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  • Newbie here looking for power suggestion for my setup

    Hello all,

    I have been interested in a car pc for some time but have been leary due
    to power sourcing issues meaning how fast will I be tearing down my battery while using the system and with the car running will the battery be charged enough? Also the heat generated with all the electronics confined to the trunk. In any case here is the gear I have so far:

    1 VIA EPIA 800mhz board
    1 custom plexi case made for the board
    1 WD 40G HD
    1 stick of 256 SDRAM memory
    1 Sparkle 300W powersupply

    On my shopping list:
    Various long cables as I want to do a trunk installation
    1 Liliput 7in TFT touch screen

    System Goal: To funtion as MP3 player, GPS and Movie Player

    So I'm confused on which way to go how big a power inverter do I need to run my system considering the equipment you see above? What is a good brand? Also if I go the inverter route I need to buy a shutdown board as well?

    Or is a DC-DC supply the way to go? If so will a 90W be ok?

    I'm tring to keep things as compact as possible but luckly have good room in trunk. Any help provided would be greatly appreciated.

    I read the newbie faq and did do some searching but would like to get some experenced people with real world system experence to advise as they have been there and have bone that

    -Eric

  • #2
    I have the slightly larger EPIA board and run a 400 Watt inverter. The inverter runs everything listed below including the 14" LCD. The shutdown board is only needed if you want the computer to automagically start/stop when the car is started/turned off. I use a momentary push button to start up and shutdown my pc, and a toggle switch to apply/remove power to the inverter. All of the things you meantioned should run off of a 120 Watt or so power supply. They're usually the ones that go in e-machines. That is what I use.
    2006 Chevy Colorado: VIA M10000 EDEN, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB 2.5" Seagate HDD, USB Slim Slot DVD/RW, Holux GPS, MobileVU 10.4" LCD (touch not working yet), VOOMPC Case (blue), 70W DC-DC supply.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the help Jackso Yeah I have a large 300W supply now I got for free but glad to hear I can use a smaller unit. Yeah I will probably install switches as well. I want to go the inverter route as it is least expensive and I don't care about reboot issues with startup or shutdown

      -Eric

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      • #4
        You can try to use the ITPS combined with the PS that they make.

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        • #5
          Hey the P70 looks great but will 70watts be enough to power everything?
          Thanks for the suggestion Leslie

          -Eric

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          • #6
            Eric, look at the power usage chart they have. It's interactive.

            You check off how many fans hd's cd-roms you have etc...It tells you how many watts your drawing.

            I have a keypower 250watt PS that runs off 12 volts. I'm planning on getting a EPIA setup soon. But I'm going to measure how many amps I'm drawing now with a meter, so I'll be sure that the 100watt P70A can handle the load I'm gonna be taxing from it.

            Don;t forget you'll need the ITPS also, it regulates a steady 12 volts to the EPIA mini PS's. If not, they will not run correctly on a varying voltage.
            SP13000|M2-ATX|512MB DDR400|2.5" 7200RPM S-ATA|Trans-7"|Slim SL DVD-CDRW|KEH 5.1 DSP|SB L!ve Ext|Gyration PowerMate|BT|WiFi|GPS|WinXP|VoomPC
            GPSing - Digital Speedo
            Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
            Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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            • #7
              Quick related question:

              If you use an inverter and an ATX power supply, you don't need to regulate voltage going into the inverter do you? When you start your car and the engine turns over, will your inverter shut off until the battery voltage returns near 12V? Seems like the inverter should handle this, right?

              Also, I have a 250 watt ATX power supply... does that mean I have to use an inverter of at least 250 watts? Or can I use (for example) a 150 watt inverter with the 250 watt power supply? (I wouldnt expect to get 250 watts out of this tho)

              Thanks.

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              • #8
                Q: If you use an inverter and an ATX power supply, you don't need to regulate voltage going into the inverter do you?
                A: No.

                Q: When you start your car and the engine turns over, will your inverter shut off until the battery voltage returns near 12V? Seems like the inverter should handle this, right?
                A: A good inverter should handle it.

                Q: Also, I have a 250 watt ATX power supply... does that mean I have to use an inverter of at least 250 watts? Or can I use (for example) a 150 watt inverter with the 250 watt power supply? (I wouldnt expect to get 250 watts out of this tho)
                A: The PC will draw watts depending on how many things you have connected. If you go over 150 watts your ps will be fine, the inverrter will not.
                SP13000|M2-ATX|512MB DDR400|2.5" 7200RPM S-ATA|Trans-7"|Slim SL DVD-CDRW|KEH 5.1 DSP|SB L!ve Ext|Gyration PowerMate|BT|WiFi|GPS|WinXP|VoomPC
                GPSing - Digital Speedo
                Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
                Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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                • #9
                  The main thing about inverters is that there is no reason to go from 12 volts dc to 110 vac and then back to 12 volts dc and lower.

