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  • Basically, what wiring do I require?

    For an M2-ATX to the battery of my car?

    And what fuses? There are so many guides, and I have read and TRIED to digest them, to no avail unfortunately!

    Thanks very much.

    and If you wouldn't mind, how do I wire my psu to it, what wiring would I require, fuses etc?

  • #2
    I would recomend downloading the owners manual and reading that. It will tell you what you need to know.

    To determine gauge wire and fuse size, see here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/car-...-see-here.html
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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    • #3
      So for a 150w system I can use 8 guage wiring and a 50A fuse at the battery on the positive (or is it negative?)

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      • #4
        Yes, the fuse is on the positive.
        I would use a lower-rating fuse.
        The wire gage would work.

        But my concern is whether you understand WHY you would wire it up the way you describe. It's one thing to be told, "Use this, this, and this", but it's a whole other matter why you should do it that way.
        I HIGHLY recommend learning some basics about electricity, particular DC power.

        http://the12volt.com is a good starting point.
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?



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        • #5
          To be honest though, I don't care. I just want someone to point me in the right direction as what to use, it would be simpler for myself, as I just want a working car pc.

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          • #6
            You'll care when a crappy wiring job or a poor choice of wire or fuse leaves you on the side of the road crying as you watch your car burn to the ground....

            If you don't care bout the wiring, then you should let someone else who does care do your install for you, IMHO.
            Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
            How about the Wiki?



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            • #7
              Originally posted by dLockers View Post
              To be honest though, I don't care. I just want someone to point me in the right direction as what to use, it would be simpler for myself, as I just want a working car pc.

              If you have no understanding of how any of it works, or how to build it then how do you intend to build a car pc, and then repair it if something breaks?
              Do as DarquePervert and read the 12volt.com so you will have an idea of what you are doing. That way, your install will work AND BE SAFE! the last thing you need is it being wired wrong and shorting out.
              William Surritte, Technician
              No Limit Technologies
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              • #8
                Originally posted by DarquePervert View Post
                You'll care when a crappy wiring job or a poor choice of wire or fuse leaves you on the side of the road crying as you watch your car burn to the ground....

                If you don't care bout the wiring, then you should let someone else who does care do your install for you, IMHO.
                What variables are there car to car? I have a 150w PC, Lilliput touch screen (8watt I read somewhere), so why should I care if someone has the same install and it was all fine? I haven't got the time between work, college and socialising to read up, learn electronics and then make my own decision, which will be probably wrong. I guess if you guys aren't going to hand it to me, this leaves me with getting someone to do it (I have no money, out of the question) or botching it as good as possible with my basic understanding thus far.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dLockers View Post
                  What variables are there car to car? I have a 150w PC, Lilliput touch screen (8watt I read somewhere), so why should I care if someone has the same install and it was all fine? I haven't got the time between work, college and socialising to read up, learn electronics and then make my own decision, which will be probably wrong. I guess if you guys aren't going to hand it to me, this leaves me with getting someone to do it (I have no money, out of the question) or botching it as good as possible with my basic understanding thus far.

                  I don't have alot of time either, but I still make sure that I understand what I'm doing when I am working on something electrical. I don't have any money either. Any work I can do myself I do. We will HELP you, but will not spoonfeed! you were given a link to the12volt, to help you understand, but don't want to read it. What good will it do you if we tell you what to do, but you don't understand, because you have no background.
                  William Surritte, Technician
                  No Limit Technologies
                  1931 U.S. HWY. 160, Caulfield, MO 65626
                  http://home.centurytel.net/nolimititech/
                  Planning: |++++ |
                  Software Development: |++++ |
                  Hardware Development: |++ |

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                  • #10
                    The thing is, you don't need to get all in-depth and become an electrical engineer or anything.
                    You need to understand some basics about how to wire your car for what you want. It's not that difficult, I assure you.

                    And you're right. We're not going to "just hand it to you". We're all about people learning what they are doing and how to do it properly and safely...

                    And don't give me the crap about "work and school and socializing" not leaving you with any time.
                    I'll draw a comparison to my mom. She worked three jobs, went to school full time, raised me (and I wasn't a model child, I tell ya). She still socialized and was able to learn a few things along the way.

                    School is NOT in session right now, so that excuse is blown out of the water right there. You're just unwilling to learn, I believe. Frankly, I think that's sad.
                    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                    How about the Wiki?



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                    • #11
                      readin it also helps make sure you dont get screwed on hardware. somsone else i know thats a friend that wanted to do a carpc system with new amps and speakers bought him self an amplifier that was $400 and listed or 'rated' as 850-900 watts, but it only had 2 * 25 amp fuses in the amp. do the math... it doesnt add up. 50 amps on 12 volts is 600 watts. he payed a lot more for an amp that doesnt do the rated power. you can get really screwed out of money simply by not taking the time to know some simple things about electronics

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                      • #12
                        Reading this has struck me the wrooong way...

                        The way I see it, if you don't know how to do it, you have 2 choices:

                        a) learn how to do it

                        I don't know what kind of college you go to, but if you're expecting someone to hand you everything you're supposed to learn, you are in for a rude awakening when you get further into college.

                        b) don't do it at all!

                        There's no one saying that you have to have a computer in your car. If you're not doing it right, you're putting yourself in danger and risking your car being destroyed. If you want to play russian roulette with a poor wiring job, I hope you at least invest your time and money in signing up for a good insurance plan and a call to AAA.

                        To be honest, you sound like a spoiled little brat. The guys posting in this thread are trying to look out for you and help you get a basic understanding of what you're doing so that you can troubleshoot when there are problems (and believe me, there are always problems). Get off your *** and don't expect things to be handed to you!

                        I look forward to either seeing some intelligent questions that haven proven you've researched this hobby at all or a pity post/news article in a few months about your car burning to ashes on the side of the road. Either way, good luck.

                        /endrant

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ctsoccer13 View Post
                          Reading this has struck me the wrooong way...

                          The way I see it, if you don't know how to do it, you have 2 choices:

                          a) learn how to do it

                          I don't know what kind of college you go to, but if you're expecting someone to hand you everything you're supposed to learn, you are in for a rude awakening when you get further into college.

                          b) don't do it at all!

                          There's no one saying that you have to have a computer in your car. If you're not doing it right, you're putting yourself in danger and risking your car being destroyed. If you want to play russian roulette with a poor wiring job, I hope you at least invest your time and money in signing up for a good insurance plan and a call to AAA.

                          To be honest, you sound like a spoiled little brat. The guys posting in this thread are trying to look out for you and help you get a basic understanding of what you're doing so that you can troubleshoot when there are problems (and believe me, there are always problems). Get off your *** and don't expect things to be handed to you!

                          I look forward to either seeing some intelligent questions that haven proven you've researched this hobby at all or a pity post/news article in a few months about your car burning to ashes on the side of the road. Either way, good luck.

                          /endrant
                          I've been working 3 jobs since I was 15 fyi, I love my life, but I admit, i'm lazy when it comes to learning really.

                          I have got some 8 guage wire, 40A fuses, read up, done the math and took your advice.

                          However, i'm still stuck on the wiring to PSU, everything i've read thus far seems to say 8guage into the m2atx, but it seems silly to put such fat wire on those tiny connecters that come with it. Is this correct?

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