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    I've been wondering how to power my system (not installed yet) while my car is off and parked in my driveway. I'm sure there will be times when I want to put some new feature into my carpc and I don't want to have to trek out to the car to do an upgrade or put a new set of mp3s into the media rotation. Is there a way to plug the car in and have the psu (like an m2-atx or similar) tell the computer to power up? I figure remote desktop and winscp would do the transferring job, I just don't want to have my car running every time I need to do something. Is this a silly idea?
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    There is NO easy way without opening up the case (if you have one).
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    • #3
      Hmm, sounds like a challenge. It might be doable with some sort of relay setup...
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      • #4
        You don't need to open the case, you can have a ATX PSU connected to the same lines where you connect batt, switchable power and ground like when you bench testing.

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        • #5
          I just have both my power supplies in my case. When I want to upgrade it I pull it out and plug it in, inside.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by peecee
            Is there a way to plug the car in and have the psu (like an m2-atx or similar) tell the computer to power up? I figure remote desktop and winscp would do the transferring job, I just don't want to have my car running every time I need to do something. Is this a silly idea?

            what do you mean by 'plugging the car in'? are you suggesting that you want to have a second psu that you can pllug into a wall socket and when you do that it'll turn the computer on?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by scott_fx
              what do you mean by 'plugging the car in'? are you suggesting that you want to have a second psu that you can pllug into a wall socket and when you do that it'll turn the computer on?
              Exactly. Rather than taking the pc out for upgrades or making specific allowances for a removable hard disk for whatever, I can just plug the PC (ok, not car, just PC) into a wall socket.
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              • #8
                check out 'shorepower' for boats. they're waterproof and look nice. you could probably mount one in a wheel well or something...


                lol, in an attempt to find an example picture on a boat, I found a ghetto one on a car.. but in seriousness, I'd hide the outlet somehow/where.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Escalade182
                  check out 'shorepower' for boats. they're waterproof and look nice. you could probably mount one in a wheel well or something...


                  lol, in an attempt to find an example picture on a boat, I found a ghetto one on a car.. but in seriousness, I'd hide the outlet somehow/where.
                  That's actually given me a good idea. I'm going to an RV store tomorrow to get some sort of battery isolator/charger setup, so I'll ask about this sort of thing while I'm there. Thanks!
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                  • #10
                    i guess it helps to be alittle bit of a redneck, on my part.

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                      • #12
                        why dont you get a trickle charger hooked up to your battery. hook up something (maybe a simple cap/resistor circuit) that will pulse a relay once when it gets power. put that in line with the trickle charger, before the battery (add a diode). when you plug in the trickle charger it'll send a pulse to the relay which will act as you pressing the 'on' button and you're in business
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Escalade182
                          check out 'shorepower' for boats. they're waterproof and look nice. you could probably mount one in a wheel well or something...


                          lol, in an attempt to find an example picture on a boat, I found a ghetto one on a car.. but in seriousness, I'd hide the outlet somehow/where.
                          We have those on our ambulances so we can keep things heated and charged while parked. You might be able to hide on behind an emblem on the trunk or just have the plug on a cable come out from under the hood.

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                          • #14
                            hinge the license plate maybe. or just do it facing the ground so its not visible unless your laying on the ground lookin up.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Wetzel
                              We have those on our ambulances so we can keep things heated and charged while parked. You might be able to hide on behind an emblem on the trunk or just have the plug on a cable come out from under the hood.
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                              I don't want to have a plug hanging out - maybe something a little more concealed in the trunk or something. I don't think a trickle charger would cut it if the computer was on for more than an hour or so. I've got a buddy that works at American LaFrance down the road from me, I'll give him a call tomorrow and see what he thinks.
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