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    Lightbulb Turn your computer on by remote control

    Has anyone though of doing this ?

    I saw this advertised i while back http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/review.php3?t=1561

    it allows you to turn on/off and reset your computer from a keychain remote. was thinking if you used this as you were walking towards your car you could turn it on and it would have booted up by the time you opened your door (20meter range radioF)

    it works on atx power supplies so i dont know how you would turn on your inverter.

    maby you guys whom are good with electronics could make one cheeper and include a button to turn on your inverter also?

    you also wouldnt have to go to the trouble of running wires from your computer to dash to turn on.

    theres also a review here http://www.dansdata.com/jremote.htm

    i think im on to something
    what do you guys think ?

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    Originally posted by PaulzY:

    it allows you to turn on/off and reset your computer from a keychain remote. was thinking if you used this as you were walking towards your car you could turn it on and it would have booted up by the time you opened your door (20meter range radioF)

    Yeah but depending on how much power your starter draws, your computer may be restarted when you try to start the car... None-the-less it is a very cool idea

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    A while ago I posted a schematic to use the AutoLoc keyless entry unit to power on the PC, and allow it to be turned off with a switch on the dash. Do you want me to repost it???
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    Yer plz

    is it complicated ?

    although it would be IR and not RF and wont have as much range.

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    I just got a remote car starter installed (a definite need for those cold canadian winters...right Aaron?) and I just figured I could probably use one of the wires that has juice going to it when the car has started!! I'd have to check it out because the radio and stuff won't work until you turn the key but the heater works... That's definitely an option!

    This way, I can start the car from a distance and have the computer booted and ready when I get in!

    Any ideas?
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    (...working on touchscreen LCD, FM trans/mod and RF remote)

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    Originally posted by Smacker:
    radio and stuff won't work until you turn the key but the heater works... That's definitely an option
    Any ideas?
    if you remote start has extra channels on the remote i.e.- for opening the doors, turning on lights etc...then you can wire a relay to that channel and use it to flip on and off power to the CPU

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    My setup can be turned on/off with remote. It also automatically starts up when the car is remote started.

    I have no problems with the inverter when starting the car. I suppose the 3 batteries help with that too.

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    Yeah but you cant turn your computer on if the inverter is turned off ?

    and you cant leave the inverter on all the time caus it will drain your battery right ?

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    I use the auto-off device and the inverter is connected to that. So the inverter is off when the car is off. The entire electrical setup (including stereo/alarm) uses only 15mA when off.

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    No, i want to beable to turn my computer on by remote without having to start the car.

    can this be done ?

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