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Thread: Laptop remote on/off issue -- SOLVED: s2000 carputer

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    I didn's unsolder the switch... I left it there.. I went *underneath* the MB to where the 2 pins from the switch were sticking out and I soldered to them.

    All I had to do was tin the wires first, then gently for a half second solder them to the pins... easy as pie... then again I've been doing microelectronic soldering for a number of years now.

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    All the mod docking stations (and laptops) have 5 pole switches. The switch can sense a quick press (turn on or turn off) or a 4-second hold (power off everything). It's a good feature to have -- I can do a graceful shutdown, or force a reboot if the system is completely hosed.

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    In my case, I was lucky. The switch was a simple 2 pole mo-switch, with resistors and caps to get the (in my case) 8 sec hold (power off everything)

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    Hmmm, I would have just removed the cover from the docking station and soldered a wire onto each side of the buttons circuit and ran the wires outside the case with a little molex plug on the end then run a wire from that up to the front to a button.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    This wins the MacGuyver Ghetto Rig Award for most innovative design.

    Fantastic work, give your buddy Brent some mad prop points from me for comming up with that thing.
    - 3+ years & still no carputer!
    - Done collecting parts
    - Currently planning setup

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    Dude..that is rad....
    I just worked ona mod for Jeff shutdown controller (Mastero also sells them) and added a second relay, a resisitor and a cap which will give me a pulse when you first turn on the car, and when you turn off sends another pulse to send the laptop to hibernation.

    I shall post a diagram soon. I just had to open up my docking station and solder one wire on to the switch. ( i have a dell 4100 series)
    04 Acura TL w/ core2duo 2ghz laptop w/ 1gb RAM on a docking station.

    Fast car, fast PC. ;)

    http://www.arcdesigns.net/carpc/

    My TL CarPC ver2

    FSR Flash Skin w/ moving weather maps

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    haha, actually I opened my laptop up, and presed around with a paperclick till I found the "power-on" soders... theN I soddered wires to them, taped them down... and ran the wires into my dashboard.... 20 minutes of work and I got remote start. Unfortunatly my computer is permenantly in my car until I build a plug for the cables. Anyone want pictures on how I did this PM me, I have it well documented.

    btw. its a sony Vaio.

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    if you have room, maybe wire up a tiny audio jack to the case, so it is flush...hardly noticable when "undocked" from the car. This one is from
    Radio Shack


    2005 Ford Focus ST

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