Another Thread About Carputer staying on all of the time.
I've been reading this website, nearly non-stop for a week now. I have tons of questions (and yes I read the FAQ and know how to search). I've read a lot on people wanting to leave their computer on, long term, after the vehicle is off. I am in search of a 100% soultion. Besides many of our childhood's hero, KITT did it, so why cant our vehicles.
Here are a few related questions/comments related to this issue:
Q: Can you wake a computer from a low-power-consumption mode like standby or hibernate, remotely? I'm thinking of wake-on-lan, or some other way that a remote device (through https://www.gotomypc.com/msapp ) can communicate with the carputer's EDGE/GPRS card.
Waking a computer from a low power consumption mode is one way to extend the life of the battery... a little.
Q: Why would you want to have your computer on while you are away? (I have heard this just about every time the question is posed and my response is always :nutz: )
A: Here're my reasons:
-I walked away from my car and walked into the mall and finally out of the range of my 2-way-alarm-remote's extended range, and suddenly I question wether or not I turned my alarm on, locking my doors.
-I don't want to pay for another overpriced system/service where my car can contact me anywhere, anytime if my alarm goes off.
-My car is in Florida and I want to start it from Hawaii.
-I want to view the GPS and security cams from the same distance.
-the show car value is kind of nice IMHO.
-I could plot a trip, without transfering files, prior to getting to the vehicle.
-anything I have set up with, interfaced to the computer, I could set up before I get to the vehicle.
all without having to worry about wether or not the computer is on.
-I'm sure the more I sit here, the more I will remember/ think up.
-I want to take a look at my car battery's calculated capacity and voltage from anywhere. And if it's low I could start my car if conditions permit and recharge the batttery(s).
-which leads me back to KITT and a solution to the battery life scenario:
I'd like to have the car start itself and run itself to charge the battery (along with muting the radio since I usually leave it pretty loud), until the carge indicator indicates full. All of course if the usual requirements for a remote start are met, and perhaps some way of ensuring that the vehicle is not in an inclosed area (which would be tough other than pushing a safety button upon exit). Maybe it could send me an email or text when this occurs.
There was a previous thread that touched on this I think... I started to post there but figured I'd start anew. http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/power-supplies/27018-new-shutdown-controller-software.html
Thank all of you for growing this community into what it is, I'm new(b) obviously and can't put my laptop down now. I remember not too many years ago when I was calling Allen Bradly and other industrial companies for touchscreens, because that was all there was ($$$$$$$). I hope I can learn some and help as well (electrical/ electronics - not programming unfortunately).
phone control to turn pc on and off and also how to keep ur pc on all the time
in regards to ur question about is it ok to put +5 into ur pc. all you hve to do it use a one way diode/blocking diode on the cable from the pc and the cable from the power source, then you can constantly have the power source on to charge the phone and then when the pc is on the other cable connected to the pc and phone will work with activesync etc. i want to keep my pc on all the time too and also use my phone to turn on and off the pc if needed.all you do is use a relay to hook it up to the handsfree socket on ur phone that way you dont destroy ur phone u just take apart a hands free cable.also if you hide 2 big 100amp batteries in ur boot somehwere u can hook the pc up to them,but u must hook up those batteries to the alternator not to the car battery.jsut calculate how much battery storage u need to keep the pc on overnight and whilst ur not using it when its sitting n car park at work all day etc. hoep this helps,
Originally Posted by h3rk