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4. In-Car Computers > 43. Start Up and Shut Down Your Car PC

Start Up and Shut Down Your Car PC

Desktop and laptop computers both require some encouragement to power up and down smoothly in a vehicle.

While it’s fairly easy to convert in-car power to run a computer, getting the computer to start up and shut down in the expected manner can be much more challenging.

The basic operation you are probably used to in a vehicle is that of the car radio: accessories such as the radio start up when the key is inserted and turned to the accessory or on positions and power down when the key is removed from the ignition. More recent cars have a lingering accessory feature, where the radio continues to play after the car has been turned off, until the car doors are opened.


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