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  • E46 330i Project - New Jersey Style

    So, I've been plotting since Feburary on what to do about this carPC. Yesterday was my first day of major stress so i figured it was time to start my thread.

    Short Background:
    Im a computer programmer, but not one of those geeeky ones, im one of those cool ones that goes to the gym, plays sports, goes to the club, and has a girlfriend, becaus i am good loooking.

    I have no experience in the electrical department, other than circuits 101 i took in college 3 years ago. I also have no experience with fiberglass bondo, or anything else that smells and molds into shapes

    That said, my friend tim will be my partner on this project, he knows electrical stuff and has been working on compentition pick up trucks for the past 5 years, and has always been good at running wires in systems, and knows the fiber glass stuff also.

    So with our heads together, this should come out pretty darn sweet.



    System:

    This is my first system, after installing and seeing how goes it i may upgrade, but well see.

    OPUS 150w
    650Mhz amd processor
    80gb harddrive
    352mb SDRAM
    Dvdrom
    RADEON 9800 PRO 128 MB AGP Card(a bit overkill maybe? but i want smooth video and i got a good deal on it)

    Radio shark
    4 port USB powered hub
    7 port USB powered hub
    gamepad for my nes,gen emulators ( i bet i can beat contra while driving ; ) thats what i tell my mom any way, she doesnt think its funny tho.)

    Right now everything works GREAT, perfect even. Only thing before installing
    that i want to fix is boot time, right now its booting at like a min with hibernate, becasue i cant set my bios to not do auto on my harddrive, when i enter it manually it freezes before i can save and exit. anyone ever had this problem? i still need to research that.

    I will try my best to post pics and note the obstacles i stumble over so that it may be a help for anyone trying this at home.
    Go on and do it, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied,
    Whatever it is, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied.



    CarPc progress |OOOOXCOOOO| 57%

  • #2
    Originally posted by ltrain1007

    Short Background:
    Im a computer programmer, but not one of those geeeky ones, im one of those cool ones that goes to the gym, plays sports, goes to the club, and has a girlfriend, becaus i am good loooking.
    Modest too.

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    • #3
      also you may want to think about selling the radeon to get some more ram. video playback for 2d for most ppl wouldn't notice the difference between a good 2d card (which the radeon isn't) and a onboard video card. 32mbs of ram blows for anything that has a GUI on it

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      • #4
        well

        Originally posted by PatrickB
        also you may want to think about selling the radeon to get some more ram. video playback for 2d for most ppl wouldn't notice the difference between a good 2d card (which the radeon isn't) and a onboard video card. 32mbs of ram blows for anything that has a GUI on it

        Im not all that good looking : /



        but anyway, im not sure what your beef is with the Video card or my ram. Its in there and everything i have is working perfectly right now. im sure things could be better, and one day i will have the ultimate machine, but for now, im completely happy with how my computer runs. And maybe i dont undertsand something but, where are u getting "32mb of ram" from? my card is 128MB.
        Go on and do it, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied,
        Whatever it is, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied.



        CarPc progress |OOOOXCOOOO| 57%

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        • #5
          Here she is, Carpc Virgin, i plan to dig in and rip her a new one ; )

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          Attached Files
          Go on and do it, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied,
          Whatever it is, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied.



          CarPc progress |OOOOXCOOOO| 57%

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          • #7
            Originally posted by ltrain1007
            Im not all that good looking : /



            but anyway, im not sure what your beef is with the Video card or my ram. Its in there and everything i have is working perfectly right now. im sure things could be better, and one day i will have the ultimate machine, but for now, im completely happy with how my computer runs. And maybe i dont undertsand something but, where are u getting "32mb of ram" from? my card is 128MB.
            haha u edited your post it had 32mb of ram in your original post. now your post says 352. i have no beef with your video card infact its good video card. its does pretty decent 3d graphics. i would still up the ram. 512 is about the min that i would run. and as far as video graphics running a dvd movie etc has very little to do with what kind of graphics card but rather how fast your processor is.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by Enforcer
              which one in the Pic, the one in the foreground to the left or the one in the background.

              lol
              Go on and do it, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied,
              Whatever it is, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied.



              CarPc progress |OOOOXCOOOO| 57%

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              • #9
                Originally posted by PatrickB
                i would still up the ram. 512 is about the min that i would run.
                I will get a uber good system one day, right now, this will do, but thanks for the input ; )


                PS i didnt edit my ram, i think u had too much to drink and just missed the 5
                Go on and do it, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied,
                Whatever it is, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied.



                CarPc progress |OOOOXCOOOO| 57%

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                • #10
                  ok my first day. . .

                  I decided id rip everything out of the trunk and post pics, like everyone else has done for the E46, and that would infact start my thread, but then yesterday happened.

