Power management system for a computer

  • US 5,903,765 A
  • Filed: 04/03/1997
  • Issued: 05/11/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/02/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of controlling power supplied to a computer, wherein the computer can perform any of a plurality of boot processes, the method comprising:

  • monitoring external device interrupt lines during a period in which power is not supplied to the computer;

    if an external device interrupt is received during the period, supplying power to the computer by sending a control signal to a switchable power supply, the switchable power supply being coupled to the computer for supplying power thereto;

    sending boot status command to the computer to identify which boot process of the plurality of distinct boot processes the computer is to perform; and

    booting up the computer in accordance with the identified boot process.

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