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    anyone know what happened to mp3ondemand?

    i've been waiting to buy an autoshutdown unit from them for the longest time.

    is there any other autoshutdown/autostart units out there?

  • #2
    Just get an IRMan..
    You can use the remote to shutdown windows.
    Shutdown units seem like such a waste of money in my opinion.

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    • #3
      It is a waste. And for God sake ppl u don't need auto shutdown crap.

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      • #4
        How can you say that !
        Dont you get the idea of the shutdown.
        You go into the store, you think you will be in and out in 5 min. you leave the thing running. You get sidetracked, you take an hour, then you decide to walk across the street, eat and see a movie. you get back - your car bat is dead.

        People forget to lock there doors, put on the parking brake, turn off there lights. Im sure there are plenty of people that forget to turn off there computers.

        Or, say you have an ATX system with inverter. you power off the system, but the inverter is still running. The inverter alone will drain the car bat in a mater of hours.

        The reason I want a shutdown unit is saftey and a mater of convience. I dont want to have to worrie about it. I can get out of the car, and *know* if I take to long, or forget , the computer will take care of its self.
        Gizmo-
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        • #5
          i was actually interested in the autostart function.

          i'm having a hard time trying to figure out how to turn on the computer when it is in trunk.

          any help is greatly appreciated.

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          • #6
            If it's an ATX, there's a setting in bios to allow you to tell the computer to "turn on when power applied."

            Do this in combination with a power switch in the car to turn on the inverter.

            Switch turns on inverter, computer comes on when it gets power.

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            • #7
              There are about 5 different ways you can get an ATX motherboard to power on (depending on the BIOS):

              1) The POWER button! Most ATX boards have a 2-pin header for a momentary power switch -- you can easily extend this to the front of the vehicle and use it. You can also extend the HD/PWR/ACPI/LAN LED's and the reset button to the front, which is kinda cool

              2) A hotkey (ALT-F1, etc.)

              3) A password (when the right sequence of keys is hit on the keyboard, it turns on) -- you could easily set it up to work just like an ATM machine -- you enter your PIN on the keypad and the PC powers up!

              4) When power is applied -- you can set up the BIOS to turn on the PC as soon it gets power from the 110VAC plug.

              5) WOL (Wake on LAN) -- most ATX MB's have a 3-pin header that has +5V, GND, and WOL pins. If you connect a pushbutton between GND and WOL, you can power up that way.

              6) Alarm setting (some MB's don't have this) -- you can program with special software or through the BIOS for your PC to "wake up" at a specific date and time. For example, you could write an app that would allow you to have your PC wake up at a programmed time, record a radio program through line-in, and then shut down.


              For shutdown, if you have a DC/DC ATX supply you are fine, since when Windows (or Linux) shuts down, the motherboard instructs the PSU to turn itself off.

              For an inverter + ATX combo, you may have to get creative and wire a relay to the computer's +12V output and a momentary switch to the vehicle's +12V so that you can press the button and have the PC start, and when it shuts down and loses the +12V output, the relay disengages and the inverter cuts out. This would take some diodes and possibly some other components, but it would work. If people are interested I will whip up a schematic for this.


              Sorry for the long post -- I wanted to clear up some things!

              [This message has been edited by jjohnson (edited 01-19-2001).]
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              http://www.m2pc.com

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              • #8
                Ok... I gotta ask about #3...
                How do you get it to accept a password as a wake-up call?

                I'd rather ask here than at work - heh heh heh LOL! LOL!

                ~m
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                • #9
                  A bunch of the turbo guys use "Turbo Timers" on their cars. Basically, when you shut the key off, the engine stays running for a predetermined amount of time (10-12 minutes normally) to let the turbos cool down. You could always buy one of those so you wouldn't have to worry about shutting it down. If you're not back in the time frame, the system shuts down.

                  I've also heard that some alarms have this function built in. Press the Valet key sequence on the key fob and it will run without the key for a set amount of time.

