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    NOOB needs help/advice

    I would search, but being new to building a computer in a car is so new to me, i dont know what to search for, so please bare with me.

    I just got the computer i am going to tear apart, and mount in my glovebox, not even sure what it is honestly, Pretty sure it is a P3, smallish hard drive, cdrw/dvd combo gonna go in it, Win 98 right now.

    I have built a few computers, but nothing to run off of 12v. I was gonna run a 400w inverter, and just plug it in, however, i am worried about boot times, improper shut-downs when i shut the car off, stuff like that. my buddy told me there is a way to have it run in sleep mode, so it draws minimal power, but yet is on and ready when you need it.

    Please keep in mind that i am poor, and prolly wouldnt be doing this if the computer wasnt given to me. so with that in mind, what do you guys reccomend i do, i dont want to buy all kinds of adapters, or special power supplies, if i dont have to. If i do have to, and they are cheap, that please, send me a link, or tell me what to look for.

    Also, my comp. has integrated video, and does not have composite (RCA) outputs, im running an alpine iva-c800 HU, and that is the only way i can hook it up, is there some sort of adapter to hook rca's up to vga, or svga? I know this last question is in the wrong forum, but like i said, im a NOOB, and dont know what to look for, or where to put it, so im trying to get most of the info i need now, all at once.

    thanks for any help guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilwillywilly View Post
    I have built a few computers, but nothing to run off of 12v. I was gonna run a 400w inverter, and just plug it in, however, i am worried about boot times, improper shut-downs when i shut the car off, stuff like that. my buddy told me there is a way to have it run in sleep mode, so it draws minimal power, but yet is on and ready when you need it.
    An inverter isn't going to have anything to do with boot times. Improper shut-downs could be an issue, depending on how you have the setup wired.

    Most of us prefer the all-inclusive DC-Dc power supply, as they include a startup/shutdown controller which can/will turn the PC on/off with the ignition key.

    And standby mode draws power. It could possibly drain your battery. Hibernation mode is a nice compromise.

    Please keep in mind that i am poor, and prolly wouldnt be doing this if the computer wasnt given to me.
    After a couple months in this hobby, you'll be even poorer.
    so with that in mind, what do you guys reccomend i do, i dont want to buy all kinds of adapters, or special power supplies, if i dont have to. If i do have to, and they are cheap, that please, send me a link, or tell me what to look for.
    Realistically, I would look into a DC-DC PSU. It's worth saving the money for it. There are quite a few benefits to using one.

    Also, I'd start reading threads about power in the FAQ Emporium.

    [/quote]Also, my comp. has integrated video, and does not have composite (RCA) outputs, im running an alpine iva-c800 HU, and that is the only way i can hook it up, is there some sort of adapter to hook rca's up to vga, or svga? I know this last question is in the wrong forum, but like i said, im a NOOB, and dont know what to look for, or where to put it, so im trying to get most of the info i need now, all at once.[/quote]
    You either want a video card that can output to RCA composite or s-video, or you want a scan converter.
    Be prepared for some disappointment, though. PC video wasn't made to be displayed on a comparatively low resolution TV. Your display is likely to appear blurry and text will be difficult to read.
    The ideal solution is a similar display with VGA input, but there again, you're looking at an substantial expediture. Small LCD panels with VGA input arent' typically cheap.

    Welcome to the madness and be prepared for the heavy loads on your checkbook.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    actually, I would start in the FAQ link that's in the nav bar at the top.

    I've just finished writing those 4 articles there and will be adding more over the next few days.

    Here - I'll make it easy on you: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php
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