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Thread: Trouble with powering my dell optiplex

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    Unhappy Trouble with powering my dell optiplex

    Hey all.. Bear with me, I'm a complete newb when it comes to in car computers.

    I got a Dell Optiplex and started it up in my house. It works fine. I set it up in my car and I can't get it to boot up. It just beeps like it is trying, but not getting enough power.

    I plug it into an extension cord and it works fine so I know it's not the computer.

    I got a 2 plug accessory adapter that I spliced into my radio power. I got a 75w inverter and plug it in. The monitor works fine, but the pc does not seem to have enough power to boot up.

    Is there something I can get that will increas the power that comes out of the adapter so I can make this thing work? If I wire the adapter direct to the battery will this help?

    I've searched on the subject for a few hours and I can't fine anything that helps so I'm hoping that one of you masters of technology can help me out.

    Thanks in advance,
    Sean

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    I got a Dell Optiplex and started it up in my house. It works fine. I set it up in my car and I can't get it to boot up. It just beeps like it is trying, but not getting enough power.

    that pretty much answered your own question.
    http://www.donrowe.com/inverters/inv...aq.html#hookup
    this site will help to figure out what you need.

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    Thanks a bunch. I figured that was the case. So I'm getting that I need to get a 700w inverter and wire it direct from my battery.

    This should fix my issue? How will my alternator handle it? It's either an 80 or 90A alternator.

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    might want to also consider doing it the right way & getting a real dc-dc power supply, also most have built in startup/shutdown controllers too, so much better than a inverter install for so many reasons...

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