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    inverter - wat shud i tell the mechanic?

    Background:
    I hav 1 cd player with no aux in jack, 6 piece speakers in my car. I have made an appoinment with mechanic about installing a pre-amp and power amp so that i can connect the Laptop and Pocket PC to the car audio system.

    I also bought a power inverter from a computer shop which allow me to supply power for my laptop. The power inverter in the kind that plug into the car cigarette jack.

    Question:
    1. How reliable is a power inverter? How to prevent power surge for damaging my laptop?

    2. i read somewhere that we can ask the mechanic to connect a direct line from battery to power inverter to reduce the risk of power surge. Can it be done? Waht should i tell the mechanic?

    3. so far any case or example of create a laptop mount on the dash board? (even if it's at the side passenger seat)

    edit: new added question-
    4. how can the carputer gone thru Summer extreme heat and Winter extreme cold?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ky_khor
    Background:
    I hav 1 cd player with no aux in jack, 6 piece speakers in my car. I have made an appoinment with mechanic about installing a pre-amp and power amp so that i can connect the Laptop and Pocket PC to the car audio system.

    I also bought a power inverter from a computer shop which allow me to supply power for my laptop. The power inverter in the kind that plug into the car cigarette jack.

    Question:
    1. How reliable is a power inverter? How to prevent power surge for damaging my laptop?
    Inverters vary in quality.
    Really, though. why an inverter for the laptop? Why not get a car adapter for the laptop instead? It will be more efficient than the inverter.

    2. i read somewhere that we can ask the mechanic to connect a direct line from battery to power inverter to reduce the risk of power surge. Can it be done? Waht should i tell the mechanic?
    Tell him to wire the inverter directly to the battery with an inline fuse.

    3. so far any case or example of create a laptop mount on the dash board? (even if it's at the side passenger seat)
    I think it's been done. Check the Show Off Your Project forum.

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    4. how can the carputer gone thru Summer extreme heat and Winter extreme cold?
    Heat should be less of an issue with a laptop, but it's something to consider.
    Extreme cold can prevent the hard drive from spinning up, which means you're not booting until it warms up a bit.

    Where do you live that it gets extremely hot AND extremely cold? Most locations typically get one or the other but not both....
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    Where do you live that it gets extremely hot AND extremely cold? Most locations typically get one or the other but not both....
    dunno where he lives Darque, but try Calgary, AB... yes Canada :P fuggin cold in winter, and yes can get quite hot in summer, maybe not all the way to texas or phoenix hot though, and try coldness, Montreal, Que. heheh ice storm every year week long. ****ty place

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    not cold issue on my place. but it's hot throughout the year.

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