Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 18 of 18

Thread: Laptop Power On I've Searched Help Please

  1. #11
    Raw Wave tj!2k4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    3,294
    That's a great idea! Way to go =) Then you could also connect the other end of the phone cable to an ITPS and automate the startup/shutdown. Nice!

  2. #12
    Low Bitrate
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    87
    Quote Originally Posted by wagonerd
    I just finished my laptop install and I was able to run the wires from the power switch to two of the modem pins. (who uses dial-up anyway?) I was then able to plug a phone cable in to the laptop and wire that to a momentary switch. This way I can just unplug the phone cable and take the laptop inside for updates or whatever. If you'd like I can get pictures...

    Details! All the details please!

  3. #13
    Maximum Bitrate zPilott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Austin
    Posts
    509
    That is a good idea. And you could connect two fo the pins to the lid switch and two to the power.... hmmmmm

    |V1 Virtual Display|

    Hard work often pays off over time, laziness always pays off right now.

  4. #14
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    9
    i customized the laptop to have asses to the power button (removed the lcd screen from the laptop) and placed the power button on top of lcd cover....sice i have a 350Z i reach over the pass. seat and power it on. what do you guys think?
    Attached Images Attached Images   

  5. #15
    Maximum Bitrate zPilott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Austin
    Posts
    509
    I bought a TCS OFF switch to replace the blank that was next to my VDC OFF switch and ran the power switch to that. It is a momentary switch, with a light in it that looks real clean. I like it because it is convenient to access, and it is completely stealth to anyone who doesn't own a Z (and I say TCS stands for The Computer System). I really like the idea of running the line to the modem port, I am going to have to look into doing that.

    |V1 Virtual Display|

    Hard work often pays off over time, laziness always pays off right now.

  6. #16
    Low Bitrate
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    76
    What I did was connect a 4-pin mini connector (like a floppy drive molex) to the power and standby switches. I wrapped it in heat shrink tubing and it looks like a dongle/pigtail hanging from the back of the laptop.

    I kinda like the modem idea too.

    00 Galant
    armadaE500 P3-660 320M 20G, lilliput, audigy2NX, slim/slotLoad dvd/cdrw, cardReader
    sony rm-x2s, bu303, xmDirect
    xpPro sp2, frodoPlayer 1.09, iGuidance 2.0, custom voiceRecognition
    custom shutdownController

  7. #17
    Low Bitrate
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Cali
    Posts
    111

    A hard-wired switch is better...

    Hey,

    I was lucky and able to use a docking station that comes with a power switch. I wired an external momentary switch in parallel to the two leads that had continuity across the multimeter when the power button on the dock was pressed. Note, there were five leads coming to the power button.

    You can also wire a remote switch in parallel to the power button on you laptop. This will require opening the case and connecting a wire to the correct leads on your power switch inside the laptop. This wire is connected to a female power connector which is affixed into the hole you will have to drill in the side of your case. You can then install a remote switch with a lead that ends in a matching male connector. This switch can easily be mounted in the dash.

    Like noted before, you can use a USB device or a RJ-45 jack (modem) to wake your computer if it supports it (check in the BIOS to see if there is a setting under the power section for wake-on-modem or USB. You can also use the ethernet port and Cat 5 cable to switch on your laptop (wake-on-lan) if you lappie supports it. Some have even come up with mechanical devices that are manually or electrically powered to press the proper button

    The only problem with USB, Modem, or Ethernet switches is that these cannot be used to turn the laptop off. Why would you need that feature, you ask? Well, if like most computers, you ever have the unit freeze up due to configuration problems, you can hold the momentary switch down for 5-seconds or so and force a power off. You cannot do this without a direct connection to a power switch.

    I have my laptop set to turn on with a press of the switch. If the laptop is already on, it will bring up the shutdown dialog. If the button is held down, the computer goes into a hard shutoff. While this is not preferred and a regular experience, it has come in handy.

    Keep trying and see what works...

  8. #18
    Newbie
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    16
    i was actually thinking of a more mechanical idea.

    a SOLENOID wired to a momentary switch, it can then just press the button for you remotely. however hijacking a random pin or installing cutting and installing a serial cable is also not a bad idea. plugs right in, i can hijack the plugs and put them into a remote switch. not a bad idea at all i say.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. Remote laptop startup
    By ambush in forum Laptops, Netbooks, Tablets, UMPCs, etc.
    Replies: 47
    Last Post: 11-24-2008, 03:28 AM
  2. New product - PC Power switch with wired remote
    By hd54321 in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-08-2006, 11:48 PM
  3. power options missing on xp laptop
    By hotponyshoes in forum Software & Software Development
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-13-2004, 09:01 AM
  4. quick question re: laptop power
    By mkerr in forum Power Supplies
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-22-2004, 12:37 AM
  5. prob with power to laptop
    By cubanmoses in forum Power Supplies
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-19-2003, 09:21 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
  •