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  • Will this setup get me in trouble?

    I am running a Shuttle XPC and it is being powered by a 350w inverter. The inverter is directly wired to my battery. For now I just hit the switch on the inverter then the switch on the PC.

    I have not thoroughly tested the setup yet as it is new to me but I have run the PC and my radio in the garage for an hour without starting the engine and did not have any problems when starting. I also was able to survive cranking, which should be expected directly wired....I think.

    What I would like to do is gutt the PC and place everything in the jack storage area of my truck. Definitely enough room and you'll never be able to tell I have a PC in there. I would then have a remote switch that I use to turn on/hibernate the PC but this would require the inverter to be powered at all times.

    How much draw does the inverter draw when powered up but not being used?

    I have to say that I am impressed with the fact that I can use it (in moderation) without starting the engine. For now, the PC is a 1.8 ghz but will definitely be upgraded in the future. I would go the Opus route but availablilty is sparse, it's not cheap and it has me worried that when I upgrade the PC with a better processor and HD that the Opus will not handle it.

    Troy
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  • #2
    i dont know if ide leave the inverter hardwired all the time. I plan on installing a pushbutton switch so i can turn it on and off when needed. lot safer and lot faster than new car shopping if something should decide to go the way of the flame....

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    • #3
      yeh, i have an invertered hardwired to my battery with an on/off switch. search 'hardwire inverter' and you'll see some automatic setups that may be more down your alley.
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      • #4
        i would go with the opus it is worth it mine is running a p4 2.8 with 1024 ram and a 250g hard disc plus the usual stuff for wireless gps etc, with no problem at all. hth

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        • #5
          Thanks for the replies guys. I am hearing you John, you bring up a great point. No need to take chances.

          mykol, I did some searching and found some ideas. I'm not real sure which way to go just yet but wanted to make sure I was not re-inventing the wheel.

          ste1806, that is great to hear unfortuynately obtaining an opus right now is not easy due to manufacturing delays. I also hate spending $200 to do the same exact job as what I already have.

          Most likely I will setup a relay to power the inverter, the relay controlled via ignition. I then need to give a momentary pulse to the power switch of the computer. I am not 100% sure of how to achieve that just yet, would be nice if it was incorporated into the ignition as well. Time to do more searching.

          Troy
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          If you're into fishing, checkout my website! http://www.pennsylvaniaanglers.com

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          • #6
            Using Hibernate you don't need to keep the PC powered.

            You could use an ITPS as a startup/shutdown controller (and bypass the terrible onboard "regulation") and that will allow the computer to be controlled by the ignition.

            Congrats on having an inverter/battery that will survive the crank, I hope it stays powerful enough to continue to do so.


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

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Confused

              Congrats on having an inverter/battery that will survive the crank, I hope it stays powerful enough to continue to do so.


              Garry
              Thanks but for the record, the truck is only 6 months old. I am sure as it wears and the battery wears that I could come into issues but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

              Last night I gutted my Shuttle XPC and am starting the process of mounting it onto a plate so that I can put it in a concealed location. I regret buying the Shuttle now, I could have saved some money and just bought a Mobo and Opus PS but hindsight is well ya know. If I had a trunk though the Shuttle case would be perfect so it will remain on the shelf in the garage til that rainy day.

              Troy
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              If you're into fishing, checkout my website! http://www.pennsylvaniaanglers.com

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              • #8
                I think the phrase you're looking for is "hindsight is a wonderful thing"

                For now, enjoy it, and you could see if you can pick up an ITPS purely for the startup/shutdown controller on it (it's not much use for anything else ) and you should be pretty happy

                I want someone to witness that I have just recommended an ITPS...damn I must be ill (must be the 14k lines of VB code that I'm staring at )


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

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Confused
                  you could see if you can pick up an ITPS purely for the startup/shutdown controller on it (it's not much use for anything else ) and you should be pretty happy

                  I want someone to witness that I have just recommended an ITPS...damn I must be ill (must be the 14k lines of VB code that I'm staring at )

                  Garry
                  I'm your witness and I just ordered one, should take care of me nicely. Don't worry, I WILL NOT be back asking how to wire it with my inverter!

                  Troy
                  Done!

                  If you're into fishing, checkout my website! http://www.pennsylvaniaanglers.com

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