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#34707 - 2003-01-02 04:23 PM Laptop vs PC
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Anyone have any ideas on how to tell a PC from a Laptop? Registry key or file existance maybe...Just an idea. Thanks.
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#34708 - 2003-01-02 04:50 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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A laptop is usually smaller in size than a desktop, and has the monitor built in.

Please excuse my lame attempt at humour, i'm still celebrating the new year.
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#34709 - 2003-01-02 04:52 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Seriously though I believe you should check for a reference to PCMCIA in the registry (you'll have to search for the key yourself as I don't own a laptop). If this key exists then its a laptop, if not its a desktop.
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#34710 - 2003-01-02 05:02 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Thanks for the idea...Will see what I can find.

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#34711 - 2003-01-02 05:06 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Please search the KiXtart BBS for 'laptop PCMCIA' as this has already been discussed numerous times.
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#34712 - 2003-01-02 05:10 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Or look at this site:

http://www.swynk.com/friends/hobbs/queries.asp#Laptop%20query

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#34713 - 2003-01-02 06:04 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Maybe I wanted to discuss it again. If you don't want to be included then don't reply.

How does this look?

code:
 
$BATTERY = KeyExist("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Compbatt")
If $BATTERY
$laptop = "Yes"
Else
$laptop = "No"
Endif


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#34714 - 2003-01-02 06:07 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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that might be more trustable.
as I see it, PCMCIA can be in any pc.
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#34715 - 2003-01-02 06:41 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Looks good, and i'd like to know what desktop would have a PCMCIA in it
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#34716 - 2003-01-02 06:44 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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We have several...
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#34717 - 2003-01-02 07:04 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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We have some, too. They are also not necessarily desktops, as they are more or less all-in-one computers/LCD screens with no keyboard/mouse attached eihter.
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#34718 - 2003-01-02 07:09 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Try HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\CentralProcessor\0\ProcessorNameString. All the laptops I've checked have "Mobile CPU" in the Value Data.
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#34719 - 2003-01-02 07:18 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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That is because the CPU is most likely one designed for laptops. However, you can also buy laptops that contain a desktop CPU which doesn't necessarily has the advanced power-savings features.
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#34720 - 2003-01-02 07:41 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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PCMCIA values may also be different in laptops that have the port but no card installed?
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#34721 - 2003-01-02 07:45 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Can also check the following key...

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ACPI

The Start value should be 0 for laptops and 4 for PCs...

Can anybody prove these wrong?

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#34722 - 2003-01-02 07:48 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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There was no ACPI key on my IBM Thinkpad w/ Win98.
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#34723 - 2003-01-02 07:54 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Figures...How about the CompBatt key?
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#34724 - 2003-01-02 08:19 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Side-topic,
Sealeapard
quote:
We have some, too. They are also not necessarily desktops, as they are more or less all-in-one computers/LCD screens with no keyboard/mouse attached eihter.
Those sound interested, what brand are they?
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#34725 - 2003-01-02 08:31 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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One more try...

Win9x...
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Enum\ACPI\*PNP0C0A

Win2k-xp...
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\ACPI\PNP0C0A

??

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#34726 - 2003-01-02 09:21 PM Re: Laptop vs PC
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Diane: WE got those computers from Advantech at http://www.advantech.com

They are medical-grade computers with a 12'' LCD screen, 4 serial ports, 2 PCMCIA, 1 1/2-lenght PCI, 256MB RAM, 850MHz P-III, 40GB HD. However, they have a couple of different models.

We are using those as a client computer for a custom data acquisition system that sits on a laptop. The PanelPC collects the data and displays information to subjects while the laptop is used by an operator to control the experiment.

We even use some KiXtart scripts for remote administration of the PanelPCs as they won't have input devices connected to themselves.
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