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    "switch" the computer on without a switch

    Okay, so I need to power up the computer outside the car, and my case doesn't have a switch. I am not familiar with how the power works on the computer switches. You have the red and black from the motherboard to the switch. But does it simply make a connection between those to turn it on/off?

    can I just complete that connection with a paperclip or something to turn it on?

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    Yes a paperclip would work. Anything to make the connection between those two wires
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    Is there any potential to short it (assuming I don't touch anything in the wrong place.) Like could this harm the MB?

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    possibly if you shorted the wrong two jumpers or something you might, I use a cable I got from something else that connected to jumpers and cut the other end off of it and stripped the wire off. So it has the normal connection a switch has on one end, and bare wire on the other.

    You could also buy a PC switch if you really wanted
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    Or use one from an old PC case.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Well i know the correct pins. I was just afraid it could cause a short or something. I'm just gonna go ghetto and get a paperclip. Thanks guys!

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    Just so you know, that's momentary. All you need to do is touch them together briefly or find another pushbutton and make something nicer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazda8 View Post
    Well i know the correct pins. I was just afraid it could cause a short or something. I'm just gonna go ghetto and get a paperclip. Thanks guys!
    You will cause a short if you cross the pins, thats the point! All a switch does is cause a short between the two power switch pins.

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    When I used to run my computer without a case, I used a screwdriver to turn it on most times. Occasionally I hit the wrong pins, most computers are actually fine with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colin View Post
    When I used to run my computer without a case, I used a screwdriver to turn it on most times. Occasionally I hit the wrong pins, most computers are actually fine with it.
    That reminds me of my first time building my own computer. I shorted the wrong pins and it sparked then the motherboard started beeping. I thought I ruined the board but I turned it off and back on and it worked fine.

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