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    Low Bitrate TheKurbster's Avatar
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    Question Confused, Please help.

    Hello, I'm really confused here guys bout what power supply to use for my pc in the car. I have a miniQ box witha 650DF mini ATX MB on it. All this about shutdown relays, switches, Etc.. are confusing the H#LL out of me.
    Can't i just buy a 150 Watt SFX DC-DC Vehicle Power Supply for ATX http://www.opussolutions.com/ and replace my original power supply, and this will eliminate the switches and all that ???

    If anyone could help me or guide me through the steps on what and how to hook it up i would really, really appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

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    You could, but you would need to turn your computer on by hand when you start the car, and shut it down when you turn your car off. Shutdown relays just allow this to happen automatically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffy2097
    You could, but you would need to turn your computer on by hand when you start the car, and shut it down when you turn your car off. Shutdown relays just allow this to happen automatically.
    According to this power supply you hook it up to your igintion wire and it will shut down/turn on. this is what it says...


    OPUS Solutions SFX DC-DC smart power supply is designed specifically for ATX motherboards to be used in an automotive environment. This product brings a new dimension to your PCs mobility. Just get in your vehicle and start the engine; your PC is ready to go. When you switch off the ignition the PC can go into shut down, standby or hibernate modes automatically, no switch to
    fiddle or fuss!

    The SFX DC-DC Power supply has a micro-controller that controls and monitors various functions of the power supply operation. It monitors automobile battery voltage to protect against deep discharge. The ignition lead is monitored to start the PC when the ignition is turned on and to implement a safe shutdown procedure. It controls and monitors motherboard signals to provide smooth power-up and power down sequences. In addition, it also responds to shut down, stand-by and hibernate modes.
    The power supply can be programmed to shut down the PC after a delay of up to one hour.

    The power supply outputs are monitored to assure proper PC operation. A green LED indicator in the power supply continually indicates the power system status and health. It is also used for troubleshooting. There are features that are built-in for trouble-free and safe PC operation. The input power is protected against transients, load dumps and double battery during jumpstarts. The PC does not reboot during engine start or cranking. It also uses state-of-the-art technologies and the most advanced techniques to maximize efficiency, performance and reliability. Simply put, there is no other PC power supply like it.

    So will i still need a relay??
    Thank you so much for repling by the way.

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    You should be all set with an opus. But I don't know much about them because I don't use one. I'm sure someone else will know.
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    yes, with the opus you can either have your comp be automatically started up with ignition or switch or whatever else you want. Get an opus and youll be set
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheKurbster
    this is what it
    So will i still need a relay??
    Thank you so much for repling by the way.
    nope. Your welcome
    92 Taurus SHO - Daily driver - Epia M10000 80GB 512mb 7" touchscreen, Opus PSU etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitar333
    nope. Your welcome

    THANK YOU, hopefully i'll be starting to put my system together next week. Thank you all.

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    I thought you were calling me for help....

    Glad to see the rest have answered all your questions


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