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    Hi I'd like to know if anyone has any idea what could be going on with my install the system will occasionaly reboot if I take a curve too sharply. My setup is pretty basic.. It's an older laptop mounted in the passenger seat with an inverter..

    Any ideas???

  • #2
    What type of laptop is it? and does the battery still work ar all?
    My Install

    Software:
    CFiG v1
    iGuidance Plugin for CF

    CarShell
    Working shell for a CarPC

    StopWatch
    StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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    • #3
      It's an old Toshiba Satelite Pro pentium 200mhz.. The battery is dead.. Occasionly if it's charging long enough it will hold a charge for a few seconds but that is it..

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      • #4
        being so manuvere dependent it's likely to be a loose wire somewhere. banging around on the dash a bit to see if you can repeat the power interupt
        AutoPC: M10k, WinXP, gps, wifi, 80GB HD, dvd-RW. SB mp3+
        MediaEngine front end, map monkey, netstumbler.
        gps mouse is on the fritz.....stupid technology

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        • #5
          how is your altinator belt? I remember some the cars I used to drive the lights would dim going around a turn if the belt was worn or of the power steering was drawing to much juice. Is it possible that it is caused by a drop in power?
          My Install

          Software:
          CFiG v1
          iGuidance Plugin for CF

          CarShell
          Working shell for a CarPC

          StopWatch
          StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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          • #6
            Good idea, I'll check it out.. The inverter has a low power warning beep if the voltage drops too low and I don't have power steering.

            I'll bang the hell out of it and see what happens..

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            • #7
              The only thing I could think is maybe the g-force of the curves is making the heads crash and reboot but I've not had any bad sectors yet.

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              • #8
                how is the laptop mounted???

                I doubt it is your hard drive crashing, if the heads hit the plates it would more then likely be all over for the drive. specially if it is happing often, if it is due to G force it is more likely a lose wire or short as mentioned.
                My Install

                Software:
                CFiG v1
                iGuidance Plugin for CF

                CarShell
                Working shell for a CarPC

                StopWatch
                StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

                Comment


                • #9
                  I had the same problem with mine until my motherboard finally burned down and I replaced it with another one that didn't reboot. If it's an older laptop replacing a motherboard shouldn't be a big deal. I buy mine from eBay for $25, sometimes they even come with hard drives and batteries I have 2 motherboards partially working, one burned and one fully operational. I still haven't figured out what caused the burned one to keep restarting.
                  00 Saturn SL2, boosted @ 8 psi - CarDomain
                  Newest install - my quickest ever
                  My 2nd carputer - b4 I broke the touchscreen
                  My very first carputer - voted the most ghetto

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                  • #10
                    alti: It's mounted on a wooden platform that is bolted to the chasis where the passenger seat is mounted.

                    Yuriy: Did you have the same exact issue with rebooting while taking sharp curves??

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                    • #11
                      I believe I found the problem, it was in fact a loose ground cable that was connected to a post on the chasis with a O type connector. The connection was loose enough that a curve might have been enough to break the ground.

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                      • #12
                        Fix it and go curb riding, see if it happens again =P
                        - Vorex Out

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                        • #13
                          oh I did, I've been curving all over town, I'm lucky I didn't get pulled over for driving like a tard. I'm happy to report that was almost certainly the problem.

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                          • #14
                            Mine reboots when I roll down left window but not when I roll up. This started after switching from 24 to 36" IDE cable. Don't ya love this hoppy? So much can go wrong.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mi800
                              Mine reboots when I roll down left window but not when I roll up. This started after switching from 24 to 36" IDE cable. Don't ya love this hoppy? So much can go wrong.
                              You can look at it as a cheap, readily accessible reboot button
                              Current Setup

                              Nexus 7 Tablet
                              Built in head unit
                              Brutus 1500Watt Amp
                              Two Boston 12" subs

                              2006 Infiniti M45 Sport ;) My 4 door Camaro... lol

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