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    I don't know how it is called, so let me describe it:
    In Europe DIN size radiosets used to be equipped with a sleigh. (Before the time that frontpanels could be taken of)
    It was a kind of box with a connector that fitted into a frame that was mounted into the dash. This way you could easely take your radio with you out of the car.

    Does something like this exist for the mini-cases for the carputers?
    A bit like laptops sometimes do have...

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    I Know what you are talking about. My cousin has one. and I doubt something like that exists for the computer in cars.
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    • #3
      In the US, they wer called "pull-out" radios. I know that certain hard drives can be pulled out of cases in a 5-1/4" bay, but i've never seen a mini-itx case that locks into a sleeve in order to be removeable like that. As far as car mounting goes, I would keep your install as "stealth" or factory looking as possible, and use unusual head screws (like Torx, or square-drive) to mount it to the vehicle. That way, if anyone did discover your hidden computer in the car, thay would have to be carrying several types of screwdrivers, or bits with them. not many thieves do this.
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      • #4
        you better get a laptop and a docking station... easier for you.
        -Mars

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        • #5
          You don't know the theft rates over here in the Netherlands ;-)

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          • #6
            I did mine like that. Just build a small box and another box that it slides into with a plug in the right place.

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            • #7
              chassisconnectors

              "...a plug in the right place" you said?

              But don't you need more plugs, like
              12V power supply connector
              Video/TFT screen connector
              wireless keyboard receiver

              and so on?

              and do those connectors exist as chassisconnector
              (so they can be attached with screws or something like that).
              Or do you have to glue and hope it stays in place.

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              • #8
                I used one big plug and have shord cables from all the connectors on the mainboard to that plug.

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                • #9
                  right, thats a idea!
                  I was still thinking of all the different plugs and contra's

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Snootch
                    That way, if anyone did discover your hidden computer in the car, they would have to be carrying several types of screwdrivers, or bits with them. not many thieves do this.
                    That'll be a crowbar then.

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                    • #11
                      I am currently in the middle (when time permits) of making my carputer removable. I decided I wanted to make it removable as I somtimes use the small computer to "DJ" parties at friends and family events... Anyway, back to the meat of the thing... I purchased 50 pin SCSI connectors. Those are what is used in the removable "hot swap" hard drive bays. You can then connect all the necessary wires from your mother board to the solder side of the SCSI connector and you're on your way.
                      Keep in mind that most devices do NOT need all the wires that are on the connector. For instance, the touch pad that I am building for the center console (touchpad from a laptop) uses only three of the ps2 connector wires. Ground, Clock, and Data. Likewise keep in mind that all of the audio connectors are unbalanced and thus only need three wires for stereo left and right, not four. In all honesty, I think you can get away with 7 wires for 6 channels of audio (1 ground and 6 hots). That can easily be tested by using an ohm meter to measure the resistance from one plugs ground to the next. Not hooking up all the useless wires will reduce the number of connectors you need and save you space and time.
                      Hope this helps for those thinking of this.
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                      • #12
                        Thats what I'm using as well, a big 50 pin SCSI connector.
                        I need to take some updated pictures, but you can kind of see the black plug here (large pic) http://www.ninefamily.com/Projects/Mp3/Picture007.jpg
                        The wood frame you see here is covered with headliner material and hangs from the roof of my truck as an overhead console. The mp3 computer is the white box that sits inside it.

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                        • #13
                          Thought I would add that the name of the connector is a centronics (centronix) connector. I've seen in spelled both ways, even on the same site. I believe centronics is the correct spelling if it matters to you.
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