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    Unhappy powering my PC

    I have a converter that converts 12volt DC to 110volt AC, 350 watt - 600watt peak. and I was trying to hook a PC to it (using it for carputer.) the power supply on the PC says

    Model: ATX-250-12z REV.: D2.
    Input: 100-127V~6A , 200-240~3A 50/60Hz
    BST ATX-250-12Z D
    output: +12V === / 14A. -12V === /0.8A
    250W MAX. +5V === / 25A. +5VSB === / 2A PEAK 2.5A
    +3.3V === / 18A.
    +5V & + 3.3V 165W MAX. +5V & +12V 218W MAX


    the converter has a green light for power and a red light for overload and low battery. now... I got this from my friend from work. He said he used a 19" TV and an xbox on it with no problems. but when I go to plug in my PC (by itself plus I havent even pressed the power button...) the red light comes on. why??? any suggestions on what to do/buy??

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    It's called an inverter, for one.

    How do you have it wired up? Cigarette lighter port? If so, that's likely your problem there.

    I suggest checking out the FAQs for information on powering your PC.
    An inverter is not the ideal way to go.
    It will work, but there are far better solutions.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    I had it in the cigarette lighter port and thought that was the problem but it came with the hook-ups to hook it to the battery and it did the same thing.

    I heard the M2-ATX was a good one to use with this system......... is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluelceii View Post
    I had it in the cigarette lighter port and thought that was the problem but it came with the hook-ups to hook it to the battery and it did the same thing.

    I heard the M2-ATX was a good one to use with this system......... is it?
    What system? You have told us exactly nothing about the system. No specs for motherboard, processor, hard drive, memory, optical drive, usb devices, screen. Nothing. Zilch. Nada.
    And I'm still saving up for my crystal ball?
    Old Systems retired due to new car
    New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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    Hardware
    Base processor
    Sempron 3000+ 2.0 GHz:

    *
    333 MHz Front side bus
    *
    Socket A

    Chipset
    Via KM400A
    Motherboard

    *
    Manufacturer: Asus
    *
    Motherboard Name: A7V8X-LA
    *
    Compaq motherboard name: Kelut-GL6E

    Memory
    Component Attributes
    Memory Installed 256 MB (1 X 256)
    Maximum allowed 1.0 GB (2 X 512 MB) requires the replacement of the installed 256 MB DIMM
    Speed supported PC2700 MB/sec
    Type 184 pin, DDR SDRAM
    DIMM slots Two
    Open DIMM slots One
    Hard drive

    *
    40 GB
    *
    5400 rpm

    CD-RW/DVD combo drive
    48X/32X/48X/16X
    Type Attributes
    CD write 48X
    CD rewrite 32X
    CD read 48X
    DVD read 16X
    Modem
    PCI K56flex data/fax modem
    Video graphics
    Integrated with up to 64 MB allocated video memory
    Sound/audio

    * Controller: AC97 audio
    * Location: Integrated

    Network (LAN)
    Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluelceii View Post
    Hardware
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    Woa, major power drawback. 62watt, bro. Check this out for calculation of total power usage. http://carpc.kyferez.com/Products/al....php?topcat=12

    Anyway, go for M2ATX, I used inverter for few month back but now starting to give me a nightmare. It go beep beep beep after few minutes usage. Just got a M2ATX so this weekend can be sure of getting rid of that prob. But reading so many post suggesting it show a strong supporter of it.
    Don't hold your farts in! They travel up your spine, into your brain, and that's where you get crappy ideas from!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonloh0 View Post
    Woa, major power drawback. 62watt, bro. Check this out for calculation of total power usage. http://carpc.kyferez.com/Products/al....php?topcat=12

    Anyway, go for M2ATX, I used inverter for few month back but now starting to give me a nightmare. It go beep beep beep after few minutes usage. Just got a M2ATX so this weekend can be sure of getting rid of that prob. But reading so many post suggesting it show a strong supporter of it.
    yea... i only wanted to use the inverter just to get a feel for the whole "CarPC" thing just to see if I wanted to go any further with it... oh well... I guess i'll get the M2ATX for now, to get a feel and all, and then later start using the OPUS if I plan to upgrade

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    Yeah, I am with you on that. I try my carputer with inverter first and now fall in love with it. Can't live without it. That's my deciding point to get a M2ATX.
    Don't hold your farts in! They travel up your spine, into your brain, and that's where you get crappy ideas from!!!

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    glad to know someone know's how it is to do things a certain way "AT THE MOMENT" just to see how it goes. I posted in another forum and the guys were like "do it right the first time" and im like..... "im still in the testing stage...." anyways... thanks for the input!

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