Can I disable battery charging, so it will stay disabled when I restart Windows? I can use the Dell Battery Meter application to disable charging, but it's re-enabled when I restart.
One possibility would be to create a script or program that disables it, and put it in Start > All Programs > Startup. Is this practical?
Is it possible to launch the Dell Battery Meter application using an external keyboard or mouse? FN+F3 works from the built-in keyboard, but I don't know how to do it from a keyboard connected via USB. I looked around for a .exe, but didn't find it in the obvious places.
I'm using Windows XP Pro on a Mini 10v. It spends days at a time under my desk, connected to AC power, a big monitor and keyboard. On those days, I'd like to leave the battery partially discharged. I hear it prolongs the life of the battery.