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Windows 7: Cars have ignition keys...why can't computers?

18 Apr 2011   #11
DrToxic

Micro$oft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
Check this Thread by Lordbob75 https://www.sevenforums.com/overclock...ob-wiring.html He made/used a Key start switch in his build
I currently have one of those... out of a hard disk hot swap bay. xD I wanted to go full out on it though.


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18 Apr 2011   #12
DrToxic

Micro$oft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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I like this idea, too, and you've put a thought into my head...

In the days before ATX power supplies, most computer cases had a keyboard lock. It was usually a chrome switch with a key right on the front of the case.

I'm going to put an ATX board and power supply in an old case and attach the keyboard lock to the power switch input on the board so that turning the key will turn on the system. The big, obvious power switch on the front panel won't be connected to anything so hilarity will ensue when anyone tries to turn it on.

Kent
Haha!! Love the idea dude!! All im going to say is GO FOR IT!!! post pics and vids of people who fail to turn your rig on! :P

(also, theme windows to go with the older style case? :P)
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18 Apr 2011   #13
DrToxic

Micro$oft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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I like this idea...but it will require putting 250v through the keychamber...which I dont think is very healthy... seen as the chamber is designed for 12v (24 for trucks/lorries)
The green wire!

Thats what turns the PSU on and off.
Look it up.

Like Zepher said, cars are moving away from keys. Just so happens I've made a USB key to start my car.
Its nifty.
I can probably mod it for a PC too, I guess. So it will only turn on when you plug in this usb key.
usually green wire, read the PSU manual first. if theres no green wire... check where the green wire is on another PSU and use that wire.


I know cars are moving away from keystarts, but i will not. I dont like the new method of
  1. walk up to your car
  2. *car unlocks*
  3. get in the car
  4. push button to start

just doesnt seem like "Getting into a car and driving" to me... wheres the fumbling around the keychain with house-keys, bike keys, car keys, shed keys bla-bla-bla? :P

getting a pc to start on "usb" is easy enough... just get a usb port from something that doesnt work, and rig the power headder on the mobo to two of the usb terminals. Then, make a usb "key" that has the jumper (two pins connected). plug it in, pc turns off. leave it plugged in, 5 sec later, pc off. if pc is crashed, plug it in and leave it for a hard off.
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18 Apr 2011   #14
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Why don't you go all the way and get the Mercedes key switch with rf fob. This way all you need to do is have the fob in the room and the computer would start with a button and if the fob is removed it won't, should only cost a couple of grand through the MB dealer if I understand their parts mark up !
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18 Apr 2011   #15
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrToxic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
Check this Thread by Lordbob75 https://www.sevenforums.com/overclock...ob-wiring.html He made/used a Key start switch in his build
I currently have one of those... out of a hard disk hot swap bay. xD I wanted to go full out on it though.


~Lordbob
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18 Apr 2011   #16
DrToxic

Micro$oft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Why don't you go all the way and get the Mercedes key switch with rf fob. This way all you need to do is have the fob in the room and the computer would start with a button and if the fob is removed it won't, should only cost a couple of grand through the MB dealer if I understand their parts mark up !
I think i know what your thinking of. an immobilizer. if its not there, car wont start bla bla bla..
yeah...thats easy enough...build something that is a jumper.
hell, if you wanted to get creative, you could use the Android unlock on it (a panel with 4 rows, 4 columns of switches, and pc will only turn on if certain switches are ON

There is millions of ways of turning a PC on.... in the end of the day, so long as the power headder is shorted on the motherboard.... think of something that can stop and start electricity flowing..

... have fun. i always try to go cheap when i build... im a simple man who doesnt want a lot.. if i wanted a clever system, i'd build one. xD


I did have an idea of getting a filing cabinet (2 drawers high, wooden) to build into instead. it'd be easier.
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18 Apr 2011   #17
DrToxic

Micro$oft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrToxic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
Check this Thread by Lordbob75 https://www.sevenforums.com/overclock...ob-wiring.html He made/used a Key start switch in his build
I currently have one of those... out of a hard disk hot swap bay. xD I wanted to go full out on it though.


~Lordbob
Hey ~LordBob!

any hints/tips before i build?
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18 Apr 2011   #18
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

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I currently have one of those... out of a hard disk hot swap bay. xD I wanted to go full out on it though.


~Lordbob
Hey ~LordBob!

any hints/tips before i build?
Test it on your friends machine.
Just in case it doesnt work
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18 Apr 2011   #19
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

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~Lordbob
Hey ~LordBob!

any hints/tips before i build?
Test it on your friends machine.
Just in case it doesnt work
Good plan. Also, don't grab a live 120V line like I did.

Other than that, make sure you plan out what you want to do, make a list of how you are going to do it.
Make sure you have a way to mount things, and make it first so it doesn't turn out as crappy as mine did.

~Lordbob
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19 Apr 2011   #20
DrToxic

Micro$oft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xarden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrToxic View Post

Hey ~LordBob!

any hints/tips before i build?
Test it on your friends machine.
Just in case it doesnt work
Good plan. Also, don't grab a live 120V line like I did.

Other than that, make sure you plan out what you want to do, make a list of how you are going to do it.
Make sure you have a way to mount things, and make it first so it doesn't turn out as crappy as mine did.

~Lordbob
I have an INTEL Pentium 2 (the last one alive i think?) which I will use as a test subject. it doesn't know it yet.. so shh.. i don't want it to worry


first off, yours didn't come out crappy. I like it. im pretty fussy on PC cases... (I've been known to buy three per year)

It'll be easy not to grab a 120v line, we've got 250v over here in GB.

I will document my whole build and get it uploaded here for you to see. I'm going to be lazy (yeah..my middle name IS lazy) and start with this possibility WOODEN FILING CABINET because it will match my desk...and I don't have to make it.

This will also give me a chance to drill my way into what I would like to see.. (my own placement for buttons, leds, pots...)

I might use my laptop to do it Live on ustream.tv (link will come when i get the recording rig set up)
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