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  • Can someone explain to me how this works and how you hook it up ????

    This says up to 200w.... I dont know how much power I'm going to use.... A mini atx motherboard (with on board video and audio) ((open to opinions)) probably a standard cpu ((housecomputer type)) a single stick of 256 ram, a DESKTOP type 100 Gig hard drive ((have a brand new extra one sitting here, so I want to use it)) a dvd drive and a wifi card for wardriving....

    Do I just plug this give this thing 12v+ and a ground than plug it into the motherboard and perhipherals ?? What about mounting and going from the white rectangle plug to the white rectangle plug on the the mobo ?? I dont want to have to use an inverter but I dont understand this dc-dc stuff very well....
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    That said, I hate people that just say "search!", and you're a newbie, so I'll answer your questions . That PSU is designed to plug directly into VIA mini-ITX MBs (though it will work with others.) It takes a 12V input, but to power it off your car battery you're going to need a regulator.

    You can find more like it, and accompanying accessories, here. I think they might even have a wide-input one better suited for automotive use.

    In any case, you should be able to answer most of your questions by poking around here.

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    • #3
      That PSU requires a regulated 12V input, otherwise you WILL fry your components.

      In my opinion, get yourself an Opus, it will do everything you want, and is going to do a much better job than this "pw-120-m" thing will.

      Take a look at this (hint, Vendor A is the Opus, Vendor B is the PW-120-M)


      Garry
      Co-Developer of A.I.M.E.E
      www.aimee.cc

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      • #4
        I looked, but I'm not spending 200 bucks on a power supply right now... I just cant see myself doing it right now.... I'm not cheap, but I wanted to do this on a budget and so far it looks like the screen is going to kill me
        Ranger is gone, in with the new

        02 Lincoln LSE
        Audio/Video In The Works

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cruznlife1
          I looked, but I'm not spending 200 bucks on a power supply right now... I just cant see myself doing it right now.... I'm not cheap, but I wanted to do this on a budget and so far it looks like the screen is going to kill me
          Better to spend $200 now, then to spend much more later replacing fried/dead components

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          • #6
            I bought the one from www.carnetix.com. It is by far the best thing out there in my opinion. It works like a charm and it doesn't cost $200. Survives cranking the engine too!

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            • #7
              Yeah but is the carnetix a power supply of Just the regulator, than I have to use a power supply anyways.... I use the carnetix in conjunction with what I posted above....
              Ranger is gone, in with the new

              02 Lincoln LSE
              Audio/Video In The Works

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              • #8
                heyyy....1st POST

                i'm totaly new at this...i'm about to install me a carputer, I allready ordered the Liliput 7" with tochscreen.

                now my question is: to power everything I only need the OPUS? do I need anything alse or is the OPUS all I need? So just hook the OPUS to the car battery and ITX (+dvd drive)? And I can hook the TFT right to the sigarette lighter...right?

                BTW: NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE SITE!!!

                PS: there are a lot of 'noobs' with 'power' questions here (including myself), so it might be nice to put a sticky topic on here explaining everything we need to know about this power thing....maybe???

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                • #9
                  ThaBoy,

                  If you get yourself an Opus, then yes, that is all you need. I would also hook the screen up to the Opus, it will give you a cleaner picture than using the "egg" "regulator" (which is pretty crap)

                  Otherwise, if you decide to get yourself a case with a 60W 12v power supply (such as the Travla C134 etc) then you can get yourself a Carnetix CNX-P1260 which will work along with the PSU inside those cases


                  Garry
                  Co-Developer of A.I.M.E.E
                  www.aimee.cc

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                  • #10
                    thank you 'Confused'!

                    I think I gonna buy the "VIA Epia M10000N" (146) or the "VIA EBGA EPIA-MII12000" (223), on the same site I can also get a CarPowerset MiniITX 80W Power for Cubids (or 60W), this is a lot cheaper then the OPUS ofcourse...if I do this, I do not need the OPUS...right? I guess the OPUS is the best option ...but I'm still not sure if I will spend that much money...if this can save my perhepials I will buy it ofcourse but if the 'Carpowerset' can give me all I need...I will get that one.

                    greetz

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