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Old 28-01-2013, 20:28   #1 (permalink)
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I intend to install a micro itx pc in the garage of my van. Looking at kit like voom I see that I should be able to power it from 12v no probs
The intention is to mount it on the roof in the garage .. take 12v from the garage lights and have an external dvd drive in the living area .. bluetooth keyboard with pad and another monitor (in fact the old tv/monitor which I am replacing with a larger one.
Any obvious problems here?
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I intend to install a micro itx pc in the garage of my van. Looking at kit like voom I see that I should be able to power it from 12v no probs
The intention is to mount it on the roof in the garage .. take 12v from the garage lights and have an external dvd drive in the living area .. bluetooth keyboard with pad and another monitor (in fact the old tv/monitor which I am replacing with a larger one.
Any obvious problems here?
Will you have enough watts to run it from 12v
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..........Watt?...........
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I intend to install a micro itx pc in the garage of my van. Looking at kit like voom I see that I should be able to power it from 12v no probs
The intention is to mount it on the roof in the garage .. take 12v from the garage lights and have an external dvd drive in the living area .. bluetooth keyboard with pad and another monitor (in fact the old tv/monitor which I am replacing with a larger one.
Any obvious problems here?
Geo hinted at it.. Power , More info needed.. ie .. total power of PC + peripheral device(s) in watts

The Voom (depending on model) uses 120 - 140 watt.. that would be 10 - 12 amps aprox. ....

This would overload the existing lighting circuit.. so I would advise to run a new 15amp fused power supply from the DC distribution box, or battery.. bear in mind the power used if using off EHU

Otherwise.. can't see any other issue.. except perhaps the wireless keyboard and pad.. they work fine with line of sight.. not sure about through a bulkhead.. if that were an issue you could position the usb receiver on the other side of the bulkhead with a usb extension cable.
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I intend to use this ( or similar)
http://www.mini-box.com/M2-ATX-160w-...C-Power-Supply

I'm sure it will work .. but i'm no expert.

Watts the problem .. lol .. or are they
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http://www.mini-box.com/M2-ATX-160w-...C-Power-Supply

I'm sure it will work .. but i'm no expert.

Watts the problem .. lol .. or are they
that model is 160 watt

power used in Watts = Volts x Amps

Amps = Watt/Volts

so: ... 160/12 = 13.3 amps
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What the rest said about power. Other issues bluetooth is very short range I can't see it working over that distance.

An external DVD drive on USB?

If so, usually a garage is under a bed? If so your lounge is likely to be a longer distance away from the computer than a USB cable would reliably work at.

I would actually look for somewhere in the lounge area to mount it to be honest.
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A quality solution. But you pay in ££££ and Watts.

A simpler solution.

I have an e-machine tiny PC attached to out main TV for watching Eurosport via the www. It is basically a laptop without screen or keyboard so low(ish) power and cheap. This one came with a bracket to mount behind a TV but just as good to mount on a wall. The laptop style power supply is 19v 3A, you can get 12V in 19V 3A out replacements. It's small enough to hide in the back of a cupboard. There are several of this tiny PCs around. It has VSA and HDMI out, WiFi, USB.

I had thought of fitting one in ours but then realised it's so limiting, I can hide in a corner or in the awning with laptop or tablet and let 'er indoors watch TV.
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