Thursday, May 12, 2011


Yes, here in Brazil, the number of computers at my disposal is much reduced and I was using my EeePC 901 to charge my iPad1.
When I first tried this I was somewhat shocked to find that the charging icon in the top-right corner of the iPad said Not Charging.
Now a little googling quickly convinced that it actually is still charging although at a lower rate. For me, leaving my iPad "Not Charging" overnight (about 7 hours) brought the charge from 50% to 100%. So, the charging rate seemed to be about one quarter of what I get when charging from my MacBook although various blog posts suggests it's actually only half as fast.
What I found to be even more surprising is that what clearly seems to be a hardware problem actually has a software solution. Asus, the manufacturer of my EeePC 901 has actually made available a free download to overcome this very problem.
But, wouldn't you know this solution only works on Windows.
Luckily, I was easily able to find a Ubuntu solution which worked perfectly for me in Ubuntu 11.04. This involves running the following commands:

sudo apt-get install libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev ##in fact, libusb-1.0-0 was already the latest version in 11.04

wget --no-check-certificate

tar -xzf ipad_charge_1.0.tar.gz

cd ./ipad_charge_1.0


sudo make install

I got this solution from here and, for me, my iPad charging rate increased to a "normal" rate after a reboot.


  1. Once you have issues with charging your iPad2 with your Ubuntu, you should just follow these steps:

  2. Thanks for adding your post about iPad2 charging. I'm still using the earlier iPad.