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    I used to have a 3 pin Euro plug that I could just disconnect the whole unit and remove. I've not quite sussed this one yet as its a little more fixed.

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    I am using a Morex 3688 case which comes with a 12VDC@5A power brick and an internal PS. I replaced the internal PS with an M1-ATX. I used the original power brick to get things working on my desk before installing in the car. I replaced the two-pin coaxial DC power plug on the case with a 5-pin plug on a flying lead. In addition to the 12V and ground the other pins are for the ignition on signal input, 12V regulated out for my xenarc, and 5V regulated out for future use. I put a mating harness in the car for use there, and I also made one that connects to the power brick. This allows me to bring it inside to run the PC for upgrades or testing. If I were so inclined, I could leave the PC in the car and run it off the power brick via extension cord to the trunk. If I were going to do that regularly, I suppose I would make it so that plugging into the external source would automatically switch over.
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    you could use a steam generator and a high powered laser. Have the laser in your house and power the steam generator in the car. I just wouldn't want to walk between the house and the car....
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    Put a switch on the PC side of your power supply, to switch to a second power input. (If you have a PSU that can recieve a pulse input then you can remote boot the machine at any time and shut it down ie Carnetix)

    Now you can create a cable that brings DC power to the car, But while you are at it, get a port replicator or splitters for your VGA Mouse and Keyboard, and tie that all into your cable as well. Scuzi socket, or something with many connections and wire everything into one cable. This way you can hook up directly and to the PC and do all you work from inside.

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    I think I'm trashing this whole idea. I'm going with the KISS method. In order to get to where I wanted to be with a "real" shorepower/rv solution, would have cost me more than I want to spend, and will weigh about as much as my battery. I have a 60 amp battery charger and will get a SPDT switch and have it wired for normal operation (ign on), off, and on all the time. If I want to switch from DC power to house power, I'll just switch it over (hoping that the psu makes it through the switch transition if the carpc is on already) from dc to ac power (which actually will still be dc, just supplemented with the battery charger plugged into the house current). Stupid idea on my part , but thanks for all the ideas!

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    Try this, it puts out 80 amps. Could potentially run your entire multimedia system, computer, amps, etc. Just find a way to bridge it in with your existing system. Might use an automotive circuit breaker or something similar. Check for it on eBay, you might find it cheaper.

    http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...-converter.htm
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    Sound Quest By Stinger APS55 12 Volt 55 Amp Power Supply they also have a 90 amp one

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    These both work great, but still cost more than the $5.00 switch I am going to use. Although, they look pretty cool, so maybe for my next carpc I'll do this. Thanks!

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    like thanatos106 said, put an ATX power supply in the boot of your car, and wire it up so that you just switch between the car battery or the atx supply. atx supplies can usually go up to 300W easily, which is more than enough for an M2-ATX. very cheap too.

    you could use a relay that gets powered by the ATX supply. so that as soon as the ATX supply goes on, the relay switches power from the car batter and ignition switches, to be fed directly of the ATX supply. that way, as soon as you plug in auxiliry power, the carputer goes on.

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    the only concern I woudl have with running power to my car is the risk of fire. I would fuse it, fuse it agian, then once more.

    I don't mean to be funny, but I have to state this or I'll have a guilty concience. I would be worried about someone/something messing with the wire. like a rat chewing it then some kid stepping over it, or some fuel leak or any number of horrible accidents that can happen. I know these are extreme cases, but leaving a live power line unattended is dangerous and potentially fatal. this is why wires are usually underground or overhead.

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