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    hi all.
    im thinking about putting a car pc in my ford transit van.
    first of all i want to know if i have to have a car pc designed for a car or can i use a small desktop pc as i have an old hp small factor pc gathering dust in my draw, its 2.8ghz 1gig ram and the psu is 160watts.

    in my van i have 2 car batterys, one in the engine bay and another rigged up in the back with an isolator switch, also a 600 watt invertor, so would this do to power a pc.

    also have 8" touch screen in the front, and a jbl amp.

    and can the pc audio connect to the amp?

    i also have a 200W DC-DC 12v Mini Power Supply PW-200V if thats any good to use,

    any info / help would be great.

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    Try here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php
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      Originally posted by ice203 View Post
      hi all.
      im thinking about putting a car pc in my ford transit van.
      Great idea!

      Originally posted by ice203 View Post
      first of all i want to know if i have to have a car pc designed for a car or can i use a small desktop pc as i have an old hp small factor pc gathering dust in my draw, its 2.8ghz 1gig ram and the psu is 160watts.
      You can use any size PC you want. Just be sure that you have room enough for it and you can power it in your car

      Originally posted by ice203 View Post
      in my van i have 2 car batterys, one in the engine bay and another rigged up in the back with an isolator switch, also a 600 watt invertor, so would this do to power a pc.
      I dont see why not

      Originally posted by ice203 View Post
      also have 8" touch screen in the front, and a jbl amp.

      and can the pc audio connect to the amp?
      You need VGA/DVI in and USB out (for the touch pasrt of it) on the touchscreen to hook up the screen to your computer

      Originally posted by ice203 View Post
      i also have a 200W DC-DC 12v Mini Power Supply PW-200V if thats any good to use,

      any info / help would be great.
      Off the top of my head, I dont think those are meant for automotivew applications
      '93 Toyota Celica - First Car PC install
      Current System Specs:
      ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+ GF8200
      AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
      1 GB DDR2 667
      LITE-ON DL-8ATS Slot-Load
      750 GB Seagate SATA HDD
      250W PSU
      19" Hyundai Monitor

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