                  It introduces line noise.

                  With EPIA setups, your better off without one, if you can get the new PS's and the ITPS module (Helps you press power etc...).
                  SP13000|M2-ATX|512MB DDR400|2.5" 7200RPM S-ATA|Trans-7"|Slim SL DVD-CDRW|KEH 5.1 DSP|SB L!ve Ext|Gyration PowerMate|BT|WiFi|GPS|WinXP|VoomPC
                  GPSing - Digital Speedo
                  Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
                  Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Leslie didn't even see the chart. Oh update to my setup turns out my VIA800mhz board was bad so I retuned it and upgraded to the VIAM1000
                    Hopefully power consumption will be the same or lower in any case thanks for the advise is is much appeciated

                    -Eric

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                    • #11
                      The VIA M10000 Nemiah core?
                      I would use that with the P70A.

                      They sell at www.mini-box.com a car setup. M10000 Motherboard/P70A/ITPS all for $250.00 http://store.mini-box.com/ituner/carkit.html

                      I guess your not using your SDRAM anymore right?
                      SP13000|M2-ATX|512MB DDR400|2.5" 7200RPM S-ATA|Trans-7"|Slim SL DVD-CDRW|KEH 5.1 DSP|SB L!ve Ext|Gyration PowerMate|BT|WiFi|GPS|WinXP|VoomPC
                      GPSing - Digital Speedo
                      Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
                      Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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                      • #12
                        Yep no SDRAM DDRPC2100 256 stick
                        I see there is some discussion that the P70A is unregulated will that be a problem running my harddisk and dvdrom drive?

                        -Eric

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                        • #13
                          If you use a (for example) 400watt inverter... and a 250w PSU ... whould that drain any more power from the car batt. than say a 175w inverter??
                          Or does the 400 watt inverter work the same as teh 175w inverter...except it CAN supply 400watts??

                          Just wondering because i am thinking about building a mp3car player and i want to drain as little power from the car batttery as possible.

                          quick question...

                          is there any easy way to measure the amount of watts my config will use??
                          Anyone know aprox. how much each of these uses? -
                          old AT style mobo (Jbond pci500c-n i think)
                          old maxtor hdd ~4gigs
                          ess solo soundcard
                          3com network card...(which i can have windows 98se disable...right?
                          and i think thats it... i wont need a vid card.. unless windows cant boot w/out a vid card..
                          o yea, and i small fan for the cpu...and the PSU (250watt AT style)..which has a built in fan...
                          AT mobo
                          Intel Pentium MMX 233mhz
                          ESS Solo PCI soundcard
                          Linksys NIC
                          Irman

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by toadster123
                            If you use a (for example) 400watt inverter... and a 250w PSU ... whould that drain any more power from the car batt. than say a 175w inverter??
                            Or does the 400 watt inverter work the same as teh 175w inverter...except it CAN supply 400watts??

                            Works same, will not overload.

                            Just wondering because i am thinking about building a mp3car player and i want to drain as little power from the car batttery as possible.

                            quick question...

                            is there any easy way to measure the amount of watts my config will use??
                            Yes..

                            Anyone know aprox. how much each of these uses? - Look on the amp draw.
                            old AT style mobo (Jbond pci500c-n i think)
                            old maxtor hdd ~4gigs
                            ess solo soundcard
                            3com network card...(which i can have windows 98se disable...right?
                            and i think thats it... i wont need a vid card.. unless windows cant boot w/out a vid card..
                            o yea, and i small fan for the cpu...and the PSU (250watt AT style)..which has a built in fan...
                            SP13000|M2-ATX|512MB DDR400|2.5" 7200RPM S-ATA|Trans-7"|Slim SL DVD-CDRW|KEH 5.1 DSP|SB L!ve Ext|Gyration PowerMate|BT|WiFi|GPS|WinXP|VoomPC
                            GPSing - Digital Speedo
                            Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
                            Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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                            • #15
                              Look on the amp draw
                              ? Where whould that be? In windows??? or u mean like on the physical hardware..or manuals???
                              AT mobo
                              Intel Pentium MMX 233mhz
                              ESS Solo PCI soundcard
                              Linksys NIC
                              Irman

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