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  • Power + shutdown controller Suggestions.

    Hi,
    I've read through many of the boards for a while now but haven't been a member too long.

    I finally think I've come to a decision as to what Im going to build my car computer around. Since Im not concerned with confined spacing(computer will reside in the trunk) and therefore heating issues, Ive decided not to go with an Epia based computer but instead build around this case: Shuttle XPC which includes a 250W power supply.

    After its built and configured the only added hardware inside the box other than CPU and Memory is a 2.5" laptop harddrive. I will have all my other components external.
    However, I am not too clear on the Power Supply/Shutdown controller topic. I'm assuming that because this case already comes with a power supply, I should just get the carnetix controller? Are there any heat/power issues using AMD based systems?

    Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.
    S.

  • #2
    remove the Shuttles 250w power supply and put an Opus in there, you wont look back
    Nano ITX / 512 MB / 60 GB / Panasonic slot load / M1-ATX / Bu303 / Sound blaster 24 / PPi amps / rockford sub

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SAScooby
      remove the Shuttles 250w power supply and put an Opus in there, you wont look back
      It might extend your project out 6 months waiting for Opus and having to send your Opus back but right now it is the best power option IMO.
      AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
      Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
      Installed.


      -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
      -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by brady
        It might extend your project out 6 months waiting for Opus and having to send your Opus back
        6 months to get an Opus and having to send it back? Are they problematic and in short supply?

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        • #5
          I think just in short supply and read the Opus manual, will save you lots of headaches
          Nano ITX / 512 MB / 60 GB / Panasonic slot load / M1-ATX / Bu303 / Sound blaster 24 / PPi amps / rockford sub

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          • #6
            Originally posted by savante
            6 months to get an Opus and having to send it back? Are they problematic and in short supply?
            They used to be. Here's the story. When I first started the project Opus were out of their power supplies. I called and was told I would get mine in 3-4 weeks. I hadn't heard anything 4 weeks later so then I called again. He said another 3-4 weeks. 4 weeks later he said it would be another 2 weeks. 2 weeks later I gave him all my CC info so he could send me the the PS. 1 week after that, and after I email Opus again, I got an invoice that said they had shipped it. I received it a week later. Plugged it in. Found out after A LOT of work that it wouldn't support my CPU fully clocked because my MB didn't have the 12V 4 pin connector. I didn't mind having under clocked so that was no biggie. Then I found out it wasn't shutting my computer down. With weeks of calling them and having them tell me to try stuff I sent the PS back. I got a call rather quickly this time after they received the power supply. He originally wanted me to send my motherboard to them because they thought it was a compatibility issue but he said he would look into it. I called them back a week later and talked to Kris (the main guy). We talked for a little bit and then discovered there was a setting on my motherboard that was possibly causing the problem. He said he would test the PS out again and send it the next day. I received it, changed my motherboard setting and it has worked great since then.....
            Point is. I am the worst case scenario guaranteed. Just buy it from one of these stores that tests it out and you know have it in stock and you will probably be like most people and not have a single problem with it.
            AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
            Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
            Installed.


            -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
            -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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            • #7
              got my sff opus in three days no problems except thay sent out the wrong one first

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              • #8
                Thanks for all your replies guys, sounds like Opus is the way to go. As for the compatibility issue you had Brady, will the startup/shutdown/suspend functionality be fully supported by the Shuttle XPC I mentioned? What motherboard are you using?
                And what is the 12V 4 pin connector?

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                • #9
                  mp3car just got the opus specifically for shuttle pc's:

                  http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...e437bcfc918dbb
                  My Mazda 3s

                  My Mazda 3s on Car Domain

                  [||||||||||||||||||--] (90%)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by vcbb5
                    mp3car just got the opus specifically for shuttle pc's:
                    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...e437bcfc918dbb

                    Connectors: 1-ATX, 3 HDD, 1FDD, P4 Header
                    Whats the P4 Header and does it make a difference that this Shuttle uses an AMD Board?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by vcbb5
                      mp3car just got the opus specifically for shuttle pc's:

                      http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...e437bcfc918dbb
                      They are in stock too. No waiting.

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                      • #12
                        sff opus

                        work in all shut down modes..
                        4 pin is for 12v power for the cpu regulator
                        fits the case exactaly but has no fan
                        added a fan from a cpu (older 486 fan) to the bar above power supply
                        has a fan conecter on the mother board that is free.

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                        • #13
                          it's just basically extra 12v leads. I beleive that some AMD use the header, but if you don't need it, you don't have to use it. It's an if you need it, it's there kind of thing.
                          My Mazda 3s

                          My Mazda 3s on Car Domain

                          [||||||||||||||||||--] (90%)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SAScooby
                            ...read the Opus manual, will save you lots of headaches
                            SAScooby,
                            I just received my 150W opus for shuttle xpcs, from the online store here. Is the Manual in electronic form? And if so, where can I find it? The only manual I've seen by was a pdf brochure for the 90w Opus. In addition, there was no hard copy manual in my package.

                            Thanks for any replies.

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                            • #15
                              http://www.mp3car.com/products/SFX_D...uide-Rev_C.pdf

                              There isn't a special manual for the shuttle pc power supply. It just a different case of the 150 watt OPUS.

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