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  1. Car Computer Install: Noise In The System

    by , 04-12-2012 at 02:10 PM

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    Sean discusses problems with noise in the system and ways to eliminate them.
  2. Car Computer Install: First Boot

    by , 03-26-2012 at 04:34 PM

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    Sean boots up his car computer for the first time. Be sure to make sure all positive wiring is connected to the appropriate accessory or capped with electrical tape before you reconnect the positive power cable to your battery. With any luck, your computer should boot properly the first time. Sean's enthusiasm on the video is testament to the difficulty associated with any car computer installation and his relief is apparent when everything works properly.
  3. Car Computer Install: Power Structure

    by , 08-24-2011 at 12:32 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, shows us an overview of how each component will be powered in the vehicle. He outlines the importance of in-line fuses for each positive cable. Power distribution blocks will be used to give each individual component power and ground. Grounding all the components in one place is important to avoid noise being introduced into the system. If you are able to ground directly to the negative terminal on the battery, this will help alleviate noise as well. Monitor power is provided by the M2-ATX power supply in the computer. "Filtered" 12V power is required for most monitors as they aren't set up to the handle voltage fluctuations most automotive power systems supply. In this case, the Lilliput 669 needs filtered power. Accessory wires are run to each component and provide switched 12V power to tell each component to turn on with the ignition status of the vehicle.
  4. Car Computer Install: Building the Computer, Cable Management

    by , 08-22-2011 at 03:39 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, illustrates the importance of proper cable management in any carputer build. Especially in smaller enclosures, making sure your computer has plenty of ventilation is essential. Zip ties keep the cables away from case vents and moving fans. They also make closing the case without pinching and damaging wires easy. It's important not to put pressure on delicate cables such as the motherboard power switch cable. It's also important not to put pressure on the memory when closing the case.
  5. Car Computer Install: Building the Computer

    by , 08-01-2011 at 05:30 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, shows us how to build a typical Mini ITX car computer. The Heyco grommet protects the power input wires from chafing. He uses a pneumatic punch to make a hole for the grommet and then feeds the mp3Car Quick Release Kit into place through the Morex 5677 computer case. The installation of the motherboard involves installing the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, cpu fan, memory, and Intel wi-fi card into the PCI Express slot. Once the motherboard is ready, the Min-Box M2-ATX is configured and bolted into place. Once the motherboard is installed into place, installation of the CPU fan, hard drive, and top of the case is done. Extra USB ports are extruded from the motherboard with an mp3Car USB Supersize Kit. During the initial boot, testing the computer involves entering the BIOS screen and verifying the CPU, memory, and processor are detected.