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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ8501 View Post
    Ouch....so if I was running windows and wanted to Hibernate, what would be the best thing to do with that monitor stand and dock? That would really suck having to go back to my trunk to lift the monitor to turn it back on...
    You can turn on from hibernate easy (just short the power button, what I'm doing), it's suspend to ram that won't wake up.

    Not saying there aren't ways around the suspend to ram, just haven't figured it out and to be honest, not really trying. I can deal with 30 seconds to music.

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    Can anybody tell me if Kensington 120w do charge the Dell 8600 or not?

    From the Dell site:
    The 120-Watt DC Power Adapter from Kensington® is an ideal compact, portable power solution for laptop users. Powers and charges virtually any Dell™ laptop from a car, plane or train. The DC adapter powers from a 12V cigarette lighter socket in your car and will also power from the Empower™ port in business class airline seats and in the arm of train seats where signed.
    From the Kensington site(FAQ regarding Kensington 70w):
    The Kensington 70 Watt DC Power Adapter sold by Dell is compatible with the following Dell notebook models.
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    Tip: #103
    Inspiron: 300m, 500m, 600m, 700m, 6000, 8500, 8600
    Latitude: D series (D400, D500, D600, D800, etc.), X200, X300
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    Important!
    * Tip No. 103 powers the above models, but recharging is disabled.
    I wonder if this is the same for the 120w so it also will not charge the battery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hercem View Post
    Can anybody tell me if Kensington 120w do charge the Dell 8600 or not?

    From the Dell site:


    From the Kensington site(FAQ regarding Kensington 70w):


    I wonder if this is the same for the 120w so it also will not charge the battery?
    No idea, looks like not from their text. On another note, the auto-air I've got, seems to be charging it (I haven't driven it that much), battery levels are whacked.

    Like, I was in the car for hours, though it looked like the battery was extremely low (5%), so I reboot and go to the BIOS screen and see what it says, it agrees. I leave the car running, go into my house for 10 minutes and when i come back the BIOS says.... 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunefx View Post
    No idea, looks like not from their text. On another note, the auto-air I've got, seems to be charging it (I haven't driven it that much), battery levels are whacked.

    Like, I was in the car for hours, though it looked like the battery was extremely low (5%), so I reboot and go to the BIOS screen and see what it says, it agrees. I leave the car running, go into my house for 10 minutes and when i come back the BIOS says.... 100%
    A dieing battery perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by meddler View Post
    A dieing battery perhaps?
    Don't think so. Was fine until it went in the car. Maybe it's a suspend problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunefx View Post
    The problem with that is not just the amount of power, the newer dells have a chip that identifies the adapter as a dell one. Some other laptops do this with some sort of voltage divider, but the dell one I think is a bit more advanced as it can not only distinguish genuine dell adapters, but also what wattage. If you look at the auto-airs for the 8600 and the other related laptops (D800??), most of the mfgs state right on it that it won't charge them, but just power it.
    Well, I have used in on this older 5100, and then I used it on a new D610, so I don't know. Maybe worth a shot, but it sounds like you are finding something that works for you better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hercem View Post
    Can anybody tell me if Kensington 120w do charge the Dell 8600 or not?

    I wonder if this is the same for the 120w so it also will not charge the battery?
    They are so cheap on ebay, its worth a shot isnt it? If not you can always resell.
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    The most stupid about this is that I already have two dc car adapters and now I need to buy me a third one

    In Norway we got some stores besides of Dell selling the Kensington 120w adapter but the right tip "N19" is not included. The tips that are included with the package(33196EU) is N1, N2, N3, N4, N5,N9, N15.

    The tip can be ordered from Kensington directly. But I don't have time to do that or to order the adapter with or without the tip from Ebay.

    This is because I have already moved the hd from my old laptop carputer to the Dell and reinstalled everything. My Dell also have a dieing battery that works for about 10 minutes so at the moment I cant do anything with it in my car.

    When Dell opens their live web chat I will contact them and ask if the N19 tips is included with their bundle package(450-11303). Maybe them sell the tip seperately, I don't think so... haha

    The adapter with free freight cost about 144$ from Dell in Norway.

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    what kinda shut down controllers do you guys use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bangumandoo View Post
    what kinda shut down controllers do you guys use?
    For shutting down, I just have it hibernate after x minutes on battery.

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