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    Cobalt Computer

    I have a Cobalt SS and i also have the ampie car computer. I was wondering if anyone had a comment about the location of my computer. I was thinking about putting it behind the plastic on the side of my console.

    Here is a pic:
    http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...44/dash7-1.jpg

    the location is the boxed in area. I figured if i put it there it would be out of sight(view) and it would be easy to get to the LCD screen in the main part of the console. I also would like to know if i put it there with the ampie computer would it over-heat? Would it get to hot in there?


    Here is a pic of the stock head unit where i would put the flip out screen:
    http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...de44/dash4.jpg

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    New to CarPCs? Don't know where to start?

    Though it pertains to screens, it will give you a good idea:

    New to CarPCs? Don't know where to start?

    Regarding overheating, just put a fan or two on the case and you should be good.

    Since you didn't fill out your profile at all i can't know where you live and what kind of environment to expect this PC to be in.

    IIRC, the Ampie case is essentially just a big heat sink, correct?
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    I believe so. And what are u saying about the fans?
    Just get a CPU fan and put it near it or cut a hole in the plastic panel and put a fan there to pull the heat out. Is that what you are saying?

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    I would ideally go with a pushing fan and a pulling fan, just something to help circulate the air back there. A small computer case fan should work fine, something with silent technology preferably.
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    Could you give me a link of a fan u would perfer?

    But otherwise do u think the location where i put the computer would work?

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    I have no idea what will fit in your situation, that's something that you need to figure out based on your needs.
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    Make sure the pulling fan flows LESS CFM than your pushing fan creating positive pressure. Think of this as the same as the thermostat in your car's cooling system. Constant air flowing past the components is good, but if there's no heatsink on the component, it's not as likely to transfer heat as efficiently as something with a sink. Giving the case positive pressure helps the air to hang around a while longer and pick up more hot air before being exhausted.

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    you could get identical fans and run one of them with a resistor (the pull fan). Just look for brushless fans, they tend to make less noise and last longer.

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    I've been wondering, would a ventury duct from the heating and cooling work well? If it's already going to be in the dash, may as well use the car's fan. Probably wouldn't be enough airflow. Just thinking out loud here...
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    I don't know that it would really be necessary though.
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