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    I'd do it like Meiss says. I'll be getting my M2 next week and plan to use the switched radio wire. I think I can splice the power button wire from the PS to the mobo (J8) and mount a toggle switch up front. That way I can bypass the PSU trigger and cause the PC to stay on even when I open the doors. I'll add an LED to make sure I know it's switched open.

    Then I'll add a "momentary on" button to J9 so that I can manually turn it on and off as well. Should come in handy if the PC ever locks up. I can hold the button in and force it to shut off.

    I already have my amp "turn on" lead attached to the PC 12volt line and plan to power my steering wheel device from the PC as well. That way I don't have to have the key in the acc. position for the steering wheel buttons to work.

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    Well, I've completely dismantled the carPC bezel, removed all the computer parts from the bezel except for the screen (wish I had made it an easy project, the way it is right now, there's no such thing as removing the screen from the bezel, it's mounted in such a fashion that it can't come out) and I'm going to try and mold it to look more like a 97+ radio bezel... square with rounded edges, a groove for accessing the 97+ cup holder... hopefully that will make it look a lot better. I'm just totally baffled on how to design this bezel to look good, blend in, and have the curves of the bezel not standout like a sore thumb... The past few weeks I've been working entirely on my interior, removing panels, sanding them down smooth and painting them, I've installed red carpet in the interior and am going more "deep end" with the black/red combo of my interior. So far the comments I've gotten back have been very positive, so I'm really excited to get it all done, but I *NEED* to do the bezel right this time and have it look better than before.

    Any suggestions on getting this bezel to look better would be much appreciated.
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    I still think the bezel needs to be finished off in vinyl that has a similar grain. High gloss paint is never going to look factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoTicketsPlease
    Just got my m2-atx. Got it working in the house, going to install it in the car in a few days. Anyone know how the auto shutdown for the pc on the m2 works with the fbody extended accessory power feature? You know, how after you turn the car off your radio and windows will work for 10 or so minutes or until you open the door. I would like the pc to shutdown based on when the accessory power goes off, not when the car is turned off.
    I have the M1-ATX wired up to the factory stereo plug's power + ground leads, and it works fine. The computer stays on after the car is shut off, and finally shuts off as soon as the door is opened. I have it set to go into standby, so as soon as I open the door, 5 seconds later the computer goes into standby. When I get back in, and start the car, 5 seconds later music is playing. You can roll into a parking spot, kill the engine, and still have the computer running as long as you do not open the door.
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    Just curious about standby. Doesn't it consume too much power? I thought it would run your battery down pretty quickly.

    Also, do you mean you have the PSU wired to the battery + and ground and then the turn-on trigger wired to the radio's + wire?

    Now that I think about it, the radio does have +, - and ign. Did you use all 3 wires for your PSU? I'm sure the PC uses more power than the radio, did you need to upgrade the fuse?

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    Side note to Jason, if you remember in the LS1Tech thread about all the battery drainage I was having. Well we measured the amps everything was drawing, the Opus's power supply was drawing 1/4th an amp every hour while the car was off. We thought that was the main problem, but then after uninstalling everything from my interior to install the new carpet, the battery died again.. so I think I have more going on than just a powersupply that draws too much, my dad thinks the alternator's shorting out and draining too when I only move my car around in the driveway and not drive it for more than 5-10 minutes.

    Well, I've already smoothed out the entire gauge cluster, the knee bolster, and the passenger side dash, so the glossy smooth finish will blend with the rest of the dash, and the way I'm doing it, it definitely won't look factory stock.

    Hard to tell from these pics, but you get the idea...



    The carPC's bezel, and the glovebox are all going to be painted red straight across. It should look something like this, just different shade:

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    If you have an amp meter then measure the current draw and then start pulling one fuse at a time. Start with the most likely ones until you see the current drop. You never know, it could be the glove box light staying on or something.

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    That's what my dad and I did, measured with each and every fuse under the hood and in the fuse block on the driver's side, measured the cap, and the carPC. carPC was the only one that made any difference. If I ever get some free time on the weekend I'm going to gank the alternator out and take it to the autostore and have them test it, see if it's bad or not.
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    I don't know if Autozone can do it, but you can test the alternator on the car. My dealership has a machine that can put a load on the electrical system and an ammeter is clamped around the alternator output wire. The current is then measured. I did this to my car the other day. Measured 85 amps and tested good.

    I've rebuilt many alternators back in the day and never heard of one causing a small short and running the battery down. What makes you think yours is doing that?

    When you were testing, did you unplug the GPS fron the PC and see if that made a difference?

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    Got my m2atx installed in my car. Took a long time but im a wiring newbie. Had to tap in to the yellow line that goes to the radio for my boot signal, I couldnt figure out wiring from the fuse box. Ran my + straight from the battery then under center console along with the other wire to the carpc in back seat. One smart thing I did was to leave a string through the passenger side firewall so I can pull other wires through in the future. The pc booted just fine
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