AC Power Loss => Laptops for kiosks

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Hi All,
We have a company operating kiosks. Currently we are running the kiosks
of normal PC hardware.
We want to replace all PC's with laptop, due to new size constrictions.

However one requirement which can be found in normal motherboad BIOS Is
"AC Power Loss Restart". Which starts the PC up after a power loss.
Granted: The laptop does have a battery, but if there happens to be a
power loss for more then one day, we would still need to turn on the

Are laptops available that have this BIOS setting ? I have inspected
several but no luck so far.

If this setting is not available in the BIOS, is there an option we can
write to ACPI, to enable this feature.

Alternatively we would have to go with an embedded system. Any
recommendations are welcome on that front as well.

Many thanks
Piet De Jong

Re: AC Power Loss => Laptops for kiosks

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There are a number of very small footprint PC's available that might
suit your needs.  Aopen has one that is 6" x 6" x 3", has a built in
CDROM, LAN and an external power "brick".  Couple this with a
reasonable UPS and you've got quite the configuration.  Take a look at or look at for examples.  Other vendors
may have similar systems and components as well.

Good luck.


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Piet wrote:

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I suggest the single-board computer option, as the other poster did.

However if you must use a laptop, hot-wire it. Sometimes simply
soldering a jumper wire across the power button will do it. Sometimes
you need to make a little circuit to assert the power button for a
while on powerup. We did this for some prototypes of consumer

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Piet wrote:
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I have dealt extensively with these BIOS issues on thin clients. It's
more complex than many people realize. Of course you don't want to
start-up whenever AC is applied, only when the system was previously
turned on, and AC was removed then re-applied.

I've never seen a notebook with this type of BIOS setting, I doubt that
there are any in existence.

Depending on the application you're running, the performance required,
etc., you should look into embedded boards. But these types of boards
are typically pretty low performance.

There are some small form factor machines from Dell which you might look

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