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    4-pin connector on m3

    Is there a way to get a 4-pin connector on a M3 power supply?

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    Quote Originally Posted by batista08 View Post
    Is there a way to get a 4-pin connector on a M3 power supply?
    If by "4 pin connector" you mean the P4 Connector, then sort of. The P4 connector was devised since they needed so much juice. Some boards still require it to be plugged in but draw very little.

    If you have a modern board that just needs the connector but in total will not overload the 12v rail of the PSU, then you can just wire the connector into the other wires. If you have an older or a more powerful mobo/cpu combo, then the m3 just doesnt have the umph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    If by "4 pin connector" you mean the P4 Connector, then sort of. The P4 connector was devised since they needed so much juice. Some boards still require it to be plugged in but draw very little.

    If you have a modern board that just needs the connector but in total will not overload the 12v rail of the PSU, then you can just wire the connector into the other wires. If you have an older or a more powerful mobo/cpu combo, then the m3 just doesnt have the umph.
    I will be powering the following with it:
    Asus AT3N7A-I
    2GB DDR2 800 1stick
    WD 500GB
    7" Lilliput 629GL
    GPS receiver BU-353
    PS3 Keyboard
    DVD-rom

    Would it be enough? How can I make the P4 connector?

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    If the board has it, usually the bios will complain if you don't connect it.

    You can get something like this:

    http://www.mini-box.com/4-Pin-P4-Power-Cable

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    Quote Originally Posted by mshowman View Post
    If the board has it, usually the bios will complain if you don't connect it.

    You can get something like this:

    http://www.mini-box.com/4-Pin-P4-Power-Cable
    Basically what I was hinting at but much easier to execute

    You need to do your own PSU power calculations. Part of the initiation rights into the CarPC community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mshowman View Post
    If the board has it, usually the bios will complain if you don't connect it.

    You can get something like this:

    http://www.mini-box.com/4-Pin-P4-Power-Cable
    Thanks, I will grab an old psu and make the connection. I'm going to use the m3 for now and order a m4 or find an opus with 150+ watts for a good price.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster
    Quote: Originally Posted by mshowman
    If the board has it, usually the bios will complain if you don't connect it.

    You can get something like this:

    http://www.mini-box.com/4-Pin-P4-Power-Cable

    Basically what I was hinting at but much easier to execute

    You need to do your own PSU power calculations. Part of the initiation rights into the CarPC community.
    I have been doing my research to find the answers to all my questions, specially after seeing how people getting harassed because they didn't search but the whole point of a forum is to help out and answer the same questions over and over. If you get tired of this simply choose to answer those questions you think are worthy of you writing. And I do not mean to disrespect you or anyone with this but sometimes one is in a hurry and just need to be pointed quickly in the right direction.

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    You were pointed, now you must work. A CarPC with no work, is a CarPC full of frustration.

    Quick answer is you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    You were pointed, now you must work. A CarPC with no work, is a CarPC full of frustration.

    Quick answer is you'll be fine.
    Thanks. I'm going to hook everything tonight to setup windows and transfer all my data to the carpc. 30k songs and now the music videos download galore will start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batista08 View Post
    I have been doing my research to find the answers to all my questions, specially after seeing how people getting harassed because they didn't search but the whole point of a forum is to help out and answer the same questions over and over. If you get tired of this simply choose to answer those questions you think are worthy of you writing. And I do not mean to disrespect you or anyone with this but sometimes one is in a hurry and just need to be pointed quickly in the right direction.
    You're correct that the whole point of a forum is to help, but not by answering the same question over and over and over and... if that were true, there would be no search feature. What would be the point? Why would there be topic areas? Why would we need mods? You speak of a forum with complete anarchy.

    Usually the same question gets asked over and over because of laziness. If you're in a big enough hurry that you can't research, chances are you're going to end up with a half-assed install that doesn't work.

    You may be wondering in this case why I even bothered to post. Well I don't mean to disrespect you but if you don't do the research and just come here for the quick answer... eventually nobody will want to help you because you are not willing to help yourself. The information really is here already, I promise. And if it isn't, at least you can honestly say you tried before asking a newbie question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidder View Post
    You're correct that the whole point of a forum is to help, but not by answering the same question over and over and over and... if that were true, there would be no search feature. What would be the point? Why would there be topic areas? Why would we need mods? You speak of a forum with complete anarchy.

    Usually the same question gets asked over and over because of laziness. If you're in a big enough hurry that you can't research, chances are you're going to end up with a half-assed install that doesn't work.

    You may be wondering in this case why I even bothered to post. Well I don't mean to disrespect you but if you don't do the research and just come here for the quick answer... eventually nobody will want to help you because you are not willing to help yourself. The information really is here already, I promise. And if it isn't, at least you can honestly say you tried before asking a newbie question.
    Let's agree to disagree to some extend. I apreciate the help, honestly I do. The point that I tried to make with that post was people don't have to be so aggresive when telling someone to use the search button because not everyone is forum friendly, I am so after couple of weeks of reading I couldn't come up with the answer so I posted my question.

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