I just got an [Acer AspireRevo AR3700-U3002 Slim and Compact Desktop] and I have a netix 1900 to power it. I don't see a way to open the case so I can rewire the power button. Anyone ever taken this on? Can you advise me?
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I don't currently have a CarPC, I just ask a lot of questions.
There is a site out there that has instructions (found it - here) - it's basically one screw, then a crack along the edges of the case that you separate.
What kind of power connection are you going to put in? I have to do the same thing to mine.
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Actually, with a little more searching, the Centrafuse forums has a longer thread with more details on what to do.
It turns out you wire the power button to JP3 on the Carnetix 1900. JP3 is a momentary jump across the wires which is what the power switch does. I have it up and running now after soldering wires onto the power switch and running them out the case via a small hole already in the case.
Great to hear it worked out for you. I had a similar problem with my project. The button had 3 contacts and a metal shroud. Turned out that all contacts but one are all one pole and that other contact was the other pole. I took test leads and shorted those two contacts and it turned on. So I did the same thing - soldered two wires to those contacts and plugged them into dcdc-usb and it works like a charm. The only problem was that my nettop is TINY, but it worked out at the end.
EDIT: If I were you, I'd put some strain relief on the power wires that you soldered up. I just used duct tape and taped them to the side, so if the wire gets pulled, the stress will stop at the tape.