THE BUTTON... help!

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THE BUTTON... help!

Post by wowguides4u » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:01 pm

on a old computer i salvaged i found a old buttom that was used to turn it on, i want to hook it up to my computer via usb, but how do i do it?

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Re: THE BUTTON... help!

Post by thewise1 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:05 pm

You want to be able to turn your computer off and on using a usb button?
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Re: THE BUTTON... help!

Post by wowguides4u » Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:52 am

no, just want to use it, say... to open a browser or something :)

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Re: THE BUTTON... help!

Post by limpport » Mon May 03, 2010 12:56 am

Yeah....no. That's not gonna happen.

You could turn your computer off through USB my touching the +5v pin to the ground pin. But that is probably the worst possible way to turn it off.

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Re: THE BUTTON... help!

Post by bicostp » Mon May 03, 2010 1:07 pm

wowguides4u wrote:no, just want to use it, say... to open a browser or something :)
Use the guts from an old USB game controller and an automation tool like AutoHotKey, and you'll have a button you can program to do anything. ;) (I did something like this with an Easy Button from Staples and made a floor button for Ventrilo's push-to-talk key.)

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