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    Definitely driver issues here. It is a good idea to try using Intel's XP embedded driver set and/or the regular consumer drivers. I had trouble with the regular driver on my Commell MB but the XP embedded driver worked like a charm!
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    This might be digressing from the topic a bit, but I'll ask it anyway: how good is the nano-itx for watching video? I plan on watching a fair amount of video and I don't want it to be jerky/buggy/whatever. Any info appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeeM View Post
    This might be digressing from the topic a bit, but I'll ask it anyway: how good is the nano-itx for watching video? I plan on watching a fair amount of video and I don't want it to be jerky/buggy/whatever. Any info appreciated.
    nano-itx = formfactor

    formfactor, or the size of the board, has no relation to how powerful it is. Just size. They make FullATX sized boards with C3 processors on them, and there are nano-itx's with quad cores.

    All of mine have been nano-itx. I had a M10k with a 1ghz C3, which was great but not good enough for ACAD. Then a CommelLV641 or something which had a 2.4Ghz Pentium 4M, but drew to much power for my liking. So now I have a Core 2 Duo in it, and it works great. Good price/performance/power ratio to me.
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    Oh ok. That's very helpful info. Now that you've mentioned Commell, I've checked them out and they've got some pretty decent boards. I'm considering the LS-373 and LS-572. Ideally I'd like an optical connection between my carPC and the amplifier so the LS-373 is a good candidate for this. It's a tiny board too so I can fit it anywhere.

    I'm going to make contact with the local supplier here in Australia to get some prices. I don't expect it to be cheap.

    And then I have other considerations: where to put the carPC? I can fit it in an old CD-ROM drive case and mount it behind the LCD in my car (or under the seat, or in the glovebox). Or I could build the system inside a single DIN slot box (but I wanna use a double din size LCD, so the system will have to fit behind the LCD). Or (worst case) mount the system in the trunk, most probably under the parcel shelf.

    Bear in mind that I have a 2007 Camry, so the stock headunit is not double din. It doesn't seem too difficult to remove. I've also found a kit on ebay that fit into the standard headunit space to convert it to a double-din space. I might get one of these kits because it will save me the bother of having to fabricate my own console frame and bezel.

    I still want a CD/DVD drive tho so I'll have to rig one up under the LCD in the front, and run the cables to the back to the PC (or maybe get a USB DVD drive and plug it into the USB hub that will be mounted in the front somewhere ...)

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    You will definitely want the double din conversion if only for the monitor. As far as the PC itself, behind the screen, under a seat, or in the trunk are the common places. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

    Behind the screen is nice because it is self contained, but it is harder to build (because it is so compact). Mounting the pc elsewhere means running more cables, but you are not really constrained by size. You can have a larger box, basically.
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    Thanks for the quick post.

    Ye, behind the LCD is my preferred method at this stage simply because there will be fewer cables to run all over the car, which equates to less work. I'm thinking of using an DVD drive case for my carPC. It is a full size 5.25" case, so if it is too long to fit behind the LCD, I'll just cut it to size. But I'll only know all of this once I get the mobo and once I open up the dash.

    The case will house the mobo, hdd (probly a 2.5" 40gb or similar) and PSU (pico PSU?). The optical drive will be separate to the case and it will either be above the LCD or below it.

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    If you go double din, you can get a nice case already fabbed for you. You will just need the bezel for the front and to mount the screen, motherboard, etc.

    Check out bybyte.com. I had a good experience with that one. Also, Blk02s (or something like that) sells custom cut cases.

    A motherboard probably won't fit in a CD drive case...

    And don't think that a PC behind the screen is less work, because it has its own difficulties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by galvitron View Post
    A motherboard probably won't fit in a CD drive case...
    Well I plan to use a Commel 5.25" motherboard so that should fit in a 5.25" case.

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    I see. But consider that you must fit the power supply and a drive also.
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    Good point. I plan to use a tiny power supply and a 2.5" HDD. If it eventually fits in the CD ROM case, it will be a very tight squeeze, not to mention the amount of heat concentration. May not be the best route after all. Might just build it to a slightly bigger footprint and mount it in the trunk.

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