Re: Laptop's battery meter is horribly inaccurate
Are you referring to the the Power Manager (or similar app) estimate of battery time? These programs often won't give an accurate estimated of battery time will until you let the system run with a fully charged battery, not plugged in to AC adapter, until it has discharged enough to trigger a low battery warning. After the softare gets this data as a baseline, it will give a more or less accurate estimate of percentage discharged, though of course actual time can vary quite a bit depending on what the computer is actually being used for.
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