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    Solenoid Solution

    Has anyone ever tried to just hook up a solenoid to their mount to manually turn on the computer the way it was meant to be turned on? Seems like a simple solution that is compatible with any external power button, if the LCD covers the power button it would complicate things. You can get old automatic door locking solenoids of eBay cheap enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blauvster View Post
    Has anyone ever tried to just hook up a solenoid to their mount to manually turn on the computer the way it was meant to be turned on? Seems like a simple solution that is compatible with any external power button, if the LCD covers the power button it would complicate things. You can get old automatic door locking solenoids of eBay cheap enough.
    Yeah a few guys have, but from what I've gathered, they were never very successful. It has always been better to just use the electrical -> electrical connection instead of using electrical -> mechanical -> electrical setup...
    The other problems were the mounting issues. Most weren't very stable/strong and were also susceptible to vibration, etc.

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    I have a whole post dedicated to that on here somewhere...

    Its MUCH easier to extend the power button wires, but some laptops have the power button soldered directly to the mainboard. So, I used a small thrust actuator from Magnetic Sensor Systems to turn my laptop on and off. Since I don't use the laptop display, I sold it on ebay. Then I drilled a hole in the top cover of the laptop and mounted the actuator in there. Works fine as long as you line up your hole correctly

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    Easy fix

    How to Enable the Wake from Standby Option for a USB Mouse

    If you have a touch screen in your dash board you could simply follow the article above. All you will have to do is touch your screen to wake up the laptop from standby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anexkahn View Post
    How to Enable the Wake from Standby Option for a USB Mouse

    If you have a touch screen in your dash board you could simply follow the article above. All you will have to do is touch your screen to wake up the laptop from standby.
    Has anyone tried this yes with a 7" touch screen?

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    If the computer supports a port replicator style docking station like this one, then all you have to do is get a dock (which could be permanently mounted) and hack it up to a relay from your ignition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard_ha View Post
    Has anyone tried this yes with a 7" touch screen?
    I guess it would help if my touchscreen OR mouse had a power management tab so I even had this option. I don't! Damn.

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    HI. I presume the comport in question for "wake up on ring" is the comport for the modem where the telephone cable plugs into?. I do not have an RS232 port on my laptop as it is an acer 5610. So for a newbie to understand the concept of waking up the pc from a "wake up on ring" solution is that I need to pulse a signal to this port to wake up the pc?.

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