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Remote Reset

Just one 'click' away from an easier restart
 
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Ever been sitting at the computer, checking out the latest posts on halfbakery, possibly downloading some new songs, and running an online video game (mix and match any of those to fit you), only to have an error somewhere (damn comp only says "Error 45362" or something) and your comp totally freezes up? I mean, you can't 'Ctrl-Alt-Del' or anything, which means you have to make a long reach to switch off your computer, then back on. And even worse, if you have one of those neat, new computers that shut themselves off after shutdown, you have to reach around the damn tower to shut the f***ing computer off. Well, here is the answer to that problem. A remote reset button would be added to keyboards. Due to the fact that your perephrials wouldn't work if your comp froze, the remote reset button would have a seperate wire, wired directly to the computer's power supply. Now, easily, with a touch of a button, you can restart your computer hassle free. Now if only someone could make a crash guard program that doesn't CAUSE your comp to crash (not mentioning any names... NORTON CRASH GUARD).
Salty Ham, Jan 12 2002

Apologies, Salty Ham. This is the idea I was actually thinking of. http://www.halfbake...2eA_2eD_2e_20Button
Specifies separate key-pad thing. Presumably this could be linked up in such a way as to get round the 'bollocksed-up peripherals' issue. [Guy Fox, Jan 12 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

A remote reset button. http://www.dansdata.com/jremote.htm
[StarChaser, Jan 15 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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       I just want an apology from Microsoft on that feckin Windows scandisk screen - you know, the one that says "Because Windows was not shut down correctly..." like it's your sodding fault. I want "OK. Windows crashed. Our bad. We're sorry. If you'll please just be patient, we'll make sure we haven't completely arsed up your system..."   

       But, yes, I thought we'd done this one before. Sorry, Salty Ham, but the idea's redundant.
Guy Fox, Jan 12 2002
  

       Sorry, but my idea is different. In a real world (which is what i live in... sorry if yours is different) his "Ctr-Alt-Del-Del-Del-Del-Del" wouldn't work, as, like i said, //your perephrials wouldn't work//, which, sorry to say again, includes the keyboard. His is an idea, mine is an actual, practical idea. Read his again, then notice the factual difference between his and mine.
Salty Ham, Jan 12 2002
  

       You could wire this up yourself, or set a power password in the BIOS. By holding down your power password combination for 4sec you could shut off the PC.
encore, Jan 12 2002
  

       I have a switch box that sits on my desk. All I have to do is reach over and kill power.
phoenix, Jan 12 2002
  

       If you have an ATX case, as "one of those neat, new computers that shut themselves off after shutdown, you have to reach around the damn tower to shut the f***ing computer off. " would indicate, press and hold the power button. After about 10 seconds, it's supposed to shut itself off.   

       I suggest you try moving the computer closer to you, for the 'long reach' problem. Alternately, try moving closer to the computer.   

       The idea is still redundant, 'Wouldn't it be neat if there was a way to restart my computer'.
StarChaser, Jan 12 2002
  

       At work I had the computers plugged into power strips because those office cubicles never seem to be designed with enough power outlets for 2 PC's (1 loseNT and 1 redhat linux), a Sun workstation, an ethernet hub (not enough e-net ports either), plus desk lighting. Whenever windows would bluescreen, I just gave the power strip a kick. Nothing like a cold power cycle to show the machine who's boss.   

       If you're the type who has difficulty using feet for such delicate tasks (or are clumsy enough to kick when you don't intend to) then you could migrate the power strip to a safe location on top of the desk. Or switch to an operating system that was tested and debugged BEFORE it was shipped.
BigBrother, Jan 13 2002
  

       (Croissant for [Guy_Fox]'s annotation!)
mwburden, Jan 13 2002
  

       "At work I had the computers plugged into power strips because those office cubicles never seem to be designed with enough power outlets for 2 PC's "   

       Yeah, tell me about it. I've got eight computers, a handheld, a KVM switch, two printers, a fan and a desk light in arm's reach...
StarChaser, Jan 13 2002
  

       make a long reach to switch off your computer, then back on.........??????????........lol..........maybe this is your puters way of telling you to get up, move around, use the facilities.......get a freaking life ?
grnidlady, Jan 13 2002
  

       Compaq's newest server line has remote reset built into the hardware (hearsay, but fairly reliable hearsay).
bristolz, Jan 13 2002
  

       And a remote reset button is available, per above link.
StarChaser, Jan 18 2002
  

       The solution to a common lockup problem is not to add a reset button, although Micro$oft might have you believe otherwise.. You might want to look into your memory timing, install newer drivers for everything, or bite the bullet and get rid of Windows 98.. </generic consumer advice>
Mr Burns, Aug 21 2002
  
      
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