Wednesday, September 10, 2008

HTPC Update: Powering on/off via remote!

A critical feature of any worthy HTPC is the ability to turn it on/off via a remote; Just like any other piece of living room appliance. I got the Antec Fusion Black 430 expecting this to work out of the box (the package includes an IR receiver and I own a Harmony 550) but I guess I was asking too much; You will need to perform this (undocumented) step in order to get it working.

In short, here is what you need to do:
  1. From the bunch of headers in the front panel, locate the two headers labelled "POWER SW".

  2. Connect the header with the white and black wires to the input pins on the LCD as shown in the picture above. Note: you should not need to remove the front panel and disassemble the LCD as stated in the forum thread as you should be able to see it through a hole in the panel.

  3. Connect the header with the red and black wires to the power switch pins on the motherboard.

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