have you found a box of some sort that the new laptop start up/shut down controller fits in? if so, are they also going to be available for purchase like the previous ones any time soon?
Not really, but you can build these yourself and thus cheaper that way. Or having someone build one for you, saves you the time and effort and they are still cheaper than the other 'commercial' products. The commercial products do plug into serial ports, etc... usually. These we're building are just simple power on/off designs. The commercial ones also throw in all kinds of frills, bells and whistles, though you pay for that as well. All up to you... Just offering this as a service/as info for the community. ;-)Originally Posted by Lil Freek
That would be mrfrankmrfrank for the startup/shutdown. Haven't heard from him in a while. I haven't gotten around to doing the shutdown side of things. I do build and sell the Laptop Power On Module with remote power switch and usb safety plug talked about at the beginning of the thread (actually building two right now). I'm hoping to find the time to do a shutdown too... just too many other things on my plate right now...Originally Posted by moto_123
The way I have my laptop configured though, as soon as it's running on the battery (by turning the car off, and no power from the power supply) it goes into hibernation (or you can have standby) within 3 minutes. So no real need for a shutdown function for the laptop.
hey, sorry guys, i threw a huge party this weekend and spent most of it non-sober. i managed to trim down the bread board that i used to fit in the project box that i bought from radio shack. the reason why i chose to build a shutdown aspect to this module was because i found for some reason that my laptop would not always hibernate when it went to battery power. it would sometimes not detect that it was running on battery power. i do plan on throwing up my design for the shutdown controller possibly within a day or so. if there is a huge demand, perhaps i can work with webmaster and have him build you guys some modules based on my design. but thats all up to him and the demand from u guys
You mentioned earlier that its required to put the laptop in hibernation because of the USB that keeps being powered.
So is it possible to start the laptop from standby or does it really only work in hibernation? I really, really hope it starts up from standby as well.
But I'll be ordering one definately anyway..
I've been looking for this a long time!
Im really glad you made this available!
power up your laptop each time the module receives power from the car (turning the car on). Standby keeps the usb powered.
The usb safety feature just ensures you don't send a second 'button press' while the computer is on. as if you were using the car pc while driving around and pulled over somewhere to relax. You turn the key to ACC... without the usb safety cable plugged in, when you switch the power off then to acc, the module would send a second pulse, usually turning the computer off (or put it into standby/hibernation depending on your setup).
These modules can be built to however you want them. With or without the safety cable, with or without the remote power switch (not recommended), etc...
Thats good news.
So in case I turn off the motor and the laptop is still running and I turn on the motor again, my laptop would jump to stanby..
This is still a minor invonvenience since I can start it up again using the remote powerswitch
Besides, its not a situation that would happen a lot and going from standby to start only takes around a few seconds anyway.
I guess I could experiment with it what is most convenient..
I'll go to your site and order one now.
Thanks a lot for making this by the way!
Just placed the order.
I'll pay you through paypal as soon as you tell me the total amount.
I asked this question with the order as well, but the only cable that really needs to have some length is the cable of the remote switch, right?
(laptop is in the trunk)
All the other cables can be short since they are close to the laptop and powersource anyway.