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    Powerbook G4 power?

    Hello all,
    I'm setting up my powerbook (G4 12" 1.5 GHz) for use in the car. it'll be pretty much the guts put in a different case (the display broke on me) to make it smaller.
    I was wondering if it was possible to power the computer through a standard intelligent automotive atx power supply, obviously bypassing the original DC-DC board.

    Thanks!
    Josh

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    Laptops aren't ATX-compliant, so you can't use it the way it was meant to be used.
    IF the power prick outputs 12vDC, you could use an ATX unit to output the 12v, but it's a kluugey solution. I wouldn't recommend it, but others have done it.

    Check the output voltage of the power brick. Its likely the necessary voltage can be provided by one of the Carnetix regulators.

    And here's a good read for you: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advf...iew&advfaqid=6
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    my charger puts out 24Vdc @ 2.7A ==> 65W
    So, no dice for the carnetix supplies...

    I guess i'll be looking out for a cigarette lighter charger.

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    The ATX PSU's couldn't put out the 24vDC you need, either, so that's out as well.

    A cig lighter power adapter can be hardw-wired to the car, so that's an option.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    yea, i figured that's the best way to go, and wire an interrupt switch in the cig lighter.
    (it's not switched) should I use a relay for that, or can i just cut the positive wire and run it through a switch?

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    If you wire it to an ignition-controlled circuit (or use a relay controlled by ignition), you don't need a switch at all. A turn of the ignition key is your switch.
    If the Powerbook has an option to boot when it receives power, then you're set.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    the current going through a 12Vdc relay should be negligible right?

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    have you checked if apple makes a car charger?

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    no they don't, but these guys do. I'm thinking about just ordering that.
    duh forgot link...

    http://macwizards.com/store/product_...products_id=32

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    there you go, just use that, but i would hard wire it though, if you don't want to cut your brand new adapter you can hard wire the end of one of these and connect the other end to the adapter
    http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062266

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