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    I have a converter that converts 12volt DC to 110volt AC, 350 watt - 600watt peak. and I was trying to hook a PC to it (using it for carputer.) the power supply on the PC says

    Model: ATX-250-12z REV.: D2.
    Input: 100-127V~6A , 200-240~3A 50/60Hz
    BST ATX-250-12Z D
    output: +12V === / 14A. -12V === /0.8A
    250W MAX. +5V === / 25A. +5VSB === / 2A PEAK 2.5A
    +3.3V === / 18A.
    +5V & + 3.3V 165W MAX. +5V & +12V 218W MAX


    the converter has a green light for power and a red light for overload and low battery. now... I got this from my friend from work. He said he used a 19" TV and an xbox on it with no problems. but when I go to plug in my PC (by itself plus I havent even pressed the power button...) the red light comes on. why??? any suggestions on what to do/buy??

  • #2
    It's called an inverter, for one.

    How do you have it wired up? Cigarette lighter port? If so, that's likely your problem there.

    I suggest checking out the FAQs for information on powering your PC.
    An inverter is not the ideal way to go.
    It will work, but there are far better solutions.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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    • #3
      I had it in the cigarette lighter port and thought that was the problem but it came with the hook-ups to hook it to the battery and it did the same thing.

      I heard the M2-ATX was a good one to use with this system......... is it?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bluelceii View Post
        I had it in the cigarette lighter port and thought that was the problem but it came with the hook-ups to hook it to the battery and it did the same thing.

        I heard the M2-ATX was a good one to use with this system......... is it?
        What system? You have told us exactly nothing about the system. No specs for motherboard, processor, hard drive, memory, optical drive, usb devices, screen. Nothing. Zilch. Nada.
        And I'm still saving up for my crystal ball?
        Old Systems retired due to new car
        New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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        • #5
          Hardware
          Base processor
          Sempron 3000+ 2.0 GHz:

          *
          333 MHz Front side bus
          *
          Socket A

          Chipset
          Via KM400A
          Motherboard

          *
          Manufacturer: Asus
          *
          Motherboard Name: A7V8X-LA
          *
          Compaq motherboard name: Kelut-GL6E

          Memory
          Component Attributes
          Memory Installed 256 MB (1 X 256)
          Maximum allowed 1.0 GB (2 X 512 MB) requires the replacement of the installed 256 MB DIMM
          Speed supported PC2700 MB/sec
          Type 184 pin, DDR SDRAM
          DIMM slots Two
          Open DIMM slots One
          Hard drive

          *
          40 GB
          *
          5400 rpm

          CD-RW/DVD combo drive
          48X/32X/48X/16X
          Type Attributes
          CD write 48X
          CD rewrite 32X
          CD read 48X
          DVD read 16X
          Modem
          PCI K56flex data/fax modem
          Video graphics
          Integrated with up to 64 MB allocated video memory
          Sound/audio

          * Controller: AC97 audio
          * Location: Integrated

          Network (LAN)
          Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bluelceii View Post
            Hardware
            Base processor
            Sempron 3000+ 2.0 GHz:
            Woa, major power drawback. 62watt, bro. Check this out for calculation of total power usage. http://carpc.kyferez.com/Products/al....php?topcat=12

            Anyway, go for M2ATX, I used inverter for few month back but now starting to give me a nightmare. It go beep beep beep after few minutes usage. Just got a M2ATX so this weekend can be sure of getting rid of that prob. But reading so many post suggesting it show a strong supporter of it.
            Don't hold your farts in! They travel up your spine, into your brain, and that's where you get crappy ideas from!!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jacksonloh0 View Post
              Woa, major power drawback. 62watt, bro. Check this out for calculation of total power usage. http://carpc.kyferez.com/Products/al....php?topcat=12

              Anyway, go for M2ATX, I used inverter for few month back but now starting to give me a nightmare. It go beep beep beep after few minutes usage. Just got a M2ATX so this weekend can be sure of getting rid of that prob. But reading so many post suggesting it show a strong supporter of it.
              yea... i only wanted to use the inverter just to get a feel for the whole "CarPC" thing just to see if I wanted to go any further with it... oh well... I guess i'll get the M2ATX for now, to get a feel and all, and then later start using the OPUS if I plan to upgrade

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              • #8
                Yeah, I am with you on that. I try my carputer with inverter first and now fall in love with it. Can't live without it. That's my deciding point to get a M2ATX.
                Don't hold your farts in! They travel up your spine, into your brain, and that's where you get crappy ideas from!!!

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                • #9
                  glad to know someone know's how it is to do things a certain way "AT THE MOMENT" just to see how it goes. I posted in another forum and the guys were like "do it right the first time" and im like..... "im still in the testing stage...." anyways... thanks for the input!

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