Greetings all. This is a great corner of GT! I just got a new laptop - Gateway 520 series, Pent 4 @ 3.08 gh - and am very pleased so far. I work in two cities for the same company, so it is on the go with me all the time between three locations. First issue - I'd like to use an A/C adapter at each location. Gateway wants 5 gajillion dollars for a factory a/c adapter. Is there a SAFE alternative, so that I don't have to climb under desks 10X a week, and/or have a messy looking work area with with the adapter being visible? Second issue - I'm afraid to install my battery. The last laptop I had that was plugged in all the time KILLED The battery to the point it didn't last long enough to boot up the machine. I very rarely need a computer that is capable of power without an a/c power source but I'd like to have to option when I fly, etc. The damn battery on this new unit is located in such a way that the battery serves as the fourth point of stability - i.e. if it isn't installed, the thing bounces as I type. Drives me nuts. So I need the battery installed for stability, but I need to figure out how to make sure the battery doesn't get killed since my machine is plugged in 99.9% of the time it is being used... THANKS! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!