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    What is a good alternative to Carnetix when powering a laptop?

    I've read the FAQ's under "Powering your PC", but I wanted to see what you guys suggested. I have used two Carnetix products, the first of which broke after 1 week of use, the second was faulty out of the box, so I am looking for an alternative. What do you suggest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Startingline13 View Post
    I've read the FAQ's under "Powering your PC", but I wanted to see what you guys suggested. I have used two Carnetix products, the first of which broke after 1 week of use, the second was faulty out of the box, so I am looking for an alternative. What do you suggest?

    Regards,

    -Dave
    funny, i just sent in my faulty p2140. before my carnetix psu, i had a reliable auto-car adapter plugged into an extra cig lighter socket i hardwired in order to hide it behind my dash. incidently, my monitor was also powered the same way. as for starting it up, i had a pulse timer relay soldered to the power switch leads. check out the $35 auto-on laptop module by webmaster. i would have definitely got his originally but he was away when i was building my carpc. the laptop shut-control program works well to automatically shut down/hibernate when power is off.

    the enemy of good is definitely better. if it ain't broke, don't fit it.

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    I have a switch that I currently use just to turn the comp on/off, and my in dash screen turns itself on when I turn the ignition as it is, so I'm fine without an auto-on module at the moment.

    So you suggest a generic auto-car adapter plugged into an extra cig lighter socket then? That is what I figured I would use, but just wanted to verify with another member.

    The P21240 was my first one that crapped out after a week, that was about three weeks ago, and this time I bought a new 1900 and it didn't work out of the box. These things would be outstanding if they were only reliable.

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    What is this auto-on adapter you talk about - you guys got a link? I'm looking at hooking up an EEE PC, would be a great solution I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pseudo Nim View Post
    What is this auto-on adapter you talk about - you guys got a link? I'm looking at hooking up an EEE PC, would be a great solution I think.
    Search ebay for eee pc (+ appropriate model) + "DC power car charger adapter". Then you can hardwire an extra female cig socket to connect it to so you can hide it behind your dash.

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    It seems that this is mostly car adapters for the EEE _laptop_.... wonder if there's something out there for the EEE _box_ (desktop version) which doesn't include a battery?
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