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Automatic Mains Disconnect

Downloading and CD-burning programs usually provide the option of automatically shutting down the PC on completion of their tasks. However, this energy-saving feature is of little benefit if even after the PC has been switched off, all of the peripheral equipment remains connected to the mains and happily consumes watt-hours. The circuit shown here provides a solution to this dilemma. It is connected ahead of the power strip and connects or disconnects mains power for all of the equipment via a power relay. A connection to a 12-V PC fan (which may be the processor fan or the fan for the chipset, if the latter is present) indicates whether the PC is switched on.
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