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    Question My idea for a Laptop Switch for my MKIV Jetta. Can this work?!?

    3/31/05: I ADDED MY LAPTOP SWITCH PICS ON POST #19

    First off some background: I am currently in the planning stages of installing my carputer. I am using a laptop as the computer and it will be stored in my trunk. Currently, the only way to turn on my laptop is to press the button and I can't do that from the front seat, so i need a switch. I plan on soldering two wires to my power switch on my laptop and attach them to a mini-jack that will attach to a mini 1/8 plug. The 1/8 mini plug will by coming from a power source form the engine that will turn on the laptop when I switch it on. I dont want to drill a hole in my dash or use some flaky jimmy rigged switch to turn it on. I want to have OEM look.

    Now comes in the VW Euroswitch. The euroswitch is the lighting switch that comes in European VW. They Look like this:


    Now a position on this euroswtich is for “rear fogs” when turned on it lights up one bulb in the taillights that is suppose to be viewable in fog. It’s a safety precaution. Looks like this:


    I don’t plan on using this function for rear fogs. Instead my plan is to use the rear fog position to turn on my laptop. Couldn’t I just run the wire from the 9 pin (which is the slot in the harness that goes to the rear fogs in the taillights) to my laptop?? Here is the normal installation picture of the 9 Pin going to the rear fogs:


    Off the top of my head, it seems like it should work. It is just jumping the laptop power on switch when I turn it to rear fogs and doesnt need to be in the position constantly.

    My only concerns are the type of electric current that comes from pin 9 on the euroswitch. Is there anything i should be worried about? Is there a default with how many volts/amps are needed to start my laptop?

    Could this work or am I just crazy?

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    use a relay that way it just bridges the two laptop wires and you dont need to worry about voltages etc
    So far - 1.1ghz athlon 4 Sharp Laptop, 256mb RAM, 20GB HDD, 32MB on board graphics. CDRW/DVD, 600W Boschmann amp, K301 InDash Screen

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    true i need a relay i figure. I was just thinking what kind of damage a 12V power source hooked up to my laptop will do... hmm...

    any idea what type of relay i need? im clueless

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    Well I did some investigative work last night. Tore apart my new laptop in search for a place to solder some wires to. I guess they don't make these laptops like they use to.
    There are no soldering points on the switch. The switch is a push down switch and is conneected to a circuit board that has a ribbon coming off of it to another board. So that leaves me dead out of luck. I do not want to butcher this laptop as I want to still be able to take it out of the trunk and it look presentable.

    Now my next move is to either wait for a USB controller to be released where you can turn the laptop on remotely. There is a function called Wake On Ring that some BIOS have where if the 56k modem gets a ring it will wake up out of standby. Unfortunately though my BIOS doesnt support that function. Basically I am SOL at this point.

    I did see someone who used a brake pad from a bike to manually turn on their laptop from the front seat. But I really dont want a bike brake handle just chillin in my cab.

    SO what now?

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    Wire up a silinoid to push the button?
    Solder the wires to the bottom of the pcb? <-- my choice
    So far - 1.1ghz athlon 4 Sharp Laptop, 256mb RAM, 20GB HDD, 32MB on board graphics. CDRW/DVD, 600W Boschmann amp, K301 InDash Screen

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    If you where to use that switch you would have a constant output where you just need a temp contact to turn the pc on. You could build a circuit that pulses the pc to turn on when it sees a voltage and pulses again to turn it off when you turn the switch off (ie no voltage).
    I have my euro switch wirred to my front fogs and the rear fogs are wirred to my angel eyes in my headlights

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    See if you have Wakw on Lan in your bios, you amy be able to use that instead.

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    All this technical ribbish has caused me a headache. At this point I am just going to do the bike brake trick except get an old trunk release and paint it to match the interior.

    All this stuff has got me confused and the fact that my switch is a pain in the *** doesnt help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Monkey
    See if you have Wakw on Lan in your bios, you amy be able to use that instead.
    Nope. Don't ahve it. That or Wake On Ring are not accessible with my bios.

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    See if you have Wake on Lan in your bios, you amy be able to use that instead.

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