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    Hey guys,

    I'll be browsing this site more in the future, since i'm planning on doing a car PC build!

    So I'm not new to forums, just this one, i drive an 06 legacy GT, and planning on doing a car PC set-up!

    So I might have some questions!

    Thanks
    JP

  • #2
    Originally posted by jproy12 View Post
    Hey guys,

    I'll be browsing this site more in the future, since i'm planning on doing a car PC build!

    So I'm not new to forums, just this one, i drive an 06 legacy GT, and planning on doing a car PC set-up!

    So I might have some questions!

    Thanks
    JP
    Soo I've got a couple questions;

    1. Are these full car PC any good? If not, which one do you recommend?
    http://store.mp3car.com/Budget_Bundl..._p/ccc-204.htm
    or
    http://store.mp3car.com/Mp3Car_Custo..._p/ccc-122.htm
    or
    ebay carpc's?


    2. I've done some research, but right now my main concern is making the PC boot up and shutdown on its own when i start/stop the car. With the search I did, I've seen some controllers, but how exactly do they work? Say i want to let the car warm up a bit on colder days, and make the carpc boot up after 5-10mins of warming up?


    3. If i get a touchscreen LCD screen, can I operate the carpc from the touchscreen or i'll have to get a wireless mouse/keyboard?


    Those are the questions i have for now, so I'll be doing more research, but if anyone has a quick answer's to my questions it would be great!

    Thanks
    JP

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    • #3
      This will help answer a lot of questions: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php

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      • #4
        Originally posted by maceo4 View Post
        This will help answer a lot of questions: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php
        Yea that did answer some of my questions, but I want to know if either of the above fully assemble carpc are any good? Or not?

        JP

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        • #5
          Yes those are fine systems. The first system you linked will have better cooling, which is important in the summer time with the PC in the hot trunk.

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          • #6
            One thing to keep in mind, most hard drives don't like to operate at temperatures below freezing, which might be a problem in winter time. Solid state disks (SSDs) don't have that problem, but are more expensive. They are also immune to shock.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kross View Post
              One thing to keep in mind, most hard drives don't like to operate at temperatures below freezing, which might be a problem in winter time. Solid state disks (SSDs) don't have that problem, but are more expensive. They are also immune to shock.
              Thanks for the reply! I wanted to get a controller to make sure the car is warmed up before powering everything on!

              As far as SSD HDD, i think i'll just hold on for now! So the 2 posted above are good system, now a good question of finding a good screen!

              Thanks again
              JP

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              • #8
                So i was able to find this setup, and shipping isnt too bad to Canada, can anyone tell me if its good, or not? I'll be using the carPC to do some logging for my car, and music and video's and most likely GPS feature!

                So will this carPC work for my needs:
                http://www.mo-co-so.com/Car-PC-with-...mcs-bb-lf2.htm

                And the next question is, what is all that bunch of wires for the power, most likely some of them is for power of the PC, but the rest?
                this:


                Anyways, I'll be adding a SSD HDD and i think I should be good to go, what else is needed?

                Thanks
                JP

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                • #9
                  for screens, try to stay away from flipout/motorized single din vga screens, from what i have read, they all have their own common problems(mostly, data cables breaking from the screen moving, and cheap plastic gears breaking under normal use)

                  lilliput and zenarc are the 2 most common brands, but others have had good success with off branded vga monitors doing well also.
                  My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                  "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                  next project? subaru brz
                  carpc undecided

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jproy12 View Post
                    So i was able to find this setup, and shipping isnt too bad to Canada, can anyone tell me if its good, or not? I'll be using the carPC to do some logging for my car, and music and video's and most likely GPS feature!

                    So will this carPC work for my needs:
                    http://www.mo-co-so.com/Car-PC-with-...mcs-bb-lf2.htm

                    And the next question is, what is all that bunch of wires for the power, most likely some of them is for power of the PC, but the rest?
                    this:


                    Anyways, I'll be adding a SSD HDD and i think I should be good to go, what else is needed?

                    Thanks
                    JP
                    I was able to find a Extreme Environment Seagate 40GB HDD for a good price, now just wondering if the above system is good! I'll most likely be adding a fan for cooling!

                    JP

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                    • #11
                      mo-co-so is a very reputable seller, with excellent customer service.

                      As for the wires, +12V and ground for the computer, another wire goes to the ignition so the computer knows when you turn the ignition on/off. Another wire is an output that goes to the amp to tell it to turn on/off, with a delay so there is no "thump". And I think there is a spare that can be used for whatever you want later.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kross View Post
                        mo-co-so is a very reputable seller, with excellent customer service.

                        As for the wires, +12V and ground for the computer, another wire goes to the ignition so the computer knows when you turn the ignition on/off. Another wire is an output that goes to the amp to tell it to turn on/off, with a delay so there is no "thump". And I think there is a spare that can be used for whatever you want later.
                        Thanks!

                        Yup sent them an email, really fast communication!

                        Here's what they said about the wiring:
                        Power, ground, accessory power, amp turn on, +5v output and ground for the +5 output.
                        So for the screen, how does it turn on/off, if it doesn't have a controller for the screen? Could i just wire it with the carPC?

                        JP

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                        • #13
                          If you look, on the right below where that bundle of wires plugs in, there's another plug. That's a power output that goes to the monitor. It comes with a cable, even though it doesn't show it in the pictures on the mo-co-so site. The monitor gets power when the PC is on. When the PC is off, it cuts power to the monitor.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kross View Post
                            If you look, on the right below where that bundle of wires plugs in, there's another plug. That's a power output that goes to the monitor. It comes with a cable, even though it doesn't show it in the pictures on the mo-co-so site. The monitor gets power when the PC is on. When the PC is off, it cuts power to the monitor.

                            Thanks man!! Your replies are really appreciated!

                            That's awesome! So the kit should come with that wire that powers the screen! So basically the power will only come from that wire up to the screen? And not the DC-DC adapter from the screen?

                            Thanks again!
                            JP

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                            • #15
                              Right, the monitor will get its power from the computer. You won't use the monitor's power brick or cigarette lighter adapter.

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