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Use my PC as alarm clock (with WoL and playing a song of my choosing) ?

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Hi,

I'm getting bored of using my phone as an alarm clock since I don't want to have to plug it into my speakers every night and that if I ever forget to plug the charger in I won't be woken at all.

So now that I've moved into my own place and that my computer is now using ethernet instead of WiFi I want to be able to use it as an alarm clock.
It probably wouldn't be hard to make it possible and so I figured it must already exist.

I'm not a developer but this is how I imagine it working:
- Have a server automatically wake you computer up using WoL at a time set by yourself.
- Use something like the start up folder or msconfig to launch a batch file that would play a song of your chosing when the computer wakes up.

I have a password on my computer so I guess that would add a bit of difficulty to the task. Putting my computer into sleep mode wouldn't fix that as it would still want the password and obviously the batch file wouldn't be executed because the computer hasn't just been turned on. What that means is the way I think I could make it work wouldn't work at all but I don't doubt somebody has already figured a way to do what I want.


So, does anybody know of a program that can do that ?


Thanks in advance thumb.gif


EDIT:
I guess that a program that would go to full screen with a black background (a bit like what you can have with the stock android clock app) and the time in the middle would work too. Only if it somehow puts my computer into some sort of low consumption state.
Edited by steelkevin - 3/15/14 at 12:17pm
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Uh? That's what Windows Task Manager is for.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

Uh? That's what Windows Task Manager is for.

    You mean Task Scheduler.  Task Manager shows you a list of all the programs running in the computer.

    @steelkevin: Create a scheduled task that triggers daily (or weekly on certain days of the week).  While you are editing the new task's properties, head over to the "Conditions" tab, tick "Wake the computer to run this task" and untick "Start the task only if the computer in on AC power".
    This should wake your computer from standby or hibernation at the scheduled time.  If it doesn't work, make sure that Wake Timers are enabled in your advanced power options.
    Although the general consensus on the web is that this will only wake, not power-on your computer at the specified time, I had one old computer that would even wake from shutdown on XP.  Your mileage may vary.  If you want, you can look in your computer's BIOS for an auto power-on at certain time setting if you don't want to use standby or hibernate.
 
Edited by Techie007 - 3/17/14 at 4:43am
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+Rep to both of you, I made it work last night.
I guess I'd just never used the Task Scheduler ^^.

If anybody else wants to do this know that you can't just open a .mp3 file. You need to open wmp (or whatever you use) and add the desired file (song) to the arguments.
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I was going to try this, but my msi afterburner for some reason starts with 100% fan speed before actually relating it to temperature, boot up would wake me harshly before any mp3 frown.gif
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Originally Posted by steelkevin View Post

+Rep to both of you, I made it work last night.
We knew you were smart enough to do it!
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