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Nightfire
04-26-2005, 01:22 AM
I'm wanting to build a PC to use in my car, but unsure on how I'd get it to work from a 10 - 14v power source (car battery). Is there some kind of invertor or adapator I can use to make it run from a battery?

sage45
04-26-2005, 02:00 AM
There actually are quite a few different adapters to choose from:

http://wzshengbo.en.alibaba.com/product/50002939/50071082/Automobile_Products/DC_DC_Laptop_Computer_Car_Adapter.html
http://www.alliancedatacom.com/products/batteries.asp
http://www.meritline.com/car-power-adapter-laptop-notebook-computer.html
http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F004%5F007%5F001%5F000&product%5Fid=273%2D1867
http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F004%5F007%5F001%5F000&product%5Fid=273%2D1868

This is just a small sampling... There are others...

-sage-

Jason
04-26-2005, 02:11 AM
sage: I think hes thinking of a desktop computer built into his car. Those adapters are for notebooks and laptops only....


Jason

Antoniohawk
04-26-2005, 02:14 AM
I would seriously suggest checking out this website. [http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/]

JamieR
04-26-2005, 03:54 PM
I'd personally get a laptop and then get a power inverter to use from the car cigarette lighter. Less hassle ;)

whackaxe
04-26-2005, 07:33 PM
http://tunertricks.com/blog/index.php?p=40

shmooooooooooooooooooooooove :D

Nightfire
04-26-2005, 11:50 PM
I'd personally get a laptop and then get a power inverter to use from the car cigarette lighter. Less hassle ;)
Probably would've gone that way, if I didn't have a screen etc already installed in the car ;) The pc is just another add on to it (addicted to turning the car into a spaceship :p)

JamieR
04-26-2005, 11:58 PM
Probably would've gone that way, if I didn't have a screen etc already installed in the car ;) The pc is just another add on to it (addicted to turning the car into a spaceship :p)

O I see....in that case, you could get a mac mini or something and then hook it up to the screen ;)

Talkfreelance
04-27-2005, 05:46 PM
A mac mini is a great idea, it's small, reasonably priced and would look stylish in the car :) Other than that, a laptop might work...

scroots
04-28-2005, 07:19 PM
i think you would have to connect it to your igniton, so it only runs when yopu start the engine otherwise, it will drain your battery. Also i think you will need an on button on its case as if you move your car to another parking space (less than 2 mins away) your pc would boot.

Sounds a cool idea.

scroots

Nightfire
04-28-2005, 07:39 PM
Yeah, will be running from a battery, but got a infra-red sensor to turn the power on and off for the pc. Got the cables I needed for the power etc today, just a matter of wiring it all into the car now and attaching all my other stuff to the pc

pjleonhardt
04-29-2005, 01:31 AM
sounds awesome.. post pictures when its done!

Anton
05-03-2005, 05:51 PM
http://indashpc.org/hardware.html
Here is an article regarding to the power adapter.

enumerator
05-03-2005, 10:37 PM
"You've got to pimp my riiiiiide"... :D

JamieR
05-03-2005, 11:28 PM
"You've got to pimp my riiiiiide"... :D

eh? :confused:

enumerator
05-03-2005, 11:37 PM
eh?The theme to MTV's Pimp My Ride (http://www.mtv.com/onair/dyn/pimp_my_ride/series.jhtml)... they add an in-car-something-or-other every episode! ;)

Nightfire
05-14-2005, 02:29 AM
I think I bought a wrong adapter, blew the fuse in my car about 10 times lol

Basscyst
05-18-2005, 10:30 PM
This really is a great idea, are you just using one of those little roof mount (for example) lcds for the monitor?

Basscyst

Nightfire
05-18-2005, 11:10 PM
Got a 7" screen which I'm building into the dashboard on the car :)

Basscyst
05-19-2005, 12:31 AM
Nice. I might have to take that on myself. To take it a step further, you might check out Verizon's EVDO service, it's still in limited release, but then you'd have mobile high-speed internet too. :thumbsup:

Basscyst



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