I've posted a handful of messages here, and the information I've gotten has
been very helpful. Clare and others who have helped me have helped to narrow
down the problem, and we're making progress. If you're referring to the
scores of messages being posted here by people arguing about who's right and
who's wrong, I have no control over that. I have a hard time believing,
myself, all the messages posted here. But, again, I have no control over
Perhaps we could start a new thread: "Fight over who was right and who was
wrong in that other thread." Then we can devote this thread to just
resolving the problem, and it probably would be really small, while the
other one would be large.
I assume you have taken the lap top and tried it on another car? And most
adapters also come with a plug that takes place of the male socket that has
alligator clips on it to connect directly to the battery, have you tried
that to illuminate the possibility that is isn't the lap top/socket and may
be the vehicle design?
As I posted in my original post, the laptop/inverter combination is the same
that I was using on my previous car, without any problems. This car was
purchased last week, and had this problem from the start.
Mine doesn't have any such alligator clips.
Not sure how much of this thread you've read, but I've tested the inverter
and the battery at various stages under load, and there is a 1+ V drop from
the battery when the laptop is plugged in and charging.
You're probably not reading the right part of the thread. Start at Clare's
3/12 3:41 PM (Central Time) post
( and work down. You'll
see the subthread in which progress is being made in troubleshooting this.
One other note. While I feel bad that you and others are annoyed by this
thread (and I really do), the point of the newsgroup is for people to be
able to discuss issues. Obviously, those who are participating are wanting
to do so -- and, whether it's those who are having a fruitful discussion, or
those who are debating what was said and who was right -- they all have the
right to post here. So, again, while I feel bad that your newsgroup reader
is being cluttered with this, I would suggest just ignoring this thread.
That's the simplest thing to do. In Outlook Express, you can select Ignore
Conversation from the Message menu. I'm sure other readers have similar
features. In OE, that causes the thread to be grayed out. You can then
collapse the thread and not have to look at it.
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