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  1. You should be checking for broken contiguity...

    You should be checking for broken contiguity until the button is pressed.
  2. Test the contiguity - if that board comes out you...

    Test the contiguity - if that board comes out you might want to pull it out of the laptop and flip it over. Sometimes the pins go through to the bottom.

    -WD-
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    :wss: He's right.

    :wss:

    He's right.
  4. Bump for the good people over at T4R.org...

    Bump for the good people over at T4R.org....
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    I love that fact that this is still helpful,...

    I love that fact that this is still helpful, laptops have changed but this simple solution still works.
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    Where you laptop's power goes....

    The image below was produced by MS Windows 7 engineers to proportionally show where the average laptop uses its energy.

    I thought I'd share.
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    Use a multi-meter on your non-hacked adapter to...

    Use a multi-meter on your non-hacked adapter to find the voltages and go for it on that eBay find.

    Be warned - not all laptops will charge the battery when connecting to a carnetix.
  8. Does the screen you are using have a feature that...

    Does the screen you are using have a feature that automatically switches the video input to the composite input when voltage is applied? If so you are missing the auto part of your automatic reverse...
  9. Good post there SRB310 I would also add...

    Good post there SRB310
    I would also add something hard and flat to put between the laptop and the carpet and make sure the exhaust ports are not blocked to allow for better cooling.
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    Toughbooks are a popular choice among...

    Toughbooks are a popular choice among police/fire/rescue ect for in vehicle computers and generally have a monunt available. Check eBay you might get lucky if that is what you want.
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    Glad it works.

    Glad it works.
  12. I'm guessing your laptop cannot recognize the...

    I'm guessing your laptop cannot recognize the power input and is directing all the power to the system board and not charging the battery....and having a built in ups is a big plus... I think some...
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    different switch but same theory - locate the...

    different switch but same theory - locate the physical switch, pull out the mulit-meter and check for connectivity - solder and fabricate from there. I would stay away from the targus universals. ...
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    my guess is that you have a short from cutting...

    my guess is that you have a short from cutting the wires - I'd remove the keyboard and palm rest then take the LCD VGA connector off the mother board.
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    Just shooting from the hip but...can you set it...

    Just shooting from the hip but...can you set it in the bios?
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    Check the link in my sig...it might help.

    Check the link in my sig...it might help.
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    lacning74 - well...you have done all the hard...

    lacning74 - well...you have done all the hard work - just watch a few quick videos online on how to solder and do some test wires. The key is to just keep the iron on there long enough to get the...
  18. UPDATE: Still goin' strong! I hope this has...

    UPDATE: Still goin' strong! I hope this has helped some others!
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    Heliodoro Check the continuity between the 4...

    Heliodoro
    Check the continuity between the 4 pads when the button is pressed.

    http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c75/virginiawifinder/Computer%20area/untitled.jpg
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    Why not just use a 12V adapter made specifically...

    Why not just use a 12V adapter made specifically for that laptop? I have had one for my dell and my hp. (not that universal stuff - unless it is like the I-Go)
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    Soldering is not hard...you just need some...

    Soldering is not hard...you just need some practice.

    Radio Shack sells a cheap-o kit for like $8 that should get you started. Depending on the switch mechanism the tip may be too wide.

    As for...
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    I recall seeing one like this when I tore down a...

    I recall seeing one like this when I tore down a dell. Use a multimeter and figure out which contacts produce connectivity when pressed. Then solder off of those pads.
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    The install shouldn't be too bad - you could use...

    The install shouldn't be too bad - you could use a relay and just use a simple relay. You would just hook your "line" and "load" terminals to your laptop.

    You'd need to test of course -...
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    Glad it worked...

    Glad it worked...
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    You should check the contiguity of the original...

    You should check the contiguity of the original laptop switch....that should tell you rather quickly.
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