Another happy inverter user!!! YEAH!!!
Sorry I couldn't resist.
Glad you got you system running like it should be. It's a great feeling isn't it?
Well XP wasn't giving me the option to stand by or hibernate. Didn't think much about it for the past few months.The reason I'd been so complacent was because I've been using an inverter and thought that shutting it off would cut power to the computer and therefore canceling out the hibernation or stand by. Boy was I wrong. Something told me to play around with it and see if this would save me time. When I finally set it up to enable hibernation and tried it out. My gosh what I've been missing. 10 secs to shutdown, 10 seconds to start up. Top it off with the fact that I just got my survive crank problem solved. I'm in carputer heaven. WOOT!
Man isn't it. Now I can focus my attention to finishing hardware upgrades, software tweaks, and most importantly my dash fabrication.Originally Posted by Defiler
it's people like this that encourage me to experiment. My rig is comming along real fine. Inverter and all. I can't wait till people see the 110 volt outlet in the panel right next to the hard drive LED
Falconey, how exactly is that working - do you still turn off the inverter separately? or is there enough power left on the line that it can run while the comp is shutting down? I don't quite understand, any help would be appreciated!
I have a center console in my car. The kind that gives you a storage compartment/armrest. I hardwired my inverter direct to battery and placed it in this compartment so it's within arms reach(actually less than arms reach since it's under the armrest). Basically if I'm going to be out of the car for a while I can now go through shut down except I use hibernate(much quicker shut down and will bring programs that were up, when going into hibernation, up when coming out of hibernation) and then switch the inverter off. In this situation no juice is being used by anything. So basically since I'm surviving crank if I'll be out of the car for 45min+ I'll go through this procedure. If less than 45min I can just put it in hibernate and the only thing that'll be drawing power will be the fan for the inverter or for like 20min or I can leave the comp on and inverter(would have to be on for comp to be on) and just start right up without any delay. Any more questions just ask. The diagram is this thread pretty much explains my battery to inverter setup. Ok here's a question about surviving cranks and inline fuses
from there it's just plugging in the carputer's psu.
also let me add because I don't think it's clear in the diagram. the two 20a fuses are apart of the inverter. no mod there, that's just the design of the inverter.
I've been reading a lot of your posts on your battery set-up and I just had a few questions I was hoping you could answer.
First off, when the computer is in hibernate, you can turn off the inverter and cut power to the CPU, and then when you turn the inverter back on again, the CPU will boot from its hibernation? I thought the CPU needed a small amount of power to hibernate.
Secondly, this would mean that the carputer does not ever need to survive a crank, providing you remember to go into hibernate when you turn your car off, correct?
Thanks a lot!
hibernation is not standby...
hibernation = ram writes to harddisk... power off of computer...
standby = ram still in ram... power only powers ram, leaving everything off.
I used to have that setup. But for me waiting for the pc to finish hibernation, sometimes I had to sit and wait there for 5 minutes.. 5 MINUTES!!! Startup was fine and quick as always.
Now that I have an Opus (yeah, I'm lazy) I just turn off my car and leave. PC will hibernate itself and shuts down.
I've got the same setup. I set the power button on the pc to hibernate (in the bios) and also set the bios to boot up on power loss. So it's one touch to hibernate, switch off inverter, then when the inverter is flipped back on the pc boots. Works great and survives crank so on errands and short stops I can just turn off the car while the pc and inverter keep running.Originally Posted by falconey
Xenarc PC, dual 7" touchscreens, 512mb, 20g, dvd, Earthmate GPS, Keyspan remote control, voice control for media, 8-in-1 card reader, Bluetooth Razr, 54mbps 802.11g wireless.
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