Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

specs for a carputer--too weak?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • specs for a carputer--too weak?

    so i was considering getting this PC from my friend for real cheap. I got an 80gig hard drive so I'd be fine for media. Other than that, should I try for something more powerful? I don't necessarially need GPS right at the moment, so for multimedia functions, is this enough?

    SPECS:

    Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 SE
    CPU Type Intel Celeron-A, 500 MHz (7.5 x 67)
    Motherboard Name Intel Atlanta AL440LX (2 ISA, 4 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM)
    Motherboard Chipset Intel 82440LX
    System Memory 192 MB (SDRAM)
    Video Adapter Xpert 128
    3D Accelerator ATI Rage128 Pro
    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter Creative SB PCI128 (Ensoniq ES1370) Sound Card

    Peripherals:
    USB Device Cruzer Mini

    would appreciate the advice and also if anyone wanted to throw out a suggested price I should pay?

    thanks
    Carputer Status:

    |----[---------] negative 10% complete...Still fathoming how this might possible work in my F-150...it will work!!!

  • #2
    It should work for music playback. I'd think that it would work for video, too. Maybe a little more RAM.
    Originally posted by ghettocruzer
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
    Want to:
    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

    Comment


    • #3
      specifically 32 bones? any reason? like did you get some sort of price analisys software? or is it just off the top of your head? Either works

      But as far as all your recommendations, if I'm willing to save up a bit more, would you suggest a Pentium 3 1.0 ghz or something around there instead? like, if I'm gonna get a Carputer, get one that'll do what I want?
      Carputer Status:

      |----[---------] negative 10% complete...Still fathoming how this might possible work in my F-150...it will work!!!

      Comment


      • #4
        i agree that it may need a bit more ram. and yes it will work for music playback but if you are trying to run video i suggest no little than an 800 mhz processor but personally i prefer at least a 1Ghz.

        Comment


        • #5
          k, thx all for the help--i guess i'll just wait for more $$ and get a better 1ghz comp i guess
          Carputer Status:

          |----[---------] negative 10% complete...Still fathoming how this might possible work in my F-150...it will work!!!

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by joshthepilot
            P4 Mini Itx's rock. Up to 3ghz. 3ghz!
            And a free compact grill with that!
            Asus K8S-MX ~ Athlon 64 2800+ ~ Kingmax MPXD42D-2K 1Gb ~ Seagate ST960822A 60Gb ~ PSK-3100 PS/2 kbd ~ MR-350 GPS ~ Hawking HSB1AP ~ Buffalo WLI-USB-G54 ~ 8" Dynamix TS LCD ~ DSATX ~ XCard ~ TVedia ~ some LCD TV ~ Vista ~ MapPoint 2006 ~ iGuidance 2.*

            Comment


            • #7
              I would ditch win98 in favor of 2kpro

              Comment


              • #8
                Id get it and replace the celeron with a 533 or higher P3 chip I got my chip of ebay for £2.50

                I have a P3 533Mhz and it works fine for win XP, video, gps, mp3, everything

                You have to think about the power supply harder if you start putting faster processors in as they use a hell of a lot more.

                Also I would definatly have a min of 256 ram
                System:
                256Mb, PIII 533 on a Hyph01 PCI sized mobo (Lan/Sound/GFX)
                M1-ATX PSU
                250GB Hdd

                USB:
                Haicom GPS
                Belkin Wireless

                Case:
                Installed in an old NTL box, (best thing for it)

                Screen:
                LinITX 7"

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by beison
                  k, thx all for the help--i guess i'll just wait for more $$ and get a better 1ghz comp i guess
                  If I can fit one in my ranger... you can do it.
                  Blind Willy
                  Network Janitor for the visually challenged
                  www.blindwilly.com
                  '94 Ford Ranger
                  1% complete. (I'm still planning it out)

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I wouldn't dump too much more money into it. Start-up may not be the fastest but it should run relatively well. If you already have the parts there is no reason not to give it a shot. If you do things right you should get your whole system working before you install it in the car. You will know if the board/CPU is enough at this point.

                    If it turns out you need a little more juice just buy a faster CPU and possibly more ram. CPUs under 1ghz can be had for around USD $20.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by joshthepilot
                      500 mhz is just not worth it. Its a big board, right? I am surprised at all the 1ghz boards people have. P4 Mini Itx's rock. Up to 3ghz. 3ghz!
                      Do they make P4 Mini ITX?
                      I saw an mini ATX at microcenter the other day for like $100.
                      My problem is space. (and lack of knowledge on where to hook up the cables for power) I was going to use a P4 1.3 gig that I have, but it's too big to fit and I am not sure about the load it would pull off the battery with the power inverter i have.
                      If i can fit the P4 behind my seats in a custom case then I'm going to figure out the power options. If not I might look at the VIA boards I see here.
                      Blind Willy
                      Network Janitor for the visually challenged
                      www.blindwilly.com
                      '94 Ford Ranger
                      1% complete. (I'm still planning it out)

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I don't necessarially need GPS right at the moment, so for multimedia functions, is this enough?

                        SPECS:
                        Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 SE
                        CPU Type Intel Celeron-A, 500 MHz (7.5 x 67)
                        Thats all most what I am using now - no speed problems at all
                        except I use XP - But 98 should work just fine

                        i agree that it may need a bit more ram. and yes it will work for music playback but if you are trying to run video i suggest no little than an 800 mhz processor but personally i prefer at least a 1Ghz.

                        A P1 at 90mhz will play MP3s
                        A P1 at 150mhz will play VCD and MPEG full screen - full speed
                        A P2 at 350mhz will play DVD and Divx full screen - full speed

                        If we are talking VIA cpus then yes you need 1ghz or more
                        for multimedia

                        I love old P2 laptops, I slam XP on them and use them to play
                        Divx for long airplane trips - just needs lots of ram and extra battery

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I suggest http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...104-160&depa=1

                          Or if your stuck on Intel...
                          http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...112-141&depa=1
                          SpudFiles

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Yes.. but the Athlon is a socket 476 I think... and the intel is a 370.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Of course, you'd need different mobos too, i'm just saying
                              SpudFiles

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X