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    yea.. sorry.. forgot about the 5V+ .. standby...


    Still, how long do you think the thing could be hooked on a car battery before the battery's dead? .. .

    probably for a long, long time.


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    Jeff,
    Could we use your shutdown controller with the Opus as a in-line shutdown on the 5v line? Say you don't use your car for a 24 hour period, could you then shut it off at the 5v to preven further drain? What other problems might that cause? The computer would have to just do a reboot once turned on, correct? I've read a bit about your controller but I don't remember the time limits...Could that be possible?

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    Originally posted by t0ffluss
    yea.. sorry.. forgot about the 5V+ .. standby...

    probably for a long, long time.


    Richard
    Well every computer is different. For me, just having the computer hooked up and not in hibernation, my crappy battery only lasts a weekend. If I go 4 days without using my car, it will kill my battery. But if you have that fancy new SUV with a 100 amp alternator hooked up to a nice beefy battery, who knows..


    Yes you could use the shutdown controller with the OPUS and either not use the feature of the OPUS or just rely on my shutdown to kill the power (+5vsb) some time after the opus has turned off the computer
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    Jeff,
    That sounds like a good idea, and probably a decent solution for the battery draining problem I could see with the Opus. Like you, I don't drive the car with the carputer every day. Also, Jeff - I was reading on your site about the adjustability of the time length to shut down. Is 9 minutes the max time length? I still have to determine the load my computer would place on the power supply to determine if the Opus is enough...it probably is, but I have to check.

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    5V standby killing batteries

    If the 5V standby is a problem, can you just cut the 5VSB wire from the Opus to the motherboard and connect the motherboard side it to the regular 5V line?

    That way you're powering it when the unit's on, but there's no draw when the unit's off.


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    Re: 5V standby killing batteries

    Originally posted by gomiboy
    If the 5V standby is a problem, can you just cut the 5VSB wire from the Opus to the motherboard and connect the motherboard side it to the regular 5V line?

    That way you're powering it when the unit's on, but there's no draw when the unit's off.


    Chris
    Yaa but you might confuse the motherboard. It uses the +5vsb to power the system that tells the other rails to come on. It is the chicken and the egg problem. Basically, the computer might not know how to turn off properly because the power will always be there before and after you hit the bootup switch.
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