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    Threads merged as they are the same topic and OP. Don't double post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Right, skip the brick. The Carnetix IS the brick. Connect the + from the Carnetix to the + of the laptop cable. This is the part that comes AFTER the brick and plugs into the laptop. Connect the grnd, or minus, from the Carnetix to the ground of the laptop cable.
    It's just like our Mac Mini's, the only tricky part is the auto turn on and there are tutorials on how to do it on a laptop.

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    Sorry Bug, I didn't mean to cross post like that, but I felt this title would get a better/more responses.

    Also, thanks a lot for the response. As I suspected I can just skip the brick completely and use the cable straight from the laptop. Google combinations like "Carnetix to laptop" and visa versa and you'll see what i mean about not being able to find a clear photo/description of what to do.

    My Carnetix is providing ample power as tested via the multimeter, so I'll try this out when I get home.

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    http://www.carnetix.com/installation...anual_V1_2.pdf Look at page 14 in the manual. Connect the red to the + on the plug and the black to the grnd on the plug.

    Note there are duplicate red and blacks. You can safely combine both wires together, then solder them to the laptop cable. Get some heat shrink tubing from Radio Shack and slip it over the wire before connecting the for a nice, professional look.

    Here's a nice guide on how to splice wires.

    If it is a barrel-type connector for the laptop, the outside is USUALLY for ground.

    Edit - changed title of thread for OP.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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    It worked great! Thanks guys!

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    Would I need to follow this thread's idea to be able to power a standard mini-ATX Shuttle PC? I normally use an Invertor to power my Car PC's for the past 5 years or so, but now I have a 4-door Civic, and an Invertor may not be logical since I'd have to put it in the trunk or something out of reach...

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    You will not be able to power an ATX mobo with this PSU.

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    You need something beefier than the 2140. Use one of the online power calculators to decide the right size PSU.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
    Want to:
    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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