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Powering up OS X?

Message #1 - Posted 2002/01/23 - Peter Seebach

So, I have a G3 firewire powerbook. I have it connected to a console switch. Unfortunately, this switch provides a USB<->PS/2 adapter... which means I have to use a PS/2 keyboard. How do I power the Mac up? I've done okay with "hit power button and close the lid right away". The goal is to have the powerbook run on the console switch, so I can use it with a larger display, and share the keyboard and mouse with my other laptop.

It appears that, if I power the laptop up this way, it mostly works - it boots, it sees the keyboard and mouse. (Or at least, if I unplug and replug the USB gizmo, I get the keyboard and mouse.) It does figure out that it only has the one display, and not light up the screen - but since I don't have a USB Mac keyboard, I can't power the machine up.

I seem to recall hearing once of a USB gizmo that just served as a power button for a modern USB mac. Do these work with the powerbook G3 firewire? If so, that'd solve my problems just fine.

-s

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Message #2 - Posted 2002/01/23 - Richard Dickert

Previously, Peter Seebach wrote:

I seem to recall hearing once of a USB gizmo that just served as a power button for a modern USB mac. Do these work with the powerbook G3 firewire? If so, that'd solve my problems just fine.

Check out the PowerMate at
http://www.griffintechnology.com/audio/pwrmate.html

Rick Dickert
dickert (<at>) cfl (dot) rr (dot) com

Message #3 - Posted 2002/01/23 - Peter Seebach

Previously, Richard Dickert wrote:

Previously, Peter Seebach wrote:

I seem to recall hearing once of a USB gizmo that just served as a power button for a modern USB mac. Do these work with the powerbook G3 firewire? If so, that'd solve my problems just fine.

Check out the PowerMate at
http://www.griffintechnology.com/audio/pwrmate.html

Thanks!

It looks like I can set the keyboard up so that "scroll lock" is usable to power down, but there's no way to power *up*. So, if that gizmo works, I'll use it. There's a warning on their page that some powerbooks won't work with it, so I'll write them first, but I'm optimistic.

Tragically, it needs to be directly connected - so I can't set it up to be shared with my other laptop. Oh, well.

That looks like a cool toy. I'll have to see what it looks like under *BSD.

-s

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