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    Re: Flash IDE drive

    Originally posted by w_hatfield
    Have you thought about installing a flash IDE drive and running the primary OS off it?
    Thats an idea, but his problem is that the machine takes 20 seconds to get beyond the post process, and then 10 seconds to boot, so i dont think making those 10 seconds any faster would help.
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    Supermatty, do you know how much voltage it will draw when in str mode? Its the worst when you have a dead battery in your car and not at home. I'm considering doing this and then just hibernate at night. Its a modified atx board but I found an adapter that will make it work with regular atx power supplies. And is there a way to modify the opus so it just uses the startup controller and I could do the shutting down on my touchscreen?


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    theres 2x5 idc header pin block that has a cable from the front of your case that contains the the pwr_on headers in it, which you could attach the opus to. Trace the wires back from the power button through the cable to the ide connector, and then just attach the opus there instead.
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    Originally posted by themurph1018
    Supermatty, do you know how much voltage it will draw when in str mode? Its the worst when you have a dead battery in your car and not at home. I'm considering doing this and then just hibernate at night. Its a modified atx board but I found an adapter that will make it work with regular atx power supplies. And is there a way to modify the opus so it just uses the startup controller and I could do the shutting down on my touchscreen?


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    I'we measured my system in STR mode to a total of 0.09A ... the system can be in str mode for a couple of weeks before the battery maybe will die...


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    Really that is very interesting. So you mean it can go for a week without using the car? So if I use my car daily to and from work and school than it will keep it fully charged? Thats good to know. Also how much power do you think Ill draw when the systems on? Do you think the opus will give it enough power?


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    does STR have to be supported by the motherboard? It's not the same as hibernation OR standby correct? It's basically shutdown, but leaves power to the RAM so it can power up quickly?

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    Suspend to ram is standby if I'm not mistaken. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. If that true about the minimal power drain than I can say my boot time is 4seconds.
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    hmmm, standby/hibernate may help... but a computer shouldnt take that long to post. A good mobo will not take that long...



    I dont know if this is going to help you, but I done got a few idea-ers here :

    - Make sure your bios and drivers are the newest ones.. always the first place to start.

    - localize the problem. When I get some odd situation like that, I usually begin by removing all the "extras" on the mobo (hard disk, all pci/agp cards except video, any extra ram sticks, the mouse, etc, etc, etc) and starting with that bare minimum config, see how it boots inside, on a standard psu...

    Then, one by one, add the extras back on.

    It may be a single component, like a drive, or the psu, that is causing the hang time... occasionally the bios will have trouble recognising what is connected, and it will get confused and hang...

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    Ive noticed in the time between the point I push the power and when the post starts the 2 cd drives I have show a reading light for about 5 seconds. Could the delay somehow be caused by something related to this? The bios I have is the latest one offered from dell for my computer. If I get a new mobo I will be adding too much money to the project. I'd rather have a nice lcd than a computer that boots up 10 seconds faster.

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    Dell bioses are ****....

    We have a server that takes a good 90 seconds just to pre-post because of scsi....

    when you have a server crash those 90seconds DO make a difference...

    I have also had experience with numerous dell desktops, and the bios takes a while... i almost put a GX1 in my car (dell optiplex), but thank god the video card didnt work right, so i got a different machine all together...

    Dell even puts a huge logo and a freakin PROGRESS BAR on the pre-post screen!??!! WTF do I want a progress bar??? They are cluless in that and in their support for non-onboard stuff (my video card just wouldnt work because the bios would refuse to allow it to work... another crappier one - both pci - DID work.... go figure)....

    stay away from dell for this kinda "fiddly" project if you at all can!

    Good luck!

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