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    i am taking apart a laptop to use as my car player. the power switch is labeled "SW1" on the board it is mounted on and there are five pins labeled "1, 2,3,4,5" coming out of it. Any suggestions for adding a power button in the dash? Also, has anyone managed to find +5v in a laptop, or should i just use a voltage divider and use the 12v car system?
    Car: 1999 Dark Green Mustang GT Coupe
    Audio: Alpine HU, JL 6ch Amp, JL Stealthbox and XR series components.
    Player: Empeg for now; something custom later.
    www.neotechpc.com - Custom built laptops!

  • #2
    use the ps/2 +5V, or IDE +5V, or usb +5V...i recommend ps/2 but whatever is easier

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    • #3
      haha thanks..... here i was thinking about 'where can i even find the power supply' in any case.. anyone know about that switch?
      Car: 1999 Dark Green Mustang GT Coupe
      Audio: Alpine HU, JL 6ch Amp, JL Stealthbox and XR series components.
      Player: Empeg for now; something custom later.
      www.neotechpc.com - Custom built laptops!

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      • #4
        anybody? 5 pin momentary push button switch?
        Car: 1999 Dark Green Mustang GT Coupe
        Audio: Alpine HU, JL 6ch Amp, JL Stealthbox and XR series components.
        Player: Empeg for now; something custom later.
        www.neotechpc.com - Custom built laptops!

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        • #5
          can you unsolder the switch, and mount it, or at least test it separate from the Mobo?
          current projects

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          • #6
            i thought about doing that, but that prevents me from taking the computer out from under the seat to put new songs/software on it. I am gonna see if i can find a similar switch i can hardwire to it today.
            Car: 1999 Dark Green Mustang GT Coupe
            Audio: Alpine HU, JL 6ch Amp, JL Stealthbox and XR series components.
            Player: Empeg for now; something custom later.
            www.neotechpc.com - Custom built laptops!

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            • #7
              I'm guessing that only two pins are used for actual power connections, and the rest are to provide stability on the board so an abused switch doesn't disconnect or crack the board. Simply find the two pins that are actually used, and solder on long wires that lead to another momentary switch/button.
              Player: Pentium 166MMX, Amptron 598LMR MB w/onboard Sound, Video, LAN, 10.2 Gig Fujitsu Laptop HD, Arise 865 DC-DC Converter, Lexan Case, Custom Software w/Voice Interface, MS Access Based Playlists
              Car: 1986 Mazda RX-7 Turbo (highly modded), 1978 RX-7 Beater (Dead, parting out), 2001 Honda Insight
              "If one more body-kitted, cut-spring-lowered, farty-exhausted Civic revs on me at an intersection, I swear I'm going to get out of my car and cram their ridiculous double-decker aluminium wing firmly up their rump."

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