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    Re: Carputer 101

    Just putting a regular desktop in your car and plugging it into an AC voltage adapter is probably the worst possible way to make a CarPC.

    If the PC is at all powerful it is very possible that your AC voltage converter simply can not supply enough power, so the overload light comes on. Is it one of the cheap ones that plugs into a cigarette lighter? If so...get rid of it it's useless.

    You can make a voltage regulator work, you just need to buy a high current capacity one and wire it directly to your battery like you would an amp. Although again I wouldn't recommend this for anybody. AC adapters create a lot of noise and are unnecessary.

    Ideally you want to power your computer with a power supply that runs off of DC rather than AC. Most of them have built in start up and shut down controllers that operate through a remote wire just like your amps or head unit.



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Quote Originally Posted by spoonraker View Post
    Just putting a regular desktop in your car and plugging it into an AC voltage adapter is probably the worst possible way to make a CarPC.

    If the PC is at all powerful it is very possible that your AC voltage converter simply can not supply enough power, so the overload light comes on. Is it one of the cheap ones that plugs into a cigarette lighter? If so...get rid of it it's useless.

    You can make a voltage regulator work, you just need to buy a high current capacity one and wire it directly to your battery like you would an amp. Although again I wouldn't recommend this for anybody. AC adapters create a lot of noise and are unnecessary.

    Ideally you want to power your computer with a power supply that runs off of DC rather than AC. Most of them have built in start up and shut down controllers that operate through a remote wire just like your amps or head unit.


    which PSU would work with that?? I was told the M2-ATX would.........?



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    Re: Carputer 101

    depends on the computer. I believe the M2-ATX supplies 90W of power. OPUS makes a DC PSU that is 320W



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Opus came out with a 320 watt one. Nice for a beefier carPC



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Quote Originally Posted by Megalomaniac View Post
    Opus came out with a 320 watt one. Nice for a beefier carPC
    You told me a long time ago that the M2-ATX would be ok with this. (same PC and all...) will it not work anymore?



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Hardware
    Base processor
    Sempron 3000+ 2.0 GHz:

    *
    333 MHz Front side bus
    *
    Socket A

    Chipset
    Via KM400A
    Motherboard

    *
    Manufacturer: Asus
    *
    Motherboard Name: A7V8X-LA
    *
    Compaq motherboard name: Kelut-GL6E

    Memory
    Component Attributes
    Memory Installed 256 MB (1 X 256)
    Maximum allowed 1.0 GB (2 X 512 MB) requires the replacement of the installed 256 MB DIMM
    Speed supported PC2700 MB/sec
    Type 184 pin, DDR SDRAM
    DIMM slots Two
    Open DIMM slots One
    Hard drive

    *
    40 GB
    *
    5400 rpm

    CD-RW/DVD combo drive
    48X/32X/48X/16X
    Type Attributes
    CD write 48X
    CD rewrite 32X
    CD read 48X
    DVD read 16X
    Modem
    PCI K56flex data/fax modem
    Video graphics
    Integrated with up to 64 MB allocated video memory
    Sound/audio

    * Controller: AC97 audio
    * Location: Integrated

    Network (LAN)
    Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Are you just throwing an old compaq computer in your car? lol



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Quote Originally Posted by bluelceii View Post
    You told me a long time ago that the M2-ATX would be ok with this. (same PC and all...) will it not work anymore?
    The m2atx should work fine. However I suggested the new OPUS because opus has a better rep & it is more powerful in case you do decide to upgrade.



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Quote Originally Posted by spoonraker View Post
    Are you just throwing an old compaq computer in your car? lol
    since I have it sittin around catching dust... why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Megalomaniac View Post
    The m2atx should work fine. However I suggested the new OPUS because opus has a better rep & it is more powerful in case you do decide to upgrade.
    yea as said before, It's an older PC and if I plan to upgrade (if I do at all) I'd probably buy a whole new kit or whatever from mp3car.com. The only thing I bought as of this moment is an 8" monitor just to get a feel of it and to see if I'll like it or not... thats why I had that inverter. I borrowed it from a friend. but I guess it was to weak or whatever... meh... I know the opus is better but i'll look into it later so I guess i'll order that M2-ATX and we'll go from there.



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Quote Originally Posted by bluelceii View Post
    since I have it sittin around catching dust... why not?
    If you're just using it for parts, go for it. But don't just set the compaq case and all in your trunk, that looks so bad.

    I just think if you're going to do something like a CarPC you should do it all the way. Don't rush or compromise on functionality/appearance for the sake of making it easy and getting it done quickly. A CarPC can be great if done right, or it can be ugly, useless, and a pain in the *** if not.



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Quote Originally Posted by spoonraker View Post
    If you're just using it for parts, go for it. But don't just set the compaq case and all in your trunk, that looks so bad.

    I just think if you're going to do something like a CarPC you should do it all the way. Don't rush or compromise on functionality/appearance for the sake of making it easy and getting it done quickly. A CarPC can be great if done right, or it can be ugly, useless, and a pain in the *** if not.
    aint dat da truf, dont ever do an afro-engineer install



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Mine's a pain in the *** right now, but it's not the PC's fault.

    My car is having problems starting, I think it's something with a solenoid. Almost every time I go to start the car it will click a few times before actually engaging the starter. Sometimes just once and it's done, sometimes a few times, sometimes it just won't stop clicking and I have to let it sit for a few minutes and try again.

    Anyway... every time this happens every electronic device in the car gets reset. The trip odometer resets to 0, all the lights go off, and if my computer was already started (which I do 99% of the time) it will turn off, but regain power so quickly that it doesn't actually reboot the PC. So the fans still spin but I have to actually pop the trunk and pull the ATX plug on the motherboard to get it to shut off manually then start the car again.



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Quote Originally Posted by spoonraker View Post
    Mine's a pain in the *** right now, but it's not the PC's fault.

    My car is having problems starting, I think it's something with a solenoid. Almost every time I go to start the car it will click a few times before actually engaging the starter. Sometimes just once and it's done, sometimes a few times, sometimes it just won't stop clicking and I have to let it sit for a few minutes and try again.

    Anyway... every time this happens every electronic device in the car gets reset. The trip odometer resets to 0, all the lights go off, and if my computer was already started (which I do 99% of the time) it will turn off, but regain power so quickly that it doesn't actually reboot the PC. So the fans still spin but I have to actually pop the trunk and pull the ATX plug on the motherboard to get it to shut off manually then start the car again.
    you really should run a button to the front of your car inside so you have a reset button and a power button, in those "emergency" times



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    Re: Carputer 101

    of course im not going to mount the case in there... I was just asking about powering this thing... if you wanted to know about me building a case I would have said so... lol



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    Re: Carputer 101

    Man I kinda want to put my carputer back in, but damn they're a pain in the ***, lol. I even got the m2-ATX and I just use it in dumb mode, lol.




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