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    ok. i want to put a firewire dvd player in the dash. i was told that i dont need to run seperate power cable (if i used a six pin firewire cable. but i cant find any drives or external ide boxes that dont require ac. can someone point me in the right direction? i have a ide dvd to use in an external box if i could (cheaper). also would usb 2.0 work better/cheaper? thanks

    ok i found one but it says the max transfer rate is "up to 400 Mbps" here's the link: http://www.lavalink.com/PRODUCTS/139...e%20Board.HTML
    btw it cost $80.00

    [ 08-05-2001: Message edited by: etrik ]

    [ 08-05-2001: Message edited by: etrik ]
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  • #2
    etrik: thats why I have on the way in the mail. get it. its the best deal around.
    Athlon 500, 128 MB, ATI Xpert 4MB AGP TV-Out, Sound Blaster Live! Value, 8.4 GB, 2x20 Backlit LCD, Keypower 250 Watt ATX DC-DC, DSchmitd Startup/Shutdown Controller, IRMan + Backlit IR Remote, Custom Keypad, 5.6" NTSC LCD, In-Dash Slot Loading DVD, all installed in an '87 Honda Accord LX-i

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    • #3
      I read firewire should be good for 640x480..maybe even higher so it should work. I hope it does cause I want to move my DVD to the front via firewire. I already have a converter card just never tried it yet.

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      • #4
        640x480? that's like negative bandwidth.

        Firewire is speced to run up to 400 mbit/sec. The average DVD is like 7 mbit/sec.

        I think it should be ok.
        I cheat, I own an empeg.
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        • #5
          I didn't know the specs on DVD.

          I know USB can't do 640X480 and that's 12mbps. It's limit is 320X240 IIRC. I know you can do full screen but it wont be as clear. That's what I was told by a video/usb site.

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          • #6
            Funny, I acually worked on an FPGA chip that Lava bought from our company. The lava IDE to 1394 adapters are decent though the price is steep =)

            PS: The owner's name (of Lava) is Roman ;-)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dragyn:
              <STRONG>I didn't know the specs on DVD.

              I know USB can't do 640X480 and that's 12mbps. It's limit is 320X240 IIRC. I know you can do full screen but it wont be as clear. That's what I was told by a video/usb site.</STRONG>
              But we're not talking USB.. We're talking Firewire, baybee!!
              I cheat, I own an empeg.
              Meskimen's Law: There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over.
              http://civic.mp3car.com

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              • #8
                The resolution that you are playing the movie at had no impact on the bandwidth required. Regardless of what resolution you are watching it at the DVD-ROM sends the same info to the computer.
                Got started with computers on this board early in high school...now I run a web development company and am about to build my dream machine.

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