I really don't care about wasting power when the car is running. I had in mind the opus supply for when the car was off, like watching a movie or something when camping. I use the dc-ac inverters for laptops and they are very noisy (sound noise)! I can't stand the high-pitch hum.
I think I just convinced my self to just got with an inverter.
What os do you guys use?
I want it to boot as fast as possible. I think I will uninstall everything to nessessary and take almost everyting outa the boot up.
I had windows 2000 on my m10000 and I changed it to XP; it turned out to be faster. Make sure your have enough system memory if you're going to use XP. After you shutdown any unnecessary programs and close off any unused IDE channels it should boot fairly quick.
My old computer is a 1 ghz, 256 ram ect....itshould be fine with xp.
Try using Hibernation if your motherboard supports it. I was able to my carpc up in less than 10 sec.
Originally posted by eld101
....can I just use a power inverter using a relay to just cut the power to the inverter or will I need to use a shutdown module like many people are talking about. If I were to use an inverter and a shutdown module will the module cut the power to the computer or the computer and inverter?
Thanks a lot for the help.....Eric
I'm using a serial Irawith Girder to use with the ACPI shutdown/poweroff function, plus resume on power in the Mobo Bios to control PC power up/down.
I've fitted a relay to the live input of the inverter.
The relay is triggered by the arial/amp remote line from the headunit (I'm using an FM modulator), but equally you could use the ignition ACC connection, or an ignition fed line from the fuse box). the headunit is permanent hot rather than ignition switched, so I can run without the engine running (for very short time)
That way, When I switch on the headunit, the inverter powers up, the Mobo detects the power, and starts up.
Then when I power down PC using the remote (going to have a backup PC power button incase something hangs up), all I do is switch off the headunit after wards (the car has an oil only cooled turbo, so I need to leave it running to idle down after a run anyway).
I've tested that the relay won't cause the inverter go into low voltage reset (and cause the need to switch the socket off and then on again) with my Cell phone and charger as a test load.
With HU off, Cell phone is using battery, with the HU on, the phone starts charging immediatly. Tried several power on offs for the HU, and no problems.