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    Cool I will source that part. In the meantime more assembly! Shows how the LCD goes in.
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    More pics! The bezel has two sides, one is Smooth and glossy, the other a "wrinkle" finish. Sometimes I'll paint the wrinkle flat black for an even cooler look, but I'll leave it up to Greg, as he will be the operator.
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    Was thinking something like this for the IR.

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    Joe it's looking amazing. I like the idea of the flat black bezel. How do you attach the bezel?

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    Thanks Greg! I was thinking Allen bolts or Velcro. The fit is snug, almost holds itself in place.

    Back to the sata power problem, looks likes its a standard data power connector, but at the extreme end adjacent to the main power taps. Sure this isn't a power input?

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    Are you asking if its a power input to the motherboard..if so, I'm sure that's not a power input. The only two inputs are the 2pin and the barrel connector.

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    Yes, it's a standard sata power connector and it's a OUTput power. It's there for you to be able to power a SATA HDD for example, because the mobo is supposed to be powered by just a 2 wire dc input. The mobo itself has an integrated voltage regulator, just like the one in M*'s PSU's. Some more info: This motherboard is rated to work with wide DC input range - 9-19v DC. This means you could plug it directly to the car battery and you'll be fine. The only problem could be when cranking - sometimes the voltage drops below 9v and this could cause the pc to restart. Forgetting the ability to "hit" the power button of the mobo (startUp/ShutDown controller) and preventing the input voltage drop below 9v, your PSU is useless in your setup. I use a Simple StepUp voltage regulator for ... 15 buks
    So let's imagine this mobo is integrated in a device just like it's designed to be and it's powered by simple dc power adaptor (in the mall for example for playing some advertisements). How could you power a SATA HDD so that the videos could be stored there? There you should have regulated 12v, 5v, 3.3v to power the SATA device. And there you have it - this power OUTput from the mobo. You could use if without worry for power source as far as the devices you connect draws less than:
    1.0 A from 12 V rail
    2.5 A from 5 V rail
    0.5 A from 3.3 V rail

    The connector you got don't have the 3.3v cable (it's orange by default) but has only:
    Black - GND
    RED - 5V
    Yellow - 12V.
    These are the default colors, but be safe - check it with multimeter first!

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    Something more: I use a connector from old (burned) regular PC PSU. Just cuted the sata connector So I got 3.3v for powering some LED's
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    where did you get the monitor from?

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    Ok I was thinking about making my own cable from an old power supply SATA lead. I assume the "L" SATA connector is standardized for red, yel, org & blk. Tanks for the link VolvoCarPC, I was going to look this up but you guys chimed in first.

    I found a shorty SATA data cable to use aswell, its like 6".
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