Laptop Control Panel Home Page
NOTE: kcmlaptop is for KDE version 1.* - if you have KDE 2.0 it's already builtin (check you control center under 'power control' - you may need
to install APM etc - see the docs below) - if you don't have KDE 2.0 - you should!
kcmlaptop is a set KDE 1.* control panels
that implements laptop computer support functions, it
includes a dockable battery status monitor for
laptops - in short a little icon in the KDE status bar
that shows how much battery time you have left. It also
will warn you when power is getting low andallows you to configure
power saving options
You must have installed the Linux APM package in your kernel.
NOTE: 0.90 is the last release I will be making in this form - kcmlaptop will
be an integral part of the KDE2.0 distribution
A copy of the online documentation is available here.
The current version is 0.82 and is available:
0.90 - minor changes bacause RedHat 6.x put KDE in an odd place
0.82 - fixed a crash - if you couldn't get it to work before
take a copy of this now
0.80 - added 'critical' warning panel
0.77 - minor cosmetic changes
- support for some more APM BIOSes
0.75 - changed pixmap management to reduce disk traffic
0.73 - changed the behaviour around suspend so that sometimes
it wont suddenly pop back in
0.72 - fixed problem with 8-bit displays
- fixed 2 problems with some APM BIOSes
0.71 - more BIOS specific changes
0.70 - first release as kcmlaptop
At this time kcmlaptop seems to be bug free (famous last words hah!) because there
seems to be a host of different APM BIOSes outn there (and I only have access
to one) I depend on you to report bugs and problems to me - so if it doesn't compile
on your machine, or crashes in a flaming heap please drop me a line and let me know
it ought to work on all Linux versions with APM and KDE - and if it doesn't I want to fix it.
This release replaces all previous version of the KDE battery widget previously available from this site.
There are really only 2 (now 4) frequently asked questions:
kcmlaptop is written and supported by Paul
Campbell - please send me bug reports. The code is based on
the KBiff source by Kurt Granroth.
- Q: How do I get rid of the dialog box every time I log in? A: You don't need to
put it in your Autostart folder it's a control panel it will start quietly
by itself when you log in.
- Q: my battery has 200 minutes in it but the battery monitor reports that it has 3 minutes and 20 seconds left.
A: That's 3 hours and 20 minutes reported as "3:20" with a colon just like on a digital clock.
- Q: where's the distribution for KDE 2.0? A: it's been integrated into KDE itself - you can take top of tree
now - or any release after the 'krash' alpha release
- Q: where's the BSD support? A: I can't do this by myself - I've done most of the work to make the APM
interfaces portable for KDE 2.0 but I'm hoping for some BSD fan to do the final part of the port - so please get in touch
so I can help!