                  I spent sooo much time on trouble shooting that i said i might as well start my thread now. Plus this will help me stay on top of my check points.


                  First thing, i wake up at 8am on sunday, and say hey lets play wit the pc, then rip the trunk apart. well lets say i didnt get to the trunk.

                  First issue. Hibernation on windows 2000. it wouldnt work, i dont know why, everytime i tried to restart, it would give me the BOSD.

                  Stop 0x0000007A or KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR

                  im like boooo, so after trying to figure it out for a few i said i might as welll upgrade to XP. I was worried being that all my setup is already on the machine, frodo and all applications and whatever.

                  so i do it, and after install it wont boot into windows, it blue screens again! with a different area, saying cant find img something or other, i
                  and get nothing, so i delete the file it was dis-liking, and it starts to reinstalll xp again, im like ok cool go go go.

                  now it installs and still wont boot, its missing file lz32.dll, so i download and copy that file, now it boots PERFECTLY . . . WHEW!!!!

                  now i take a hour break to play some GT4, that Nike Car is cool, but i digress . . .


                  next, time to see what devices got mucked up in the upgrade. . .ehh no first lets just install service pack2. so I begin to install, NOPE, windows product key is invalid, APPARENTLY i dont have a un-pirated version of xp
                  then i look, i thought i was screwed, but then found out there is a process to change the product key, so i did it and bam im good, whew!!

                  almost there now my wireless isnt working and my touchscreen stopped(both were working in win2000)

                  i fixed the wireless pretty easy, the services werent turned on. touch screen was more difficult.

                  I couldnt install the software, because everytime i clicked setup, i got an error saying, error installing IKERNEL.

                  how the FLIP am i supposed to install it when it wont install!

                  long story short, i had to delete the engine folder under program files\common files\installsheild\

                  and run a program called ikernelupdate.exe which i got from www.installshield.com

                  now thats done, and everything is working good except for some reason Frodo's set1 ignores me when i click it, set2 works fine, if i dont hear any tips i will try to reinstall it : (

                  sorry if this is boring but its for me as much as it is for anyone that is bored at work, or thinking of doing a bmw install.

                  If i can do it, you can do it ; )

                  let the fun begin
                  Go on and do it, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied,
                  Whatever it is, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied.



                  CarPc progress |OOOOXCOOOO| 57%

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                  • #11
                    i guess if you got a good deal on it it is fine, but your processor is like better than the rest of the computer, and also prolly takes more power.

                    sounds good otherwise

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                    • #12
                      huh?

                      Originally posted by The-ill-man
                      i guess if you got a good deal on it it is fine, but your processor is like better than the rest of the computer, and also prolly takes more power.

                      sounds good otherwise


                      How is my processor better than "the rest" of my computer? Please explain. Im need more horsepower something like 1.8ghz at least, to be happy.



                      does anyone with 650mhz have a boot time under a minute?
                      Go on and do it, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied,
                      Whatever it is, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied.



                      CarPc progress |OOOOXCOOOO| 57%

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by ltrain1007
                        How is my processor better than "the rest" of my computer? Please explain. Im need more horsepower something like 1.8ghz at least, to be happy.



                        does anyone with 650mhz have a boot time under a minute?
                        plenty of ppl.

                        also i think everyone is saying you pretty much have over kill on your video card for a car pc. it takes a huge amount of power to run the card and its uneeded. video playback isn't using much of that card since its a 3d card and processor and ram determine how fast things are and respond. you don't need a 1.8ghz processor for a car pc either. u just really need to optimize your software. if you are indeed computer programmer you should know all these things.

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by PatrickB
                          plenty of ppl.

                          u just really need to optimize your software. if you are indeed computer programmer you should know all these things.

                          hey you can kiss my @$$. dont talk to me like that. I never claimed to be an EXPERT. I am a computer programmer yes, but Im not 100% sure how all hardware works. All i know is when i was playing dvds it was skipping, and running slow, now with the new card its fine, perfect looking, and it has digital sound on the card.

                          I never insulted anyone so i dont know why you feel you have to
                          Go on and do it, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied,
                          Whatever it is, do it, Do it 'til you're satisfied.



                          CarPc progress |OOOOXCOOOO| 57%

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by ltrain1007
                            hey you can kiss my @$$. dont talk to me like that. I never claimed to be an EXPERT. I am a computer programmer yes, but Im not 100% sure how all hardware works. All i know is when i was playing dvds it was skipping, and running slow, now with the new card its fine, perfect looking, and it has digital sound on the card.

                            I never insulted anyone so i dont know why you feel you have to

                            calm down. this will help u more then anything and installing xp of win2k is a NO-NO in the tech world.

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