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mp3car power?!?!
« on: August 22, 2002, 07:34:00 AM »

hey all... i have the hdd... almost finished the controls... ordered the lcd display... now all i need to know is POWER>>>
how should i go about powering this thing
i was thinking of using a step up power type thing that jumped the cigarrete lighter up to the needed power.... but my friends seem to think this will suck too much power from my battery, and that i need to f*ck around with the altnator... or sumfin... im not fluent in carsp33k... anyway... can u guys help me out.... all im running is a celeron 300 with a 200w psu... and like a 24x cdrom...
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2002, 08:19:00 AM »

it would has been much easier with a laptop, that is certain.

anyhow, I tend to agree that you will suck up your battery if you run your computer most of the time converting 12V to in-wall power.

maybe it would be easier to get another kind of power supply, but my guess would still be to use a laptop computer.

Hey, that gives me a GREAT idea!!!!! ;)
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2002, 11:50:00 AM »

damn i wish i had the money for some labtop / lcd screen in my car.
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2002, 01:51:00 PM »

Micro Tech and a few other Computer stores have the adapters that let your plug your Laptop into a light socket. As long as you have a low power PSU you should be able to use that without much dran on the car.

If the car is off and your running the MP3 player you will drain the batter, If your running the car you should be pulling off the alternator.
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2002, 03:00:00 PM »

go to radioshack and get a 12v dc inverter.
250 watt should do it i think, and if you plug it into your car lighter, then yes, it will draw power from the battery, but it is constantly being charged by your alternator, so dont worry about that.
dont run it with the ignition turned off though, that will kill your battery quickly.

good luck and have fun
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2002, 05:46:00 AM »

buy of of those 125w PSU
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2002, 02:21:00 AM »

since everyone is speaking on this... can anyone find/give me the link to that guy who put his laptop in his dashboard? like , the keyboard was in the glovebox, the lcd on the actual dashboard, and the cd-rom was modded over to where a car stereo goes with buttons (i think it was one of tho add-on keypads for laptops).  cause that was dope, i remember seeing it somewhere. dont remember if it was this forum.
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2002, 03:03:00 AM »

I believe that it was in an issue of maximum pc(july).  he had a mustang cobra with a laptop mounted on the console.
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2002, 03:34:00 PM »

Yeah, I have that issue. No scanner, though, sorry.
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