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    beautiful work on the bolt in, seriously.

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    very sweet!
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    AWESOME! I received the M2 today at about 2pm. I also got my 6ft and 10ft USB extension cables from the mp3car store. Thanks again guys! I called them on the phone and they are a good group of people, very helpful. Now I don't know if its just because I read manuals before I hook stuff up or what but my M2 worked flawless on the first attempt. Booted the same as the full size ATX supply I was testing with. (Im bench testing right now, but expect the same results in the car) The OEM harness is rated for 15 amps so I think I am going to run the M2 directly off of that. Im really glad that I ran into pretty much zero problems on this build. I read some of the horror stories some people tell about their builds involving the electrical aspect and I can't help wonder, am I lucky? or is my 4 years of electronics schooling, 2 years of engineering schooling and 7 years of electrical work experience FINALLY paying off? lol anyway I should be installed and mobile PC'n this weekend. I have to pull out my passanger seat (has some airbag wiring attached to it) to mount my amp, but this is good because my spring project is mounting my black corbeau racing seats and Ill get to see whats involved with the airbag system. Anyway here are some more pics, more of the complete install will follow. Also for those trying to troubleshoot an M2, hook up an LED to the led pins. It blinks letting you know whats going on. I will eliminate the LED when i install but I thought I would at least check it out. Again thanks for the positive comments, I really had a great time building this and have learned so much just hanging out with you fellow mp3car builders.
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    i have heard a lot of issues about that pink foam being conductive. so be careful with your board on that thing.
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    If the pink foam were conductive the power supply would be shorting out right now instead of running. I dont know where you ever heard that from but foam is def. an insulator NOT a conductor. I do appricate your concern however The power supply will either be mounted to an aluminum .063 plate or mounted on the top next to the harddrive. Either way it will be mounted tomorrow on metal standoffs so im not to worried about it. But yeah its 2:30am im going to slip into bed next to my warm fiance. Ill see to this thread later on..
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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si
    If the pink foam were conductive the power supply would be shorting out right now instead of running. I dont know where you ever heard that from but foam is def. an insulator NOT a conductor.
    anky1 is right

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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si
    If the pink foam were conductive the power supply would be shorting out right now instead of running. I dont know where you ever heard that from but foam is def. an insulator NOT a conductor.
    Still amazes me the number of people that don't realize that the pink foam could completely destroy their electronics. There's a reason it's pink foam, and not white. I wouldn't assume that they're equal - but of course, not all pink foam is conductive, just most...

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    Well i ended up working some OT yesterday then went to a wedding (forgot about that untill the wife to be called asking what suit i was wearing lol) anyway Im finally installing today. I still don't know why anyone would think that foam is a conductor. To prove my point I have done a simple test with an Ohm-meter. This measures resistance in ohms. As you can see when the leads are crossed I get resistance of .2 ohms. This is the resistance in the 8 foot of wiring in the Leads. When the leads are open or not touching I get a '1' to the far left of the screen meaning infinate resistance. Infinate resistance is a good way to describe an insulator. So on to the foam, upon pushing the leads through the foam I see that resistance is infinate. If it were a conductor of any sort I would at least get a high ohm reading. But no, as suspected, the foam has infinate resistance meaning it is in fact an insulator and which is why my power supply ran on it just fine. Anyway, sorry for the rant about the foam, just hate it when people are misinformed and spread wrong information, espically in my threads. No offense to anyone I know you all just looking out for me The others who fried their boards there was someting else going on there that fried it. I mean it looks like he just jambed all the componets in the dash, he even said he used velcro to hold stuff in place! I dont think people understand that a good grounded metal chassis with standofffs for your componets will do Wonders in terms of operating properly

    So yeah im going to the store to get the wiring harness that plugs into the OEM radio harness and I will be installing away. Ill post pics of the install later on.
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    If that came as protection for some sort of electronics, then that is antistatic foam, which means it contains some form of a conductor to bleed off static charges. It might be offering up a very low level of conductance, but I assure you that "pink foam" is, to some degree, conductive. Your DMM seems to only show one decimal place left of a full ohm. The foam could be any measure lower than 0.05ohms and it would not be detected. Its obviously low enough to not be killing your PSU, but why risk it?

    Pink antistatic foam is conductive.

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    oh man, so the debate begins again...

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