Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: ultra tiny interface

  1. #1
    Newbie skullman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    24

    Question ultra tiny interface

    this is a bit off topic but i have thrown everything i can think of into with no luck so i figured i would ask.

    ok here it goes, i do alot of gaming (lan parties and what not) and i have a bit of a security problem with my game server, so i got the idea to run it in a box with no monitor, no mouse, no keyboard. Only problem is that i did not want any remote connections enabled so i now have 2 problems.

    1) computer must have a keyboard to boot
    2) need a way to interface with computer

    i decided to build a custom interface in a tiny case that i have

    on the top there will be a small lcd from earth lcd

    on the lower part will be a small touch pointer for a mouse and a pda keyboard so that i have a portable keyboard/video/mouse interface that i can plug in to boot the computer, do what i need to, and walk away with.

    anyway after i passed this idea around some of my buds found some good uses for it and we are thinking about using it as our diagnostic interface for the carputers we are building next summer. also we would like to have them for computer repairs and what not (carry a monitor, keyboard, and mouse in your pocket that you know work)

    enough running my mouth, the problem i have is that for security purposes (game server) i would like to wire up a custom plug that only my interface will plug into and have a breakout cable that i can plug it into other computers, i can handled redoing the plugs but i am having a hard time finding a way to wire any pda keyboards to a ps2 port so i can use them on the computer.

    thanks for any help and if you think my idea is retarded, go ahead and say it, won't bother me

  2. #2
    Variable Bitrate Cherub211's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Chandler, AZ
    Posts
    326
    My computer dosn't need a keyboard to boot, why does yours?

  3. #3
    Maximum Bitrate
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    597
    These are two device you might want to look into. And both is a playstation controllers.

    There's a PSX controller that has a keyboard and another that has a screen.

    The screen uses RCA so resolution isn't that great. The keyboard is a full keyed thumbpad with the windows keys.

    I'll say rip these controller out and only use the one u want (screen and keyboard) and combine them back into one device. I'm not entirely sure what to use as a mouse, but you can alway use a touchpad and combine all 3 into 1 device. All are very small to carry with 1 hand.

  4. #4
    Maximum Bitrate
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    597
    Quote Originally Posted by Cherub211
    My computer dosn't need a keyboard to boot, why does yours?
    He probably had halt on error for keyboard. Usually it will tell them to press F1 to continue. o.O Now how would he be able to press F1 when there's no keyboard? Try disable that in Bios first and you should be fine.

  5. #5
    Newbie skullman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    24
    i actuly don't want it to boot without keyboard so that there is no way someone can boot the computer without this interface (for the game server at least, i won't have that set up on my carputer)

    i will look into those controllers, they seem like they might make it easier then trying to wire up a pda keyboard and the earthlcd screen. i am planning on using something like this for the mouse any other suggestions are very welcome

  6. #6
    FreeDrive Creator CdRsKuLL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    3,513
    when you say security ? I dont quite understand what you mean ? there are already some secure devices about.. software wise try 'safehouse'. This can use very high encryption.. everytime your reboot you have to enter a password, then the shows as a extra drive. Theres also another thing I saw in a laptop mag.. its a usb security pen, this works by having to be in the usb port for the user to have access. If its not, then there's no chance of getting in.

    On our game servers we run, they arent really passworded as such, we just have them in a enclosed area. Also I was thinking of co-locating them say in a small secure room and terminal services into them when needed like we already do with our online server in London

    CdR

  7. #7
    Maximum Bitrate
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    597
    Quote Originally Posted by skullman
    i actuly don't want it to boot without keyboard so that there is no way someone can boot the computer without this interface (for the game server at least, i won't have that set up on my carputer)

    i will look into those controllers, they seem like they might make it easier then trying to wire up a pda keyboard and the earthlcd screen. i am planning on using something like this for the mouse any other suggestions are very welcome
    Oh my...that Micromodule Mouse is an excellent device. Everybody thinking of using a touchpad or mouse should look at it. Think of the possibility...installing this thing on the armrest of the door... or on the steering wheel. or even on the dash. The possibility is endless. And for $10 I might just get one.

  8. #8
    Newbie rdrr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    52
    I thought about putting this in my center console and using their My Gesture Editor to remap the keys and gestures.

  9. #9
    Newbie skullman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    24

    let me clear up the game server

    the overall effect i am looking for (in the game server, not the carputer) is that i wire a custom plug (1 plug with keypad,mouse,and screen wired into it) so that you can't plug normal keyboards into the computer, then make sure it will not boot without a keyboard. (i am also going to make sure there is NO FORM of remote access to the computer)

    the final effect is i can put my game server anywhere i want at a lan party, plug in the interface, boot and start the server, unplug the interface, put it in my pocket and walk away. there is no way for someone to control the computer (and through that the server) without my interface.

    i am also going to make a breakout cable to go from my custom plug to standard plugs (and maybe one that goes the other way so i can interface with my game server if something happens to the interface.

    the security thing does not apply to using it for my carputer so it is not relivent here i just thought i would clear up what i ment by secure. several of my friends and i are going to be putting in systems in our cars soon and i would also like to be able to use this to be able to plug a TINY keyboard mouse and monitor into the computer from a single plug without having to get to the computer (plan on hidding the computers away in simi hard to access places)

    and as i was typing this i got another idea, wire the powerbutton to the interface so that you can not even turn the computer off without the interface (could still unplug it though )

  10. #10
    Newbie fearthepenguin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    38
    I had to do something similiar for a firewall that I made for a customer. What I ended up doing was putting the bootloader onto a USB thumbdrive and then having the mobo set to only boot from USB. Not sure if the EPIAs can be configured to do that. I used linux for the firewall in question, but you should be able to load windows onto a harddrive, then just put lilo or grub onto a thumbdrive and configure it to boot your windows partition. Remove the drive after its booted and viola.
    Jason
    It gimme the jibblies

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Pioneer Aux interface.... wiring up ... how?
    By Kenny in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 06-27-2009, 06:56 PM
  2. Peugeot 406 cd-changer interface
    By Piffo77 in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-23-2005, 04:46 AM
  3. I think we should have an open source interface
    By Seraph in forum Software & Software Development
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 10-01-2003, 07:01 PM
  4. A few questions about an interface
    By naevity in forum Software & Software Development
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-03-2002, 10:31 PM
  5. reverse engineering of cd-changer interface
    By sulten in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-14-2000, 12:36 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •