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    Question about powering PS2.

    this is my first time posting here and i dont really know too much about this stuff...i guess i know a little more then the average person(not average car audio fan)...this weekend i plan on installing my speakers, my head unit and my LCD...i have the alpine cda-9815 and the clarion vrx630...im also gonna put PS2 in so i can watch dvd's and play games...i was planning on buying a power inverter, probably 200w, to power the PS2...now is there anything else i need to know, because i read a few posts about people getting interference on their LCD screens and they were told it was because of their power inverters...is it only a certain kind that does this? or was it because they werent powerful enough? how can i avoid this? because i really dont want to have the lines running through my screen...sorry for making this so long...thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecko43718
    this is my first time posting here and i dont really know too much about this stuff...i guess i know a little more then the average person(not average car audio fan)...this weekend i plan on installing my speakers, my head unit and my LCD...i have the alpine cda-9815 and the clarion vrx630...im also gonna put PS2 in so i can watch dvd's and play games...i was planning on buying a power inverter, probably 200w, to power the PS2...now is there anything else i need to know, because i read a few posts about people getting interference on their LCD screens and they were told it was because of their power inverters...is it only a certain kind that does this? or was it because they werent powerful enough? how can i avoid this? because i really dont want to have the lines running through my screen...sorry for making this so long...thanks in advance
    the key to using inverters is to ground every electronic device to the same ground. that means using the frame/body of the car to ground your installation. since the body and frame are already grounded, it is an ideal place to ground your new installations.

    also, remember to hook up the inverter directly to the battery, with an inline fuse immediately off the postive terminal. the fuse is to protect your car should a short circuit result from the wire rubbing off some of the insulation. make sure the fuse is a bit above the normal pull of the inverter, as you dont want it to trip under normal use... only if there is a problem. also, use a good heavy gauge wire, that is appropriate for the power draw of your equipment. there are several good calculators on the web, and if you are in doubt, ask someone knowledgable in car audio installations, they should be able to tell you what to use for what power. DONT wire it to the cigarette lighter, you are just asking for problems.

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    ok thanks alot for your help...ya i was planning on hooking it up to the cigarette lighter, looks like i wont be doing that anymore...so if i do that i most likely wont have interference on my screen?

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    Check this link out to see how this guy modded his PS2 to run off 12v.

    No more inverter noise problems this way.

    http://www.asdffdsa.net/projects/ps2.htm
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