I think one of the attractions of this all-in-one system is that it's all-in-one: plug in the power and your audio connections, and all you have left to do is the bezel.
Originally Posted by HiJackZX1
It makes sense that blk02si wants use the most powerful board/cpu combo because that will drive sales. The only thing that keeps me from going this route is that I want a screen larger than 7".
I think this project is headed for success, and I plan to be in the cheering section.
Blk, where did you see that seagate drive for $29? Cheapest I've seen is $99.
JUST ordered my 702 screen, btw... build article coming realllllly soon. :)
Got the drive from www.digitaltechland.com
I found them though www.pricewatch.com
I just ordered it tonight, I want to check it out. Was 39.50 shipped to my door. Seems to have all the advantages of a standard flash drive, although it still is a mechanical drive, it is designed for a rough enviroment like a carPC. I am curious to see how it performs in comparison to the flash.
Flash memory is great but I'm not sure how comfortable end users are going to be with the "EWF" settings of XPE. At least with this drive I am still in the same space constraints but can run a full blown copy of XP pro or even vista if need be. Without the need for shrinking the OS down or running specialized read only tools it just makes things a lot simpler. 8gb will be enough room for a full OS install + frontend, GPS maps, and other programs. Media will still be on a separate drive.
Don't get me wrong, I love my tiny OS and 1 gb flash install, but just not sure the masses will like it as much as me. This seagate seems like a good option.
Here is the spec sheet:
Thanks rdholtz, this means a lot to me, I appreciate your kind words :D
Originally Posted by rdholtz
I'm sure you must have observed the low spindle speeds on that drive (3600 RPM) and cache of 2MB
Originally Posted by blk02si
Would be interesting to know the boot times with this drive.
BAH! Sad Sandy over here....
Blk, from that I assume this still fits a CF adapter, then to a IDE adapter?
That's what I am curious about myself. It seems slower compared with a 2.5 or 3.5 drive but I have a feeling its going to be faster than a compact flash module. Data transfer is 130Mbps max which is quite a bit faster than the Ultra II I'm currently running which is about 10Mpbs transfer rate. But again its not really comparing apples to apples since the Ultra is solid state and the Seagate is a mechanical drive, just very small.
Yes it fits the CF > IDE adapter so this drive will basically "plug" right into my master IDE channel.
First off great thread I just spent hours reading the whole thing.
Thanks for serving our country Sorry Bush is a dumb @ss
The Segate might have faster data transfer but it probably has much slower seek times. I'm not sure how that affects things but I think the Segate will end up booting slower.
I am anxious to see how this mini drive runs. It says for embedded applications right on it so I have high hopes :) I also found 2gb Ultra II's at staples for $35. Not a bad deal.
Also wanted to share some spy pics of a new chassis and shelf design. Few more bends on the lid and the shelf to increase rigidity even more ;)