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I have my laptop connected to an external desktop monitor, as well as an external keyboard. When I use it my laptop is closed. After I turn it off from the external keyboard, is there a way to turn it on without having to open the laptop? With the external keyboard?

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Depends on whether your laptop BIOS will allow keyboard wakeup (or similar) and also depends on whether or not you have a device that is capable of waking a pc from sleep connected ..
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I've never heard of any external keyboard that can power on the lappy.  I would suggest just keeping the laptop on 24/7 and let it go to sleep or hibernate if it's a big deal.  For the record, I hate sleep/hibernation...but if you must.
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Yes, purchase a docking station
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Thanks, I don't want to keep it in hibernation

TBK-Consulting :How can I know" if whether my laptop BIOS will allow keyboard wakeup (or similar) and also depends on whether or not I have a device that is capable of waking a pc from sleep connected" The keyboard is a basic Dell one

nutwoo: My laptop is an inspiron 1150 what dock station would you recomend?

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if you go into your bios menu and look for the power setting tab, if the option is available it should be under there for wake on keyboard or something similar. if not there is no other way apart from having to open the lid and push the power button again.
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Thanks to all for those info.
Kenycl : could you tell me more about how todo "...go into your bios menu and look for the power setting tab, if the option is available it should be under there for wake on keyboard or something similar..."

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Upon booting, that that Dell logoscreen, generally you press F2 or Delete to get into the BIOS.  Browse the settings until you find something related to power and keyboard power on.

That said, I have not seen any laptop with keyboard power on feature.  I've only seen this feature on desktop machines.  Further I've only ever seen PS/2 keyboards work for power on.  If you do not have any PS/2 ports, it's likely even if the setting is there, it will not work.
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ok, on the bootup of your laptop, there should be an option for you to go into your bios menu, mine is F12, some could be Esc or f2 or whatever, you have to look for it on the start of the screen either top right or bottom left watch for it,

once you are in the bios menu, look for power management or something similar
and look for usb wakeup support or usb keyboard wakeup support.....

once set test our your external keyboard by pushing any of the keys or a specific key you set for it,

below is a screen shot of the menu on my laptop

hope that helps
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That only allows the computer to wake from by using a USB device such as keyboard or mouse if the computer is in sleep/standby mode.  Press any key or press the mouse button -- there is no keyboard combination to set up.  It's almost like the computer has the screen saver on.

From full power off, this USB wake will not work.
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