turn on pc using remote control device

February 5, 2011 at 12:23:38
Specs: Windows 7 Pro (64 Bit) / Vista Ultimate (64 Bit), Intel Core 2 Quad CPU with 4GB RAM (Corsair Dominator)
Hi, I am attempting to find a way to use a remote control type device to turn on my pc. Essentially due to cabling restrictions, length of cables, location of my desk, not being allowed to move furniture and several other factors I am only able to set up my computer such that while sitting at the desk I can (if I crawl under my desk) reach the back panel of the pc but not the front this works out well as I often need to interchange devices in the hot-swappable ports of my pc but it does mean that to turn the thing on I need to clamber over my bed, while this is not impossible it is irritating. I have seen IR/bluetooth remote controls that can be used to turn off a pc, equally wake-on-LAN would work except I would need the pc on in order to turn the pc on and due to the router location I use a USB wireless adapter which needs the PC on in order to actually receive any communication. I could buy a small pushbutton switch and tape it to my desk and wire it such that using the front OR secondary switch would turn it on but I would rather not.

Basically what I am after here is any one of three things.
1. A device allowing my PC to be turned on by a remote physical device similar to a remote control

OR

2. Advice on some component like a push button I could physically wire to the pins necessary that will activate on a wireless signal or similar.

OR

3. A simple no and I will just try it with the push button

thanks in advance
Dexter


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#1
February 5, 2011 at 12:29:04
You can often set bios settings such that the computer will auto start up after losing AC power - having the power to the case off and then switching it on will start up the computer. Some rooms such as a living or dining room may already have a wall switch that enables / disables the power to a wall duplex or one of the two plug-ins in it.

You could run an extra pair of wires to the two pins for the power switch on the mboard and use a "normally open" switch at the other end - as in, momentary contact, it's on only when you press it - that will switch it on, or off, the same way the power switch on the case does. All ATX computer cases have that type of Power switch, and all AT and ATX cases have that type of Reset switch, if it has one.


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#2
February 5, 2011 at 14:13:06
Thanks for that, due to the positioning of sockets I cant use the first method so I think I will use the "normally open switch". Thanks for your help.

As an aside I came up with a rather low tech solution for those who have similar issues but are not comfortable fiddling with the mobo, I cant use this either due to the shape of my room but it may be helpful. I figured that what I needed is some way to press the button without pressing the button, this can be achieved by taping a pencil to a remote control car and building walls out of a cardboard box to channel the pencil into the correct position. The batteries would need changing from time to time but it should work.

For people who want a higher tech but cool approach http://www.instructables.com/id/The...


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#3
March 5, 2011 at 09:43:41
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#4
March 5, 2011 at 11:08:49
Some computers can be set wake on keyboard input or wake on USB. See if your BIOS has such an option.

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#5
March 7, 2011 at 12:34:40
I have it set to wake on keyboard but my keyboard is a specialist one and does not seem to work to wake it up. This question was more about turning the computer properly on. The power on after power loss is a good idea too except that removing the power like that does not really work for me as I cant plug it back in without tripping the fuse even if I plug it in from off then switch it on.

I found the Sharkoon PC Jump start device. This seems to be the answer but I am still waiting for the thing to get here so I shall see when it turns up, if it ever does: http://www.lambda-tek.com/component...


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#6
March 7, 2011 at 12:55:24
"I have it set to wake on keyboard but my keyboard is a specialist one and does not seem to work to wake it up."

That depends on
- the settings in the bios being correct.
- default settings in the bios may or may not be set to wake up the computer when you press a key or move a mouse.
- sometimes there are two ACPI versions you can choose from in the bios - the operating system may wake up the mboard / system with one version but not the other

- you must install the main chipset drivers for the mboard in the operating system otherwise the operating system may not be able to support the ACPI features of the mboard properly because it doesn't have the proper info provided in the main chipset drivers. (Main chipset "drivers" are often mostly, or all, *.inf files that inform the operating system about the capabilities of the main chipset.)


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#7
March 7, 2011 at 13:36:33
it works fine if I plug in my PS2 keyboard but I far prefer my programmable ZBoard but that will not wake it up, besides which my PS2 port is used for a bar-code scanner for my job, not that I could not simply unplug it or get a splitter but I prefer my ZBoard. I have the correct drivers installed for the mobo I am sure but I never saw a second set so I shall see if I can find a different set somewhere lurking in the depths of the internet, I had never heard of multiple sets being provided before now thanks for the suggestion.

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#8
March 7, 2011 at 18:28:59
The latest main chipset drivers should be fine.

You probably do have an oddball keyboard in your case.


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#9
March 23, 2011 at 03:23:02
As for me,i prefer use ActyMac DutyWatch Remote actymac. com
.It’s prog for remote computer monitoring from iPhone.

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