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    Power for situation

    Hi all, I'm new.

    I've tried searching for an answer but I am not up to spead on the lingo. I think this is pretty simple but I just can't find information about all of the products you talk about and what they for.

    If you could dumb this down for me I would appreciate it much.

    I have an alpine deck with aux rca inputs. It is a multi-amp system with sub and upgraded speakers. (sounds killer)

    I have a (Nobilis) Notebook pc. I don't understand, the docks and remote switches. All I want to do is place the laptop on my center council and hook the audio up to my deck and provide it with a power.

    I plug it in to a power inverter (400watt $35.00) I get a buzz through my system. This is plugged in to the cig adapt. I tried hard wiring it to the D-blocks for my amps and no change.

    Would a true sine wave inverter take care of the buzz?

    I can run it off the battery with no buzz but that doesn't last very long. I only put my laptop in the truck for long trips, most of my trips are short.

    Is this a dumb way to do it? Is that why it appears that everyone is docking them in there trunk. This is my only computer so it can't be fixed in the vehicle.

    I mostly want this for watching movies, music, and maybe GPS.

    Do these touch screens I've read about give you full access to a docked laptop?

    Can you at least point me in the right direction if you think I haven't done my research

    Thanks,

    Paulie G

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    I scanned your reading and let me say first just as far as the audio goes your laptop should have an audio out jack most likely 1/8 jack so you get an adapter from radio shack that would go from 1/8 to rca plug into your radio and your done. As far as your power get car power supply made for your laptop. Going from dc to ac back to dc is not a very good way to go. your can get an adapter that plugs into your laptop straight to your laptop should get rid of the buzzing.

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    You need to dock it if you want to hack it up so you can auto start. It also makes hooking up all the wires and stuff much easier.

    The buzzing is caused by a ground loop.

    Check out the FAQ Emporium and look at the power supply and laptop vs. desktop thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte
    You need to dock it if you want to hack it up so you can auto start. It also makes hooking up all the wires and stuff much easier.

    The buzzing is caused by a ground loop.

    Check out the FAQ Emporium and look at the power supply and laptop vs. desktop thread.
    Thanks for the direction, this is what I'm looking for

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    Since my last reply, all I've been doing is reading. This is just to much to take in for a new guy. I realy just want some help for a situation that would be fairly easy for most of you. I'm not going to install a pc in my truck any time soon. What I do want is to hook up my laptop. I will explain my situation below and if you can at least give me some do's and don'ts or specific products to look at, it would be greatly appreciated.

    My laptop is a equus computer system (Nobilis) Pentium 4 HT CPU 3GHz 1GB ram running xp service pack 2 80g hard drive and 15 in screen

    I want to play dvds, music, gps, hook up various game stations. The audio hooks into my Head Unit and plays through my system. Works good when I play of the Laptop battery. When I have to hook it up to my cheap, not pure sine wave inverter, I get a bad buzz. And the battery doesn't last long

    It would be nice if you guys could help me out with a power supply solution. keep in mind, I don't want to get into docking or hacking anything up. I don't put it in my truck very often, I mostly drive localy. I just want to set it on a platform (my counsil) and power it on and off manualy. It's ok if cords are hanging around. If it works out I would like to use the power supply for a future install, only if it's practical. If there is a good DCDC converter for the cig outlet, that would be great.

    Most important, I will spend the money to get a power supply that will not put my Laptop at risk. Power supply reads: input 100-240V~, 50-60Hz 2.5A Output 20V 8A

    thanks in advance

    (Most of what I read doesn't go into great detail about this topic, or at least in terms I understand. I will take the time to learn before I atempt a full install. I had know idea people were doing these types of installs! This stuff kicks ***!!)

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    Instead of an inverter, get a DC-DC power supply for your laptop that plugs into the cigarette lighter.

    That ought to do it.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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