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Old 10-20-2005, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default can a pc be adapted to run from 12V car battery

The reason for asking this is that we have two spare pc which if i could achieve the above would be very handy for when we go away for extended trips. it would allow me to download and manipulate manipulate photo,s before arriving home.
If the above is possible can a monitor also be powered by the same source?
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Old 10-20-2005, 02:23 PM   #2
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Never heard of that being done, that's pretty original.

I've haven't got a clue, why don't you give it a go, and let us know how it went? It sounds like a neat idea, it would mean not having to lug laptop batteries around.
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Old 10-20-2005, 02:31 PM   #3
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It's possible, but I wouldn't recommend running it from the main car battery. You would want to get a second one just for the computer. You would need a special low-power monitor, too. I'm not sure exactly how you would do it, though....
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Old 10-20-2005, 05:52 PM   #4
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Default Re: can a pc be adapted to run from 12V car battery

just hook up a power inverter in your car, it has plugs on it just like in your house, you can run anything off of it as long as the car is running.
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Old 10-21-2005, 01:05 AM   #5
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That's not very practical for a built-in computer system, though.
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Default Re: can a pc be adapted to run from 12V car battery

Take a litle lappy, thats what i would do to download ma pictures,
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Default Re: can a pc be adapted to run from 12V car battery

YOu can use the avaliable smoke port or whatever it is, you know, the place where you stick a cigar and light it? My car comes with a power adapter built in (g35) but I dunno about you guys...
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Old 10-21-2005, 03:18 PM   #8
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YOu can use the avaliable smoke port or whatever it is, you know, the place where you stick a cigar and light it? My car comes with a power adapter built in (g35) but I dunno about you guys...
Well yes, you could. That's what Tommy Boy was talking about, but it wouldn't be an effective solution for a permanent installation. It would be terribly inefficient.
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Old 10-21-2005, 06:41 PM   #9
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who said it was a permanent installation?
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Default Re: can a pc be adapted to run from 12V car battery

you can get a car adapter that translates into a standard outlet for around 100 dollars, then just hook up a laptop
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