Oh yeah, i'll put up pics later
So i got an Aspire Revo Nettop for Christmas this year, and what better place to put it than a car? Specs are:
160 (but really like 130) GB HDD
Nvidia ION LE graphics
Intel Atom 230 processor (1.6GHz)
Win XP Home (what came installed...more on that later)
Ride Runner running Elite Lite skin (very pretty)
I must say, i am pretty impressed with this unit. It plays back 720p video flawlessly (kind of stutters w/ 1080, but i don't need that in my car and i haven't optimized my codecs and such for that). Hard drive space is enough for now, but i can always add an external via one of the 6 usb ports later. Install was simple. The dimensions of the unit are small enough that i could just pack everything underneath my seat (as opposed to a large box in my trunk for my previous car pc).
The unit runs off of 19VDC, but it comes with a power brick. I'm currently just using a small 12VDC to 120VAC converter, then plugging the power brick into that. It's enough for right now, but i would like to find a 19v laptop car DC-DC adapter (any suggestions?). As for startup/shutdown control, i simply wired the power button (a fairly simple mod - just pop off the plastic button and solder to two opposing leads of the button) up to my dash, and i manually turn the unit on/off. I'd like to implement some sort of control circuit, but i don't really have the time right now. I have the unit set to hibernate, and it takes less than 30sec from button push to music playing.
The only con i can think of right now for the Aspire Revo is the bundled crapware it came with. I have no idea how, but i managed to infect this sucker with a virus without even connecting it to the internet. I attempted to take off all the crapware, installed Ride Runner & codecs, and then installed some blackberry connection program from Sprint and BAM, stopped working. Due to it not having an optical drive, i had to get my hands on a usb-ide adapter and use one of the drives i had laying around. I didnt have an XP Home disc (and didnt feel like burning one), so i went ahead and put Pro on it.
Overall, i am definitely recommending the Acer Aspire Revo to the Car PC community. Seeing as how it's popular for home theater PCs (yeah, it has HDMI out ), it's more than enough power for a car PC. I would however recommend a fresh install of XP before using (that is, if XP is your OS).
Has anyone else been using one of these? If so, what are your thoughts?
Don't use a 12v to 120v inverter, just get a 12v to 19v adapter on the super cheap on ebay. Real efficiant and very small.
Search terms would be
Universal laptop car charger
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I have one of these but not in my car, I use it in my home as my HTPC. I partitioned the HD to dual boot XP and Ubuntu, then I also did a Live XBMC install onto a 8GB SD Card. When I have the SD card in the Revo boot directly to XBMC, if I remove it then it goes back to Ubuntu or XP if I wish, very simple.
I had been playing around with getting another for my car. I would install the OS to the SD card to boot then keep my data on the HD. The only issue I have found is teh Power reqs. I pulled mine apart to see if there was a internal adapter that I could bypass for a 12V PSU, I did not see anything I could use unfortunatly.
Overall I love these little machines, and I am glad to see someone else using one, especially in your car! Hopefully someone else knows how to use a smart PSU in one for car use though.
Oh yea I want to see some pics!
I've been running off the stock adapter with an inverter for the last couple of weeks, and it works, but I think it's starting to act a bit flakey. Plus, taking 12v, turning it into 115-120v, and then converting it BACK into 19v is a bit goofy. So, I ordered one of these just a few minutes ago:
It has the exact same volts, watts, and amps as the stock adapter, plus its already for Acer products, so the barrel size on the plug should match. If not, its an easy fix. I will let you know how it goes.
OK, the adapter came in today. I put it in and so far it works great! I will give it a few days to see how it holds up and let you know how it goes.
That is how I would imagine you can power this in your car with a "proper" power supply. I plan on using this eventually.