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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Zack
    Some vehicles power the lighter outlet all the time, and some only when the car is on (or in accessory mode). Yours seems to keep the power on all the time, so yes... it will keep your laptop fully charged. (It will also drain your car battery sooner or later!) You would need to rewire the outlet to use the switched power feed to your radio or some other device.

    If I remember correct on my old Dell laptop all i had to do was provide +5v to pin 5 (or 6?) of the com port to activate WOR. Google for WOR or 'wake on ring' and see what you can find for your laptop.

    some older Dells have a sleep switch around the hinge that has to be disconnected to keep that from happening. Try setting the sleep button press action to nothing in XP and see if that helps - if not, look for a little pin activated switch around the hinges.

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    My Toshiba has a setting that can disable the hibernate on close feature. Might look at the bios or "set up" feature when you boot up. Dell's are typicaly F2 when the dell splash screen comes up at first boot.

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    For me laptop definitely worked better. Initially I tried the motherboard in the truck with a psu thing, just too many problems. I've had the carputer (laptop) in my car for about 6 years now, so i guess things have changed since then. I have a thinkpad mounted vertically on the side of my truck slid onto a port replicator (select-a-port) connected to an IBM DC car adapter. With the switch mounted to one of the momentary channels on my alarm remote and also to a auto turn on/shut down circuit. Being most of my time in NYC, only IBM quality and durability can survice those massive potholes, without my carputer even skipping a beat.

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    i just came up with an idea for you guys. i tested just now and it works.

    it does require soldering 2 wires inside the laptop to the lid open/close switch

    once done, hook up a relay to your ignition that closes the circuit when ign is off

    then set windows to standby when lid is closed, it will automatically resume when circuit opens

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    Quote Originally Posted by yalpngulp View Post
    i just came up with an idea for you guys. i tested just now and it works.

    it does require soldering 2 wires inside the laptop to the lid open/close switch

    once done, hook up a relay to your ignition that closes the circuit when ign is off

    then set windows to standby when lid is closed, it will automatically resume when circuit opens


    you do know that there is already a solution for powering on laptops with 2 wires soldered and a relay circuit, so your idea isn't new.

    Laptop Auto Power-On / Turn-On Module

    and the best setup is to set it so that the lid does nothing, you tap into the power button instead. Both can be used technically. But power button is easier to get to on most laptops. Usually involves removing ONE panel only




    Personally I prefer a laptop install for several reasons.

    1: Smaller Footprint
    2: Built in battery
    3: Tuned support for hibernate/suspend features
    4: Shock resistant harddrive already encased
    5: Wifi Already built in. Can add on if you want greater coverage, or just tape into the antenna.
    6: Less induced noise issues. PCI sound cards tend to pick up everything
    7: Lower power draw
    8: Better bang for your buck when counting power, a Cheap 300-400 dollar used(or new) laptop will outperform a via system.


    As for the upgradability concerns. Everythings coming in usb now. And there always IS pmcia cards/express cards. Then theres laptops that actually support full size PCI cards if you connect them to a docking station.

    and as for closing the screen forcing your ocmputer to hibernate/sleep. Goto Start - Settings - Control Panel- Power Options - Advanced Tab.

    In the middle where it says "When I close the lid to my portable computer"
    Change the drop down to "do nothing"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffy View Post
    you do know that there is already a solution for powering on laptops with 2 wires soldered and a relay circuit, so your idea isn't new.

    Laptop Auto Power-On / Turn-On Module

    and the best setup is to set it so that the lid does nothing, you tap into the power button instead. Both can be used technically. But power button is easier to get to on most laptops. Usually involves removing ONE panel only
    i wasn't talking about shutting down, i was talking about automatically going in and out of standby with ignition. sure you can set your power switch to go to standby, but it requires more than a relay to operate that way as you only want to push the power switch momentarily. for people such as myself that don't shut down their laptop ever, this is a decent solution.

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    Has anyone seen this?

    Seems like it would solve just about all the problems discussed here for power anyway. Plus it has the added feature of programable powerdown after the ign is off.

    Of course, that would meen using an ITX mother board rather than a laptop.


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