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  1. sergatiuk, Regarding the Yellowstone temps,...

    sergatiuk,

    Regarding the Yellowstone temps, the data I saw showed average highs of 40.1 deg F or only 4C and lows averaging 17.8F (-8C) and that is just the average. It could be 0 F or even lower...
  2. There are way too many governmental jurisdictions...

    There are way too many governmental jurisdictions to make broad generalizations. Everything from no camping except in designated areas and limitations on firearms to camp just about anywhere you...
  3. Thread: Opus on the way

    by Alanh
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    Just an FYI... I have a mo-co-so case and I'm...

    Just an FYI...

    I have a mo-co-so case and I'm less than impressed with the quality of the power connector. The pins and sockets seem to be so loose in the connector shells that it takes quite a...
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    Not sure where you're putting this case or how...

    Not sure where you're putting this case or how you plan to finish it, but plywood is definitely better than MDF when it comes to moisture. Particle board, in my experience, even if it has...
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    Cripauto, You're not seriously considering...

    Cripauto,

    You're not seriously considering using your computer with sensors to turn car headlamps on and off completely while out on the road are you? If you're doing something else than what the...
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    If you're installing this with bolts that go...

    If you're installing this with bolts that go through a hole in the chassis, then a spacer, the Opus PCB, and then a nut and washer, your local hardware store probably has some spacers in metal or...
  7. If they're only 5Ah they obviously weren't...

    If they're only 5Ah they obviously weren't intended for starting a car; thus no CCA rating. You'd most likely have to get info from the manufacturer to see if they're suitable for starting use.
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    If you want to use the brick and need 100-240v...

    If you want to use the brick and need 100-240v in, its probably AC. In that case you need an inverter to convert 12vdc directly from the battery to AC to supply the brick, skipping the Carnetix. ...
  9. Well, my attempt at updating has been a giant...

    Well, my attempt at updating has been a giant leap backward.

    I think I got the drivers loaded correctly since my v3 Brain doesn't show up under libUSB anymore. Its listed in Device Manager as The...
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    If I leave my Toyota Taco for too long without...

    If I leave my Toyota Taco for too long without driving it, the battery will be discharged just from the stock equipment like the keyless entry that is on all the time. It will be more than a week...
  11. Thread: hdd endurance

    by Alanh
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    The mp3Car store has a Seagate EE25.2 hard drive....

    The mp3Car store has a Seagate EE25.2 hard drive. From the Seagate literature, they're designed for automotive environments with good shock and vib specs plus a wide temperature range. I'm not sure...
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    If you can find a PC with a serial port so you...

    If you can find a PC with a serial port so you don't have to deal with the USB-serial converter I'd try that first to eliminate any possible issues there.

    I have one of those units, but it's not...
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    I think that means they will make the board for 2...

    I think that means they will make the board for 2 years, not how long one will operate or how long the warranty is.
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    I hate to dish out bad news, but that supply is...

    I hate to dish out bad news, but that supply is going to have one big problem if you're planning to use it in your car. Unless you have a 24v electrical system, the input voltage is going to be too...
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    Construction quality would affect the ability of...

    Construction quality would affect the ability of the fuse block to keep the positive terminals away from the gound. You don't want something so cheap it could break and short out.

    Or it could get...
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    I agree with your assessment of the issues. The...

    I agree with your assessment of the issues. The shortened life probably won't be significant. I doubt the extra noise will be significant either, but that is pretty subjective so you might find you...
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    It works the other way around. It can tailor its...

    It works the other way around. It can tailor its operation to the location as noted, but you have to plug in an external GPS to provide the location information.
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    You'll want an isolator to make sure your extra...

    You'll want an isolator to make sure your extra battery doesn't try to supply current to the starter. With that it should work fine. I need to do the same thing for an amateur radio transceiver...
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    miak69, The power required to drive a vga...

    miak69,

    The power required to drive a vga output is minimal, so I'm having some trouble understanding how that one part of the computer would be affected by the inverter and nothing else. When...
  20. Thread: USB plug

    by Alanh
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    In the US, Mouser carries those. They're made by...

    In the US, Mouser carries those. They're made by Neutrik. I just got a couple for use in my car but haven't installed them yet so I can't report on how well they work. The quality looks decent...
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    A couple of things come to mind using a current...

    A couple of things come to mind using a current shunt.

    First, if you have 50mV full scale into a 5V ADC for example, you need to look at the number of bits the ADC has to see if you've got the...
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    Not sure what this is trying to say, but this is...

    Not sure what this is trying to say, but this is what I was saying....

    Assuming a SPST (single pole, single throw) switch:

    One terminal of each switch is +12V in and is connected to the source...
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    You should be able to daisy-chain the +12 supply...

    You should be able to daisy-chain the +12 supply lead across the switch terminals just like the ground lead.

    One of the terminals on the switches has to be the "output" wire to the lights. I...
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    Cable glands are a probably a few dollars each -...

    Cable glands are a probably a few dollars each - guessing 10x the cost of a grommet. I used them for some wiring in my Toyota Tacoma where the holes into the cab back near the bed would be subject...
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    To run heavy cables through holes in sheet metal,...

    To run heavy cables through holes in sheet metal, I like to use cable glands. They provide strain relief and clamp a rubber gasket around the wire to keep water out. They're more bulky than a...
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