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    Making a Car PC

    Alright so i'm looking to build a pc for my car, i'm new to hooking up electronics to my car but not new to computers, what i;m looking to put in to start out with as a startout trial cause i dont hav much money and im using what i have in my basement is:

    a Socket 478 MB w/pentium 4
    PSU (dunno what is a suitable wattage looking to use just the MB alone)
    Plywood(to mount MB, CPU and DVD burner)
    Dvd Burner




    What i need to know is:

    How can i get power exchanged from DC to AC so i can turn m computer on
    How i can make my computer so that i don't drain my battery
    How i can get my computer to shut down properly with my ignition



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    Quote Originally Posted by blkmage024 View Post
    Alright so i'm looking to build a pc for my car, i'm new to hooking up electronics to my car but not new to computers, what i;m looking to put in to start out with as a startout trial cause i dont hav much money and im using what i have in my basement is:

    a Socket 478 MB w/pentium 4
    PSU (dunno what is a suitable wattage looking to use just the MB alone)
    Plywood(to mount MB, CPU and DVD burner)
    Dvd Burner
    Unless you have one of the low-wattage Northwood core P4's, your CPU is power hungry, and isn't recommended for a vehicle setup for that reason.



    What i need to know is:

    How can i get power exchanged from DC to AC so i can turn m computer on
    Inverter.
    However, an inverter is an inefficient way of powering a PC in the vehicle. A DC-DC power supply is a much better option, assuming there is a model that will power your hardware and fits within your budget.
    How i can make my computer so that i don't drain my battery
    Shut it off.
    How i can get my computer to shut down properly with my ignition
    Startup/shutdown controller.
    All the quality DC-DC power supplies have a SSDC built into the circuitry.


    sorry if i did not post in proper Forum room if so please move to proper room, thanks!
    You're all right.
    However, I think you need to start checking out the FAQs and learning about the project you want to undertake.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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