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    Hey all, i cant tell you how much ive learned just by being on this site for a few weeks! You guys are really great! Ive decided on a set up and was just wondering what you guys think and if you can see any faults with it. I will be using the carputer for music, video, GPS and thats it. Here it is...

    the kit is from short-circuit.com http://www.short-circuit.com/categories/carpc.html

    -id be getting the "Multimedia Powerhouse" from that link^
    -with DDR2 512MB RAM and a 120GB 2.5" drive from ebay
    -and a Lilliput screen from ebay

    so whats the verdict guys? thanks!
    '08 VW Rabbit S 2.5

    Carputer Progress:
    Design:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 100%
    Fabrication:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]100%
    Installation:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 80%

    In trouble...

  • #2
    Other than the RAM, you should be good. That motherboard does not accept DDR2.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
      Other than the RAM, you should be good. That motherboard does not accept DDR2.
      ok so DDR2 is out the door, DDR is the replacement. Thanks for the response!
      '08 VW Rabbit S 2.5

      Carputer Progress:
      Design:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 100%
      Fabrication:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]100%
      Installation:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 80%

      In trouble...

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      • #4
        Are you going to buy a GPS unit aswell?
        Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
        1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
        30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
        15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
        Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
          Are you going to buy a GPS unit as well?
          yeah im thinking of going with the Microsofts Street and Trips. http://www.microsoft.com/streets/Pro...s.aspx?pid=001
          come with the software and a USB GPS receiver. Ill probably get the 05 version since ive found it for like 40 bucks for the software and receiver...
          '08 VW Rabbit S 2.5

          Carputer Progress:
          Design:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 100%
          Fabrication:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]100%
          Installation:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 80%

          In trouble...

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          • #6
            Sounds good. I have the '06 version and I too found a good deal for it and the receiver.

            If you will be using RR, check out this skin for it. It is the one I use, and it makes S&T much much more touchscreen friendly: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...28&postcount=2
            Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
            1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
            30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
            15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
            Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
              Sounds good. I have the '06 version and I too found a good deal for it and the receiver.

              If you will be using RR, check out this skin for it. It is the one I use, and it makes S&T much much more touchscreen friendly: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...28&postcount=2
              sweet man! thanks! I assume your running road runner then? where did you get it? i try to google but i get this internet service provider crap. And are there anymore screen shots of that skin?
              '08 VW Rabbit S 2.5

              Carputer Progress:
              Design:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 100%
              Fabrication:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]100%
              Installation:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 80%

              In trouble...

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              • #8


                Well Yes I am using RoadRunner. It is a free frontend. If you look in the Software sectio, then frontends, you will see a complete listing of them. Some mac, some linux, most windows. RR is the most popular. StreetDeck is a $200 program but hassle free setup and navigation built in (Not compatable with Streets and Trips, only Mappoint). Frodoplayer was slowly dieing, but he seems to everynow and then pop back up so who knows.

                To get RR, either look in the RR forum for something about a "new installer and updater" where they make a much easier to install version from the latest binaries. (basically just double click and voila). Or to get the older installer and most current binaries, go to guino's website.

                Do a member search for "guino" and look in his signature. Then the downloads section of his site. He is the developer by the way.
                Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
                1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
                30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
                15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
                Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

                Comment


                • #9
                  thanks!^

                  About how many watts would the computer and the screen use? would a 400 watt inverter with a 800 watt surge protector be enough? and is it safe to run through the cig lighter, i have one in my trunk. I plan on mounting the computer in the back and run the power and usb for the monitor to the back and to the inverter, well unless its not recommended
                  '08 VW Rabbit S 2.5

                  Carputer Progress:
                  Design:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 100%
                  Fabrication:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]100%
                  Installation:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 80%

                  In trouble...

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                  • #10
                    Cig lighter is one of the worst places to connect to. You need a dedicated wire up to the battery.

                    A via board is a low power solution. 25-30W for the motherboard, probably 25W for the screen, and then the HD and a CD drive probably 10W or a bit more. You do realize that those kits come with a M1-ATX?

                    You do not need an inverter. Do a search for M1-ATX or M2-ATX or smart DC-DC PSU or look in the mp3car store for DC-DC PSU's to learn about them. Also, inverters are frowned upon unless absolutely neccessary. In your case it is definately not needed.
                    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
                    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
                    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
                    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
                    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
                      Cig lighter is one of the worst places to connect to. You need a dedicated wire up to the battery.

                      A via board is a low power solution. 25-30W for the motherboard, probably 25W for the screen, and then the HD and a CD drive probably 10W or a bit more. You do realize that those kits come with a M1-ATX?

                      You do not need an inverter. Do a search for M1-ATX or M2-ATX or smart DC-DC PSU or look in the mp3car store for DC-DC PSU's to learn about them. Also, inverters are frowned upon unless absolutely neccessary. In your case it is definately not needed.
                      i have a cig lighter in the trunk. Does the location make it a bad idea or the fact that its a cig lighter.
                      '08 VW Rabbit S 2.5

                      Carputer Progress:
                      Design:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 100%
                      Fabrication:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]100%
                      Installation:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 80%

                      In trouble...

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                      • #12
                        It has to do with the size of wire they use. If you upgrade the wires from the back of that cig lighter to go directly to the battery for +12v and a good solid ground both with 8awg minimum, then you can use it. But unless you have done this, it is a fire hazard because the wires are too small.
                        Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
                        1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
                        30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
                        15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
                        Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          ok thanks for the help 2k1
                          '08 VW Rabbit S 2.5

                          Carputer Progress:
                          Design:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 100%
                          Fabrication:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]100%
                          Installation:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 80%

                          In trouble...

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            no problem
                            Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
                            1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
                            30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
                            15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
                            Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

                            Comment

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