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    i am in the planning stages of building my carputer, but there is alot of info i might need because my car is not something you would normally ever see a carPC in. its a 1954 oldsmobile! i have a psone screen i will use, thing is i have almost no money and want to do this on the cheap. any tips would be greatly appriciated! i plan on working on the vga mod for my psone screen over my cristmas vacation maybe. i think i will go with a power inverter seeing as using that and an older computer would be the cheapest way possible, if i had the money i would go for a VIA MPIA mobo. so any tips and suggestions for a noob who wil ahve to wire the whole shebang from scratch? i do know how to solder and know some about electronics fyi (sorry if my post is rambling, i tend to do that)

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    sorry to double post, i have some pics of my car in its almost present form, have the interior stripped out and doing other work on it. here is the link (56k warning) here! also a question, is there anywhere online i can find a 5" touch overlay for less than 95$?

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    • #3
      Using an old PC with a power inverter is definitley an inexpensive route.
      I highly recommend perusing the FAQ emporium forum as there are guides and information there about anything you may want your OldsPC to do.

      '54 Olds is a cool ride. I presently have a '54 Chevy 3100 1/2 ton pickup project that has yet to even be disassembled. It will be fun to work on a real classic.

      Can't help you witht eh touchkit for under $95. That's DigitalWW's price.
      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
      How about the Wiki?



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      • #4
        ok i have decided some things:
        will use the old computer and inverter method
        will use a psone screen
        will have voice command function with girdervoice or something better if i can get it free
        will need it to start up quickly, sub 20 seconds would be nice, still need to find a suitable computer in the greater than 400mhz range prefered
        already have my idea for putting it in the car figured out, will make a custom console etc! what you all think?

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        • #5
          got my psone screen mostly wired (need a male male vga converter, its on its way) then to find a PC and then start on the console, will be roughing out a prototype console sometime soon

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          • #6
            Truthfully for me, i would buy an actually LCD screen rather than the PSOne screen. i also wanted a PSOne screen but when i got a post about how it doesn't last long, i decided to go for a 'decent' one. i haven't started on my carPC project yet but my friend did. he high recommend using the best stuff. i don't think you should use an old computer parts for your CarPC. because it wouldn't last long. and all that money is a waste. but that's just my 2 cents on the subject. good luck!

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            • #7
              1) The PS1 screen *IS* an LCD screen.
              2) Your decision to purchase an LCD that accepts VGTA input is a sound one, however people simply don't have it in their budget to purchase a better screen.
              Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
              How about the Wiki?



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              • #8
                Just curious where you're gonna put the screen and stuff. I've got a 54 Olds 98 that's a daily driver, so I'm pretty familiar with the dash and stuff. That glove box is *huge*, but I'd have reservations about cutting up a classic - then again, mine's fully intact, no restoration of anything necessary.

                If it were me, I'd consider putting the guts and stuff inside the glove-box, with the screen only viewable with the lid open. Those cars are trivial to get into, and theft would be a concern.

                Going cheap will frustrate you. I can certainly relate to the lack of funds, but you'll be sorry later. Consider trying to run Windows and all the supporting apps on any old computer in the house - the car's gonna be the same, if not worse cuz you'll have more stuff running and don't really have the opportunity while driving to debug crashes (system, not car), reboot, etc. It's like anything else computer-related: get the right stuff. If you can't swing the cost right now, save until you can.

                Just my .02.
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                • #9
                  for the dash and glovebox i wasnt planning on cutting up anything! wouldnt wanna do that to a classic man! was going to fabricate a console under the glovebox to house most of the computer and sruff and maybe a new glovebox door. i am saving to be able to afford this, i am still planning it but i need to put more money into getting the car on the road first lol.

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                  • #10
                    i may have found a good PC to use, and the price is definatly right. i can get a gateway profile 2 with a 14" lcd for free from a friend, no hdd or ram and the power circuit is friend but its probably fixable

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                    • #11
                      i have still not decided on anything, i am considering using an oldish laptop instead of a full PC and lcd, less power draw and cheaper, i will post updates as they happen

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                      • #12
                        hey man, AWESOME CAR!!!! What are the specs on the old pc you have or the laptop you're thinking about using? If they are low, have you considered using linux? What exactly do you want to do with your carputer?
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                        Future plans: Sick rebuild on the 350, 6spd tranny, bucket seats, custom center console, Mac Mini, 10inch touchscreen, Custom built sub box, GPS, and a coffee maker... just kidding

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                        • #13
                          planing on mostly mp3s and mebe gps if i can get a reciever cheap enough. the profile is i think 40mhz with a max 120mb ram, its really a POS as far as upgradability goes, no legacy ports (serial etc) im still ISO a suitable laptop, slim pickings for my budget

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                          • #14
                            if you dont mind me askin, what is your budget? Because if that 40Mhz isnt a typo, you are definitely going to need something faster. Hell, even if you meant to type 400Mhz, thats still toooooo slow. Id recommend checking the sunday newspaper or ebay. There is some pretty cheap stuff out there that will run wayyy faster than what you have now. If it is 400Mhz and you have to use it, I'd seriously look at linux. Let me know, I could recommend some stuff.
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                            1974 Chevy Nova, 350 V8, 350 TH Trans
                            Future plans: Sick rebuild on the 350, 6spd tranny, bucket seats, custom center console, Mac Mini, 10inch touchscreen, Custom built sub box, GPS, and a coffee maker... just kidding

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                            • #15
                              yea that was a typo, meant something preferably OVER 400mhz preferably somewhere between 500 and 1ghz really, right now i dont have much but by the time i can build a carpc or whatever i might have a few hundred available, definatly sub 500$ budget i was thinking of using either linux or 98lite or something like that http://www.litepc.com/
                              EDIT: i saw a ECS EVEM v1.1 motherboard on ebay, are they any good?

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