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ACPI not working on a Gericom Patriot mobile AMD Athlon XP 1500+

After installing Guadalinex (a localised Debian for education and
desktop users put out by the Andalusian Government in Spain) on this
laptop the ony hitch is that there is no battery gauge, and the
computer uses it until fully discharged without any warning.

The computer is a Gericom Patriot mobile AMD Athlon XP 1500+
I have not been able to find the rest of the specs for it in Google,
maybe someone with a better German will be able to help out (Gericom
is an Austrian brand).

The battery works fine in windows, so we have ruled out a hardware problem.

Looking in /proc/acpi, there is no file or directory called 'battery'.

When giving instructions or asking for more info, be both very precise
and verbose,
we are quite new at this linux+hardware game.

Thank you, 

--javier candeira

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