Bypassing Power (On) Button

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BettyChand

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Background - I've had 3 Dells and the only thing that ever went bad was the power button on an old one. After paying $50.00 to have that repaired, I researched and found a way to set up the computer so that when I hit the "master" switch on my power bar, the computer would start.

I now have the same set up on this machine (XP Home). I have my monitor sitting on a 5 outlet power center. When I shutdown, the computer goes off fine and I just hit the master switch to turn everything else off (monitor, printer/fax, speakers). However, when I turn on the master switch, everything goes on except the computer. I'm back to using the power button for that part.

I've tried to research this again and have not come up with the answer.

Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
 

BettyChand

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Thanks for the quick response Wet. I went into the BIOS but didn't find remote power. I think you're right though, that's where I made the change on my old machine which was either Windows 98 or ME.

I'll keep researching.
 
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BettyChand said:
Thanks for the quick response Wet
No problem Betty ;)

If you know the motherboard manufacture you might be able to find a better BIOS. I know that with Gigabyte motherboards you can actually turn the computer on/off through the keyboard :eek: :D
 

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Its possibly that your BIOS does not support this feature. However try looking under Power Options or Boot Up. There may be an option for Auto Power On, Restore Last State, or an option for Keyboard or Mouse Power-On.
 
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