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    boot/power issue

    I just put my PC in the hatch and when I went to power up the PC it starts to boot fine, then right before it gets into WinXP Pro the Opus PS starts squeeling and the boot freezes. I rebooted several times and sometimes it will get all the way into windows before it locks up (before I can do anything of course) & it always locks as soon as I start hearing that squeel.

    Temp. Solution: I took my WinTV card out and everything works fine. Is this card drawing too much power? I tried disconnecting everything but the bare essentials and dropping the RAM from 256MB down to 128MB & even 96MB & this didn't fix anything. If I plug the AC/DC power supply back in, WinXP Pro boots fine with the WinTV card and everything else running. Any ideas?

    P.S. - I'm getting my GPS today (USB) and wireless NIC (PCI)tomorrow so I'll see if those boot up without any problems. If so I guess I'll be looking for a different way to receive FM radio.

    Car: 1990 White Toyota Celica GT Hatchback, Custom CAI w/ K&N filter, AutoVation Celica Racing Pedals
    PC: Athlon TB 1000, Opus DC-DC Power Supply, 40GB, 8x DVD, 256MB RAM, FM/TV Tuner, 5.1 Audio, 7" Xenarc Touchscreen, GPS w/ CoPilot 2003, 802.11g wireless NIC
    System: Hifonics ZX8000 5ch amp, Sony XS-L101P5 10" Sub, Q-Logic .6 cu ft sealed enclosure
    Coming Soon: Clean install in custom hatch enclosure, USB 2.0 or Firewire hub in front console, Slot DVD in front console, VHF/UHF antenna

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    Any of the indicator leds on the Opus signalling something is wrong? Give Kris at Opus a call.

    For me, the cause was the Xenarc touchscreen. Possibly a bad driver or bad extension cable, but when the serial cable is connected, windows will not always load.

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    I don't think it's a driver issue because it comes right up when I hook the ac/dc ps back up & the ps squeeling has me thinking it's overloaded. I'm going to give Kris a call this afternoon when I have the system in front of me to hopefully resolve these issues. He said the +5v output Rail sounds like it's overloaded.

    Phil

    Car: 1990 White Toyota Celica GT Hatchback, Custom CAI w/ K&N filter, AutoVation Celica Racing Pedals
    PC: Athlon TB 1000, Opus DC-DC Power Supply, 40GB, 8x DVD, 256MB RAM, FM/TV Tuner, 5.1 Audio, 7" Xenarc Touchscreen, GPS w/ CoPilot 2003, 802.11g wireless NIC
    System: Hifonics ZX8000 5ch amp, Sony XS-L101P5 10" Sub, Q-Logic .6 cu ft sealed enclosure
    Coming Soon: Clean install in custom hatch enclosure, USB 2.0 or Firewire hub in front console, Slot DVD in front console, VHF/UHF antenna

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    try and put the the tvcard in a different pci slot and maby it is macking your cpu overheat

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    Thanks...I settled the solution to this problem in another thread here. It turned out my CPU was drawing too much power. After I swapped that out with a slightly smaller CPU everything started working (AMD TB 1.1GHz to AMD TB 1.0GHz). I'm sure I still have a heat issue though, which I should be able to fix once I get everything set up right. As of now it's all like a witchnest in the bottom of my hatch, ewww! I say that because in the mornings & night it boots up great...during the day I've had some problems. Buuuut, that was with the old CPU, maybe this new one will settle those quirks too. Regardless, I have to clean up the install & add some more cooling just incase.

    Phil

    Car: 1990 White Toyota Celica GT Hatchback, Custom CAI w/ K&N filter, AutoVation Celica Racing Pedals
    PC: Athlon TB 1000, Opus DC-DC Power Supply, 40GB, 8x DVD, 256MB RAM, FM/TV Tuner, 5.1 Audio, 7" Xenarc Touchscreen, GPS w/ CoPilot 2003, 802.11g wireless NIC
    System: Hifonics ZX8000 5ch amp, Sony XS-L101P5 10" Sub, Q-Logic .6 cu ft sealed enclosure
    Coming Soon: Clean install in custom hatch enclosure, USB 2.0 or Firewire hub in front console, Slot DVD in front console, VHF/UHF antenna

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    FM reception is comparable to that of any HU once you get the antenna set up right. Both the TV & FM inputs take coax and most car antennas are motorola plugs. The WinTV FM comes with a weird looking wirey FM antenna, but I couldn't get it working good in the car & it was too big to make it look nice and get good reception at the same time. Since I was in need of an antenna anyways, I headed to radio shack and got a black rubber antenna (12"-18") & had to use 3 or 4 adapters to convert from the motorola plug to coax. I could have just soldered on a coax connector, but I was lazy. I'm sure there's an adapter out there somewhere that will convert one to the other, but for the meantime I'll use what I have. I have noticed that the card refuses to work after sitting in the hot sun for a while. I'm not sure if this is a personal issue or an issue with the card, but everything boots up & I get an error "the device is busy or not installed" Again, this is only when everything is pretty hot...once the cab cools down I can restart the PC & the card comes up fine.

    Phil

    Car: 1990 White Toyota Celica GT Hatchback, Custom CAI w/ K&N filter, AutoVation Celica Racing Pedals
    PC: Athlon TB 1000, Opus DC-DC Power Supply, 40GB, 8x DVD, 256MB RAM, FM/TV Tuner, 5.1 Audio, 7" Xenarc Touchscreen, GPS w/ CoPilot 2003, 802.11g wireless NIC
    System: Hifonics ZX8000 5ch amp, Sony XS-L101P5 10" Sub, Q-Logic .6 cu ft sealed enclosure
    Coming Soon: Clean install in custom hatch enclosure, USB 2.0 or Firewire hub in front console, Slot DVD in front console, VHF/UHF antenna

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    Yea I am worried about heat issues with my car-puter as well. I live in South Florida and it gets downright hot during the day. I usually try to park in the shade, but it still gets nasty hot in the car. We'll see how it all works out. I will probably end up wiring the Tuner card antenna into the cars main antenna. Hope it doesn't sound too bad

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