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    How do you guys deal?

    Okay so how do i power my pc outside the vehicle so i can install stuff onto it without running my car, especialy with gas prices, also what do you recommend to DL updates onto my pc since i dont have an internet connection.

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    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advf...ew&advfaqid=4]

    802.11g wireless networking in the car is great for downloading updates.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    For bench testing/setup I have used a battery charger alone and a charger with a 12V battery - I also just hook the battery charger to the car when installing/working on software on the carputer so the battery will not run down, especially when updating the ecu(do not want it to shut down when doing this!!)

    Wifi is good for updates, but you will need a hotspot

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    Depends on the computer and how you have it installed in the car.

    Mine comes out fairly easily, I guess though there are a number of things to disconnect.

    I also have and use wireless, but that means either running the car or using some sort of charger to keep the battery up.
    I have a mobile broadband card too though, and THAT can update while I am driving.
    (Of course, setup and any config stuff needed must be done while stationary.)

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    okay i never thought of the charger idea, will have to try that, i guess for the internet i have a 100 ft ethernet cable that i could run out the window and connect it to the car.

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    Personally, I'm not a fan of keeping anything but a trickle charger connected for any longer than absolutely necessary, but I don't think you'll have problems if its only a few times a year.

    Hell, once the system is working the way you want, updates are more likely to break something than fix it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerdugans View Post
    Hell, once the system is working the way you want, updates are more likely to break something than fix it anyway.
    QFT

    Don't "fix" it if it ain't broke


    Otherwise as said above a secure wireless home network with a network card in your carpc and you should be good to go. A trickle charger or a standard charger set on low 12v should be ok, maybe wait a while before you turn it on, but you should be able to run the carpc for 30 minutes or so I would think without having an issue with your batter. Course this is all depending on how big your battery is and how much power your computer takes, just make sure to start the car up after you are finished and allow the alternator to top off the batter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerdugans View Post
    Personally, I'm not a fan of keeping anything but a trickle charger connected for any longer than absolutely necessary, but I don't think you'll have problems if its only a few times a year.

    Hell, once the system is working the way you want, updates are more likely to break something than fix it anyway.
    Hrmm....I think it depends on the battery to be honest...as well as the battery charger.

    There are a number of chargers out there now that have smart technology built in which will tell the charger when to turn off or how to recondition a battery that's been discharged.

    We run one of these for our show car. It cost us all of $69.99 from WalMart.

    We have run it on an Optima as well as a 1800 Kinetik now.

    No issues what-so-ever.

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    Note that I did specify that I am not a fan, not that it is always bad, etcetera....

    I had one car with a weak (and expensive) alternator that only caused problems in cold weather- I used a trickle charger in that every winter, whenever the car was home and not in use. And had no problems with it.
    But I'm still not a fan.

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    I like playing with my carpc in the car, I play with it for like 10/15 minutes then turn on the car for about 4 minutes to charge up the battery a bit.

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