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    micro atx

    Hi,

    I have taken on a project of building a car project for a friend. The only problem with this project is it is going to be done on a budget. I have a micro atx motherboard that we are planning on using an athlon xp with. He is planing to install a 3.5 hard drive, and a laptop dvd drive. That is about it. Mostly parts that we have laying around. My question is do you think that the pw70a or the pw200 that is for sale at mini-box.com will work. The reason that I want to use this combination is he wants the ability to take the computer inside in plug it into a power brick.
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    It you are doing it budget, then invertor and normal PC PSU will likely be a lot cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathranar
    It you are doing it budget, then invertor and normal PC PSU will likely be a lot cheaper.
    But do some research. Most people wo go the inverter route end up with a lot more than they bargained for (isolators, dual batteries, tank circuits, etc). Some people ended up spending around $500 for their inverter setups

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    I'm not sureI agree with 'most' but it's certainly a risk. Once you decide to start trying to survive the crank or hibernate after the car turns off, it gets a lot more complicated and expensive. But that's true of all the options to different degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    But do some research. Most people wo go the inverter route end up with a lot more than they bargained for (isolators, dual batteries, tank circuits, etc). Some people ended up spending around $500 for their inverter setups
    So true. I started with an ivertor and then moved on to complex shutdown circuits, etc. If you keep it simple use a decent inverter - there are a few on here which survive crank (i use a belkin 300W which survives in my little 1.6) and have an isolator switch.

    There are a few basic DIY setups for shutdown but basically all you need is a relay to turn on power to the inverter, hove you bios set to resume on state on power restore and then look for a simple shutdown circuit which simluates a power button press when you turn off the ignition, waits predetermined time and then shuts down the power by cutting power to the relay.

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    you guys scare me! every time i think i'm confident in my setup i read something else saying UH UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    My setup is a miniatx mobo with multiple usb devices

    i am going to use a carpc or dssc SDC, wired to an inverter... The SDC will control powering of a monitor, usb hub or 2, and amp.

    if i use a SDC, will i survive crank? will there be any issues no one has discussed with me about the SDC....

    remember, the most vocal people about those MAKE them, so i havent heard much negative

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    nsmoller,

    The SDC has nothing to do with surviving crank. To survive crank using an inverter, your inverter must be capable at operating at 7volts (most do not), or you need a large car battery which will not drop below 10volts when cranking, or an isolated 2nd car battery, or a small sealed lead acid battery with a tank circuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathranar
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    Quote Originally Posted by KyferEz
    nsmoller,

    The SDC has nothing to do with surviving crank. To survive crank using an inverter, your inverter must be capable at operating at 7volts (most do not), or you need a large car battery which will not drop below 10volts when cranking, or an isolated 2nd car battery, or a small sealed lead acid battery with a tank circuit.

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    wtf so if i have a shutdown controller with inverter and i put the key in and turn it the computer will turn on then possibly back off and ****?
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