I've been using this laptop to do the kind of things I want to do with this project. In fact, until 1 year ago it was my only PC and it handled video editing, capturing and after effect work. Slowly but steadily. So I know that it can take the task.
The power brick says on its back:
Output: 19V 4.74A
It's an old P4 2.5Ghz and gets hot in the baseplate in the processor area. Nothing that cant be solved with usb fans or some venting holes in the topcase.
Is there a simple way to calculate the power needs from the given values?
will something like this http://www.powerstream.com/lta-Compaq.htm work?
Or is the limitation only in the bike's alternator?
FWIW...there are official honda handle warmers...dont know the wattage on that...but wouldnt they be more power demading than a laptop?
EDIT: red...the 7200RPM really increase the performance...but from my experience in working only with this laptop it can cope quite well with the 5Mb/s datarate required to capture DV via firewire. I already have an external firewire and USB2.0 enclosure with a 3.5"HDD that I used for heavy work in the laptop that I can use now if more recording space is needed