Laptops can be incorrectly reported as desktops

Bug #886668 reported by Brian Murray
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Checkbox
Fix Released
Medium
Brendan Donegan

Bug Description

http://friendly.ubuntu.com/11.10/LENOVO/ThinkPad%20X201/I:XPQvp:BI:I8g:CNi:B9ip:EZ1:I8g:BQj:I8g/

That system says X201 (desktop) while the X201 is a laptop or a tablet. I think there is likely a larger problem in that checkbox asks the user if their system is a laptop or a desktop and it is possible for people to make mistakes. Perhaps instead checkbox should check to see if there is a battery to distinguish between the two?

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affects: ubuntu-friendly → checkbox
Changed in checkbox:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
summary: - x201 mistakenly listed as a desktop
+ Laptops can be mistaken for desktops
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Brendan Donegan (brendan-donegan) wrote : Re: Laptops can be mistaken for desktops

Hi Brian,

Of course the question is being asked to a human user so the wrong answer can be given. I think I agree with you though that this detection should be automatic and right now I can't think of a good reason why someone would install a battery in a system otherwise classed as a 'Desktop'. I guess there is a possibility for the battery not to be detected (computers can make mistakes too), but this will probably be less likely than a wrong answer from a user.

Changed in checkbox:
assignee: nobody → Brendan Donegan (brendan-donegan)
status: Confirmed → In Progress
summary: - Laptops can be mistaken for desktops
+ Laptops can be incorrectly reported as desktops
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Brendan Donegan (brendan-donegan) wrote :

cking points out we can use 'sudo dmidecode -t 3 | grep "Type:" | awk '{print $2}'' to check the platform of a particular system which will be reported as something in 'Laptop Portable Mobile' on a portable system and something else on a desktop. I want to do an experiment to check how reliable this is though.

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Daniel Manrique (roadmr) wrote :

DMI information proved unreliable in about 5% of the systems I tested in; 4 out of 77 portable systems return either "Other" or "Desktop". The 73 remaining ones return either "Laptop", "Notebook" or "Portable".

Changed in checkbox:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
milestone: none → 0.13.1
Marc Tardif (cr3)
Changed in checkbox:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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