Richard Hughes (hughsient) wrote,
Richard Hughes
hughsient

Exploding laptop batteries

I'm looking to add an fdi file to HAL so we can check if a battery is defective and is likely to go boom.



I want to see if I can match battery serial numbers against fdi rules and if present, merge a key battery.is_likely_faulty so applications like gnome-power-manager can give a nice warning message so the user can go check on the recall website.
Note, I think we need to keep the word "likely" to avoid lawsuits. :-)

So, I need some data. If you have a Dell laptop:

 - Latitude: D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810
 - Inspiron: 500M, 510M, 600M, 700M, 710M, 6000, 6400, 8500, 8600, 9100,
9200, 9300, 9400, E1505, E1705
 - Precision: M20, M60, M70, M90
 - XPS: XPS, XPS Gen2, XPS M170, XPS M1710

Or an HP/Compaq laptop:

HP Pavilion : dv1xxx ze2xxx
Compaq Presario: V2xxx M2xxx
HP Compaq : nx48xx

I would really appreciate if you could send me (richard at hughsie dot com) the complete output of lshal. Include [fire] in the subject so I can filter them easily :-). And also, if you know your laptop might be affected (or another one that might have been affected) and isn't a DELL or HP then please send me the data also.

IMPORTANT NOTE
: Don't panic. Your battery is probably fine, but I want to see if these models express the battery serial number in HAL (via ACPI) or just fill in junk data.

Thanks.

UPDATE!

Please also state:
  • If your battery is affected by the recall
  • The value of your barcode
  • cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT*/info | grep number
Also, I would appreciate it if someone could test this hal patch as it looks like it's needed to properly detect the DELLs.
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