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Modding InCar PC?

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Jack, 13 Mar 2005.

  1. Jack

    Jack Minimodder

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    Hi peeps

    Ive been thinking of starting a project like this for a while now, But tbh dont know where to start any body got any pointer's? websites with good info!

    What type of PSU adaptor do i need to power it? any info greatly accepted

    jack
     
  2. FanatiK

    FanatiK What's a Dremel?

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    Best place for this and will answer all the ?s you have.
    http://www.mp3car.com/
     
  3. Springs

    Springs Boing boing

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    if your wanting to power a computer from a car.. your best bet would be to get a inverter from halfords which allows you to plug a standard house plug into this inverter which runs off the battery via the *** lighter... they cost something like £20 (but im not 100% sure tho)

    for a computer tho.. it depends on how you want to do it...

    you can either get a shuttle PC and fit that to your car or get a mini itx mobo and build one from that... best thing to do is search the forum... i think there are a few car PC mods around..
     
  4. -=Nemes1S=-

    -=Nemes1S=- What's a Dremel?

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    There is no point in stepping up the voltage from 12V DC to 240V AC then stepping it back down to 12V DC. You can get DC-DC power supplies and specialist start up/ shut down circuits to power up the PC safely.

    Just look at the above link and check their store to gove you some ideas. The forum there is good too.
     
  5. SanDmaN

    SanDmaN Minimodder

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    Mini-itx are a good site for the dc-dc car psus.
     
  6. bigc90210

    bigc90210 Teh C

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    iv got one

    iv got one in me fiat brava (alonside a mini fridge n a ps2) , its powered by a 300w inverter that goes into the cigarette lighter. the inverter is attached to a 4 way power strip (to power everything). The 8" screen is clipped onto the dash using a custom harness i made (out of meccano no less :D)

    the sound is rigged up to the cars dolby digital surround through a tape cassete cd converter thingy, so it means when i dismount the tft, it just looks like theres a standard tape deck there, not ££££ worth of stuff.

    also i have a usb gps reciever, which gets me sat nav when used with autoroute 2004/5

    anyhow, iv gabbed on enough, il post pics soon for you to have a gander at
     
  7. Jack

    Jack Minimodder

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    Well i was kinda thinking along the lines of cheap for this! the DC PSU are £50 alone! how safe are them halfords things?
     
  8. Springs

    Springs Boing boing

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    i couldnt actually find one on the halfords web site... but i found one here its a bit more than i thought but it would be best to shop around if you go for this option... i believe you can fins done cheaper... it tells you all about it and what not...
     
  9. [Tom]

    [Tom] Minimodder

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    Just bear in mind that the '300w' inverters are not 300w real power. That is their absolute peak output. To get the accurate power output, divide the quoted figure by 1.414 (sqr root of 2) to get the Root Means Squared (RMS) rating.

    e.g- an inverter of 300w peak power is infact a maximum of 212w for long term use.

    There are plenty of wattage calculators on the net so you can calculate what is needed for the PC.
     
  10. Dr-Neon

    Dr-Neon What's a Dremel?

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    Take it to West Coast Car Garage (Pimp my ride) :)

    seriously, when you get it started, post it, I'm looking farward for it

    good luck
     
  11. bigc90210

    bigc90210 Teh C

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    inverter

    well yeah, i mean my inverter cost £69 from pc world, tho i couldnt be assed to buy it online, so you could prob get it for £10-15 cheaper if you did. mines a belkin one that warns me of spikes/low voltages.

    really, would you want to skimp on £ on a psu, which if you bought a cheap one may blow your £££s worth of tft and mini itx? its worth paying for the quality of the product.

    its a expensive project in general, especially if you want all the bells n whistles (gps reciever etc), but its SO worth it. if you want a reversing cam, id recommend ebay, i got mine for £10 delivered n it really is pinhole size, also its powered by a pc molex (12v)
     
  12. Springs

    Springs Boing boing

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    it all depends on what you want to use... IE music, video, games, GPS camera and what not.. also another thing to factor in is how much you use the car... so if you use it a couple of times a week it dont really justify putting all the equipment in and not using it... and if u use that car loads then put it in..

    but if you just want say music and video there are probably cheaper alternatives around..
     

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