This project lets you switch your PC on and off with the TV remote. Several months ago I posted a project that showed how I use my DirecTV remote to control a lamp across the room. That project turned into something that I use all the time. Almost immediately after I started using it I realized that I needed something to switch my PC off for when I'm watching a movie playing out of the PC. I don't have a home theater PC or anything, but sometimes when I watch a movie late at night --which is quite often -- I would like to be able to hit a button on my remote to shutdown the PC.
Step 1: The IR Switch Module
Originally I was going to use the simerec.com SIS-PC chip for this but since they have an on/off module for PCs that doesn't require any soldering, I went ahead and got the PCS-1 module. If you want to save some money and have time to solder then you might consider the SIS-PC chip.http://www.simerec.com/
Step 2: Locate Where to Drill Hole for IR Receiver
Here is my PC, and where I'm going to drill the hole for the IR window.
Step 3: Unplug AC Power
Just to be safe, I unplug the AC power just in case I spill my drink while working ;)
Step 4: Open Up the PC
I removed 4 screws from the back of the PC so that I would have access to the motherboard. This also gives me access to the tabs for removing the front faceplate so that I can drill the hole and mount the IR switch module...
Step 5: Drill Hole for the IR Detector
Started with 1/8" drill, then 1/4", then 3/8". Stepping up the drill bit sizes makes for a hole with a smooth edge. I left the 3.5" plate in the main faceplate while drilling so that the part would be easier to hold steady. Be cautious and safe when drilling anything, especially small parts with relatively large bits.
Step 6: Connect IR Switch Module to Motherboard
Unplug the PC's front panel switch from the motherboard, and plug in the module's two pin connector in its place.