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    PC wake up...then start car.

    So I got off work today, get in my car...and it's like a 120 freaking degrees in there, with a 99.9% humidity. I can't stand that crap.
    Is there a way to get the PC out of hybernate at say....4:55 pm. From there I can set something up to start the car. Since I left the AC on, it'll start cooling the car for me before I get in it at 5:05.
    Obviously there must be a system/program to shut it off after some time, in case I don't show up or have to work late.
    Or....maybe set something up to wake up the PC with a phone call?
    I've seen remote start somewhat covered/talked about here and there, but I don't recall seeing anything about waking up a PC.
    Any ideas or thoughts anyone?
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    Some Bios' have a turn one feature, for specific times. You might also consider a small timing device, just dropping 12v into the ACC line, as if you were starting your car, to kick the PC on. One final idea is to use a Wireless relay controller. I have one on my car, with 4 channels. Have it hooked to ACC to boot the PC.


    The enxt aspect is starting your car. Easiest way would be to get a remote starter kit and hack one of the remotes.

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    Try down Here in Texas where it is 135F inside the car is normal (Yes I have a thermometer in the car). Speaking from experience. The best thing is to open the car door and let the hot air out. Leave the windows cracked so the hot air can get out. Also leave your AC set to vent. This helps a little bit.

    When cooling down the interior, use the normal AC setting with the rear most windows crackedto replace the hot air with the cool. MAX re-circulates the air in the car so you are trying to cool super heated air.
    The heat is not all that good for the PC also. I Leave my PC in hibernate until I get the air moving in the car. My PC is also in an area of the car where it is cooler. The hottest it has been inside the PC case so far this summer is 119.

    Trying to get your PC to boot and start the car may be harder on the PC and the hard drive than on your body.
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    Wireless relay controller, I like that. Where'd you get that? Link?
    Since the Opus (or any PSU) puts out 12V, it would be easy to send a signal to the starter, (a realy first) but I guess the problem would be to stop the 12V after say...a 3 second crank time.
    I'll check my BIOS for what you said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KB5WID
    Try down Here in Texas where it is 135F inside the car is normal (Yes I have a thermometer in the car). Speaking from experience. The best thing is to open the car door and let the hot air out. Leave the windows cracked so the hot air can get out. Also leave your AC set to vent. This helps a little bit.

    When cooling down the interior, use the normal AC setting with the rear most windows crackedto replace the hot air with the cool. MAX re-circulates the air in the car so you are trying to cool super heated air.
    The heat is not all that good for the PC also. I Leave my PC in hibernate until I get the air moving in the car. My PC is also in an area of the car where it is cooler. The hottest it has been inside the PC case so far this summer is 119.
    My PC's in the trunk. Up until recently I had only a fan on the processor (only) and no cool air to the trunk. Had no problems.
    About 3 weeks ago I ran a 1" hose from the rear (passenger) AC vent, under the carpet, under the rear seat, to the PC. And added an (output) fan on the oposite end.
    Anyway, you are kind of missing the point, I want the car to start and cool the interior using my pc............because it IS possible.
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    You could always use the remote car start on some of these flashy alarm packages, this in turn would boot up the PC, aircon etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saldorri
    You could always use the remote car start on some of these flashy alarm packages, this in turn would boot up the PC, aircon etc
    Yeah, I recently purchased a new alarm, and it had the remote start feature. I just set the heater/ A/C controls how I'd like them, then start the car a couple minutes before getting in. Works for hot summer days, or cool mornings when there's condensation all over.

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    Details on AC vent hack?

    Quote Originally Posted by muldrick
    My PC's in the trunk. Up until recently I had only a fan on the processor (only) and no cool air to the trunk. Had no problems.
    About 3 weeks ago I ran a 1" hose from the rear (passenger) AC vent, under the carpet, under the rear seat, to the PC. And added an (output) fan on the oposite end.
    I have been thinking of doing this... how do you get the hose under the rear seat? What kind of car do you have? I have a corolla, so besides not being able to fold down the back seat I can't see how I could run an AC line into the trunk area...

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    It is much cheaper and easier to install a remote starter alarm than having the PC starting the car alone. Maybe you can configure the PC to send a pulse to the remote starter system to start the car. But remember, the PC/PSU has to be in standby state in order to wake up.
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