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    Hi im new here but i have been looking around and gathering knowledge for a long time. I have a lot of past expierence with building custom pcs and believe i will be fine building CarPC. But i need some help picking components

    I want to be using the PC for:

    DVD playing (dont need mp3)
    GPS Navigation
    Engine Monitoring and Controlling
    Built-in 802.11 wireless

    I was also hoping to run Windows Vista on it
    I want something with 1gb ddr on it but picking a single motherboard over the others i am finding to be a difficult feat.

    Thanks to all in advance
    Red

  • #2
    Choosing components is entirely up to you. I suggest loking through worklogs and the SOYP forum and seeing what components others have used.

    The FAQ Emporium is also an invaluable informational resource.

    I would recommend against Windows Vista. There's no need, and it's a big fat chunk of bloatware that you don't need in the car.
    Couple that witht he fact that it's brand new and as a result doesn't support some hardware and software, and you've got reasons to forego Vista, at least for now.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      cheers for the advice
      i guess vista is too buggy i was wondering because it has built in support for touch screens and all that.

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      • #4
        Native support for a touchscreen is only one small piece fo the equation.
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?



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        • #5
          Ive been looking around and there isnt anything equivalent to OBDII for my car

          it is a 1991 MR2 GLimited
          It has an ecu and i can get error codes out of it with the hairpin trick but would it work with a CarPC

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          • #6
            Yeah, but whatever touchscreen you buy is going to be able to supply you the software to support it.

            I did a laptop install, but you might be getting more function with what you want doing it with a PC setup.
            Mike M
            2006 Accord VP Sedan

            My worklog
            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...-dads-car.html

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            • #7
              You may be out of luck on the guages engine management. The pre 94/95 is tough and not standard like OBD2. I had a similar system in my 91 RX7. Mazda made a reader for it, but no-one else I found did.
              Mike M
              2006 Accord VP Sedan

              My worklog
              http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...-dads-car.html

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              • #8
                Don't run Vista unless you will be sticking a DX10 video card in it, and plan on playing Crysis on a 22" monitor from your back seat.
                current projects

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                • #9
                  no back seat

                  i do not have a backseat

                  the carpc is mostly for the passenger to play nintendo roms on.
                  and when needed adjust air intake/fuel intake but it seems i would not be able to do that with my car.

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                  • #10
                    You can run nintendo roms on a modified Xbox...and run it through a standard monitor...cheaper too..
                    current projects

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                    • #11
                      the coolness in having a carputer is too good though but it isnt worth getting if i cannot find a way to connect my engine to the carpc

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                      • #12
                        considing the year, it's questionable.

                        OBD-II came about in the mid-90s. Good luck with it, though.

                        One option might be replacing the motor & electronics from a newer model. That's nnot in everyone's budget, obviously.
                        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                        How about the Wiki?



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                        • #13
                          I think you would be better off going to a forum dedicated to your car and finding out if there is any package that will run on a computer that will read your ECU.
                          Jan Bennett
                          FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                          Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                          • #14
                            ok all
                            thanks very much for your help

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