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  • Opus 150W - 1 week later impressions and questions

    Hi All,

    Last week I finally installed my Opus 150w to my Athlon 1.3Ghz ASUS mb computer.

    Initially I had problems because the mobo pulls more than the 6.5peak amps the opus supplies on the 12v rail, but I underclocked the CPU and it worked...

    Now occasionally I have still a few problems:
    - I observed that once I happened to leave my car for about 2 hours, when I came back my car almost didnt crank... when the display lit up I found what looked like a hang on hibernate (that is my action when the power button is pressed)... I noticed that my GPS still had a lock, but I dont know if this is normal, but the computer "should" have been off....

    - Occasionally the computer has a problem booting, and if it looses power during POST the next time it boots it brings up the bios (PITA), and then I need to remove the power from the opus and then re=power it...


    My main complaint is that the opus doesnt seem to cut the power to my mobo at all... It only shuts it down... how can I make it cut power completely after say 30mins?! I really feel it should already do this!

    Also, I have a switch that cuts the 12v from my battery to the opus near the driver area, what other switches should I add to have full control? IGN switch (to fool opus about switching the ignition? sometimes if the ignition is on and i power the 12v off then on, it doesnt re-powerup....) and then also a RESET from the mobo (incase the mobo freezes, since the opus doesnt cut power ever)...


    Overall the opus is much better than the inverter I had before, but for the price I think it should have been "smoother"
    Roy

    2005 Range Rover 4.4
    Any ideas for putting a PC in this? :)

  • #2
    Well, you could check the BIOS settings for the peripherals being powered after the computer is turned off. Too bad that you can't do that with the M10000, btw. But thta's hardly a problem, as the PSU will only power the USB harware you have, and those draw a small amount of power, thus keeping the USB still powered (not a problem).
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    • #3
      Well apparently everything was still powered in my case as what I got was a "frozen" image of road runner, with all sorts of weird lines, as if the graphics had crapped out during hibernate and the machine didnt shutdown...

      When I cut the opus power it all went to black as usual....
      Roy

      2005 Range Rover 4.4
      Any ideas for putting a PC in this? :)

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      • #4
        Hey RoyN,
        Thanks for the write up. It really helps those of us who are looking to buy one and nned to know the ups and downs about it.
        Randell Kelly

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        • #5
          I just had a thought that may help. Not sure if your Land Rover has this but my Ford truck has a system that will turn off the power to things like, dome light hood light, glove box light... after 30 min or so. if your truck does that you could use that circuit as a control to a relay powering the opus.
          Randell Kelly

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          • #6
            I dont think the LR's have that... and to tell you the truth I dont see why I should have to do yet another thing after getting the opus for 200$.... oh well... I'm going to wait a while and see if I really need something like that...

            I hope I dont after $200 worth of powersupply! ehehhe
            Roy

            2005 Range Rover 4.4
            Any ideas for putting a PC in this? :)

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            • #7
              I'm having this same problem myself with startup and shutdown and I'm almost 100 percent sure I'm not going over 6.5a on 12v rail
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              • #8
                What problem?

                If you see my post I got over the 6.5a problem by underclocking my CPU... if it requires more than 6.5A it just doest ever work... the other problems are related to not powering down completely, NOTHING to do with the 2nd problem.. at least not apparently... what problem exactly are you reffering to?!
                Roy

                2005 Range Rover 4.4
                Any ideas for putting a PC in this? :)

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                • #9
                  I don't have an Opus but it MUST have the same feature as my Carnetix -namely, that it will pull all power to the PC after a preset time. In my case, it's 45 seconds, or you can set it to longer (I think 10 minutes) if you want. The stated purpose of this is to prevent exactly what happened to you - hang on hibernate or shut down.

                  Check to make sure there's not some kind of setting for that on the Opus.
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                  • #10
                    There is a shutdown delay setting through jumpers, but I understand that is for Time until the opus sends a "pwr-button press" to the mobo... mine is currently at the default 10secs
                    Roy

                    2005 Range Rover 4.4
                    Any ideas for putting a PC in this? :)

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                    • #11
                      although i dont own an opus (atleast no yet), i do remember this feature being on it. whatever time its set at (say 1 minute in this case), is how long it will wait after it tells the computer to shut down before it cuts all power. this way if the computer does hang, it WILL go off albeit hard.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bugbyte
                        I don't have an Opus but it MUST have the same feature as my Carnetix -namely, that it will pull all power to the PC after a preset time. In my case, it's 45 seconds, or you can set it to longer (I think 10 minutes) if you want. The stated purpose of this is to prevent exactly what happened to you - hang on hibernate or shut down.

                        Check to make sure there's not some kind of setting for that on the Opus.
                        only the 90w model has this feature, not the 150w model, it sucks
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                        • #13
                          hmm... I guess it is only AFTER you get the opus that you realize that it doesnt have a bunch of the stuff you thought it did....

                          oh well.....

                          shame really...

                          For anyone considering an opus, ask VERY specific questions... unless you have a VIA check the amperage on your motherboard for EACH rail (3v, 5v, and 12v) dont just say "I have a P4 3ghz,will it work" as the answer will surely be "yes people have done even 94 3.5ghz, go ahead" then you find out it works but not in your particular case...

                          Be very weary!
                          Roy

                          2005 Range Rover 4.4
                          Any ideas for putting a PC in this? :)

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                          • #14
                            OH, PS: I sent an email to opus tech support as soon as I noticed the issue (I simultaneously posted here) that was on last monday I think...

                            I'm still waiting for a reply from them...

                            Again, everyone in the forums seems to think there support is ace... I'm not that sure...
                            Roy

                            2005 Range Rover 4.4
                            Any ideas for putting a PC in this? :)

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                            • #15
                              I am pretty sure that this is an old probelm as it is providing the 5vsb to the mobo which lets you use peripherals to wake it up and also use standby. To kill the power completely uou jsut need to use a relay that is powered by the ign and the molex.

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