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nhellman

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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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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 3830T
    CPU
    Intel i5
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 3000

brummyfan

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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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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire E1-571
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer Type-2
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000
    Sound Card
    High Definiton Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Pro 256GB
    PSU
    Generic
    Keyboard
    QWERTY
    Mouse
    ELANTECH Touchpad
    Internet Speed
    12.68Mbps
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

nhellman

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yeah, I tried that, it's greyed out like it is on a desktop computer
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 3830T
    CPU
    Intel i5
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 3000

brummyfan

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire E1-571
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer Type-2
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000
    Sound Card
    High Definiton Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Pro 256GB
    PSU
    Generic
    Keyboard
    QWERTY
    Mouse
    ELANTECH Touchpad
    Internet Speed
    12.68Mbps
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

nhellman

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Ok, well I tried that, it fixed some files, but I still can't get the power icon to show :(
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 3830T
    CPU
    Intel i5
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 3000

bradenkeiser

New Member
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8 consumer

nhellman

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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
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 3830T
    CPU
    Intel i5
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 3000

dcostalis

New Member
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 :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8

nhellman

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omg your a god!! thank you very much, that worked :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 3830T
    CPU
    Intel i5
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 3000

Quaresma

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omg your a god!! thank you very much, that worked :D

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!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W7 x64

GMan

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You could probably find out the correct command(s) to place in a .bat file for this to automatically get installed upon each boot. Once the .bat file is made, you can place it in the Startup folder.

One of the commands would probably be "net start" directly followed by the driver service name, which can be seen in the .inf file for it

It's a little bit long-winded but if it is going to work, then it will work. Kind of like "If it's possible, then it's possible."
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86
    CPU
    P4 3.4 GHz HT
    Motherboard
    MSI-7211
    Memory
    OCZ 2 GB DDR @ 400 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    HIS AGP HD 3850 Turbo Ice-Q
    Sound Card
    MOTU Traveler firewire interface
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer x223w
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    WD Caviar Black 1 TB Sata II, WD 400 GB Sata I, WD 120 GB Sata I
    PSU
    300W generic
    Case
    Cybertron
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keyboard 200, Dell RT7D20
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    2 MByte/sec Down, 250 KByte/sec Up

Quaresma

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Ok, so I found a way to do it!

1. Download devcon from Microsoft

2. Make a .bat file with the following commands:
@echo off
devcon rescan

3. Make a shortcut for the .bat file and put in your startup folder.

4. Windows automatically runs the command on every boot and scns for new hardware and thus installs the battery.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W7 x64

GMan

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Ok, so I found a way to do it!

1. Download devcon from Microsoft

2. Make a .bat file with the following commands:
@echo off
devcon rescan

3. Make a shortcut for the .bat file and put in your startup folder.

4. Windows automatically runs the command on every boot and scns for new hardware and thus installs the battery.

Wow, don't know how I missed this reply of yours before, but I am very glad to see that "If it's possible, it's possible!" hahah

Good job man, for real!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86
    CPU
    P4 3.4 GHz HT
    Motherboard
    MSI-7211
    Memory
    OCZ 2 GB DDR @ 400 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    HIS AGP HD 3850 Turbo Ice-Q
    Sound Card
    MOTU Traveler firewire interface
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer x223w
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    WD Caviar Black 1 TB Sata II, WD 400 GB Sata I, WD 120 GB Sata I
    PSU
    300W generic
    Case
    Cybertron
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keyboard 200, Dell RT7D20
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    2 MByte/sec Down, 250 KByte/sec Up

patwayne

New Member
Ok, so I found a way to do it!

1. Download devcon from Microsoft

2. Make a .bat file with the following commands:
@echo off
devcon rescan

3. Make a shortcut for the .bat file and put in your startup folder.

4. Windows automatically runs the command on every boot and scns for new hardware and thus installs the battery.

Wow, don't know how I missed this reply of yours before, but I am very glad to see that "If it's possible, it's possible!" hahah

Good job man, for real!
Sorry to revive this thread, but I've been having the same problem, but I have been having trouble getting this solution to work. I can't get Devcon to install correctly, and although I have written the .bat file and gotten task scheduler to run it at startup, nothing changes. Is there anything else I can try?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

edspegeddd

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Just registered to say thanks. I too have the timelineX (integrated battery!) and got the devcon thing to work. Here's how I got it to work for anyone out there stumped on how to "install" devcon

Download devcon from microsoft's site

When you extract the files it will spit out two folders. i386 and ia64. I used the devcon.exe from the i386 folder and even though I'm running a 64bit OS , I could not open/use the 64bit devcon.exe!

Place the devcon.exe in any folder, and place the "battery.bat" file in the same folder...

The proper startup folder is located in

c:\users\USERNAME\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\

Place the shortcut to battery.bat there and you should be good to go :)

thank you Quaresma for the solution!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8 pro

patwayne

New Member
Just registered to say thanks. I too have the timelineX (integrated battery!) and got the devcon thing to work. Here's how I got it to work for anyone out there stumped on how to "install" devcon

Download devcon from microsoft's site

When you extract the files it will spit out two folders. i386 and ia64. I used the devcon.exe from the i386 folder and even though I'm running a 64bit OS , I could not open/use the 64bit devcon.exe!

Place the devcon.exe in any folder, and place the "battery.bat" file in the same folder...

The proper startup folder is located in

c:\users\USERNAME\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\

Place the shortcut to battery.bat there and you should be good to go :)

thank you Quaresma for the solution!

Thank your for the reply! This got it to work for me! I knew I was missing something small!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

Awesomo

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Hello, I am having the same problem on my Timeline X also. I tried using the .bat and devcon approach but I cant get it to work and I don't know why!! I created a batch file in notepad and put it in the start up folder along with the devcon.exe file, as was described. It works if I run the battery.bat myself but if I restart the laptop it disappears again.

Please let me know what I'm doing wrong!!

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

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