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Rig up new power button for extended range turn on?

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Hi all. I recently inherited a 2 year old laptop from the wife's parents. I have the perfect place in mind for it. Its going to be the computer in my new home office that I'm setting up. I don't use the gaming rig for that, I need them to be separate in separate rooms for various reasons. Well the only problem is, I freakin' hate laptops. I hate their little screens. I hate their little keyboards. So here is my idea:

I have a monitor, a wireless ergonomic keyboard, and a wireless mouse. I want plug them all into the laptop and use it like its a desktop. Only thing is, I don't want to have to open and close the lid all the time for the power button. I'd like to rig up some kind of remote switch for the power button on the laptop so I can turn it on without having to open it up all the time. In fact, I want to just hide the laptop away in a cool drawer of the desk that it will have all to itself.

So how can I get a button on a wire going? Rigged up to this laptop to turn it on with ease? What would you recommend? Please don't suggest buying some new computer or platform, I don't have the money. This was given to me free and its what I'll be using. Sorry but it seems every thread I've had for the past year everyone keeps telling me to spend all this money and I just can't.
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post #2 of 4
Is this laptop going to be connected to your home network? If so why not set up.. wake on LAN?
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post #3 of 4
The buttons on most laptops are attached to a small PCB that has a ribbon cable going to the motherboard. The only way I can see to do what you want involves some cutting and soldering and you probably won't have a pretty cover over the button area any more.

Wake on lan sounds like a good idea if you can do that.
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I have never heard of Wake on LAN. How exactly does it work? I read the wiki on it, but what method would a home user use for this application? Just go to a different computer and tell the laptop to come on? Perhaps it could be done with an android based phone somehow?
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Xstar 27" PLS 1440p Wireless ergonomic Silverstone 900 watt Silverstone Raven (1st edition) 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2 WD 640 Black Some Pioneer DVD burner off the egg Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme Windows 7 Home premium 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Xstar 27" PLS 1440p Wireless ergonomic Silverstone 900 watt Silverstone Raven (1st edition) 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logisys Wireless trackball Don't need one. I got a trackball! Creative Soundblaster Audigy FX pci 
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