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    s10 car pc install* tips needed*

    hey guys i been reading for a few weeks now, and there is too much info to take!, i mean i have learned alot! but i just need some guidance as to what should i do. ok here is the pc im messing with, got it for free cant complain, and it was complete! also note that i do have a second battery in my truck, if this even matters.

    dell 4400 Specs: better yet heres the link:

    http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...4400/specs.htm

    now my plan is to basically run xm, gps, and basically control what i can, it might be kind of crazy, but im gonna run a 15in monitor with a touch panel kit!

    now my questions is:
    recommended power supply?
    recommendation for heat, as in im not running an ac( got a mini truck) and im in texas!!?

    like any links to stuff like power supplies, or gps units, xm units, powermates, or anything i missed or you guy recommend, becasue there is alot of stuff and im like overflowed by it. and i just need like a first step to start. so anything you guys think i should look into, just let me know. and yes i have been reading, but im a person that kindof needs like a one on one advise, thanks yall

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    the laptop section is going ot have the most amount of relative info.. specifically, anything to do with Dell laptops. they sometimes have a funky power connection that needs to get hacked.. i would recommend focusing first on powering it, and then moving onto connecting the devices..

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    the laptop section is going ot have the most amount of relative info.. specifically, anything to do with Dell laptops. they sometimes have a funky power connection that needs to get hacked.. i would recommend focusing first on powering it, and then moving onto connecting the devices..
    no no sorry,its not a laptop. i put the link it takes me to a bs page from mp3, but the desktop is a dell inspi-whatever 4400.

    i know you where going to respond lol. but let me know what you think i should run to power it than we move on to other things you recommend for me, thanks soundman!!!

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    *after PM response*


    yeah, that is definitely not a laptop... i believe i have one of those at home with a bad hard drive...

    still, look into powering it first, i highly recommend dc-dc, or 'intelligent' automotive atx power supplys-- and then move onto each device-- specifically, search for a power calculator to make sure that you get a power supply that is big enough to support the pc components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
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    yeah, that is definitely not a laptop... i believe i have one of those at home with a bad hard drive...

    still, look into powering it first, i highly recommend dc-dc, or 'intelligent' automotive atx power supplys-- and then move onto each device-- specifically, search for a power calculator to make sure that you get a power supply that is big enough to support the pc components.
    oh ok, yea i tried to use the calculator but i cant seem to find the specs of my intel. i have no idea what im looking for and there is 100s of them on the site. lol

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    any recomendations to power this thing with accesories also?

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    can someone please tell me about which dc power adapter i need? thanks

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    The Inspiron 4400 you linked uses a 250w power supply that plugs to a standard 110 outlet. In a car, a theoretically perfect replacement would be the M4 Intelligent ATX DC-DC PSU. This should provide the same power in your car that the standard power supply gives you at home. If you need more than that for peripherals/screen, you may want to get a separate supply. Specifically for the screen, I'm thinking. The M4 should be able to handle your tower and various bits, but since a screen isn't normally powered from the tower's PSU, it may be safest to power that one with another dc-dc supply. Do you have specs on the screen itself?
    Last edited by Ryven; 04-12-2011 at 04:45 PM. Reason: spelling

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    i don't know if it is the moderation que, or i'm just flaky,(probably both ) but i keep missing this thread...

    i recommend against the m4, or the m-series in general-- just search for mickz's posts in the thread about reducing radio interferance...

    i currently use a dsatx, and would also recommend anything in the Opus, or Carnetix lineup's. all three of these, like anything still have the occasional problem, but nowhere near the problems that any of the m-series power supplies have--just look at the amount of threads about each device...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryven View Post
    The Inspiron 4400 you linked uses a 250w power supply that plugs to a standard 110 outlet. In a car, a theoretically perfect replacement would be the M4 Intelligent ATX DC-DC PSU. This should provide the same power in your car that the standard power supply gives you at home. If you need more than that for peripherals/screen, you may want to get a separate supply. Specifically for the screen, I'm thinking. The M4 should be able to handle your tower and various bits, but since a screen isn't normally powered from the tower's PSU, it may be safest to power that one with another dc-dc supply. Do you have specs on the screen itself?
    its a dell 15in flat panel witha touch screen panel kit. i forgot the model number

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