Right where do i start, i am mounting my laptop behind the seat of my MR2, very small cockpit space, from of boot full of amps etc, the problem i have then:
I can tell the laptop to go into standby when the power to the transformer is killed, after 5 min, which gives me enough time if i stop for petrol etc.
What i dont know is, how long will the laptop last on standby, e.g. 1 day, 2 days etc, and how do i get the laptop to wake up form standby, i can get it to wake by pressing the retun key the mouse wont work? Obviously its a pain to get to the power button on the laptop, and i dont want to rip it to pieces to move power button to somewhere more convinient!
I will have a touch screen and powermate input devices, havent got them yet so dont know if i can get the powermate to emulate the return key, i.e. wake from standby! But i still dont know how long it will last on standby, or maybe i could just leave it charging off of the main car battery, again how long will this last on standby mode and charging the laptop?
Here are the specs its a PIII 1000Mhz Advent laptop, UK crap brand, its running windows xp pro service pack 1. I have looked in the power options and have figured out how to shut it down etc, its just the booting up that seems to be a problem, i think i can get around the stanby to operational by using the powermate which i have ordered or even by touching the touchscreen.
But i am worried about when it completely shuts down when the battery of the laptop is not sufficient to keep it on standby! Can i find a usb or serial device that will control the powering? Any help appreciated.
there was another thread just posted about this a few days ago, I recently replied to it. In the future using the search may get you your answers much quicker than we can.
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