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    laptop to respond to cable unplugged.

    I use the power management feature in my laptop to shut down the system when running on batteries. So basically if I turn of the car it can sense that and shut down. My trouble is I'm looking for a quicker response then waiting a minute (fastest response windows has to offer). The approach I'm using is the when running on batteries for a minute hibernate. The idle scenario would be when the cable is unplugged then hibernate but I don't have that option. Does any one know of a way to set the response to 15 or less seconds?

    I also tried to set the battery alarm to 99%. I tested this... I turned off the car. then waited a few minutes then back on. The system battery was at 90%, it never did the correct response. Anyone use that method?

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    Winamp, game emulators, Touchpad built in to car, DVD player built in to dash, GPS gamrmin moble pc. IR remote for use of a remote control. ps2 supper mini keyboard for when needed.

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    It would be easy to do to create a program in VB, for example. Try googling for some more advanced power management apps.

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    I of course tried many search attempts and found nothing. Also was informed by a few tech forums even if I did find such an app it would not be "healthy" nor reliable as the Microsoft PM. Although I appreciate the answer.
    UMPC built in to dash.

    Winamp, game emulators, Touchpad built in to car, DVD player built in to dash, GPS gamrmin moble pc. IR remote for use of a remote control. ps2 supper mini keyboard for when needed.

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    Humm, interesting, what where their reasons for saying it would be "unhealthy"?

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    Never really asked..

    here is one response..

    I'm pretty sure that a 3rd party shutdown wouldn't do everything properly like the XP shutdown would, but I could be wrong.

    I mean it would be possible, just not healthy.

    I may attempt this. My bro writes VB, I cant stand the crap. I write C++ but its not as easy to communicate with the os, as it is in VB. So I may do that if all else fails. May even try a winamp plugin.
    UMPC built in to dash.

    Winamp, game emulators, Touchpad built in to car, DVD player built in to dash, GPS gamrmin moble pc. IR remote for use of a remote control. ps2 supper mini keyboard for when needed.

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    You can use Windows API calls to both detect power changes, and to initiate hibernation. Should be pretty much the same in C as in VB.

    Should be pretty reliable too.

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    Well hey thx man, I may just do that.
    UMPC built in to dash.

    Winamp, game emulators, Touchpad built in to car, DVD player built in to dash, GPS gamrmin moble pc. IR remote for use of a remote control. ps2 supper mini keyboard for when needed.

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    No Probs

    If you can't find the right calls give me a shout and I'll try and dig them up.

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    Will do...

    I just noticed something really brilliant by Microsoft...

    If you set the alarm for the battery at say 80%. and you batter goes down and skips the 80%mark it wont respond. Or better yet. If the battery is at 68%, and you set the alarm for 80% it is ignored. Why use == in stead of < ?? brilliant I tell you brilliant!!
    UMPC built in to dash.

    Winamp, game emulators, Touchpad built in to car, DVD player built in to dash, GPS gamrmin moble pc. IR remote for use of a remote control. ps2 supper mini keyboard for when needed.

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    Wow I'm shocked no-one mentioned this..

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/soft...-software.html


    Or at least called me out on not searching. Shame on me..

    The app is perfect.
    UMPC built in to dash.

    Winamp, game emulators, Touchpad built in to car, DVD player built in to dash, GPS gamrmin moble pc. IR remote for use of a remote control. ps2 supper mini keyboard for when needed.

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