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  • Nano-ITX and 5 1/4" enclosures

    Hi guys,

    Nano-ITX is coming, and I've got an install vehicle that could really use it. We have a 2002 Suburban that my wife drives, and she's really leary about a carputer. Our Suburban headunit has a built in CD player and an outboard Cassette player in the dash. The Cassette player is a 5 1/4" device, same size as a CD-ROM drive, etc.

    Nano-ITX motherboards are small enough to fit in that size, so I'd like to start planning for making a case small enough to hold an Opus and a motherboard with either an LED or LCD display across the front.

    Has anyone else thought or heard about self contained 5.25" computers? Any ideas?

    Regards,

    Chairboy
    Chrysler 300 - Fabricating
    http://hallert.net/

  • #2
    i'll be sticking my nano in a gamecube case
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    • #3
      When they come out I plan on making a one din computer with the opus. Also I'm going to try to make docking ports on the back of the unit so I can unplug it with just one big plug. Havn't found a good case so I may just try to make one.
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      • #4
        Chairboy, what are you going to do for a screen?

        I'm planning an install in my 99 Burb. Phased approach, first get the PC installed (full size ATX) with a boom mounted screen. Get all the bugs worked out and then go for the HU replacement)

        Let's see 8.5W x 2.2H x 5.7D http://www.case-mod.com/store/produc...oducts_id=1157

        Or the closest is this I don't think you're going to find on short enough to fit the 5.25 form factor.

        Chris

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        • #5
          Hmm, maybe I should look for a monitor that will fit in the 5.25 enclosure instead... After all, I can hide the PC anywhere...
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          • #6
            Not really all that interesting or informative, but here Kevin Rose puts a nano into a mini mac.

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            • #7
              Check the comments he's getting from this project. Some hardcore MAC guys sound really ****ed about it. I'm not a MAC guy at all but that is pretty lame to take a brand new Mini-Mac and throw in the slower PC (I would be more understanding if it was a 3GHz or more).
              1.6GHz HP e-PC, 768MB RAM, 120GB WD HDD, Slim DVD-ROM, Onboard sound & video, 7" Lilliput, USB GPS Mouse, Audiovox FM Modulator, Vector 400 Watt Power Inverter, Windows XP Pro SP2, iGuidance 2, 15" Samsung LCD for the rear *Carputer not installed*

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              • #8
                I don't find it lame at all.

                in fact, the branding of the mac turns around the look of it, so it must be a good case, why not use it. if mac people aren't happy, they can take a beige case from the PC world and put their mac in it, I don't mind.


                This said, you think that with nano-itx you can have a 2 din monitor (motorized) and computer kit?

                would be pretty darn cool.
                -Mars

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chairboy
                  Has anyone else thought or heard about self contained 5.25" computers?
                  Here's one. It's too long to fit into a standard DIN slot, but I believe it'll go into a 5.25" bay provided enough rear clearence. I saw a rack of these in a server case once.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mushin
                    Here's one. It's too long to fit into a standard DIN slot, but I believe it'll go into a 5.25" bay provided enough rear clearence. I saw a rack of these in a server case once.

                    How much is it?

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                    • #11
                      look at
                      http://www.sumicom.com.tw/
                      http://www.kingyoung.com.tw/S625.htm
                      http://www.itreviews.co.uk/h419-jade...max-review.htm


                      I think it would turn around 700 pounds, or 1000$
                      yet I haven't found any real pricing.
                      -Mars

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                      • #12
                        Hopefully OPUS and the m1atx ps's will make a cable to connect directly instead of using the adapter that I've seen in pictures...

                        -Mario

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                        • #13
                          the casetronic travla c134 is DIN sized, it has an external power brick though (laptop sized)
                          http://www.itx-warehouse.co.uk/Produ...x?ProductID=77

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                          • #14
                            I like the casetronic unit.

                            any idea if it will be available in canada (or anywhere in north america)?
                            -Mars

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                            • #15
                              Not if you put an M1-ATX in it! Then you don't need the AC/DC converting power brick at all.

                              brent
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