could be fixed permanently, I'd use W8 as my main OS!
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