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Old 11-21-2005, 06:44 PM   #11
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I think I found the solution!

http://opussolutions.com/index.php?p=product&id=33

ATX Vehicle PC Case by OPUS Solutions. The case includes a 12vdc-12vdc power supply unit, as well as shock & vibration isolation mount for the hard drive(s). I believe you can get the power supply by its self too.

I am going to continue my research a little more, but I'm pretty sure this is what im going to get.
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Old 11-22-2005, 06:57 PM   #12
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Cool! I'll check it out...but the library's computer lab is about to close, so I can't do it now. Thanks for the update. That sounds perfect!
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Old 11-22-2005, 10:43 PM   #13
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I'm just going to use 12V automotive stereo stuff...dirt-common & dirt-cheap.
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Old 11-23-2005, 08:59 AM   #14
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re: stereo

I plan on using 12v car stereo components again. 1 large amp with 4 channels to control 6 by 9's and 1 sub. This will run off an in dash cd player. Then I will have a small fm transmiter for running either mp3 player or laptop. One could possibly run an input selector as well if you wanted to run your tv through the stereo.

I like the prices of car audio. Also it puts less pressure on the inverter. I went to a junk yard and found cars with aftermarket speakers that I got for cheap. Like $150 pioneer 5 by 8s for $5 each.

I did run ac stereo stuff in the bus on my first trip, but found there was a bit of electrical interferance.

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Old 11-23-2005, 09:22 AM   #15
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You can usually find head units with MP3 inputs, rather than the FM transmitter.
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Old 11-23-2005, 12:38 PM   #16
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Re: Amps and Speakers

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I went to Circuit City tonight and looked at amps and speakers, and I need to do more research. I'm just confused.

I consider myself an electrical genious. Wires and i get along very well, but i didn't really know much about sound systems. I had no problem hooking speakers to an amp and getting them to work, but didn't really understand the relationship of ohms and such.

Some guy gave me this link, which is an excellent source for all kinds of car stereo info.

http://www.bcae1.com/defhome.htm

In my bus i use a combination of 12 volt and 110 volt sound systems. My bus had 4 speakers mounted in the ceiling, so i utilized those with the 12 volt sony XPLOD car stereo. It has rca inputs/outputs which makes it easy to connect my XM satelite radio. I also have a set of 15" subwoofers that still need to get connected to an amp. I would like to add a couple 5x9's to the front like i did in the old bus (see photo)



For a 110 volt stereo setup, i stumbled upon this dj equipment on ebay for $180 bucks if memory serves me correctly



The amp is only rated for 150 watts per channell.....but this thing REALLY ROCKS! Only once did i turn it up all the way (well..to about 9, it gets distorted near 10) and i had both speakers outside the bus. At 4 on the volume dial it'll just about crush your chest. I've been super happy with this setup. This is connected via AV jacks to my car stereo. I also plug my laptop in occasionally when i need to hear some johnny cash

It's nice to have a combination of the two systems. I don't have to mess with the more complicated 110 volt system while i'm driving if i don't want. I can just use the car stereo. Since it's a partybus, i listen to mostly techno when we're out on the town.

that was a long post!
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Old 11-24-2005, 02:15 AM   #17
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Thanks for the links on the DC-DC computer power supply. I wish they made one bigger than 150 Watts though. I also want to have a computer in my bus. It would be an all purpost entertainment center.

If you have the problem with interference with home style audio equipment I know of a easy fix. Just email me and I will send you info on how to fix it.
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Old 11-26-2005, 11:04 AM   #18
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I found a couple more links for the computer solution.

http://www.mini-box.com
http://www.epiacenter.com

and how this guy made one, http://www.aros.net/~burnin/oggbox/

I am still wrestling around what I am going to do. I would love to keep everything 12V, but with a 7.1 surround computer sound card, that requires 120V Computer speakers, i think. So maybe car-audio is the way that I am going to go, I honestly dont know yet, I'm gonna keep researching.

No mater what, ill have a 120V 19" LCD screen to run...

Everyone, keep posting your ideas, I know a lot of us are really getting something out of it.
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Old 11-26-2005, 12:09 PM   #19
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I’ve been discussing computer stuff for awhile with this really nice guy who lives and travels around in his trailer….
He wanted a small PC to supplement his laptop and went for a Shuttle.
http://global.shuttle.com/Product/bareb ... sp?B_id=34

It’s a bare bones unit so you have to buy the processor and drive(s)… and you’d have to run it off an inverter, but even so it’s a sweet little unit.
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Old 11-29-2005, 09:16 AM   #20
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I’ve been discussing computer stuff for awhile with this really nice guy who lives and travels around in his trailer….
He wanted a small PC to supplement his laptop and went for a Shuttle.
http://global.shuttle.com/Product/bareb ... sp?B_id=34
I have seen 12V power supplies for that case. They also have special low power main boards for it as well. However, speakers and a screen would have to run off an inverter. But still, its a little saved...

Here is another site, http://www.mp3car.com/
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