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    Question In car and in house?...

    Ok, I've searched and I thought I found my answer but now I'm just confused. I'm most likely buying a M10000 and a case to go with it. The case will come with a 90W power supply for AC which is fine for a house. The thing is I want to use this case in my car also so I'm thinking a OPUS...although from what I understand I'd have to scrap the 90w that came with the case. I was looking at the CarNetix DC-DC that's coming out and it looks as though it's an external PSU? Basically what I'm trying to figure out here is...can I buy this case and use it in my house but wire up my car in a way that I can just disconnect a connector when I want to bring the unit into the house? I could probably figure this out a lot easier if I understood how most of the PSU's wire-up. As far as I know, the OPUS is internal and needs to be soldered into the car somewhere (which doesn't help me out). The Carnetix looks to be external so it can stay in the car while I bring the case into the house? Make any sense?...lol Well any help would be great Thanks, -Joe

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    I think Carnetix will do it. Read this thread.

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    I've got the carnetix powering through the dc in on my case. I have the ACPI hooked up to the mobo so that it powers up on the ingition key. If I take it into the house (rarely) I just take off the ACPI lead from the Carnetix and put the power switch connector back on.

    Edit: Forgot to say that I have the Morex dc/dc regulated power supply inside the case too.
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    daem0n,
    The Carnetix looks to be external so it can stay in the car while I bring the case into the house? Make any sense?...
    Absolutely correct! Leave your AC adapter in the house, leave your CarNetix in the car. The case connector will depend upon which case you buy. Some come with a round DC barrel connector, others come with non-standard DIN-type connector. We sell both. Which case are you considering?
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    Bugbyte - yeah I read that thread...the CarNetix definitely is my choice for power supplies although I still don't really understand if it's just wired to the car and then there's like a DC connector to fit the back of a case or something?

    rustyboxx - thanks for the info - what do you mean that you just put the power switch connector back on? Is it part of the case? (sorry, not familiar with all the different connections)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeH
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    Absolutely correct! Leave your AC adapter in the house, leave your CarNetix in the car. The case connector will depend upon which case you buy. Some come with a round DC barrel connector, others come with non-standard DIN-type connector. We sell both. Which case are you considering?
    Ah that's great news! The case I'm looking at is the Casetronic C138. It looks to have a barrel power connection if I'm not mistaken. On the CarNetix website it says the 90W version isn't out yet but mp3store is selling it? Is the webpage out of date? And one last thing - to specify which power connection you get with purchase, would resellers have these accessories or is it just direct? Thanks a lot, -Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by daem0n
    Bugbyte - yeah I read that thread...the CarNetix definitely is my choice for power supplies although I still don't really understand if it's just wired to the car and then there's like a DC connector to fit the back of a case or something?

    rustyboxx - thanks for the info - what do you mean that you just put the power switch connector back on? Is it part of the case? (sorry, not familiar with all the different connections)
    Sorry, probably didn't expalin it very well. In order to get the Carnetix to power up the pc from the ignition key you have to connect a cable from the Carnetix to the pins on the mobo that the case's power switch normally connects to. The Carnetix sends a pulse to the mobo to fire up the pc and you don't have to press the power switch on the case. When I take it out of the car to use inside I just disconnect the Carnetix lead from the mobo and put the power switch lead back on the pins on the mobo.

    Check out the manuals here for a better explanation.
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    daem0n,

    Careful. The C138 needs a +19V input, which means you'll need the P1900 to power it. MP3Car store will have these next week. They are currently selling the P1280, which is a +12V output device. This won't work with your C138. Check out our compatibility matrix to see the differences.

    I believe our standard case power cable will fit your rear panel barrel connector. Here's a picture of the C138 reary panel. The power connector is the round silver connector on the right side of the case. MP3Car sells the case power cable kit which has this cable in it.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.
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