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  • Newbie: What to do

    Im a real newbie, first post, been lurking this site for a week, and decided im going to carputer my car.

    I want it to be able to:
    -Play DVDs, CDs
    -Play HD music and videos
    -Have 5.1 Audio
    -GPS
    -OBD-II Evntually
    -FM Radio and AM Radio if availible
    -XM(Not A Priority)
    -Reverse Camera
    -Have the ability to play some of the new games out now, even though im looking at a 7 or 8 inch screen.
    - Anything else im forgetting

    I live in Canada, so the it must be able to work in the cold weather.

    Im considering 3 options of what to do and need suggestions on what route to take. Im dont want to go to far over $1000 canadian.

    Option 1 - Take an old p3 computer that i have im not using, and upgrade it to do what i want. Obviosly this is not the best solution because it is only a p3 600 mhz.

    Option 2 - Go To ebay, and buy a p4 desktop computer, make a custom case for the trunk, and upgrade whatever is needed for in car use.

    Option 3 - Build a computer from scratch, this would problably be the cheapest solution, and best because i am getting exactly what i want in terms of specs, and nothing more. I am hesitant toward this option because I can easily upgrade a computer, but have never attempted to build one from scratch, or witnessed someone do it. If I go this route i would like to have:
    - At Least 80 GB Hard Drive
    - Id like a P4
    - 512 Of Ram
    - 128 Mb Video(if i should)
    - A couple of extra PCI slots for the future

    As for power, Id like it to automatically come on when i put the key in and turn in to the "on" position, and automatically shut down when i take turn the key away from the "on" position. If this is possible to do with an inverter, and i take option 1 or 2, i would like to do it with an inverter because it is easier to set up (i think) and cheaper.

    Suggestions, Recomendations?

  • #2
    So, basically you want to do what every other person who has ever posted on this forums wants to do? The only thing that would be hard is 5.1, a lot of people have problems, as you have to get multiple amps or a 5 channel amp, the right soundcard, a voice speaker, a sub, and 4 mids. Otherwise...
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    • #3
      Read the project forum, lots of ideas with specs and examples.
      I would suggest using the P3 at first toy get a feel for what you really need. Plus you already own it.
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      • #4
        Option 1 - Take an old p3 computer that i have im not using, and upgrade it to do what i want. Obviosly this is not the best solution because it is only a p3 600 mhz.
        Many people use old computers, P3's, P2's, old Duron's, or just whatever they have laying around. Even if people build a mini-ITX/ATX computer specifically for their computer, they ususally are under/around the 1GHz range. Power consumption and heat are the main reasons.

        Option 2 - Go To ebay, and buy a p4 desktop computer, make a custom case for the trunk, and upgrade whatever is needed for in car use.
        You could do this, but beware, P4's suck up juice like no other, and you dont need all that speed. Most people would build a case and use it with your option 1.

        Option 3 - Build a computer from scratch, this would problably be the cheapest solution, and best because i am getting exactly what i want in terms of specs, and nothing more. I am hesitant toward this option because I can easily upgrade a computer, but have never attempted to build one from scratch, or witnessed someone do it. If I go this route i would like to have:
        Probably not the cheapest. Building your own system from scratch will probably run about $700 depending on case and form factor. Seriously, if you have an old ~800MHz computer laying around, build a custom case, use that computer, buy an OPUS and a touch screen. You're set.
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        • #5
          I aint been on these forums long, (but i have been around the block :-) and i got me entire CarPC/CarPuter (whatever you wanna call it), from bought to built to installed in a matter of weeks. (still working on USB sound though) If you break down what you wanna do into little chunks and then search the forums on the particular items, your gonna find a wealth of knowledge.

          Im running a Laptop and a lilliput 7" TS, no need for an inverter, works well. There are a number of people on here who run on laptops, and there are pros and cons, i would say design and build is easier, but expandability/upgradeability is not.
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          Pyramid Super Blue PB442X 300w 4ch Amp
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          • #6
            USB sound? Although I loathe Creative, i think the MP3+ is about $25US and would rock your world.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by BiohazrD
              USB sound? Although I loathe Creative, i think the MP3+ is about $25US and would rock your world.
              Great, thanks for the feed back, i have had my eye on them for a little bit now. - rekon i might just grab one. here....->

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              IBM Thinkpad T21 800MHz 256Mb RAM 20Gb HD
              Lilliput 7", CoPilot, MediaCar
              Pyramid Super Blue PB442X 300w 4ch Amp
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              • #8
                I seriously think it is one of the best things Creative has made. I cant stand the Audigy series. The drivers suck.
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                • #9
                  well it sounds like the best idea is to go with the p3, if i do that, what would i use for power?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by friedmaster
                    well it sounds like the best idea is to go with the p3, if i do that, what would i use for power?
                    If its a desktop, you need to get an inverter - prices/capacities vary
                    If its a laptop, grab a cigarette lighter adapter from eBay - 20 bucks.
                    2002 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback - Silver.
                    IBM Thinkpad T21 800MHz 256Mb RAM 20Gb HD
                    Lilliput 7", CoPilot, MediaCar
                    Pyramid Super Blue PB442X 300w 4ch Amp
                    Creative SB MP3+ USB

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                    • #11
                      can in inverter be wired up to automatically switch on? or do i have to press a power button every time i get in and out of the car?

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                      • #12
                        not too sure myself, i would say yes, because i have read some about this on the forums. , but i aint got no inverter in my car.

                        Make the search button your good friend, and try searching for:

                        Inverter
                        Auto Power on
                        etc...
                        2002 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback - Silver.
                        IBM Thinkpad T21 800MHz 256Mb RAM 20Gb HD
                        Lilliput 7", CoPilot, MediaCar
                        Pyramid Super Blue PB442X 300w 4ch Amp
                        Creative SB MP3+ USB

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                        • #13
                          You would have to press the button every time. And, depending on your car, the cigarette lighter might turn off with the IGN/ACC is off. So, you will be hard shutting down your PC every time you turn off your car. Needless to say, this is about the worst possible thing for the hardware aside from hitting it with a hammer. On the other hand, if your ciggy lighter stays on, then you will have to manually shut down. I would go with the OPUS, the ITPS is crap, and all of the cheaper PSU's have unregulated +12v. Also, you can configure the OPUS to simply turn off your computer some time after the IGN/ACC is turned off, or hibernate the computer. It will automatically boot on key turn, and will survive a crank.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by friedmaster
                            Option 1 - Take an old p3 computer that i have im not using, and upgrade it to do what i want. Obviosly this is not the best solution because it is only a p3 600 mhz.
                            My 2 pence: Use option 1 - take that old p3 apart, scratch the power supply and use an Opus to power it, (scratch the inverter)
                            Put all that stuff in a smaller box and and add what you want, GPS, WiFi PCI card, etc.
                            With a fresh install on that p3-600mhz, it'll run fine.
                            If later you want a faster pc, well you'll allready have the Opus
                            Inverters suck, with the Opus you can set it up to start the pc whenever you start your car. (In my case, remote start) and shutt down or hybernate when shutting off the car.
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                            • #15
                              Its just as easy to setup a pc powered by an inverter to start with a remote starter. Wire the inverter straight to the battery and splice the orange wire from the starter (accessory wire) to the power wire on the power switch inside the pc. IMO it beats spending all the money on the opus.
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