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    As I was reading your last post, I was thinking something mechanical but if the power button is on the front, it's going to be a tricky one so I'll wait to see what you came up with. One other thought, is there anywhere in the software to tell it to turn on when the charger is attached and turn off when disconnected?
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    Yeah Phil, I thought about a solenoid or something but there’s no room back there for even the smallest one I could find. I know the tablet can tell if it’s being fed power or not but I don’t think it can tell whether the adapter is plugged in or not. Maybe it can and I just don’t know?? It can tell when the headphone is plugged-in..hummm..?? Do you have any ideas if it was possible?

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    Thinking (yeah, just thinking/writing, I'm not yet sure whether the idea is good or not). So Thinking about "the smallest solenoid"... hmm, we/you need something really small, which can be electricaly operated and makes abot 1-2mm move, right. Well a regular relay in fact does just that... Is it's coil is strong enough to "push" some other pin, that actually pushes the power button... i don't know, but you could try. In worst case you'll loose 10-15 minutes of you time and a 1-2$ for the relay
    Hope you got my idea, because I'm not sure how the internal parts of the relay are named in english, so I may be incorrect in my explanation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolvoCarPC View Post
    Thinking (yeah, just thinking/writing, I'm not yet sure whether the idea is good or not). So Thinking about "the smallest solenoid"... hmm, we/you need something really small, which can be electricaly operated and makes abot 1-2mm move, right. Well a regular relay in fact does just that... Is it's coil is strong enough to "push" some other pin, that actually pushes the power button... i don't know, but you could try. In worst case you'll loose 10-15 minutes of you time and a 1-2$ for the relay
    Hope you got my idea, because I'm not sure how the internal parts of the relay are named in English, so I may be incorrect in my explanation.
    Exactly what i was thinking! The power button is easy to push so a solenoid can push it easily; the problem is getting the shaft into such a small space. I will take a picture tomorrow of the bezel assemble with the tablet and the climate control and you'll see how small a space i have to work with.

    These are the solenoids i was looking at, i will probably get the smallest one just to experiment.
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    http://www.leeproducts.co.uk/press_r..._archive_1.htm (yeah, they are in china, but who knows)
    Another idea: a nozzle/sprayer. The little hole replaced with some kind of pin. It will be really small and could be fixed easy. All you need is to push it with compressed air. Sounds easy, but ...
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    And a little vibro of old cellphone?
    Adjust the pulley of 'tree, making a half turn can push the power button ... not easy because you have a small space ... just a suggestion.

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    Why dont you just solder wires to the contacts on the power button, and wire in a remote a momentary switch? You can find real small ones, I just got some 3mm square by 1mm thick ones from ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rray View Post
    Why dont you just solder wires to the contacts on the power button, and wire in a remote a momentary switch? You can find real small ones, I just got some 3mm square by 1mm thick ones from ebay.
    rray, you have to stay with the tour buddy , read post #20 he tried that route.

    Treetop, what about IR, anything built in? USB maybe? just another thought.
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    The vibro from old phone is great idea. It's small enough and hopefully strong enough to push (errrr hit he-he ) the button
    If it was me I would try that route.
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    I guess I'm luck at the micro surgery stuff. I would use a loupe on an optivisor and real bright lighting, then using a micro cutoff wheel in a mini Rotary tool to grind the whole power button off to access the smt pads underneath. Then solder with a 1/64th chisel tip.

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