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    Hello Everyone, Ya this is my first post. Stumbled across this site and Been on the forums for quite some time. Anywho...

    I'm laying out the plans to set-up and install a Carputer over X-mas break.
    Currently my plans are to purchase the following items for install.
    Lilliput 7" Touchscreen
    Opus PSU 150watt
    FM Receiver
    Epia M10000
    CPU-C3 Nehemiah 1gh
    Dvd Slim Drive
    ETC...

    In regards to a Sound Card, From reading the forums 5.1 is req. I plan on running 2 amps(speakers/subs). Anyone have a good recomendation on a Video card that will support 2 amps?

    I would like to install Navigation with the Carputer. Since Microsoft Streets & Trips 2005 is out with a GPS receiver included, Would it be better to purchase that. Or simply buy a GPS mouse seperatly?

    My install plans are to Replace the HU with the LCD screen so, Will it be at all possible to Run the GPS with directions and MP3 at the same time>I have downloaded Mediacar and MediaEngine and Played around with them.

    And Since the DVD drive will be installed up front..When i install a Converter, Anyone have any suggestions on brands?

    THanks for everyones Ideas..And plz dont tell me to do a Search, I will be doing that now.

    Thanks Again!!

  • #2
    video cards... amps...

    Do you mean sound card? There are sound cards with multiple outputs (usually for surround), but I think you're better off getting a crossover and split a single output.

    You won't need a tank circuit if you have the Opus.

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    • #3
      Sound Card - External USB - Audigy2 - I am VERY happy with it - I tried the MP3+ and it sucked. You can run 5.1 out of the audigy straight into your amps, I DO recommend a line driver - like Audio Control's line driver - they are about 100 bucks new, but check ebay. You should check out the gps with strees and trips 05 - let us know if it works - if it sucks - just return it. BUt I am sure that it will work well enough. I use mediacar and I can "Q" up mp3s to play, click on the return arrow, then click on the GPS program and it works perfectly. Good Luck.
      2003 Chevy Tahoe Z71
      STOLEN - M10000, 512MB, 60GB 2.5" HDD, 7" Custom mounted Lilliput, Morex 3688 Case, 90W PSU w/ ITPS, GPS & CD-RW/DVD. New parts ordered for the next generation!

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      • #4
        do i need a sound card in my system if i plan to run an AUX cable into my headunit instead of an amp for sound (mp3s, navigation, and dvds), or does the EPIA 1000 have onboard sound on it?

        If i do need a sound card, what's a cheap reasonable card?

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        • #5
          I recommend the Audigy2 as well. I love it.
          Ben S. Stahlhood II
          Hybrid Mobile
          MMC/Transcend Developer
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Trancematik

            I would like to install Navigation with the Carputer. Since Microsoft Streets & Trips 2005 is out with a GPS receiver included, Would it be better to purchase that. Or simply buy a GPS mouse seperatly?
            From what I understand Microsoft Streets and Trips is a little bit harder to use with a touchscreen than some of the other pieces of software. I guess if you get an extremely good deal on the software by purchasing it with the receiver then go for the package but if it is almost as much as buying them seperatly I wouldn't do it. You can buy some somewhat cheap GPS receivers on ebay (the bub-303) or whatever (I'm really tired).
            Good luck
            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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            • #7
              I hate Microsoft Street and Trips...
              Ben S. Stahlhood II
              Hybrid Mobile
              MMC/Transcend Developer
              --------------------------------------
              http://www.hybrid-mobile.com/
              http://www.cocoamachine.com/
              http://weblogs.asp.net/bstahlhood/

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              • #8
                the EPIA m10000 has onboard sound.
                from one newbie to another, i plan to try the onboard sound and only upgrade to a SoundBlaster if the Via sound isnt good enough.

                if your head unit is nice and new, consider relocating it somewhere and keep it mainly for the built-in 4ch amp. Then you would only have to add an amp for the sub. I dont know if this would work for true 5.1 sound

                usb or firewire is best if youre putting the PC in the trunk. but youll need a laptop to desktop IDE adapter and a IDE to USB/ifrewire adapter. if you get an external enclosure, it has them built in.

                edit: if the PC is in the dash, you just need that first adapter i mentioned...
                My first carPC!
                MP3/CD player
                Celeron 633MHz - 10GB Seagate - 64MB PC100 - Win XP

                Soon to actually find its way into the car!

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