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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyr68
    Does the 1ghz via chip have enough HP? I mostly work with Xenon's and P4's all day, are guys (gals) trimming down XP to make it snappier on the VIA? Taking out unneeded services or processes?

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    What do you mean by HP?

    But there are versions of XP out there that are already trimmed down enough so they can run (there's a thread around here with "Tiny XP" where the installation is only 200MB and when you actually do install windows, it's running on 50MB of ram and minimal stuff)

    I personally did not like that very much so I went with a regular XP and then I tweaked it on my own. I used WinXP Manager and wow.. that program can transform XP however you want.. so now, with Hibernating, I shut down in 5 seconds, and from a cold start it takes about 20 seconds to be inside of XP all ready to go so I'm happy...

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    HP = horse power. I'll look that up on the Tiny Xp install. I was trying to keep it to under 40 GB with a few movies and my music. I have a 40 GB notebook drive that I was planning on using.

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    Well Im still working on getting my new pics up. Ive been so damn busy with work and school and trying to catch up on sleep the past couple days I have not even had the time to crop and upload them. The WiFi to the OEM antenna does not work as suggested by others. It will sometimes detect networks but it will not connect. Ive got the wifi hardware disabled for now untill I pull it back out and get the right antenna. Ive got a 15db Gain directional wifi for home but its like a satallite dish, and won't really work for a car. Ill have to pull it eventally anyway as I plan on adding a dvd drive, OBD2 harness and if i can find it, a FM usb tuner. Ill reroute the USB tuner antenna to my OEM antenna then. Stay tuned for pics of the install. .
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    Well finally got some pics here at work. I have some more of the wiring job at home. I also bought a 10" JL audio subwoofer and alpine amp from my buddy. This is in the trunk awaiting installation. (just another thing to do) But yeah everything came out really clean, i was proud of my work. Amp is under the seat, which i had to remove to install, and will also have to pull it again to wire the sub amp. Anyway here are the pics. Ill get some up soon of the PC while it running in the dash soon I promise!

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    Very nice... I want to do this with a Din 1/2 later... This was very useful. Thanx.
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    Looks fantastic! I've ordered the motherboard and psu and have the Alpine amp as well. The last main component will be the screen. I should be deciding on that one soon. I hope it turns out half as good as yours looks. It's sure does look stock. I'm also working on a Roadrunner skin that will look like the old Shaker 500 when done. Keep up the good work.

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    Forgot to mention a little tid-bit of opinion. I think the dash looks great, but the wires in the console? It seems that everybody spends 100's of hours on one thing only to cut it short on some little detail. Have you thought about putting in an RJ-45 jack vs. the cat-5 cable coiled up in there? Wire it in reverse so you could just use a standard patch cable when connecting it to a laptop or other PC. I'm not sure 100% what I'm going to do with the USB but that is where I'm going to but both links, in the center console. That one might be a little tricky. Some of the IBM towers at wrok had a USB jack in the front that would just need a roughly cut rectangle and then they would snap in flush. Anyways, great job and thanks for the ideas and help.

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    Yes the coils in the glovebox are kind of unfinished but you cannot see them with the box closed. I've tried rj-45 splice connectors but they seem to really slow down TCP communication. This way I have a direct crossover cable to plug into my laptop and transfer files at 5-10M Mbit/sec. My main way to do any major software updates on the car pc is direct network with my laptop. Ive got quite a few usb connectors I could mount from all my motherboard purchases lately, but the one coming into the center console is a female plug so I can just plug any usb hardware into it. I also have one more usb port right next to my knee down by the drivers legs. You cannot see it, its hidden behind the factory trim. Probably use it for the USB FM tuner as soon as I find me a D-link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si
    Yes the coils in the glovebox are kind of unfinished but you cannot see them with the box closed. I've tried rj-45 splice connectors but they seem to really slow down TCP communication. This way I have a direct crossover cable to plug into my laptop and transfer files at 5-10M Mbit/sec. My main way to do any major software updates on the car pc is direct network with my laptop. Ive got quite a few usb connectors I could mount from all my motherboard purchases lately, but the one coming into the center console is a female plug so I can just plug any usb hardware into it. I also have one more usb port right next to my knee down by the drivers legs. You cannot see it, its hidden behind the factory trim. Probably use it for the USB FM tuner as soon as I find me a D-link.
    Splicing data is a big no no. The fact that you got any signal out of a spliced cable is pretty amazing. Something along the lines of this with a pigtail and an RJ-45 on the other end should work well for a remote jack.

    USB is even easier since you probably have one of these laying around in a spare parts box. Least I have several from other motherboards.

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    Major software updates today. Ive been testing new software and im going to load it today. Upgrades will include the newest release of roadrunner, 5 rr skins (CFX is awesome!!), frodoplayer 1.10, iGuidance 2.1 GPS software, and a few new music albums. Ive gotta say iGuidance seems much better for the car than the bloated S&T 2006. It loads faster, has great TS controls even if its unbedded, starts GPS tracking on launch, superior options and configurations. Im really diggin it. Time to go uncoil that RJ-45 and get some data flowing through it. Since Im doing all this new software I will have to get pics of it running in the car. Stay posted
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