Startup: Have a switch in my dash wired to the power switch on the laptop. Press it to turn on, or resume from standby or hibernate.
Shutdown: Press switch to go to standby(or off depnding on settings). Or when I turn my car off power is cut and I have it set to go to standby 6 minutes after it loses external power.
is it difficult to wire a switch from the button on the motherboard? Im a newb
I use a full opus 150 setup with my laptop board.... starts it & shuts it down.... powers all my accy.'s & usb with room to grow...... a little overkill, but I had it from my previous install....
I read somewhere that it is possible to set some notebooks to 'wake on ring' and use a hacked phone cable plugged into the modem port. Shutdown would be set on loss of external power.
A quick search for 'laptop wake on ring' got me:
Laptop Statup/Shutdown/standby/hibernate question
Remotely startup laptop...? (wake on lan)??
There are more...but the above should give you enough to get started.
personally, I think the wake on USB option sounds interesting. Plug in a trackball & press a button to start the laptop. Depends very much on the capabilities & bios of your laptop.
EPoX mATX SocketA w/onboard Geforce4MX / 512MB PC2700 / AthlonXP 1600
Lilliput / DVDrom / Opus 150W / WD 3.5" 160GB / SB Audigy NX
XP home / Road Runner / iGuidance 4.0