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    One more thing I wanted to mention is that you can get a CD changer adapter that turns your CD changer port into Two RCA's for hardwiring for around $80 US because it's not fiber optic. I would highly consider that option if I were you. I would have done it in my 95 except for the fact that I'm not going to have it long enough to realize the benfits of it.

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    Well lookey here, I login to research startup/shutdown controllers and I come across this thread. Kristian, as you may have figured out, your power switch is simply something that shorts out when depressed. In davis449's case, both ends of the power switch was connected to the 2 wires of the modem port. Plug in an rj11 phone cable, short the other ends out, boom, you got power on. But this still requires manual interaction. What most of the controllers offered offer fancy options that laptop users do not require, but are fundamentally a relay. Essentially, when powered, the relay closes shorting the circuit. This device is all that is needed for our purposes, which I am in the midst of tinkering with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davis449
    As far as startup/shutdown goes, my friend found a way to use the modem port to trigger the laptop to power on. We simply use a phone cable with a button wired to the end of it to power it on mounted in the center console's top tray.
    Can you go into some more info with this switch? It is exactly what I am looking for right now, it is the biggest issue I have.

    Quote Originally Posted by davis449
    We removed the switch below the screen that doesn't allow the laptop to turn on when the screen is shut. Shutdown is done by automatic Hibernation after fifteen minutes in the the Windows Power Options and then as a back up it's set to shut down all the way afer it reaches a certain battery level.
    Was it necissary to remove the switch? On my laptop, there is a menu in the power setting that allows you to choose what the laptop does when you shut teh screen.

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    nyce! but hardwire the detector man!
    Peep MY TYTE WHIP yo! It's got too many ill mods to list!

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    what type of skin you have running with that Road Runner?

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    I'm running the stock skin with it right now and my friend mugu up there is working on a customized one. As for the wiring for the turn on you will have to ask mugu, cause he's the one who did it. I would hardwire the detector but I'm getting as new car in a week, so there's no point right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsanePyro
    Can you go into some more info with this switch? It is exactly what I am looking for right now, it is the biggest issue I have.
    This will require some soldering that you may not be comfortable with. Crack open the bezel that covers the power switch for your laptop. Grab your multimeter and ohm out the leads (ohm out basically means measure resistance, great way to tell if you have a circuit or not). Simply push the button and see which combinations will result in a short when pressed, and none when not. What we did at this point was spot solder (carefully) each end to a length of wire (using Cat5e copper) and patched it to the modem port. This allows your machine to stay nice and neat enclosed, but does mean you lose your modem. I'll see if i can get some pictures for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by UnsanePyro
    Was it necissary to remove the switch? On my laptop, there is a menu in the power setting that allows you to choose what the laptop does when you shut teh screen.
    The problem with that, is if the screen is down, the actual machine will not start. There might be ways around that if prehiperals are plugged in, but hack and slash is so much easier :}

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    looking good
    Is this where the witty comment goes?
    97 Black pearl Mazda Miata MX-5 Carpc V2? maybee..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugu
    This will require some soldering that you may not be comfortable with. Crack open the bezel that covers the power switch for your laptop. Grab your multimeter and ohm out the leads (ohm out basically means measure resistance, great way to tell if you have a circuit or not). Simply push the button and see which combinations will result in a short when pressed, and none when not. What we did at this point was spot solder (carefully) each end to a length of wire (using Cat5e copper) and patched it to the modem port. This allows your machine to stay nice and neat enclosed, but does mean you lose your modem. I'll see if i can get some pictures for you.



    The problem with that, is if the screen is down, the actual machine will not start. There might be ways around that if prehiperals are plugged in, but hack and slash is so much easier :}

    If you can get some good pictures of it that would be awesome. I was really hoping that you had it hooked up to a batter or something though, that seems like it would be a lot easier. I'll have to start giving things a try. I suppose if I could emulate some sort of activity on one of the lines, I could get the computer to turn on.

    Hack and slash is always fun, but with my setup, I need the laptop to always work its best, it is going to be for school and my car, at least for now

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    To a batter? Battery? Power buttons are nothing more than a shorted out circuit. There were other methods we were thinking about, wake up on ring (voltage zap over 2wire), wake up on lan would require certain broadcast flags. This was the easiest.

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