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  • No Firewire in my BookPC / USB HD??

    I put a BookPC in my car over a year ago before Firewire was getting popular, thus I dont have a Firewire port on it. It is blessed with 2 USB ports though. Anyways, I am looking for easy removable storage either USB or Firewire. There are no PCI expansion spots, thus I would need some sort of an adapter to get Firewire goin (IDE to a Firewire HD would be the only real option that I have). Is there anything out that does this?
    Otherwise Ill just go with a USB HD. Are they really just too slow (even to just play songs off of them)? Or is the problem just taking a long time to get songs on? 1mb/s sounds aweful, but still thats roughly 15 songs a minute. So, getting the first 20 gigs on would take a good while, but updates wont be that bad...Any comments on that?Also, are there any recomendations on a good kind of IDE to USB Enclosures (good = cheap). Ive seen a few for around 90 bucks http://www.part2.com/new/newca805puh.html
    Anything cheaper out?
    I'm a ghost...email me if you have any questions on my old setup

    My way outdated website: http://www.poboytech.net

    FYI: I sold my 96 4Runner and bought a 1985

  • #2
    I havent seen them any cheaper than that. Hey I'm curious how you fit that book pc under your seat. I take it you put it under the drivers side seat, since there is the rear heater under the passenger side. Do you have any pictures?

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    • #3
      I got my 4Runner down in New Orleans, LA where not too many cars come with heaters cause its so feakin hot So Mine is actually under the passenger seat. If you dont have powerseats, watch for a piece of wire that hangs under the seat for the purpose of unlatching when you want to move the seat. It will get ripped out if you dont prevent it from hanging. I also cut a square out of the back of my center console for the DVD player...it faces the rear passengars, but i can easily reach around for it.
      I'm a ghost...email me if you have any questions on my old setup

      My way outdated website: http://www.poboytech.net

      FYI: I sold my 96 4Runner and bought a 1985

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      • #4
        sell your bookpc and get this!

        That's what I did

        Or you could take out your cd-rom and put in a hot-swap drive thing.
        Having only one ide socket really sucks
        >\\MP3G60//<

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        • #5
          USB is upto 12 MB/sec
          --BLK
          Wide awake
          and keeping distance from my soul - Tool

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          • #6
            g60:
            How do you like that new Book PC? I plan on getting it with a 700mhz celery and 128mb of ram. Any comments on it? Im gonna run GPS/DVD/Winamp.

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            • #7
              <STRONG>g60:
              How do you like that new Book PC? I plan on getting it with a 700mhz celery and 128mb of ram. Any comments on it? Im gonna run GPS/DVD/Winamp.</STRONG>

              It is a really sweet case

              10x better than the bookpc. Easier to open-up and work on, easier to get at stuff inside.
              Case quality is exellent, all sharp edges are rolled, & 2 case fans.
              Plus it's got all the features like suspend to ram, firewire, 2x ide, 2x pci slots, infrared...
              >\\MP3G60//<

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              • #8
                I just wish it had two serial. I've considered upgrading from my current PC to it, but I have two serial devices, and I don't want to use USB adapters if I do upgrade.. and wastinga PCI slot on a serial port card seems like a waste too.

                Oh well.
                Player: Celeron II 633MHz, 256MB RAM, 20GB IBM 9mm 2.5" Laptop HD (180G/2ms), onboard ethernet/sound/video/tvout, 10"11"x3" case, MPBS1 70W DC-DC PS w/auto-shutdown controller, in-dash lighted switches, 7" NTSC TFT widescreen in-dash LCD, touchscreen, rear-window brake light installed Garmin GPS35 GPS, credit card sized IR remote w/IRMan, mini-wireless keyboard/mouse (sits under seat), PowerMate black knob, MP3s and GPS Navigation (Winamp, CoPilot, SA8.0).
                Car: 1993 Nissan Maxima, Black Emerald

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