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Thread: Powering a M4 ATX with CD player wire harness?

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    Help yourself and read this:
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    It will help you not have a fire, additionally you will get a better result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knownchild View Post
    well about that i already have a cord running through the firewall that bestbuy installed for my remote start, i added some cord from there cord to my carputer but the fuse at the battery melted and did not blow so it kind of freaked me out.
    Whoa, dude. You're lucky you didn't catch your car on fire. You can't just splice into an existing line without doing some calculations. Please take Truckin's advice and educate yourself on how a car's electrical system works.

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    thank you
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    It's amazing how there are always folks who think they know better than the collective wisdom of the forums.

    Usually what happens in these cases is one of three things:

    1. Mostly, they fail, and managed to blow up their car/catch it on fire/have the PC speakers fly through the air and hit them/etc...

    2. Less often, everything works, albeit poorly. McGyverisms occasionally work.

    3. Very, very, very rarely, they stumble on a better way of doing things.

    But hey, if you are going to disregard the collective wisdom of the forum, I have to ask, why bother asking in the first place?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    Do yourself a favor and run a power line back to the battery for your power. Put a fuse on it close to the battery.

    It's time this gets added to this thread:

    Hate to be that guy in the car...

    Reminder: Put an in line fuse on the power from the battery close to the battery!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by knownchild View Post
    Way to draw a picture lol
    Not my artwork, although I doubt I could do any better.
    It's a fitting piece that illustrates the hazards of using stock wiring for devices that draw far more than the wiring can handle.

    But its not a cig lighter power source. (could be same difference i guess)
    I do however power my screen with the cig lighter.
    Pretty much the same.
    The screen is OK, because it's going to draw 1-1.5A, and the cig. lighter wiring can handle that load.

    Its just such a pain to get the wires through the firewall.
    It's a bigger pain when your interior bursts into flames because you tried to cheap out on the wiring.



    Quote Originally Posted by knownchild View Post
    well about that i already have a cord running through the firewall that bestbuy installed for my remote start, i added some cord from there cord to my carputer but the fuse at the battery melted and did not blow so it kind of freaked me out. I think they have a too high of amperage fuse at the battery.


    Consider yourself extremely fortunate.
    Yes, you had a fuse rated to high, but more importantly, you were using wire that isn't capable of handling the load you're putting on it.
    The high-rated fuse was useless in this situation.

    I agree w/ TruckinMP3. You need to do some reading and understand what you're doing. It sounds extreme, but your life really is at stake here.

    I could run another cord through but i just cant see where its popping out at.
    If it is that big a pain in the tuckus, then take your car to a car stereo shop and have them run the wire. They should be able to get it done in about 15 minutes.



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    Hate to be that guy in the car...
    The OP almost was the guy in the car!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    If it is that big a pain in the tuckus, then take your car to a car stereo shop and have them run the wire. They should be able to get it done in about 15 minutes.
    the bonus to this is that if the wiring were to fail, it would be their fault for not doing it correctly..

    i clicked on this thread getting ready to post 2k1toasters famous image.. to bad you beat me to it..

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    well thank you guys I've enjoyed laughing at myself
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    Ive got it all figured out now, I've compiled together some tools that were very helpful to me.

    I was surprised to learn how ignorant i am about electrical wiring LOL
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