You Can Take It With You, Part 1

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    Clint

    Clint Rutkas noticed a few people started to complain about Vista's battery performance directly due

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    Just code - Tamir Khason

    It's not a secret, that cool WDM (Aero user interface), announced in Windows Vista eat laptops' battery

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    Maria

    Cool. How would this work on a cell phone running windows mobile? Do you think we will be able to get battery percentage? From what I've seen battery only comes in 5 ranges.

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    Dave Lloyd's 2 Cents

    The project I am working on right now is a software factory that will eventually allow it's users to

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    ARn

    How can you monitor power status change in a windows 5.0 smartphone using C#?

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    Monkey See, Monkey Build

    Instead of complaining, fix the Vista Battery problem.

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    myMojo

    Interop'ng with Vista (Displaying Battery Power in the Taskbar)

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    Jose

    Hi... how can i do the same for a PDA?

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    Clint

    @Jose yes you can but I think the APIs for access are slightly different than they are with Win32 systems.

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    Striker

    Is there any way in windows to disable battery charging temporarily?

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    Clint

    @Striker, why would you want to?  You can just unplug the power supply then.  I also think the hardware, not software controls this.  I state this since your laptop will charge even if it is off.

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    Clint

    @Fullmetal my understanding there is a driver that lets windows communicate to the underlying hardware.  By abstracting out the exact details, windows then can call a method no matter what hardware it is on and it just gets data.  It is up the the hardware maker to provide that driver.  If the driver has a flaw in it ...

    Remember the vast amount of hardware Windows runs on.

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    Fullmetal

    @Coding4Fun I had a problem a while back where the machine reported battery not charging while plugged in. It was a driver related problem so I assume windows controls some aspect of the charging process while its running.

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