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    Auto on/off

    Loungers,

    I use my laptop to watch TV while I travel, I'm looking for some software that will turn off my laptop at a predetermined time (i.e. at night - like a sleep function) and then back on again at a predetermined time (i.e. in the morning), launching an application (i.e. TV).

    Does any body know if such a thing exists - if so could you please let me know

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    Re: Auto on/off

    Windows has a built in Task Scheduler, but whether the possible tasks include "shut down" or "start up" I can't recall....

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    Re: Auto on/off

    If you're using WindowsXP, you can use the "Shutdown.exe" command (there are some switches): <pre>Usage: shutdown [-i | -l | -s | -r | -a] [-f] [-m computername] [-t xx] [-c "c
    omment"] [-d up:xx:yy]

    No args Display this message (same as -?)
    -i Display GUI interface, must be the first option
    -l Log off (cannot be used with -m option)
    -s Shutdown the computer
    -r Shutdown and restart the computer
    -a Abort a system shutdown
    -m computername Remote computer to shutdown/restart/abort
    -t xx Set timeout for shutdown to xx seconds
    -c "comment" Shutdown comment (maximum of 127 characters)
    -f Forces running applications to close without warning
    -d [ u ][p]:xx:yy The reason code for the shutdown
    u is the user code
    p is a planned shutdown code
    xx is the major reason code (positive integer less than 256)
    yy is the minor reason code (positive integer less than 65536)</pre>

    The only ways I've been able to make a computer start up (from being powered off) are by Power-On-LAN and by a BIOS/CMOS setting.

    The Power-On-LAN is a feature that some network cards (NICs) have that allow the machine to be started up when they receive any network requests. Generally, the machine must be in standby rather than fully powered off.

    The BIOS/CMOS setting (if you have it available) allows you to set a startup time each day. I have mine set to start up a few minutes after I wake up each morning so I can quickly hop on and check my email in the mornings before work.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Auto on/off

    Guys

    Thanks for the replies and the options.

    There does not appear to be any software available to do what I want - yet.

    I'm not really confident to start to play around with the settings etc, - but will look into the task scheduler.

    Although the option to put the machine into standby or hibernation would be fine and then restarting with the TV running in the morning. But until there is some software I guess I

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