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    Hello,
    I have a overall question on all of you guys. Im in the middle of deciding if I should get me a $800 doubleDin car radio with touchscreen OR put the money in a carcomputer.

    I'm a computer tech, so i'm pretty in the carcomputer but i have one issue.
    I don't want to fix every month something else on my (maybe/future) carcomputer.

    so to you guys out there, how many time did u had to fix ur carcomputer? what time frame? and what parts will go out every 6/12 month that I have to count in ???

    thanks

  • #2
    Mine has been in my truck for about 6 months and I haven't replaced anything.
    others have had their systems in longer than mine and replaced nothing, either.
    Reliability isn't an issue if you do things properly.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      and what about the touchscreens? Are they reliable? Like lilliput, is that a good brand?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by flavor4real View Post
        and what about the touchscreens? Are they reliable? Like lilliput, is that a good brand?
        I have only used Lilliputs. I liked them so much that I started recommending and selling them as well. It is the best fit in a 350Z among others.

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        • #5
          Hi, I've had my truckputer in for almost 2 yrs with no problems.. and thats in the hot florida sun also have a lilli in the truck for over a yr now with no problems.

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          • #6
            consider using laptop as it were designed to be more durable.
            My problem were always software related problem. I never had hardware issue
            dsatx in voompc 2 case <HERE>

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            • #7
              2 rock solid setup.
              The only time I have to fix something is replate the BIOS battery. There are sometime I have to fix the problem I caused.
              2004 Matrix XR A7N8X-VM/400 AMD XP-M 2500+, DS-ATX
              89 Supra Turbo P3 [email protected]/Abit BE6 II, Alpine M-BUS Car2PC.
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              • #8
                I have not had a hardware related issue.
                Once I had a loose connection... other that that nothing.

                I run lower power/heat parts and get very reliable results.
                TruckinMP3
                D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by flavor4real View Post
                  and what about the touchscreens? Are they reliable? Like lilliput, is that a good brand?
                  You really should search around the forums to see what others have said about that brand.

                  I'd also recommend perusing the FAQs, as there is a wealth of information about every major brand of touchscreen for in-car use.
                  Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                  How about the Wiki?



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                  • #10
                    If you arent computer retarded you should build a carputer,you just got to keep it maintained sometimes. Common-sence plays the biggest role for me.
                    screen name here use to be MegaloRESE15"

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                    • #11
                      i'm fixing it to make it into a carputer. I'm in Thailand and it gets plenty hot and humid in homes here (most people don't use aircon) and these things keep chuggin along. Cases are left on the floor where they get kicked and dusty. A car is a setp up if you ask me. As long as you put things in correctly and take the necessary precautions to keep it away from a leaky trunk or direct heat from the engine compartment, there is no reason it shouldn't survive. Heck, i'm doing in car testing and it's jsut a pile o'electionics on my floor, no skips, shorts or any problems while driving.
                      Rep! Rep! My kingdom for some rep!

                      My WIP

                      Ghetto Carlaputer: (putting things together) 0% * * * * * * * */2 - - 100%
                      Wife's patience: 0% * * * */2 - - - - - 100%

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                      • #12
                        Thank you for your respond guys. I researched the forum the last 5-7weeks and I didn't had a good picture of the durable of a touchscreen and overall repair of a carputer.

                        I think I will give it a try and hopefully everything will sound perfect. I'm very picky with the sound quality.

                        3 Amps (highs, midds, and lows), Soundblaster Extreme soundcart are planed via a P4/AMD and lilliput 7" and live music library update (bluetooth) when the vehicle is parked at the house. GPS maybe a good point later on.

                        Its a 2000 Mercury so I got a little space for the parts.

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                        • #13
                          I've had mine 3+ years I believe not too sure. Screen went bad, dvd drive also but the carputer itself is rock solid.

                          edit; so what I mean is get quality parts and you'll be fine.
                          Mine needs to be updated.

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