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    So what exactly happens??

    say I have an opus 90w. I start up the car, does the carputer start right up without havign to turn it on or anything? does the screen also turn on (Lilliput)? what about with a regular power supply and an itps thing? Then how long does it take for the carputer to boot up with say an m10000 256mb ram, cdr/dvd, 40gb hd? and then when you turn the car off and take the key out does the carputer automatically turn itself off as well as the screen? wouldnt continually turning on and powering off the computer cause a lot of wear on it, especially during just short 5 minute trips where you're in and out of the car??

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    I have the Opus 150W PSU and it powers the CPU up after I turn the key, as far as I know this is the way it operates and. Aside from adding a switch ourside the PSU, there is no way to change this. As for power down, there is a jumper on the PSU (you need to open it up) and it has 3 settings (I think they are 30sec, 20m or 40m) which determines the time after the key is removed that the PSU will shut the system down. This should all be in the manual.

    As for the Lilliput powering on, it does not power on by default when it gets juice normally (though I have read that some newer ones will do that, but does not seem to be the case for mine). In order to get the Lilliput to auto power on when power is applied you will need to break out the soldering iron. There is a mod in this forum, just do a search for Lilliput auto power" or something like that.

    Regarding how long to boot, that is dependent on your setup and too many other things to list - you just need to tweak it. There have been threads here showing how to disable services (also check www.blackviper.com) - you can also go as far as changing the shell to speed up the boot time.

    Wear and tear wise, I am not sure, but I doubt it will have a great effect considering the other wear and tear issues with a carputer (heat, vibration, humidity).

    Good luck, looks like you have the start of a nice system.

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    The opus will automatically turn on your pc when the ignition line is triggered(you turn the key). The lilliput will not turn on by itself, you either need to 1. press the on button 2. do coyote's auto-on modification -search- or 3. short circuit the powerbutton on the lilliput ( I chose this method, and so far have not had any problems)

    As far as startup times go... I always resume from hibernation which only takes about 10-20 seconds.

    With the opus you can set the carputer to turn off immediatley/10minutes/20minutes after turning your car off by changing a pin connector (all in your opus manual). I have my lilliput powered by a molex hardrive connector comming from the opus. So when the computer turns off, the lilliput loses power(turns off) too.

    My opus is set to a 10 minute turn off, so quick stops are never a problem.


    edit: and just when i was starting to feel good about giving back my newbie freebie, thanks supermike... thanks
    mobo $130 ; 150wOpus-$200 ; 256mb pc2700 -$10 ; 120gb HDD 7200-$70 ; Lilliput TS 7"-$265 ; USB LAN-Free AR ; Rikaline 6010 GPS-$34 ; ShuttleXpress-$37
    Total = $746....Carputer = Priceless

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    Thanks for that info Cadence, I was not 100% sure on the shutdown times (I am using the shortest which I believe is 30sec). I also forgot about shorting the power switch which is much less risky vs. Coyote's mod, but not as elegant. I like the fact that I can turn off the screen with the remote though - comes in handy when I don't want to see the screen or wanna save power when stopped. Right now my system won't boot due to a corrupt system file and I have been too lazy to fix it yet, so I just turn off the screen for now.

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