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    Is it possible to have a program for an ATX mobo that when the button is pressed like 3 times in a row or somethin, it will shut down? I'm thinkin that this would be possible considering that the button contacts go into the motherboard. Just interested now cuz I have a ATX mobo in my car! Thanks!

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    Im not sure here, but I have heard of something called "shutdown cards". Something you can stick in your computer that controls the shutdown process, so all you have to do is press a button. Im not sure this is what you meant, but it might help.
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    Now that I think about it, you can do it through the serial port. If you look at the back of higher end UPS's (Uninterruptible power supply) they have a serial port and you can buy the cable and software so if it sees that theres no power, it shuts the pc down automatically before the battery on the UPS wears out.

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    you dont need anything special if you're running windows:

    start->settings->control panel->power options->advanced

    At the bottom of that window, it says "when I push the power butotn on my computer:"

    choose shutdown.

    Now, when you push the power button, it just shuts down--as long as you dont hold the button, then it just cuts off.

    also, make sure your BIOS is set to a delay on power off. My systems all have a 4 sec delay. with these settings all I have to do is push the power button and the system shuts down. if the system locks up, all I have to do is hold the power button down for 5 sec and it cuts power.

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    What version of windows are you using? I have windows 98 release 2. That's definitly what I need though. How would I get this option if you have the same OS as me? Is there a way to upgrade power options? Thanks.

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    I believe WinME has it too.
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    I dont see that option on WInMe

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    The setting is motherboard/BIOS dependant. Look for a BIOS upgrade. Some older motherboards are sol. You can also hold down your power button and have it shut-off (not windows shutdown).
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    There should be numerous shareware utilities that let you do this. There is a Windows API call for shutdown. I found one at Download.com Called Shutdown Now.
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