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    Hi everyone quite new to the Car PC seen , and just need a little advice on a few things ....

    So I first up , I came across the E3IO website where there sell a complete unit (http://e3io.com/mini-itx-double-din-car-pc) but for what I believe the unit is a little to deep to fit into a WRX my12 so , Im keen to give this ago I pretty much well sort most of the components I want to use but I cant fine where to source a FM radio the E3IO unit has one but I can't work out what the hell they have used in there build can anyone help or suggest ??
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  • #2
    I was wondering the same thing? I plan to oder one very soon as they seem to have the best configuration from what i've seen on the market. The Small Edition appears to be the typical double din size at 7 1/4" depth as compared to the larger 8 1/2" double din CarPc that will not fit most vehicles. Someone please post pics if you own a unit!!
    carputers

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    • #3
      I am a bit confused, in the picture it shows something with FM on it. Is this what you have or is this someone elses picture of product. In the picture it looks like ADS instantFM http://www.amazon.ca/ADS-RDX-155-EF-.../dp/B000HNHA12 That uses the silbus chip and will work in RR and CF SNO

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      • #4
        SNOtwistR thanks for the info The pic is off there facebook page and they have is running under windows 8 from the info I have received off them. I looked in the store hear and under FM there is nothing, and just wondered what everyone is using?

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        • #5
          Novak yeah I thought its a pretty good setup myself, the only problem I have with it is that , if I buy off E3IO I have no warranty here in Australia , I could send it back but it like $90 US and 3 weeks one way the other thing I didn't like was the chipsets are last gen B75 (they had an 6 series the other day till I told them then they updated lol ) I feel if your going to run windows 8 - 8.1 you need an 8 series chipset , dan things boot quicker lol mine is under 10sec from a cold boot....

          I like the small edition to but the price got me , you could so build it cheaper and have your own little mods ... I was thinking of buying the 8 1/2 one then splitting it to a boot mount as im short on room upfront then I found this place, and found all that I needed .. well apart from the FM tuner , mmmm could break out and mod an old pic-e tv tuner card lol

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          • #6
            Looks like they soldered a wire to the fm tranmitter and to the back of the CarPC where the antenna connects to improve FM signal. What 8 series chip or motherboard do you think is better than what they currenlty offer? What motherboard will fit into the Small Edition (BYBYTE BlackBox) version of their CarPC?

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            Last edited by NOVAK; 11-07-2013, 08:21 PM.
            carputers

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NOVAK View Post
              Looks like they soldered a wire to the fm tranmitter and to the back of the CarPC where the antenna connects to improve FM signal. What 8 series chip or motherboard do you think is better than what they currenlty offer? What motherboard will fit into the Small Edition (BYBYTE BlackBox) version of their CarPC?
              Yeah micro itx looks like its hard to come by sorry mate, what they got looks like the best from what I have seen (its use's a laptop cpu instead). I was thinking about going down the path of separate units for my set up , that way the pc will be close to the amp.

              Oh I did fine these interesting emailed them no reply tho
              http://ctfrank.en.made-in-china.com/...ase-PCHY-.html
              http://ctfrank.en.made-in-china.com/...tor-PCMZ-.html
              http://www.cansertontro.com/index.ph...n/772/772.html

              all the same company

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              • #8
                I built up a very similar carpc for my old Camaro


                I think they used the VGA version of the screen, with the full 8.25" deep metal case for their first version, the after discovering they don't fit in peoples cars, it looks like they mixed Derrick's screen with a Black Box N Nano case and 3.5" SBC board to reduce the depth to 7.25".



                I used the same screen:


                And fit an HD Radio inside mounted under the top cover:


                But it was too deep to fit in my dash:


                So I had to cut bracing out of the dash to get it to fit:



                The price they are asking is very reasonable, but all the parts to do it yourself are readily available. If you go with the E3IO then you only have to deal with one supplier,where build it yourself means you buy parts from lots of different sources, and grief accordingly, but have much more fun.

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                • #9
                  Last week i ordered a Metra Kit (for Chevy Camaro) and a E3io Car PC.

                  Could you manage to fit it in the Camaro? The new car PC has a depth of 9"...

                  Regards

                  Matthias

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ch_swat_90 View Post
                    Last week i ordered a Metra Kit (for Chevy Camaro) and a E3io Car PC.

                    Could you manage to fit it in the Camaro? The new car PC has a depth of 9"...

                    Regards

                    Matthias
                    Only after making cuts through the metal deep inside the dash was there enough room for the 9" depth of the case. The Metra wiring needs lots of space too, so it gets tucked behind the opening and to the sides of the opening.

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                    • #11
                      Couple of questions

                      1. Does Anyone know where they get there cases for there small edition version? It only has a depth of 6 3/4.

                      2. Can anyone confirm what amp there using inside the pc, and are they getting the signal from a internal usb, or the internal sound header.

                      Thanks in Advanced

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                      • #12
                        Here is one of their resistive setups:
                        http://www.ebay.com/itm/110966376586...84.m1423.l2649

                        No idea on the amp...but that is easily addressed in a cost effective manner in particular if you aren't buying their PC. A standalone amp will eat that one alive although it'll be bigger. For something small peak at the PPI, Polk Audio, Hertz, NVX etc full range Class D amps. They all share the same board and are pretty swappable, but are rather tiny and put out nice power.

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                        • #13
                          Yes, I believe the screen Deephaven linked along with a ByByte Nano ITX case are used for the smaller E3IO carpc. I can tell you the larger case is too deep to easily fit in most cars. I had to cut behind the dash to gain enough clearance to fit the full "Derrick in NY" case.

                          Don't know which internal components they use in the E3IO carpc, but having built up an Atom based full size one myself at a cost of about $1100, the E3IO seems like a very fair priced carpc for all you get.

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