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    Thumbs up Free DSSC Shutdown Controller available..

    If anyone is willing to write a Windows driver for our DSSC Controller, we will provide them with a free DSSC unit.

    Here's the criteria for the software:
    - The software needs to work on Win2k/XP, etc.
    - It needs to run as a service or background application.
    - It just needs to listen to a user-defined serial port for the word: "SHUTDOWN" (in all capital letters)
    - When SHUTDOWN is seen on the serial port, it just needs to shut down Windows.

    Preferably, the code will be written in C or VB. Source must be provided and we will give permanent credit for your contribution.

    In exchange, you will receive a DSSC Controller ($70 value), full technical support, full credit for your contribution, and the gratitude of numerous Windows Carputer users.
    DashPC - The Linux Car (since 1999).

    Dash LCD, Via Epia, GPS, XM, OBDII, DSSC Shutdown Controller.

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    Not to change your design or anything, but couldn't the DSSC just use the existing standard UPS interface in Win2k/XP/Linux/...? It's a trivial protocol involving nothing more than raising/lowering serial port pins. At the same time, it's marginally more reliable than the proposed send-string method because it guarantees that the host can eventually catch the shutdown message (via polling if needed). Most importantly, you wouldn't need a driver on any of the proposed platforms -- it's already included.

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    The vast majority of our customers use the DSSC's universal power button (ACPI) function for starting and stopping thier Carpc's. However, there are still many users that have notebooks that require the serial shutdown function. We provide a simple 10 line Linux application for Linux users that shutdown their PC's via the serial port. However, we don't have a similar application for the Windows users.

    As we add new features to the DSSC, we'd like to offer our users firmware upgrades that will provide them added functionality at little or no cost. We can't offer this kind of functionality with the standard UPS protocol.

    Your idea is indeed a good one and we really appreciate your input. However, for the time being we think it would be easier to provide a simple program to help the Windows notebook/laptop users.

    Kind regards,
    CB
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    Dash LCD, Via Epia, GPS, XM, OBDII, DSSC Shutdown Controller.

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    I'm unaware of any unique challenges in this space regarding notebook/laptop use. The UPS drivers work regardless. Depending on the added functionality you plan, the SmartUPS protocol might work for you too and still keep you fairly standard. Obviously if you're planning to grow your controller into a more generic I/O board then your proposed solution does look the best.

    I'm sure you'll find someone around here willing to toss together the 20-50 lines of VB you need to get this done. If you don't mind having it .NET 2.0 (beta) based, I'd be willing to put it together for you. 2.0 provides a new serial port class to make your task near trivial without the need to implement (or borrow or steal) a win32 api based com wrapper. MSCOMM in VB6 and some API calls to ExitWindowsEx and SetPermission would work too -- same goes for C/C++.

    Good luck and that looks like a nice product you have there.

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    Here it is.
    The INI file to configure is in the installed directory.
    If you change anything, restart the service.

    Source code will be provided on delivery of my controller

    DSSCSetup.exe

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    @Frodo: You gonna cut it in thirds and send me a bit for the solution architecture I provided?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rando
    @Frodo: You gonna cut it in thirds and send me a bit for the solution architecture I provided?
    Sure, I need to fire up my tablesaw and get the dust off anyway.
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