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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i agree-- i always like to tell people to run much larger wires than what they need, and then just fuse it to the load--if you upgrade like me, you will be saving a huge amount of time not haveing to constantly re-run wire.

    the biggest reason for fusing power cables is to prevent defective parts from blowing up(too bad), and to prevent the cable from starting a fire in the event that it gets partially severed in a accident.

    in a perfect world, where you never got in an accident, and never had parts go bad, then you do away completely with the fuse..

    Some people take this kind of stuff a little to granted. Their was a thread in which the user wanted to know how to basically mod his inverter with a remote switch and plugs but had no clue about the basic principals of electricity and people were offer their help. I kept thinking that somewhere on some news network this guy is going to on a segment as a victim of electrical fire or the likes. I almost wanted to send him a disclaimer before I offered any advice.

    Yes fusing your setup at critical locations like the battery and inverter along with proper connections and clean work is a must.

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    Here is a screen shot of the front end I am working on for my setup. As you know my system hardware is not modern by no means. It consist of a Pentium 2 400Mhz/WinXP/640MB of RAM. My point, I have been designing a front end to work efficiently with this setup. It is a blend of Visual Basic 6 and C#. It is not very mature yet. It uses VLC as it's media engine. VLC is GREAT for a lot of reasons. Though at times VLC and Visual Basic 6 do not get along all the time in the end you really come out with something solid. I have added WiFi scanning, audio/video playback, GPS support and some misc items so far. I am still refining it day to day. Take a look hope you like!
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    Star 3 UI Modified

    Just an updated screen shot of the Star 3 front end I am working on...
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    What language is that?
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

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    Good ole'Visual Basic 6. Though I did have to use C# to access the native Windows WiFi API's.

    I could of accessed the native Windows WiFi APIs purely through VB6 but it was a matter of compatibility and Microsoft did not create the native Windows WiFi API's to be 100% compatible with VB.NET and or VB6.

    It uses VLC Active X control for it's video and audio capabilities. VLC does wonders on an older system like mine, it frankly outperforms all of it's brethren hands down. Though it does have a few quarks about it.

    I also added GPS logging to it. That was not a very hard feat. With most GPS devices, they use a virtual and our physical serial port and output plain text NMEA data. It was just a matter capturing the data and determining what was what and their you go, all the navigation info you need.

    I created the graphics using a very old pieces of software: Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9. You can make a VB6 application look great with a good image editing suite.

    What I am aiming for is a front end that can display as much data relative to your driving experience and be quickly accessed. An example would be the somewhat oversized buttons. The reason they are oversized is to allow the mouse pointer to make contact with the button quicker and stay their when the vehicle is in use. You have a better chance aiming and throwing a rock at a barn than you do at a shed from a distance. Though in this case distance is vibration and limted attention to the interface.

    I am always open to suggestions. Personally I just do not like the offerings of Centrafuse and or Road Runner. I think they are over complicating the simplicity of a computer setup in a vehicle.

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    An update to the Star 3 mobile interface...

    I have added the ability for the interface to post dynamic data into the Windows registry...

    Track attributes like length and position...
    Volume level information...
    Playback state...
    Playback looping state...
    GPS data...
    Run-time error information...
    Application state...
    Misc items of interest...

    The thought was to allow other software work with the interface more intimately. An exmaple of this is I upgraded the WiFi helper to watch this dynamic data for the GPS longitude and latitude and include it in it's detection result. The WiFi helper is a separate executable which is embedded into the main interface via the use of the Windows API...

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    can you make a schematic of how you did the power inverter an pc psu....because I am having the same problem

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    WOW, I havent been on here in a while. I wanted to have a look at the Star 3 front end your working on, but the pictures do not work. Do you think you can up load them to the MP3car photo storage?

    Also ryan518w, if you can avoid it, I would go with a PSU instead. Inverters can be very dangerous for PC equipment unless its a sine wave inverter, which all seem to be very pricey. I know when I used inverters in my install USB hubs and equipment kept breaking. Finally when I put all the stuff on a OPUS PSU, all the issues went away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX1Cruizer View Post
    WOW, I havent been on here in a while. I wanted to have a look at the Star 3 front end your working on, but the pictures do not work. Do you think you can up load them to the MP3car photo storage?

    Also ryan518w, if you can avoid it, I would go with a PSU instead. Inverters can be very dangerous for PC equipment unless its a sine wave inverter, which all seem to be very pricey. I know when I used inverters in my install USB hubs and equipment kept breaking. Finally when I put all the stuff on a OPUS PSU, all the issues went away.
    Yea I was looking at a mini itx psu because my inverter that i use has low voltage shut-off protection witch engages when i turn my subwoofers up so I am just going to go with the mini itx psu 120 watts power output...the computer is a p3 cpu, on a asus board and 3.5 inch 18 gig hdd (about to put my old 160 gig 2.5 inch laptop drive in it when i get the converter) and a 3.5 inch dvd rom player for dvds and cds hopefully 120 watts would be enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan518w View Post
    Yea I was looking at a mini itx psu because my inverter that i use has low voltage shut-off protection witch engages when i turn my subwoofers up so I am just going to go with the mini itx psu 120 watts power output...the computer is a p3 cpu, on a asus board and 3.5 inch 18 gig hdd (about to put my old 160 gig 2.5 inch laptop drive in it when i get the converter) and a 3.5 inch dvd rom player for dvds and cds hopefully 120 watts would be enough
    why not just go with a M2 (160w) or an M4 (250w). I would go with more then you need so you have wiggle room for any USB devices or what not you want to add later.
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