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    First off just let me say how big of a newb I am. I have little experience in building a computer (that is why I will be buying a near complete set up), and just a little more experience in car audio. And before anyone says anything about searching, I have been lurking this board and searching for 6 months and I still have a few questions. Keep in mind I want a carputer to work well and dont want to kill myself setting it up. I have been debating buying either a laptop off of ebay or a prebuilt system from mp3car (ampie or aopen)

    Power--ie how hard is it to connect a carnetix 1900 to a laptop (or for that matter the aopen), and does it work somewhat seemlessly after hooking up. I am leaning towards buying a laptop because of the issues I have read about with the aopen and ampie.

    Sound-- Not that I am an audiophile, but just how bad are the regular sound cards that come with the aopen and ampie, or for that matter your run of the mill laptop. I am going to run it thru a fm modulater until I get more cash flow to run it thru an amp.

    Please dont flog me, I have done lots of searching and I am just a little nervous about plopping down a grand and not having this thing work.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Carnetix was made for primarily custom PC's that connect to a system boards ATX & power headers. Since you're using a laptop this stuff is all integrated and you don't have the flexibility to "automatically turn your laptop on with the ignition" because there's no power on headers or (Front panel headers).

    Your best bet is to buy a AC/DC power inverter with a regular wall plug and plug your laptop into that for power.


    Sound card from your laptop probably won't be what you're expecting given the nature of MOST line-outs on a lapper. Your best bet here, is to buy a USB sound card and connect it to the laptop.
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    I was under the impression that if you hacked open the case on a laptop and soldered the carnetix in to the power button that it would be able to turn it off and on like a regular startup and shut down controller. Carnetix has something on there website about this and I will have to check it out again, but if that is not possible maybe I need to go with the pre built systems to make it easier.

    Thanks for the reply

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    some people on this forum have done just that

    made a power on solution for laptops, just search for auto-on, you should be able to find it

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    Quote Originally Posted by BubbaDog
    I was under the impression that if you hacked open the case on a laptop and soldered the carnetix in to the power button that it would be able to turn it off and on like a regular startup and shut down controller. Carnetix has something on there website about this and I will have to check it out again, but if that is not possible maybe I need to go with the pre built systems to make it easier.

    Thanks for the reply
    Well it's your daisey if you want to crack open the laptop chasis and start soldering wires onto the power button's interface. I just thought, by reading your first post, you weren't experianced with working on PC hardware.

    Laptops are unpredictable animals when it comes to this stuff, some laptops are easy to hack others impossible it all depends on thier system design,.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IntellaWorks
    Well it's your daisey if you want to crack open the laptop chasis and start soldering wires onto the power button's interface. I just thought, by reading your first post, you weren't experianced with working on PC hardware.

    Laptops are unpredictable animals when it comes to this stuff, some laptops are easy to hack others impossible it all depends on thier system design,.


    I suggest getting a laptop that has a port replicator (docking station) that has a power button. (Most new laptops don't have this option anymore, BTW.) Then hack open the docking station and solder wires into the power button. Make sure you know what you're doing. In the case you screw up, though, at least your laptop is still OK.

    The good news is, that's probably the hardest part in a laptop installation.

    As an added bonus for using a laptop with a docking station, you can easily take your laptop in and out of the car to work on, perform updates, etc. in matters of seconds. Try and do that with a PC!!!
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