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    I'm in the planning stages for my car pc (going in a 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera)

    Here is what I want it to do:

    Plays mp3's
    gps
    radio (not sure how this is gonna go)
    wireless networking ( getting my songs to the car)

    I have a 466mhz Celeron and mobo, 512 pc133 ram, etc...the pc is pretty much taken care of except the things I need. I would like to use a regular size cd/dvd rom and regular size HD, is this gonna be a problem?

    Here is what I need:
    Opus power supply
    Lilliput 7" touchscreen
    Slot load cd/dvd (usb? Enclosure?
    gps reciever (best for less?)
    usb hub
    wireless card (have wireless card, and AP)
    remote and reciever
    amp (cheap but good?)
    FM tuner (which one?)


    The software I have, or will buy.

    One question, does the opus turn on the pc for you? I know it's stupid, and I could use the but I dont want to wade through just to find this out.

    Thank you, the forum has been very helpful, btw, has anybody ever done this with a cutlass ciera?
    2000 Sunfire build 100%, or is it ever really 100%?

  • #2
    I know it's stupid, and I could use the but I dont want to wade through just to find this out.

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    • #3
      The OPUS will simulate a press on the power button which then should turn on your computer.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by CavityCr33p
        I know it's stupid, and I could use the
        Good idea! You do that.
        AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
        Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
        Installed.


        -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
        -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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        • #5
          Only concern that you may run into are 3.5" hard drives are known to fail a lot. They are not really made to take the abuse the 2.5" drive can. However, 2.5" drive are more expensive and have less storage space. Weigh your options. Spend more, get less, but longer lasting or Spend less, get more, and possibly have to replace it.

          There aren't many options out there for slot-load dvd drive. The Pioneer 107S and the Panasonic CW8123B (DVD/CD-RW) and UJ825B (DVD+/-RW). Both the Panasonics are slim drives.

          Have read decent stuff about the 'EBay GPS Mouse' out of Hong Kong. If there are Serial drivers for it I would use that with iGuidance.

          For software, check out the Software Section. FrodoPlayer is well liked but MMC (a new comer) is making a lot of progress. The less there is to buy, the better.

          One extra note about the OPUS, it also as a delayed shutdown feature. When you turn your car off, the OPUS will turn off your computer at a preset time. This is useful for when you stop and get gas, you don't have to wait for it to boot back up.

          Also, when you do your budget, don't forget about little stuff such as USB and video extension cables, screws, electrical tape, etc. The little stuff adds up fast.

          Derek
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          • #6
            Originally posted by d_sellers1
            Only concern that you may run into are 3.5" hard drives are known to fail a lot. SNIP
            Derek
            Really? I have heard of just a few Desk top (3.5") drives that failed in a car PC.

            Near as anyone can tell they would have failed in an office install anyway. The only real issue is the 'fluid' bearings have some trouble in low temps, meaning the drive does not spin up to RPM when cold.

            Maybe you sould do more research before spouting bad info.
            TruckinMP3
            D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

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            • #7
              Originally posted by d_sellers1
              Only concern that you may run into are 3.5" hard drives are known to fail a lot. They are not really made to take the abuse the 2.5" drive can. However, 2.5" drive are more expensive and have less storage space. Weigh your options. Spend more, get less, but longer lasting or Spend less, get more, and possibly have to replace it.

              There aren't many options out there for slot-load dvd drive. The Pioneer 107S and the Panasonic CW8123B (DVD/CD-RW) and UJ825B (DVD+/-RW). Both the Panasonics are slim drives.

              Have read decent stuff about the 'EBay GPS Mouse' out of Hong Kong. If there are Serial drivers for it I would use that with iGuidance.

              For software, check out the Software Section. FrodoPlayer is well liked but MMC (a new comer) is making a lot of progress. The less there is to buy, the better.

              One extra note about the OPUS, it also as a delayed shutdown feature. When you turn your car off, the OPUS will turn off your computer at a preset time. This is useful for when you stop and get gas, you don't have to wait for it to boot back up.

              Also, when you do your budget, don't forget about little stuff such as USB and video extension cables, screws, electrical tape, etc. The little stuff adds up fast.

              Derek

              Thank you, a helpful response.
              2000 Sunfire build 100%, or is it ever really 100%?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by d_sellers1
                Only concern that you may run into are 3.5" hard drives are known to fail a lot.
                No they aren't.
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                • #9
                  Maybe you sould do more research before spouting bad info.
                  Whatever. I read threads about 3.5"s dying. I did not say that if you use a 3.5" it will die. They have a higher rate of failure than 2.5". Don't like my advice then then don't listen to me. I don't know what I'm talking about.

                  Derek
                  Progress [||-------]
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                  Downgraded Progress - Starting with another car... 09/13/06

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by d_sellers1
                    Whatever. I read threads about 3.5"s dying. I did not say that if you use a 3.5" it will die. They have a higher rate of failure than 2.5". Don't like my advice then then don't listen to me. I don't know what I'm talking about.

                    Derek
                    Let's see. Oh yeah, Frodo knows more about this than I do:
                    Originally posted by frodobaggins
                    No they aren't.
                    You may have read the threads, but the HDs did not 'die' because they were in a car. HDs 'die' in desks too. Also, nice job just focusing on part of the post. That must be what you did in the few threads that mention a HD failure in the same post as it being used in the car. The desk top based hard drives are rated for more G-force than humans. Mine (body and HD) have been in 3 car accidents both work just fine, thou the drive is not sore afterwords.

                    Next?
                    TruckinMP3
                    D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

                    Yes, you should search... and Yes, It has been covered before!

                    Read the FAQ!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TruckinMP3
                      I have been in 3 car accidents both work just fine, thou the drive is not sore afterwords.

                      Next?
                      Similar experience here with 3.5" HDD. 3 years in-car, 2 different cars, 1 bad accident. Car was totalled but drive survived. Drive was running too. This isn't the only 3.5" drive I've installed in-car either.
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                      • #12
                        I've had a 3.5" 5400 RPM HDD in my Neo CarJukebox for several years now. It's mounted in my trunk and I park my car in the Florida heat everyday. No failures here.

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                        • #13
                          Well heres one for the books

                          My fullsize desktop mounted flat in the boot (12v) 40GB hdd outlived the 40GB 5v laptop drive in my carputer, the laptop drive refuses to spin up and work even when connected to a laptop

                          And I hit many many speed humps and bumps hard ! and drive like a regular 'loon
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                          • #14
                            Decisions... Decisions... Decisions...
                            I'll spout simplistic opinions for hours on end.
                            Ridicule anyone who disagrees with me,
                            and generally foster divisiveness,
                            cynicism and lower level of public dialog!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KaiTech
                              I'll spout simplistic opinions for hours on end.
                              Ridicule anyone who disagrees with me,
                              and generally foster divisiveness,
                              cynicism and lower level of public dialog!
                              Thank you Rush, O'Reilly, Hannity, Savage, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, any-and-all "mainstream" commentators.
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