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    I am wondering, can I use a power supply from a computer to power the boe instead of a 9volt battery? is there anything that discusses this?

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    You could run the BOE off the 5V output, not using the built in regulator (don't connect it via the power input socket). The problem is that some of these PC power supplies have a minimum power drain requirement which the BOE won't supply.

    A 7.5V to 9V "wall wart" with a current rating of 1-2A is the ideal supply, is pretty cheap, and readily available almost anywhere.

    Although you can do much better in terms of variety and price from distributors like Jameco or DigiKey, you can find this at a Radio Shack store:
    9VDC 800mA Adapter | Model: 273-1768 | Catalog #: 273-1768
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    but no matter where I get an ideal power supply with the specs you described, where would I connect it?

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    If it's 5.0 Volts... plug into Vdd If it's 6.5V or higher, to Vin. Lets not use it if it's between 5.5 and 6.5V.

    You "could" theoretically connect GND (Black) and 12V (Yellow) from the pc power plug and connect to (GND)<->Vss and (12V)<->Vin as long as something ELSE is plugged in drawing power from the supply. As stated above... the BOE will not make the PC supply behave correctly. Best advice... avoid the temptation of using a PC supply.

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    Jayguy5000 said...
    I am wondering, can I use a power supply from a computer to power the boe instead of a 9volt battery? is there anything that discusses this?
    I have a number of Basic Stamp projects running from modified PC power supplies. In order for the PC power supply to operate, you have to provide a load for it to drive. For a while I would just hook up an old 3.5" IDE hard disk to one of the leads to provide the required load w/o having to modify the supply. Not elegant but it works.

    Later, I found these instructions tthat detail how to modify a PC supply for use as a bench supply. Works fine for me.

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    Are you talking that it is the wrong plug size? If so, you could buy a 2.1mm plug and attach it to the power supply. The boe has a 2.1mm jack. You know this, right. I think you should better explain your second question.

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