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    ^^^I just realized the reason why your laptop kept rebooting was because you were powering it on via VCC.

    I gave up on wiring directly to the power button inside of my laptop. Right now I am trying to tap off the power button on my docking port. My problem is figuring out which 2 wires to tap off of. The button has 5 and Ive tried all possible combinations. I am able to cut it off and on however when I cu it my laptop just keeps rebooting over and over again. For testing I used 2 wires connected to a switch in which I flip on/off each time.

    I do have a multimeter, exactly how do you use it to test to see which wires to tap off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackflux
    ^^^I just realized the reason why your laptop kept rebooting was because you were powering it on via VCC.

    I gave up on wiring directly to the power button inside of my laptop. Right now I am trying to tap off the power button on my docking port. My problem is figuring out which 2 wires to tap off of. The button has 5 and Ive tried all possible combinations. I am able to cut it off and on however when I cu it my laptop just keeps rebooting over and over again. For testing I used 2 wires connected to a switch in which I flip on/off each time.

    I do have a multimeter, exactly how do you use it to test to see which wires to tap off.
    What type of switch are you using? A "momentary on" switch should work. Most PC and laptop switches are momentary-on type switches. If you are using a toggle switch (SPST), then the laptop would "think" that you are telling it to shut down and then reboot repeatedly. Here is the switch that I used:

    I wired this to my dash and push to start up or shut down my laptop.
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    wtf.. is that napoleon with a french military history encyclopedia?? lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostCosmos
    What type of switch are you using? A "momentary on" switch should work. Most PC and laptop switches are momentary-on type switches. If you are using a toggle switch (SPST), then the laptop would "think" that you are telling it to shut down and then reboot repeatedly.
    Wow I think you might be right, let me go to radioshack and pick up one of those momentary switches.... I'll post the results as soon as I get home.
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    In my Z there are a place for two switches (TCS/VDC, and an empty space). I bought from the dealer a TCS OFF switch and put it in the empty space for The Computer System. I patched into the power for the VDC switch, so it is even lit. If you have any blanks where switches go in your car, you might want to look into it. It is more expensive that the radio shack switches (I paid $25 I think) but it is completely invisible to anyone except a Z expert (who would know that there isn't a stability control AND a traction control switch).

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    My laptop is seemingly identical to that. You have to completely dissasemble the case to pull off that upper board. There will be 4 or so super small solder points on the back of the board, solder your wires there and fish them through to wherever you desire.

    I made a post about this a few months back, no one found it?

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    ^^^I'll have to check that out...

    This is what I picked up from radioshack, LostCosmos, will this work?



    Sorry about the pic quality, it was taking with my treo 650.
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    That looks good to me. And it looks like sivart321 found the solder points you need (if it's a similar connection that is):

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    LostCosmos, you were right it was the switch I was using. I was able to get that momentary pushbutton switch that I picked up from Radioshack to work correctly. Sorry for the delayed response but my designated button pusher (my girlfriend) didn't come over until yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunefx
    Here is what I did. I did it on the docking station instead of the laptop because I paid 30 bucks for the docking station on ebay and I felt more comfortable screwing that up
    That's quite neat.

    I have a Toshiba Tecra 8100 which unfortunately has the power button on the side of the laptop, so it isn't replicated on the dock. Does anyone have suggestions on how I can get it to power on/off with the car without hacking up the computer?

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