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  1. At 34% taller, WD releases 1TB 2.5" shock resistant hard drive - Scorpio Blue

    by , 07-27-2009 at 01:23 PM
    Western digital was able to cram 1TB of data into this new laptop drive. They are 34% taller at 12.5mm as compared to the standard 9.5mm height.

    This drive appears to mainly be developed for the consumer electronics market, but they do advertise shock resistant features:

    "ShockGuard™ - Leading-edge ShockGuard technology combines firmware and hardware advancements to meet the highest combined shock tolerance specifications required for mobile and notebook applications.
    SecurePark™ - Parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface, resulting in improved long-term reliability due to less head wear and improved shock tolerance. "

    You can only get it packaged in a USB passport (WD10TEVT) for now and the price is $249.99

    Talk about this on our forums here.
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  2. OLED - The past present and future

    by , 07-24-2009 at 03:40 PM



    Rob Wray from mp3Car interviews Mark Shanks from Toupled about OLED and respond to question from m3pCar forum members.
    They discuss the history of OLED, the challenges they face, how they work, and why they are superior to LCD.
    There are a lot of possibilities with OLED including flexible surfaces and transparent applications.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:52 PM by optikalefx

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  3. New Intel Motherboard with SSD

    by , 07-22-2009 at 09:05 AM


    Rob Wray from mp3Car takes a closer look at Intel's D945gsejt motherboard and their SSD z-u130 2 GB module .

    The unique fact here is that they made room on motherboard to fit this 2gb module into the USB header, so you can essentially have a very fast boot up time if your OS is installed on that chip without taking up barely 2 inches of the board.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:52 PM by optikalefx

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  4. Hardware Review - Wireless USB TPMS Review

    by , 07-16-2009 at 10:49 PM

    Review by forum member: fixerofallthin

    1. What is the typical setup time for a 4 sensor kit and costs? (This includes having sensors mounted at a tire dealership)
    The typical time to mount sensors is about the same as mounting 4 new tires. When a reputable tire shop replaces tires on a vehicle equipped with factory TPMS they are supposed to dismount the sensors as well to replace the sealing gaskets. So when you contact your tire shop to make an appointment be prepared to allow about 1-2 hours work time plus whatever wait time involved.

    See this product on the mp3Car Store here.



    Our shop charges $25.00 per wheel to mount and balance tires so if you are doing the spare as well then $125.00 is an average price. If you are replacing your tires then we would not charge to install the sensors since the tires would need to be off anyway. Be sure to have the tires rebalanced if you did not replace them as the stems and sensors will alter the balance.
    If you are wanting to monitor your spare tire as well be sure the spare wheel will accept a sensor. Most temporary spare tires (donuts) are not meant to be dismounted and might not have room for the sensor.



    Be sure the shop uses a torque wrench to mount the sensors correctly.


    2. What is an ideal mounting location for the USB TPMS receiver, for both aesthetics and reception?
    The instructions tell you to install the receiver in a central location such as the base of the windshield. I found a central location in my truck to be the center console, which just happens to have a USB hub installed in it. In testing the sensors I spread them around my house and even put one in the freezer and refrigerator to monitor temps and to test reception distance and I was very pleased with how far away I could still communicate with all the sensors. 2 of the sensors were 25 feet away from the receiver and I still saw no issues, so I think just about anywhere you do not have excessive RF interference should work. When you first set up the system you are instructed to unplug the receiver several times so be sure to set it up completely before you tuck it away permanently.

    3. How do you install and use the software? (Both plug-in and standalone)





    I followed the directions that came with the kit to check the system before I mounted the sensors.
    RRTMS (from MP3Car.com forums) comes with the plug-in for RideRunner and a tool to configure the sensors and messages that are displayed and spoken (there is a typo in the dialog that speaks when the tire pressure is too high, it says "hight" instead of "high", so check that while you are installing the software). Download the file and extract it to your RideRunner plug-in folder. Be sure to register the .dll file after you copy it to its final location. You will need to add or modify a button in your skin to launch the TPMS screen. The button command is "TMS" and it launches TMS.skin. You can build your own screen to match the skin you are using or there is a test skin included in the RRTMS folder.




    CFTPMS (from the Centrafuse downloads section on http://forums.fluxmedia.net/) installs the plug-in for Centrafuse 2.0. It is a simple install. It is an exe file that puts everything where it needs to be. When prompted be sure to install the tools also. The tools folder in your Fluxmedia>centrafuse>plugins>tpms will have a program called TPMS doctor that is used to test communication. Once you install the CFTPMS.exe be sure to go download the update 2.1.9.0. Now that CFTPMS is updated you can set one of your buttons to launch tpms by clicking and holding the button you want it assigned to and selecting it from the list; Then go to settings and select advanced settings and you can enter the tpms section and set your preferences (PSI vs. Bar and such).


    4. How do I re-learn the sensors?
    I was able to set up my software before I even mounted the sensors in the wheels because the kit is prelearned by the manufacturer. I installed the software as listed above and was able to monitor the temperatures and battery levels to check communication. The manufacturer includes a sheet with the locations the sensors should be mounted.

    The instructions say not to use Centrafuse to set up the sensors because it is buggy, but I used both Riderunner and Centrafuse with no issues.

    When you rotate your tires you simply change the location of the sensor.





    5. How do I add a spare sensor?
    Using RRTMS I erased all sensors from the receiver and relearned them following the instructions that came with the kit. Once you select the sensor, you change the tire pressure until the receiver "sees" the change and it registers the sensor.

    See this product on the mp3Car Store here.

    Updated 12-26-2009 at 08:48 AM by Jensen2000

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  5. New Product: p5USB Hub

    by , 07-13-2009 at 09:31 AM


    Goce from mp3Car shows the advantages to the p5USB hub
    http://store.mp3car.com/DC_Powered_4..._p/adt-015.htm

    Features include:
    Take voltage from 7-32 volts
    guaranteed 500 mA to each port.
    Each port has it's own self resetting fuse
    Reverse polarity protection
    startup and shutdow controller
    Delayed startup and shutdown (5 min and 25 min)

    http://store.mp3car.com/DC_Powered_4..._p/adt-015.htm

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:55 PM by optikalefx

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