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    Hi everyone,

    this is my first serious attempt on making a car PC, all my other ones had a monitor on the passenger seat and a trackball mouse taped to the console....

    i just bought an 87 celica and have started modding the outside of that, the inside in near new, and i dont want to distroy that so i wanna do things properly

    here is the setup, sorry about the crappy web page and picture size, just save as and zoom in Phobos's carputer page , and once again, sorry about the crap page (its pretty bad)

    this it my setup, well the parts i have available, and im on a limited budget

    my question, is aimed purely at software.....

    1, what opperating system should i use, keeping in mind i need large disk support (80GB) and USB 2.0 for my LCD display

    2, is there anything i have missed in the picture that you can see?

    3, what is the best way to keep the dard drive safe, i was thinking of buying a HDD cooler with anti-shock then wrapping that in soft foam, with breather holes

    4, any improvements or genral advice, pointers?
    New carputer install starting soon!
    Project status: 0% still in the planning stages
    My Crappy site

  • #2
    Originally posted by Phobos0001
    1, what opperating system should i use, keeping in mind i need large disk support (80GB) and USB 2.0 for my LCD display
    ideally: anything but windows (linux, etc.)
    pragmatically: windows
    windows is going to have a wider range of easily available drivers and more software. Most people use it on this board, so you'll be in good company

    Originally posted by Phobos0001
    3, what is the best way to keep the dard drive safe, i was thinking of buying a HDD cooler with anti-shock then wrapping that in soft foam, with breather holes
    I really haven't heard of any big problems with HD's. Most people don't run in to problems with shock absorbance or anything. Rarely, some will.. bbut I think that's more of a case-by-case basis as oposed to a universal problem.

    Originally posted by Phobos0001
    4, any improvements or genral advice, pointers?
    unless you have that motherboard laying around, I don't think you'de need something that heavy duty if you're using an character LCD. Same with the power. No need for 300 watts.
    good luck !
    I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

    www.neoterikos.com

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    • #3
      I just did a quick google on your mobo and noticed that it said this in the specs -
      " Socket A for AMD Athlon™/Athlon™ XP/Duron™ 200/266 MHz FSB processors
      Supports AMD Athlon™ XP processor 2200+ and beyond. "

      Just wanted to make sure that you processor would work as it is only a 2000+

      As PimpJ said unless this board has no other purpose I would just get a smaller board with intergrated video and turn the shared video mem down all the way, you wont need anything special for the character lcd (unless you are planning upgadeing)
      My Install

      Software:
      CFiG v1
      iGuidance Plugin for CF

      CarShell
      Working shell for a CarPC

      StopWatch
      StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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      • #4
        I unfortunately cannot help you with drivers, but if you can get it all to work with it, I'd reccomend a version of linux. Knoppix is great, but if you want small size, puppy linux and damn small linux are each less than a hundred megabytes(I think around 50 MB on both, PL may be closer to sixty.) and should have the programs you need. if not, you can shove them in. xmms is needed.

        On the other hand, if I were you, I'd find an old version of windows, and NEVER connect this thing directly to the internet. isn't 98 free now or something?
        softmodded xbox, PSOne screen, inverter. simple and effective. Combine with PDA and head unit with aux input, and we're having a wonderful time.

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        • #5
          I never knew Knoppix was actually used.

          I'de seen people use it at school to get around the security, but never as an actual day-to-day OS
          I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

          www.neoterikos.com

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          • #6
            it's very usable as an OS. The standard knoppix disc comes with a web browser, an IRC program, an AIM program, image editing programs, mp3 playing and movie file/dvd playing programs...it's great! problem is it doesn't play nice with my laptop so i can't test it out very well.
            softmodded xbox, PSOne screen, inverter. simple and effective. Combine with PDA and head unit with aux input, and we're having a wonderful time.

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            • #7
              thanks,

              just to clarify, all theise parts are just what i have lying around, im trying to keep the cost to a minimum.....

              just another quick question... do i actualy need a vid card to run the computer?, ive turned them on without anything on but theres no way to test....

              all the parts i listed work, it is actualy an old LAN pc that was called "the *****" it whent to anyone without a computer lol,

              i have never used linux before though, but im sure i can find some noob guides around, although i dont even know where to get linux

              the LCD display came with a program called "LCDC" and can be
              found here: http://www.lcdc.cc/

              it has worked in the past, but only on windows XP.... however the boot time was pretty poor, quickest i made it was 27 seconds, using winamp 2.7x and LCDC with base drivers and every service i could find useless shut down

              is there a noob tutorial on where to keep boot times to a minimum? or a place where i can get atleast a trial of linux, ill start googleing now too

              btw, thanks for the input guys, i apriciate it
              New carputer install starting soon!
              Project status: 0% still in the planning stages
              My Crappy site

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              • #8
                www.damnsmalllinux.org

                www.knoppix.org

                I forget the puppy linux link, but you can find it in the off site section of DSL's site.

                Linux is free, always was free, always will be free. Burn it to a CD, shove the CD in, reboot, you have linux. like it? install. Don't? Throw away the disc, doesn't touch your data.
                softmodded xbox, PSOne screen, inverter. simple and effective. Combine with PDA and head unit with aux input, and we're having a wonderful time.

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                • #9
                  thanks, yalborap .... very quick response man,
                  New carputer install starting soon!
                  Project status: 0% still in the planning stages
                  My Crappy site

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                  • #10
                    im guessing koppix isnt in english?

                    also will this mean i will need to write\program anything for my USB powered LCD display? because i can not write anything.... im flat-out writing a program to add 2 numbers in VB6, lol
                    New carputer install starting soon!
                    Project status: 0% still in the planning stages
                    My Crappy site

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                    • #11
                      You can also get almost any Linux distro at Linuxiso.org

                      Peace,

                      Rafster
                      Post # 3000

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                      • #12
                        no, you just click that little flag that's half UK and half american in the top left corner.
                        softmodded xbox, PSOne screen, inverter. simple and effective. Combine with PDA and head unit with aux input, and we're having a wonderful time.

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                        • #13
                          its cool, i just finnished downloading and buring damn small linux or DSL to CD, and im pluging in my test puter...

                          thanks again, however i am still concerned about drivers for my LCD display (Matrix Orbital MX-212) USB powered.... and using the keypad on it to skip songs, ect
                          New carputer install starting soon!
                          Project status: 0% still in the planning stages
                          My Crappy site

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                          • #14
                            i got the test computer running linux DSL and i just plugged my LCD into it, and it seems to work.... well, it has the default logo and backlight on so i am guessing that it is somehow possible to work.... i just dont know how, or what program to use
                            New carputer install starting soon!
                            Project status: 0% still in the planning stages
                            My Crappy site

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                            • #15
                              Sorry, can't help ya there. you'll have better luck if you boot it up with the LCD plugged in, though.
                              softmodded xbox, PSOne screen, inverter. simple and effective. Combine with PDA and head unit with aux input, and we're having a wonderful time.

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