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    My first one lasted over a year before I started messing with it and finally sold it to work on the next Ver. of it.

    I'm never really satisfied with just leaving it be...
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    It's very possible to get the PC down to drawing only 2 amps. When my PC was in the testing phase, I had a Shuttle FV24, P-III 933Mhz, Maxtor 160GB, KB, mouse, 4 fans, Xenarc touch screen all powered by Opus PSU. The opus was hooked up to a indoor regulated PSU. The voltage was set to 12.5V. Playing MP3 alone draw only 5 amps. If you use older boards with older processors and laptop HDD and design your system for ONLY playing MP3s then you can get your PC down to drawing 2 amps. It could play for more than 15-20 hours on a healty battery and still be able to start your car.

    Edit: Mine's been running for about a year now. Opus sometimes need to be reset (disconnect the main power for 10 seconds) Keyspan 4 serial hub to USB sometimes wont load and I had to reinstall the driver and reactivate the touch screen. Other than that the system worked flawlessly
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    I use a 4200 rpm IBM 2.5" travelstar drive ..40 gigs..
    Ive thrown my share of abuse to it from canal street to 96th street of manhattan. These little drives take quite a punch.

    Ive had it mounted horizontally (flat) and now vertically.
    Mine needs to be updated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samc
    I use a 4200 rpm IBM 2.5" travelstar drive ..40 gigs..
    Ive thrown my share of abuse to it from canal street to 96th street of manhattan. These little drives take quite a punch.

    Ive had it mounted horizontally (flat) and now vertically.
    Thinking on this, since all HD's have the pivot for the heads in a corner, it would probably make sense to mount the drive vertically, but tilted at an angle of say, 20 degrees - need to look at the case for the pivot point to determine which direction it should lean of course..... Most failures are due to the heads hitting the disc and since rapid accel/decel only takes place in the vertical axis (unless you crash a lot!), this would seem the most logical way to mount.....

    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by cproaudio
    It's very possible to get the PC down to drawing only 2 amps
    Yes, I know, tis very true. The proof is in my car. I'm happy to demonstrate.


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    To answer the question, I have had mine running for about 2 years, and other than the windoze occasional problems, it works fine.

    Probably win2k would be more solid than the 98lite I have, but it needs to run lean.

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