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    Newbie steriophonic's Avatar
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    help a newb?

    could someone give me a list of stuff i'm gonna need for a carputer???
    i've been looking at the VIA M10000, and a 7.2" LCD.
    the only thing i really need help with is the whole power situation, keep in mind, you're talking to an idiot here, i don't know **** about power and all that crap. so if someone could tell me exactly what i'm gonna need for power, that would be great.
    thanks for the help.

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    Easy answer : search for Opus.
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    Opus is good. But I just got a 400W power inverter at Fry's for $30 so I could use a normal PSU for the PC. Opus is 150W and cost about $200(there's a 90W version, have no idea how much it is). It has few nice features, but I don't really need them, so it's a waste of money for me. You need to decide what you want and go from there.
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    if you go with a power inverter, be sure to hardwire it in. and if you power it off the ignition, you may have to put in a switch somewhere so you can turn it off when you aren't using it, because power inverters act as capacitors, and in some cars can cause crazy things to happen when you turn off the ignition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s_hartmann_83
    if you go with a power inverter, be sure to hardwire it in. and if you power it off the ignition, you may have to put in a switch somewhere so you can turn it off when you aren't using it, because power inverters act as capacitors, and in some cars can cause crazy things to happen when you turn off the ignition.
    mine has the on/off switch built in. don't they all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by carabuser
    mine has the on/off switch built in. don't they all?
    Mine does. I think it's pretty standard.

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    would you care to elaborate on what "crazy things" will happen while using an inverter; as well as what actions that will cause crazy things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles
    would you care to elaborate on what "crazy things" will happen while using an inverter; as well as what actions that will cause crazy things?
    when i had mine hooked up in my civic, it acted as a capacitor, so every time you turn off the ignition, my head unit would stay powered on for some reason, and it would keep playing. the reason is because even though the switch is off, it is still wired directly to the car's electrical system. if you put a switch inline on it, the problem will be solved. not all cars do that though. for instance, i never had problems with it in my F150.

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