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Windows 7: Power up a laptop with the lid closed


23 Aug 2011   #11
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
under the power options you'll see an option for "When I close the Lid". Modify those entries to; "do nothing" when I close lid. You should then have access to power on the laptop without opening the lid. This should function like you're on a docking station.
Thats what I was thinking you could try. I just don't have those menus to look at on my desktop PC, so I couldn't be more specific in my post.


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08 Sep 2011   #12

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Playing with Power Options on Windows, won't fix the problem to power up with closed lid.
I managed even to have external power button by putting two wires on the button inside the notebook itself, but still it is not possible to power up when the lid is closed (when it is opened the button works perfectly).

What would fix this problem?
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08 Sep 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Does your laptop model offer a docking station? I am unfamiliar with Sony Vaio's, as I avoid them like the plague, but with any business-line laptop with a dock, you can always power them on without opening the lid.

The point is, unless there's a hardware method of doing so, you're only likely option is going to be to open the lid, power on, and then shut the lid when it allows.
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08 Sep 2011   #14

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Does your laptop model offer a docking station? I am unfamiliar with Sony Vaio's, as I avoid them like the plague, but with any business-line laptop with a dock, you can always power them on without opening the lid.

The point is, unless there's a hardware method of doing so, you're only likely option is going to be to open the lid, power on, and then shut the lid when it allows.
The idea with docking station is not good, since I need to minimize the use of hardware. That is why I am using small netbook, since I need to put it on small box that can be closed. I thought the use of external remote power button will automatize everything but this small problem ruins it.
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08 Sep 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The only other thing I can suggest then is to choose new hardware that was designed for your purpose. A small, mini-ITX system would work perfectly fine for your needs, and would use the TV (by HDMI) as the monitor. A laptop/netbook isn't designed to be an HTPC.
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08 Sep 2011   #16
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by obelix5 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Does your laptop model offer a docking station? I am unfamiliar with Sony Vaio's, as I avoid them like the plague, but with any business-line laptop with a dock, you can always power them on without opening the lid.

The point is, unless there's a hardware method of doing so, you're only likely option is going to be to open the lid, power on, and then shut the lid when it allows.
The idea with docking station is not good, since I need to minimize the use of hardware. That is why I am using small netbook, since I need to put it on small box that can be closed. I thought the use of external remote power button will automatize everything but this small problem ruins it.
You have to find the little switch that detects when the lid is closed and bypass it.
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08 Sep 2011   #17
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

But then you'll have no screen when openning the lid.

Some are external plastic switch on the base board, some are internal made copper switch inside the hinges.

But screen should goes black after connecting the TV...then close it. Humm, a little bit lazy maybe?
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01 Jan 2014   #18

Win 7 64
 
 

Hi,
I wanted to do just the same with my netbook. It works like this:
In modern laptops there is a magnetic activated switch in the base of the laptop. Probably near the hinge.
In the lid there is a small magnet. So when you close/open the lid the magnetic switch is energized accordingly.

To find out where in the lid the magnet is, just probe arour the frame of the lid with a small metal object and feel the magnetic pull.

To solve your problem you have to dismantel the lid and remove the magnet. You, of course, will loose the ability to shutdown by simply closing the lid.

Another think to try is to 'disperse' the magnetic field coming from the embeded magnet. You could try by sticking. on the lid, a piece of flat soft ferrous-metal where the magnet is located. You have to experiment.

I never tryed myself as I give myt netbook to my wife!

Regards

Francesco
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