                  My $.02

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                  • #10
                    I've been selling these for well over a year.
                    Surprised no one else chimed in to let you know about it.
                    http://www.dschmidt.com/autooff.html

                    It is really a smart Powerup and Powerdown controller all in one. It'll solve your problems of starting up your ATX motherboard too (if your bios doesn't do it automatically).

                    Dave

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                    • #11
                      COOL...i'm goin gto buy one from you in a week. i was never worried about leaving the computer on while i was in a store or something because if you see me leave my car and the doors are unlocked or anything is on...i'm smoking something strong, and i don't smoke anything so that would never happen. but i have a standerd so i'm worried about stalling. it would suck is i'm going up a hill and i stall then i have to power down the computer to start the car, because while the car is starting everything turns off. have any of you guys stoped at a light with the car in gear and the clutch in, and for some odd a$$ reason you just take you foot off the clutch knowing that the car is in gear. that happens to me in the morning sometimes.
                      i just thought i'd share that with the class.

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                      • #12
                        Dave,

                        you mention the ups software interfacing in your FAQ, and Your device looks great for people that want the features, and I think your charging a very reasonable price for it .... but I really dont want my pc turning on when I start my car.I *do* want it to shutdown though. You mention the signal coming from the "ups" to the pc to signal power loss, Well I played with mine for a while, the problem is I coldnt figure out what I had to do to get the software to think a ups was connected. The apc software kept saying " No ups found / not connected" so I gave up on that and bought a basic stamp to play with....

                        My question is, what do I have to do to get the ups software to "think" there is a ups present? ( I am guesing I just have to tie some lines from the serial port to ground)
                        Again, im not trying to cheat you out of your 25.00 for your power controler, but I dont want my pc starting up like that.....

                        Thanks for the info.
                        Gizmo-
                        Techonlogy on Wheels
                        http://www.hjnetworks.com/car

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                        • #13
                          dos4who -

                          It's just a setting in the BIOS. On my book PC (BKi810 model), the setting is under "Integrated Peripherals". I simply select "Password" under the setting "Power On Function". Then I enter the password twice to confirm and save & exit.

                          Then when the PC is off, NOTHING will make it power up except the password, not even the power button on the front. Very handy for security purposes. Like I said, you could program it to a 4-digit PIN number like an ATM and it would boot when you type that code on the keypad.
                          Jason Johnson
                          Yorba Linda, California
                          http://www.m2pc.com

                          MPC Phase IV - *** PENDING ***

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                          • #14
                            Giz,

                            Before UPS's got 'smart', they would let the computer know if the power had failed or not by changing the voltage on pin 8 of a DB9 RS232 port. This is the CTS signal.

                            The UPS software on the PC would monitor this port and if it had a negative voltage on it (-5V) that signaled that the AC power was good. If the AC went out, the UPS would drive this line positive, the software would see the line positive and go into shutdown mode.

                            APC's BACKUPS model UPS did this. This is the UPS I manually chose to configure the APC software to get it to work.

                            Good luck on your project.

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                            • #15
                              <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by jjohnson:
                              dos4who -

                              It's just a setting in the BIOS. On my book PC (BKi810 model), the setting is under "Integrated Peripherals". I simply select "Password" under the setting "Power On Function". Then I enter the password twice to confirm and save & exit.

                              Then when the PC is off, NOTHING will make it power up except the password, not even the power button on the front. Very handy for security purposes. Like I said, you could program it to a 4-digit PIN number like an ATM and it would boot when you type that code on the keypad.
                              </font>
                              SWEET! Thanks, JJ. I really like the security issues; keeps the grease monkeys and valets at bay. I suppose you could use anything that emulates a keypress (as long as it's probably inline with [ie:keyboard wedge device] the keyboard - I'm thinking mag-stripe reader (excellent for those of us with C-Cards or striped D-Licences, cue-cat, etc.

                              Thanks again, JJ

                              ~m


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