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Topic # 55142 24-Dec-2009 11:01
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I have recently built an HTPC for an older couple to be used with their plasma from the comfort of the couch. Its running Windows 7 Home Premium and controlled via a Logitech MediaBoard Pro Bluetooth keyboard.

Unfortunately I did not anticipate that the client would shutdown the pc using the power button on the case and also impatiently press the button multiple times when trying to startup up (I should have seen that coming).

The problem this presents in that Windows then asks whether to 'Start Windows Normally' or to run a repair. This of course requires input from the user, but because the keyboard it bluetooth, its utterly dead during this period.

I need an elegant solution so that this senario doesn't occur. I'd prefer that this startup state never occurs and that the 'Start Windows Normally' is always attempted (if the problem is serious, I can then deal with it).
If there is anything I can do to set this default, I'd love to know.

The second and less favourable option is to have a wired keyboard permanently attached.
I'd rather not confuse the client with more proceedures that they are likely to forget and I don't want to add clutter to their relatively tasteful setup either. If I could get away with just a number pad rather than a fully fledged keyboard then that would make it easier to stash.

All comments welcome.

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  Reply # 284983 24-Dec-2009 11:38
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You should be able to change the power button in the bios to 3 second delay before turning the PC off rather then instant off. That way are request will be sent to the OS to shutdown and most people do not even realise that continuing to hold the button will force the PC off.

Personally I have my media center set to do nothing in Windows power options for both power button and sleep buttons. It is set to go to S3 sleep after 15mins.
It is turned on via a IR request rather then the box being touched at all.

Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64

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