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    Sort of a silly question but figured I'd ask just in case it's possible..

    The Nitro we bought has Sirius Sattelite radio in the factory deck.. The previous owner must have paid for a membership because it still works for us.. Would it be possible for me to somehow use this subscription in the CarPC? Can I somehow use the existing antenna? What other hardware would I need if it would be possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340 View Post
    Sort of a silly question but figured I'd ask just in case it's possible..

    The Nitro we bought has Sirius Sattelite radio in the factory deck.. The previous owner must have paid for a membership because it still works for us.. Would it be possible for me to somehow use this subscription in the CarPC? Can I somehow use the existing antenna? What other hardware would I need if it would be possible?

    Thanks!
    It depends on how the head unit is built. Is the Sirius receiver built into the head unit... Or a separate module. i have never heard of anyone using the existing equipment, so you will have to swap it out. What I would do is look for a radio ID number, call Sirius and explain you bought the car and if you can swap it with a new equipment id (PC compatible unit).
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    I'm really debating whether or not to give the M3-ATX a shot.. The M2 won't fit in the case I'm going to use and I'm not sure I want the M2 just out and laying around..

    It really depends on if I'm able to get this to fit behind the LCD (without a case and mounted to a metal housing), then I will try for the M2... But if I have to go under a seat, etc with the M300 case I may try the M3...

    I have read some bad things about it but I've also read TONS of bad things about the M2 and mine has been great for years...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340 View Post
    Sort of a silly question but figured I'd ask just in case it's possible..

    The Nitro we bought has Sirius Sattelite radio in the factory deck.. The previous owner must have paid for a membership because it still works for us.. Would it be possible for me to somehow use this subscription in the CarPC? Can I somehow use the existing antenna? What other hardware would I need if it would be possible?

    Thanks!
    When I changed out Sirius receivers to a PC compatible one, Sirius allowed me to make the switch free of charge. But it my case it was my account. I don't know if you could take over ownership from the previous, you'd have to call Customer Service and find out. A lot of that depends on if the previous owner has other receivers on that account or not.

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    The M3-ATX is a bad ideaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..... Remember you could always put the PSU somewhere else... If its going into your center console, the M2 will fit perfectly. The M2 is just long, but skinny. If anything jump up to the M4-ATX, just get anything other then the M3!
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    Where are you seeing all the horror stories for the M3? I searched and did find SOME but nothing that said STAY AWAY!!!

    I'm not calling you a liar or anything as I trust your opinion.. Just wondering if I'm missing something..

    I looked at the M4 and BugByte's review said to STAY AWAY so...... Granted, the review was over a year ago so maybe the M4 is better now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machinehead View Post
    nst6563 tells me that EWF makes his systems boot faster. I haven't tested that myself. EWF is pretty much a necessity on a CF card system because there are a finite number of times you can write to one of those cards. Not to mention much like an SSD writes is slower than reads. EWF with HORM isn't that much different than using hibernation, other than you always start from the exact same hibernation every single time, no shutdown required. nst6563 was getting like 12 second resumes with his system. I think he gets sub 15 second cold boots with just EWF. Hopefully he'll notice that I keep mentioning his user name and will pop in to give his 2 cents.
    HA! sorry...haven't been to the site in a while (stupid work getting in the way of fun again).

    I do have extremely fast boot times with my setup. 12-15s cold boot is the normal I experience, and that includes the POST process. Obviously a few seconds will depend on the hardware used, but just by using EWF alone, I shaved nearly 8 seconds from my boot time. HORM is optional with EWF.

    My hardware is as follows :

    Cheap-as-hell Zotac 610i mini-itx mb (I was honestly surprised by the quality for a $45 board)
    Core2 based Celeron 1.6Ghz ($35)
    2GB low latency Patriot DDR2 800 ($10 at Frys... I love Frys...)
    32Gb Patriot Warp v2 SSD ($80 at Frys)
    80GB Toshiba for data storage (also houses all the apps I use on the carpc in case I need to re-install - they're all right there already)
    Asus Xonar-DX PCI-E sound ($80 @ newegg)
    USB's - Touchscreen, BlueTooth, Wireless N

    If you're running XP and want faster boot times, I'd definately recommend EWF. Horm... IMO doesn't make a bit of difference unless it shaves a few seconds off. With EWF or HORM, no changes will be saved unless you specifically make them. I have icons in my start menu and on the desktop to enable/disable/display info on EWF. I was going to integrate them into buttons for RR...but haven't had time.

    If you really want to get deep into it, you can use both EWF AND Hibernation....as Windows excludes writing hibernation data from the EWF rules. This way, you can not only have a safe system by using EWF, but you can also save your place with hibernation...and if the hibernation file becomes corrupt, delete and cold boot. EWF will still be enabled and no harm done (other than any changes you made and saved with hibernation without flushing ewf to disk will be lost). I did this for almost a year. The only problem I found with this method is that over time, the EWF tables in RAM will get full, and it will either cause your machine to spontaneously reboot with no warning, or BSOD. So periodically you need to flush the EWF data to disk or wipe the hibernation data.

    If you're considering EWF just remember it makes your drive READ only...any writes will have to be manually invoked as everyone else has mentioned.

    If you'd like to see some bootvis reports I can upload them showing the before/after EWF.

    I guess here's my list of pro's/cons (at least as I see them in my system)
    Pros:
    Increased performance by re-directing disk writes to ram
    Keeps your system in "just installed" condition
    Prevents un-wanted changes from occuring (whether it be malware/virus/accidental misconfiguration)
    Allows you to "test drive" something...and if you don't like it...just reboot and it's gone - no need to uninstall (you must have enough ram though for this)
    Changes are extremely controlled.

    Cons:
    Changes have to be manually invoked or they're lost.

    I've been running EWF for nearly 3 years and love it. I've set it up in my car, my server at home, Kid's pc, even as a proof of concept for callcenter applications in a lab at work (can't use this officially tho since it's an unofficial "hack" of the OS. Windows Steady State was investigated instead). If there's any questions I can answer I'd be happy to share the info I've gathered from running it.

    That's really my 2 cents...looks more like 25 though...

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    Thanks for the very informative reply!

    Did you use this guide?
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    I know that was my starting point with EWF. Although the creator had thread here before he started the blog.

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