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  • Why pc in the trunk?

    Why the most of you do the install in the trunk of the car? I think Im gonna make it near the passenger seat. Which is the advantage in the rear? noise?
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  • #2
    space, most people don't have room in the front of there car, noise plays no issue
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    • #3
      I have mine in the center console, mostly because its easier for connectivity with the GPS, LCD, PSU, Mouse, etc.
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      • #4
        i'd have to agree space and ventilation

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        • #5
          Sure the front is probably the much more practical idea,but for some of us it is not possible. Many of us don't have room upfront or just don't want to loose the functionality of the glove compartmnt as an example. This becomes a major problem if one doesn't use an itx mobo.
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          • #6
            Now that I look back, I should have put mine in the trunk. The passenger-side airbag looked promising though. I personally wouldn't have the time anyway to run all the stuff to the trunk... I think it would be too much work.
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            • #7
              extension cables are def. one very big concern for a trunk installation.
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              • #8
                An under-dash or in-dash install makes everything so easy if you have the space. Cabling is a doddle.
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                • #9
                  I guess its better than under the hood....
                  Originally posted by menudude
                  thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by vcbb5
                    extension cables are def. one very big concern for a trunk installation.
                    I have no cabling issues. My serial, usb, vga, audio cables are all over 6' with no issues. The mouse/ keyboard is RF so no problems there.
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                    • #11
                      an under seat location has worked out very well for me. Also i have to agree that you shouldn't have to much trouble with the cables if you go for a trunk mount. The only disadvantage of the trunk that i can see is the need for an usb/ide if you want an optical drive within reach.

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                      • #12
                        the only real issue with trunk mounts is ide cable. USB isn't an issue since most are running touchscreen so there is one usb cable already dragged up front. And there various 4port usb hubs out there (belikin...) that don't require a power supply if your using less then 500ma on the usb lne. So this makes it real convenient of not figguring out another regulated 12v power issue.
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                        - MSI RS482M-IL Mobo + AMD Turion MT-32 (25W)
                        - 1x 256MB Corsair XMMS DDR400
                        - M2-ATX
                        - Belkin 802.11G W-Nic
                        - Garmin 15H GPS
                        - WinXP SP2 (NLited)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SjLucky
                          I guess its better than under the hood....
                          I used to have an old-school VW Bug, and my carPC was under the hood
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