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    Lightbulb DC-DC Power supply for in-car XBOX solution

    Hi all

    I have spent many hours reading on this forum (and others) to try find the best way to run my XBOX 1.0 in my car. I have the video/audio working properly (factory lcd screen/stereo running off the cars battery).

    So all thats left is to power the XBOX off 12V DC.

    After reading a lot of ways that people do it, I've come to the conclusion that this is the best way:

    1) Use the M2-ATX 160W DC-DC PSU - http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetails.asp...uctCode=PWR-015
    - ATX, 6-24V wide input range
    - Survives vehicle engine cranks
    - 15A automotive fuse (mini-blade)


    OR use the OPUS 180W DC-DC ATX/BTX - http://www.opussolutions.com/index.php?p=product&id=56
    - Built in auto shutdown
    - Delayed shutdown timer
    - Wide input voltage range
    - Does not Re-boot PC during engine restart/cranking
    - Start-up and shut-down voltage selection
    - Automatic shutdown at low battery voltage to protect battery
    +5 V: 10A max, 13A pk
    +3.3V: 10A max, 13A pk
    5 V SB: 1.6 A max, 2.5 A pk
    -12 V: 0.5 A max, 0.6 A pk
    +12 V: 8A max, 12A pk



    Either of these two power suplies will give me the 12V DC and 5V DC which is required by the XBOX.

    2) Also the XBOX requires 3.3VSB (standby voltage) to operate. There is a converter available which will convert the above power supplys 5VSB to 3.3VSB - http://diy.sickmods.net/Tutorials/Xbox1/Po...Supply_Pinouts/



    Id really like it for you guys to provide some positive/negative feedback on this and let me know if im on the right track or not.

    Thank you very much

    Michael.

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    Do you do a lot of gaming while driving? I don't see the purpose of an Xbox in the car as it's hard to have 2 hands on the controller and on the wheel at the same time. Unless you plan to integrate the buttons from the controller into the steering wheel... hmm... but then there's still the "eyes on the road" issue.

    Regardless, the hardware seems like it would check out. Make sure you check the wattage drawn by the Xbox. I remember it being pretty high compared to a PC.

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    If you have a modded xbox then it makes a great media center. Can't do as much as a pc, but if you are looking for a cheap solution it can't be beat.

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    The modded xbox is an excellent in car solution. Xbox Media Centre launches upon turning on the unit, and with a 320 gig hdd inside it is jam packed with games, mp3's, music videos and movies (some raunch stuff too just for the hell of it). During driving the passengers can do whatever they want with it. The main purpose of the xbox is the mp3/music video functionality. Once a playlist is loaded is only a matter of pressing one button on the controller or remote and it skips songs. The factory volume buttons on the steering wheel control the stereos volume so its not distracting at all.

    What I really want to know however, is if my 12V power solution will work or not

    Cheers

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    So any suggestions people?

    I really need to get started on ordering these parts from the States as it will take a good few weeks maybe for items to be shipped over to Australia.

    Thanks.

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    Hey XF_Falcon. I have a modded Xbox and God knows it is the most advanced Media Center (hardware+software wise) of any kind on the planet IMO. Not even d Altech Mediagate/Mvix MV series/Vantec Avox come close. But do you really need it? No. Just the size alone is a turn off. I was going to do it too, but changed my mind. You can try those I mentioned above if what you're looking for is a hardware to play mvidz, n mp3s.

    I mean, its all ur choice. Heres something on the 12v xbox you'll love btw if you havent stumbled on it:
    http://www.llamma.com/xbox/Mods/12V%20Mini%20Xbox.htm

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    I just used a M1-ATX (90 watts)...but I had to use one of those Apache converters because of the 3.3V standby...same as the sickmods...so yes, it will work



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    SWEET skin bro. Do you use the xbox remote control or it works with your screen, supposing it is touch screen capable?

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    gokee2 the xbox fits nicely inside the actual spare wheel which can still fit in the spare tyre well and is covered by the factory boot carpet in my car, so its not even visible (so size isnt an issue in this case) cheers tho.

    Tranman thanks for the response. Its good to hear that someones used an almost identical setup and its worked successfully for them. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations about the way I'll be doing it?

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    Hi, I bought an Opus 150w PSU from a person on ebay who was using it to power his xbox up.....just a few days ago infact. If you having trouble, I can give the guy a call and ask him if he'll sell me that cable/converter you need, as he is looking to sell that too.

    Be aware however, you do need soldering skills to attach the PSU to the XBOX!!

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