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    Getting house power while parked?

    I've been wondering how to power my system (not installed yet) while my car is off and parked in my driveway. I'm sure there will be times when I want to put some new feature into my carpc and I don't want to have to trek out to the car to do an upgrade or put a new set of mp3s into the media rotation. Is there a way to plug the car in and have the psu (like an m2-atx or similar) tell the computer to power up? I figure remote desktop and winscp would do the transferring job, I just don't want to have my car running every time I need to do something. Is this a silly idea?

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    There is NO easy way without opening up the case (if you have one).
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    Hmm, sounds like a challenge. It might be doable with some sort of relay setup...

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    You don't need to open the case, you can have a ATX PSU connected to the same lines where you connect batt, switchable power and ground like when you bench testing.

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    I just have both my power supplies in my case. When I want to upgrade it I pull it out and plug it in, inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peecee
    Is there a way to plug the car in and have the psu (like an m2-atx or similar) tell the computer to power up? I figure remote desktop and winscp would do the transferring job, I just don't want to have my car running every time I need to do something. Is this a silly idea?

    what do you mean by 'plugging the car in'? are you suggesting that you want to have a second psu that you can pllug into a wall socket and when you do that it'll turn the computer on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx
    what do you mean by 'plugging the car in'? are you suggesting that you want to have a second psu that you can pllug into a wall socket and when you do that it'll turn the computer on?
    Exactly. Rather than taking the pc out for upgrades or making specific allowances for a removable hard disk for whatever, I can just plug the PC (ok, not car, just PC) into a wall socket.

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    check out 'shorepower' for boats. they're waterproof and look nice. you could probably mount one in a wheel well or something...


    lol, in an attempt to find an example picture on a boat, I found a ghetto one on a car.. but in seriousness, I'd hide the outlet somehow/where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Escalade182
    check out 'shorepower' for boats. they're waterproof and look nice. you could probably mount one in a wheel well or something...


    lol, in an attempt to find an example picture on a boat, I found a ghetto one on a car.. but in seriousness, I'd hide the outlet somehow/where.
    That's actually given me a good idea. I'm going to an RV store tomorrow to get some sort of battery isolator/charger setup, so I'll ask about this sort of thing while I'm there. Thanks!

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    i guess it helps to be alittle bit of a redneck, on my part.

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