AC Adapter Info

likaz

Member
Do you plan to add support to read what type of AC adapter is connected? For example, Dell software can determine what is the wattage of connected AC adapter.
 

Martin

HWiNFO Author
Staff member
AFAIK there's no standard for monitoring of AC adapters and I'm not even aware of any adapter capable of this.
This is the first time I hear about such feature and I assume DELL is using some proprietary method for this, which is not disclosed to others.
 

likaz

Member
You can see what is being detected about connected AC adapter by Dell's app here:


Maybe this article will give you some clues how those features are implemented: https://hclxing.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/hacking-a-dell-power-adapter-final-not-really/
 

Martin

HWiNFO Author
Staff member
Thanks, but this is not sufficient to implement software reading that information.
 

likaz

Member
I have did a bit of RE and now I know how Dell's app works. It captures BIOS events and process it and I can do that myself. The one thing I was a bit disappointed to find out is that it does not read AC adapter parameters directly, it only responds to events. But I would guess that that data could still be read if someone would know where exactly to read it from.

By the way, not only Dell, but also HP and Lenovo offers the same feature to detect incompatible PSUs.
 
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