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    hi all. figured it was about time joined this forum. im about to install a mini itx board into my landcruiser and would appreciate some ideas or advice. ill out line what i do and dont have )

    dont have: money

    do have:

    • a motherboard. its an epia en15000g

    • a lilliput monitor. 809gl i think

    • a nice webcam

    • loads of hard drives.
    2 x 2.5" 80gig
    2 x 1.8" 80gig samsung hs081ha ipod drives
    and more 3.5 inch drives than you could shake a stick at

    • aluminium, lots of it.

    i work (without pay [dont ask]) for a display systems company, so there is just a world of computer bits here. but no ssd's, or small monitors.


    so thats that.

    where am i...

    currently im debating my primary concern, cold. its freezing here, and eventually id like to drive into russia in my cruiser so cold is a concern. ive read that 3.5 inch drives are better in the cold.

    this brings me onto my other main concern. power. im an efficiency addict. id love an ssd but dont have the cash. the 3.5's are way to power hungry. im currently looking into battery optimisation programs, if you know of any please let me know.

    im thinking of not going with centrafuse, and installing a speech program instead. alls i really want from the system is winamp, a backup camera and navigation.
    i have a speech program so im looking forward to seeing what that can do, when i get round to intalling it. hopefully ill just waffle off commands and the computer (lucy) will react

    i also have a world of cases, including the vroom pc case, and a slightly smaller one that looks like it, in blue. but i dont see the need for a case? i was gonna install the motherboard in my glovebox and tear some holes in it for fans, or perhaps the same in my centre console armrest, as theres a good sized chamber in there.

    please tell me if im way off the mark, and thank you kindly for reading such a long first post.

    regards,
    Redd .


    oh! major PS. i only have a pico psu. will that freak out attached to the car battery?

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    1. not really sure on the 3.5's being better in cold.. try reading up on the cold temp specs on the drives you have available-- some might be better then others. maybe you could load everything on one hdd, and then copy it to other sizes, and then you do have some backups in case the one drive doesn't work correctly in the cold.

    2. i go along with the theory that a smaller platter drive is going to be more durable, though there isn't too much to back that up..

    3. the pico psu will not work without a lot of extra parts.. it will only accept a 12v input. cars electrical systems put out anywhere from 5-15 volts..

    if i remember right, part of the pico-psu's issue is that it does not moderate the 12v line, so if your car is putting out 5 v, that is what the 12v line is at--which could shut off/ burn out components, where 15v could also do the same..
    My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
    "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


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    carpc undecided

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    • #3
      Hey Redd, may I ask you from where are you actually going to drive into Russia in ur cruiser?
      project progress:
      Planning.......[--------X-] – 90%
      Parts............[-------X--] – 80%
      Fabrication....[------X---] – 75%
      Installation...[-------X--] – 80%
      Worklog

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      • #4
        Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
        3. the pico psu will not work without a lot of extra parts.. it will only accept a 12v input. cars electrical systems put out anywhere from 5-15 volts..

        if i remember right, part of the pico-psu's issue is that it does not moderate the 12v line, so if your car is putting out 5 v, that is what the 12v line is at--which could shut off/ burn out components, where 15v could also do the same..
        There are two PicoPSU variants that can wire directly to a car's electrical system: 120w & 80w models both accept an input range of 12-32v.
        That said, they aren't going to keep powering a PC when the voltage drops below 12v, such as during engine cranking or if the battery starts to drain. The only viable use for one of these PicoPSUs is when the engine is running, and then only if the alternator is functioning properly.


        Originally posted by Kadyroff View Post
        Hey Redd, may I ask you from where are you actually going to drive into Russia in ur cruiser?
        Huh?
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?



        Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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        • #5
          balls i have neither. the ones here look identical to this

          http://www.mini-box.com/s.nl/it.A/id.417/.f

          ehhh. if it drops out no major harm, im just worried about the higher voltages frying something.

          im from Ireland, im working in England to save money to travel onto the continent, eventually.

          cheers for the replys

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DarquePervert View Post
            Huh?
            just this
            Originally posted by Redd View Post
            currently im debating my primary concern, cold. its freezing here, and eventually id like to drive into russia in my cruiser so cold is a concern.
            or did I miss something?
            project progress:
            Planning.......[--------X-] – 90%
            Parts............[-------X--] – 80%
            Fabrication....[------X---] – 75%
            Installation...[-------X--] – 80%
            Worklog

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Kadyroff View Post
              or did I miss something?
              Nope. I did.
              Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
              How about the Wiki?



              Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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              • #8
                Hi,
                I am a new member of forum. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guys!!!

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