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  • Best Carputer Solution. Ideas Inside!

    Ok, i got my design all sketched up. I'm going to build my Carputer as an all-in-one unit with the LCD flush mounted into the system. The case will be made out of MDF wood and carpet mostly.

    With that out of the way... here we go. I have a choice between 2 setups. Let me know what you guys think would be better.

    Intel Celery 2.4GHz CPU
    M925 Motherboard w/LAN, Sound, USB, VGA
    60GB HD
    DVD-RW
    Bluetooth
    Wireless G

    OR

    VIA EPIA M10000 w/ 1GHz CPU
    60GB HD
    DVD-RW
    Bluetooth
    Wireless G


    I know the 2.4 is a faster setup, but will it require too much power for a Opus 90W PSU? Is 1GHz enough for a carputer to run DVD, GPS, MP3 and basic programs?
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  • #2
    Originally posted by voidunknown
    I know the 2.4 is a faster setup, but will it require too much power for a Opus 90W PSU? Is 1GHz enough for a carputer to run DVD, GPS, MP3 and basic programs?
    Yes, the M10K is fast enough for all that you listed. Unless you really need SERIOUS speed, stay away from Intel, they hog power WAY too much. If you search the board, you will see people doing some pretty crazy stuff with their M10Ks.

    By the way, why do you feel you need a DVD burner in your car? Are you going to be "backing up" your movie collection? If you just want to watch movies, but still want the ability to burn, just get a DVD/CDRW combo drive.

    Peace,

    Rafster
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    • #3
      Im not sure but I *think* the 2.4 may be too much power for the 90W

      My 90W powered:
      Epia M10000
      Generic Key and Mouse
      Generic CD Rom
      and a 40GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

      It would not power an additional 7200RPM in place of the CD Rom

      So IMO go for the 150
      92 Taurus SHO - Daily driver - Epia M10000 80GB 512mb 7" touchscreen, Opus PSU etc

      93 Black SHO - 30mpg cruiser

      90 Silver SHO - 419whp fun/project car, CarPC to come (for tuning)

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      • #4
        Now a DVD-RW is too much, maby a dvd/cd-rw would be fine. Burning cds in your car and burning movies in your car are 2 diffrent things
        Crouching Tiger, Drunken Kitty

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rafaelsherman
          Yes, the M10K is fast enough for all that you listed. Unless you really need SERIOUS speed, stay away from Intel, they hog power WAY too much. If you search the board, you will see people doing some pretty crazy stuff with their M10Ks.

          By the way, why do you feel you need a DVD burner in your car? Are you going to be "backing up" your movie collection? If you just want to watch movies, but still want the ability to burn, just get a DVD/CDRW combo drive.

          Peace,

          Rafster
          The only reason for the DVD-RW is because I want to watch DVD movies and my entire DVD collection is made up from backups. Unless anyone knows of a good DVD/CDRW or just DVD drive that WILL play DVD+/-RW with no problems. I don't want to burn anything, just watch em.

          So, M10k it is i guess. Now, should I go with a 7200RPM HD or only 5400?
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          • #6
            Hrmm, i dont understand why a computer dvd-cdrw drive wouldnt play something thats backed up? After all, they make them ;x
            Crouching Tiger, Drunken Kitty

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cheerio
              Hrmm, i dont understand why a computer dvd-cdrw drive wouldnt play something thats backed up? After all, they make them ;x
              All 3 of the DVD/CDRW drives I tried in my home HTPC did not read DVD Backups. Only the DVD+/-RW drives would. I have a spare DVD+/-RW drive sitting here anyways. Does anyone know of a DVD or DVD/CDRW drive that will read burned DVD's?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by voidunknown
                All 3 of the DVD/CDRW drives I tried in my home HTPC did not read DVD Backups. Only the DVD+/-RW drives would. I have a spare DVD+/-RW drive sitting here anyways. Does anyone know of a DVD or DVD/CDRW drive that will read burned DVD's?
                I'll test DVD+R tomorrow on my DVD/CDRW drive. What app do you use to burn DVD's with. I'm using DVDShrink 3.1

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by m_dunnie
                  I'll test DVD+R tomorrow on my DVD/CDRW drive. What app do you use to burn DVD's with. I'm using DVDShrink 3.1
                  DVD Shrink 3.1 + Nero 6. Let me know!!! Thanks!
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                  • #10
                    void: are you sure it was the drive or the software. Like did windows reconigise the drive, or did the software give you an error.
                    Crouching Tiger, Drunken Kitty

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cheerio
                      void: are you sure it was the drive or the software. Like did windows reconigise the drive, or did the software give you an error.
                      Nah I do computers for a living. I know it was the drives. I tried several different software packages. The light just keeps blinking and the drive doesn't want to eject the disc, unless you reboot the pc. Then it will eject. Its just not recognizing the format of a burned DVD.
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                      • #12
                        word. intresting, never encounterd such an error. Besides, who the hell would make a dvd/cd-rw drive that cant play burned cds, thats like making a toaster that cant toast bread.
                        Crouching Tiger, Drunken Kitty

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cheerio
                          word. intresting, never encounterd such an error. Besides, who the hell would make a dvd/cd-rw drive that cant play burned cds, thats like making a toaster that cant toast bread.
                          I totaly agree. But like I said I tested 3 of them. All 3 could play stamped (store bought) DVD's and CDs as well as burned CDs and VCDs, but no burned DVDs. Go figured...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by voidunknown
                            Nah I do computers for a living. I know it was the drives. I tried several different software packages. The light just keeps blinking and the drive doesn't want to eject the disc, unless you reboot the pc. Then it will eject. Its just not recognizing the format of a burned DVD.
                            What's the brand and model # of your DVD drive? I just tried on all 9 of the computers in my house with DVD drives, and all my burned DVDs work perfectly. Usually DVD-R are more compatible with drives and set top players.

                            The drive on my machine is a LiteON DVD-ROM LTD163D

                            Peace,

                            Rafster

                            P.S. If you want to find out what kind of discs your drives can read, since you have Nero 6:

                            Go to Start
                            Programs
                            Nero
                            Nero Toolkit
                            Nero Infotool

                            Select your DVD ROM drive, and you should see the "Supported Read Features" If you can't find it, I will look up the info for you. Just give me your brand and model number.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rafaelsherman
                              What's the brand and model # of your DVD drive? I just tried on all 9 of the computers in my house with DVD drives, and all my burned DVDs work perfectly. Usually DVD-R are more compatible with drives and set top players.

                              The drive on my machine is a LiteON DVD-ROM LTD163D

                              Peace,

                              Rafster

                              P.S. If you want to find out what kind of discs your drives can read, since you have Nero 6:

                              Go to Start
                              Programs
                              Nero
                              Nero Toolkit
                              Nero Infotool

                              Select your DVD ROM drive, and you should see the "Supported Read Features" If you can't find it, I will look up the info for you. Just give me your brand and model number.
                              Yea, I know about infotool. Thanks for the model number on the drive. I'll order me one tonight.


                              LCD wise, is the Lillitul or whatever a good screen to get?
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