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External reset switch

Posted by Richard Goodwin on 14:44, 11/7/2001 | , , ,
 
This one struck me as so whacky and useful that I just had to post it in full. A big red button for your RiscPC!
resetDo you wish you could reach your RiscPC's reset switch? Fed up with having to switch off your computer to reset it?

Switching your computer off and on again each time you wish to reset can put unnecessary strain on your hard drive and on the rest of your computer's electronics. Using the reset switch does not interrupt the power to your hard drive and components and so can prolong their life.

Owl-Art Un-Ltd. can now offer an external reset switch for the RiscPC/A7000. This requires no soldering and simply plugs in inside the computer and ends in a socket in a spare podule blanking slot (those without a spare blanking plate can drill a hole in the case and fit the socket that way). The switch itself is a small 6mm switch in a black box 46mmx32mm and 20mm deep with a 1.5m lead. This allows the switch can be placed where ever it is most convenient.

The cost is from £10 for the self-solder version, £15 for the podule based one and £1.50 postage (cheques only). See http://www.owlart.co.uk/reset.html for more details.
 
  External reset switch
  (16:49 11/7/2001)
  Richard Goodwin (17:43 11/7/2001)
    Gunnlaugur Jonsson (19:59 11/7/2001)
      Jon Hall (20:41 11/7/2001)
        Bruiser Bayler (21:00 11/7/2001)
          Tim Fountain (23:10 11/7/2001)
            Mikey (00:02 12/7/2001)
              Andrew Poole (08:06 12/7/2001)
                mark quint (09:10 12/7/2001)
                  Andrew Poole (17:27 12/7/2001)
                    Ender (07:36 13/7/2001)
                      Owl-Art Un-Ltd. (12:16 13/7/2001)
                        Andrew P Harmsworth (12:17 13/7/2001)
                          John Duffell (22:49 13/7/2001)
                            Gerph (01:20 16/7/2001)
                              Chris Williams (13:56 16/7/2001)
 
Michael Stubbs Message #88846, posted at 16:49, 11/7/2001
Unregistered user Interesting! It would be quite good to bash a switch on the (wooden) desktop to reset the machine.
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Richard Goodwin Message #88847, posted at 17:43, 11/7/2001, in reply to message #88846
Unregistered user It'd be more fun if you replaced the button with one of those huge red jobbies like you see in workshops to cut off the power, or perhaps the ones you see in the movies where you have to flip open the cover to get at the switch inside. Perhaps there's a sideline in custom reset switches here? :)
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Gunnlaugur Jonsson Message #88848, posted at 19:59, 11/7/2001, in reply to message #88847
Unregistered user The one with the flip cap sounds great - I'll have one please :)
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Jon Hall Message #88849, posted at 20:41, 11/7/2001, in reply to message #88848
Unregistered user How about one of those plunger thingies that you blow up buildings with;)
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Bruiser Bayler Message #88850, posted at 21:00, 11/7/2001, in reply to message #88849
Unregistered user How about a 20ft stalk with a inicator and Popeye goading you at the top and an oversized mallet attached with to the base with a rope - the harder you hit the higher the indicator rises and as a bonus the machine resets?!
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Tim Fountain Message #88851, posted at 23:10, 11/7/2001, in reply to message #88850
Unregistered user Try and swap it round with the floppy eject button to really confuse people ;).
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Mikey Message #88852, posted at 00:02, 12/7/2001, in reply to message #88851
Unregistered user How about when the machine hangs, again, you just throw it away?

No switch required!
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Andrew Poole Message #88853, posted at 08:06, 12/7/2001, in reply to message #88852
Unregistered user Wouldn't it be fun if you connected it and then hid round the corner. When someone starts to do something, hit the button!
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mark quint Message #88854, posted at 09:10, 12/7/2001, in reply to message #88853
Unregistered user hehehe
I can see a market in PC reset switches like that, although i'd find it more useful having a special key on the keyboard >)
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Andrew Poole Message #88855, posted at 17:27, 12/7/2001, in reply to message #88854
Unregistered user nice idea but then you would need to have something in the OS which recognises the keypress and then resets itself. I suppose it would be feasable(sp?) to have a separate wire for it to go to the same place as the Owl-Art one though.

Anyone know how these work? whats in the box? just a button? sounds a bit much for a button, a box and a wire if so!
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Ender Message #88856, posted at 07:36, 13/7/2001, in reply to message #88855
Unregistered user I know exactly what is in them as I already have one but if I said here what they contained every one would go and make one for themselves.

I will say however that it has made a big difference and it is worth every penny.
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Owl-Art Un-Ltd. Message #88857, posted at 12:16, 13/7/2001, in reply to message #88856
Unregistered user Custom switches available to order ;-)
Yes, they are fairly simple to make, but the costs are not as small as you might think. Plus, you get it all made up for you for no effort :-)
NB. Podule socket design now obsolete, so only £10 version needed, no soldering required.
Anyone got a source of flip-top cases for the switch?
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Andrew P Harmsworth Message #88858, posted at 12:17, 13/7/2001, in reply to message #88857
Unregistered user Keep up - I'm sure this was on riscos.org last month. Or maybe that was dmoz? :)
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John Duffell Message #88859, posted at 22:49, 13/7/2001, in reply to message #88858
Unregistered user Anyone for a module to auto reset the machine whena pr-configured key is pressed? No, I'm not going to release one, that'd be irresposible ;-)
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Gerph Message #88860, posted at 01:20, 16/7/2001, in reply to message #88859
Unregistered user I've got a module that does resets the machine when a special key combination is pressed. It's called utility module. It's set up to reset on Ctrl-Break.
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Chris Williams Message #88861, posted at 13:56, 16/7/2001, in reply to message #88860
Unregistered user gerph, where can we find one of these 'utility modules'? Is it like Batman's utility belt? I heard their on ROM chips these days.

;p
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