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    alright today at work we were throwing away some pretty decent computers so i picked up a small motherboard. its a intel 4000792

    heres some specs:

    Key Features
    Form Factor What is this?
    Micro ATX
    Compatibility PC
    Chipset What is this?
    Intel 845G
    Compatible Processors Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium 4
    Front Side Bus Speed 533 MHz
    Technical Features
    Integrated Input/Output Ports USB 1.1 x 6 • Serial Port x 1 • PS/2 Mouse x 1 • PS/2 Keyboard x 1 • Parallel Port (ECP/EPP/SPP) x 1 • Floppy Port x 1
    Expansion Slots What is this?
    AGP x4 x 1 • PCI x 3
    Storage Controller Type(s) DMA/ATA-100 (Ultra) x 2
    South Bridge Chip Intel ICH4
    Processor
    Socket Type What is this?
    Socket 478
    Max supported CPUs qty 1
    Memory
    Memory Type What is this?
    DDR SDRAM
    Number of Memory Slots 2 x 184 Pin DIMMs
    Supported RAM speeds 266 MHz • 200 MHz
    Max Supported RAM What is this?
    2 GB
    Audio / Video
    Video Interface What is this?
    AGP 4x
    On Board Graphic Processor Intel Extreme Graphic
    Integrated Graphic Card Integrated Graphic Card
    Audio Output What is this?
    Line Out
    Integrated Audio AC97 Audio Codec • AD1981B Codec
    Audio Input Microphone Jack • 1 x Line In
    Video Out Ports 15 Pin D-Sub VGA port x 1
    Other Features
    Other Features Chassis intrusion detection
    Fans 3 x 3-pin fan headers
    Chassis Type What is this?
    Desktop
    Package Qty 1
    Dimensions
    Depth 8.2 in.
    Width 9.6 in.
    Miscellaneous
    Power Configurations ACPI/APM Power Management • Wake On Ring Header • Wake On LAN Header • Suspend to RAM • Wakeup from Keyboard/Mouse • Power-on Mode Control • Suspend to Disk (Hibernate) • Real Time Clock Wake-up Alarm


    what im wanting to know is was this a good find... and where do i go from here... im wanting maybe some arcade emulation but deffinately want gps, and dvd play... thanks guys...

    btw this is for a 99 chevy cavalier

  • #2
    Next you go here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=106

    Read a lot. Learn as much as you can. Plan your setup thoroughly.
    Good luck.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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    • #3
      so i guess the mother board is ok to use...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by darkdrake View Post
        so i guess the mother board is ok to use...
        as long as you can power it/make it fit

        ANYTHING will work

        motherboard/ram/hard drives.., they all will work

        mind you, most people try to go low power, since visual performance isnt really why people build carputers in the first place

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        • #5
          im not very familiar with the power supply thing... i was thinking of just using the one from the computer itself....

          does anyone know anything about this board or know why it wouldnt work...

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          • #6
            read the FAQ's

            You can't just plug in the motherboard into a power socket and be on your way...

            any computer parts will work inside the car, just like any computer parts will work in your home.

            powering it/mounting it are all issues that are very different in the car from in the home.

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            • #7
              im reading the faq's right now... im just not sure if this cpu will kill my electrical system or not...

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              • #8
                Make sure you read the "Power supplies - explained" thread, then.

                It is unlikely that CPU will kill your electrical system, but make sure you have a good idea of what you're doing before you wire it up. Read about selecting the proper wire gauge size and ensure that you fuse it properly as well.
                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.
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                • #9
                  well fellas heres my newest dilemma, i can either use the board listed above, or i can use a gateway solo 2500 that i ran across today... it admit the 2500 doesnt seem to be big enough for what i want, but would also be easier to install and wouldnt have to go through the power supply dillema...

                  so which would you prefer, i can get pc parts for relatively cheap if not free, (im an is tech) so far i havent spent any cash... and ive picked up a 40 gig hard drive... so.. what do ya think.

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                  • #10
                    thought maybe i should list what im wanting this pc to do.

                    GPS
                    MAME
                    EMULATORS AND ROMS
                    DVD,VCD,SVCD PLAYER.

                    i think that about covers it. ill still be running my pioneer premier headunit for music and sirius.

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                    • #11
                      anyone???

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                      • #12
                        glad to know i can always get help when i need it....

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                        • #13
                          so which would you prefer, i can get pc parts for relatively cheap if not free, (im an is tech) so far i havent spent any cash... and ive picked up a 40 gig hard drive... so.. what do ya think.
                          I think you're an I.S. tech. You ought to know whether the Gateway solo can handle your needs or not. If it can, I'd go with it to simplify the power requirements. If not, go with the original.
                          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.
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                          • #14
                            well ive been checking it out, seems like it would make more sense to use the gateway solo, instead of the motherboard i picked up. heres a list i made of pro's and con's of using the 2500:

                            pro's:

                            no trouble getting power source figured out
                            smaller processor so less power used and less heat.. (p2)
                            easy installation
                            will be all i need rather than a bluetooth dongle, gps antenna, wireless controller (for emulators, and mame) and touchscreen + the 2500 was free...cant beat that

                            con's:
                            speed?
                            only 6 gig hard drive. -might be able to find a bigger one but not sure yet.
                            i believe it has 1.1 usb connectors which could be a bad thing for a external dvd drive.
                            not sure if it can handle what i want it to do.

                            right now its kind of hard for me to test it, cause its not identifying the operating system, so i plan on installing a stripped version of windows xp (bare essentials) and tweaking the boot process's.

                            i guess one of my biggest concerns is wether or not the 2500 can handle and mame setup or a nes,snes emulator setup. - i kind of like to give my passenger something to do.

                            ive just got so many questions, so few answers- guess the best way to learn is too just dive in head first. guess ill get started on this today then...

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                            • #15
                              plus im wondering if it will work with iguidance....

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