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    Angry Laptop Power On I've Searched Help Please

    Ok guys well I lost my job so I am in need of money. So I pulled my itx system from my glove box and I am installing my laptop into the car. My plan was to install a small numeric keypad in my console so I could just hit a key to bring the computer back from hibernate or standbye. So I've pulled everything and just go finished setting the laptop up and I've found that the only way to bring it back from hibernate is to hit the power button and the only way to bring it back from standbye is to hit a key on the laptops keyboard. This isn't going to be possible since I am installing the laptop under the passenger seat. So basically I am losing my mind. I've seen people speak of taking the laptop apart and hard wireing a monetary switch. This isn't possible for me because I need to be able to remove this laptop and bring it places with me. Ok well someone please help. Here are the specs of the laptop.
    Sony Vaio TR2A
    1GHZ Centrino
    512 ram
    xp home
    40 gig hd.
    2 usb, modem, ethernet, firewire, pcmcia, sound, and monitor ports are all that I have available.
    O wait I have a dc out port available that I have never been able to figure out what that does. Ok well please help someone. Thanks,
    Tim Stark

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimStark
    Ok guys well I lost my job so I am in need of money. So I pulled my itx system from my glove box and I am installing my laptop into the car. My plan was to install a small numeric keypad in my console so I could just hit a key to bring the computer back from hibernate or standbye. So I've pulled everything and just go finished setting the laptop up and I've found that the only way to bring it back from hibernate is to hit the power button and the only way to bring it back from standbye is to hit a key on the laptops keyboard. This isn't going to be possible since I am installing the laptop under the passenger seat. So basically I am losing my mind. I've seen people speak of taking the laptop apart and hard wireing a monetary switch. This isn't possible for me because I need to be able to remove this laptop and bring it places with me. Ok well someone please help. Here are the specs of the laptop.
    Sony Vaio TR2A
    1GHZ Centrino
    512 ram
    xp home
    40 gig hd.
    2 usb, modem, ethernet, firewire, pcmcia, sound, and monitor ports are all that I have available.
    O wait I have a dc out port available that I have never been able to figure out what that does. Ok well please help someone. Thanks,
    Centrino isn't a CPU. It's an Intel marketing term for their chipset/wireless NIC combo. Your laptop has a Pentium M processor.

    I don't know a solution to your problem, other than turning the PC on once you get it in the car.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    I see that money is an issue here, but have you thought about a docking station. These normally have a power switch on them. You could hardware the docking station into the car (keypad, power switch etc.), then you could take the laptop out at any time.

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    Like the few guys above said, there reallly isnt gonna be an easy way to do this. A docking station would work. If whats holding you back from installing a second switch for power is the removability, you will just have to make a way to connect and disconnect it. Cut a small set of connectors onto the laptop case somewhere, and hook up the wires to the external switch when you get in the car. Thats the simplest, and cheapest way to work around this problem that I can see.
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    Most laptops can be brought out of standby through a usb device, such as a mouse. Unfortunately this means leaving your computer in standby, which consumes a decent amount of power (my laptop batteries die after rougly 2 days of standby).

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    crono35 Most laptops can be brought out of standby through a usb device, such as a mouse. Unfortunately this means leaving your computer in standby, which consumes a decent amount of power (my laptop batteries die after rougly 2 days of standby).

    This is what I was wanting to do because I am in my car at least once a day and the inverter would recharge the battery during my drive time. But I cannot seem to get my usb mouse or usb numeric keypad to bring it out of suspend. Is there a setting in widows I can use to make this work. Thanks for the info and help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavramair
    A docking station would work.
    An easy assumption. I bought one for my Fujitsu Lifebook for this very purpose. Did it have a power switch? Did it

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    Here's an idea...

    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...

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    wagonerd - yes, please post pictures, and also tell us what two pins you connect to turn on the computer.

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    keep us informed, i'm interested too!

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