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    VERY cheap car PC possibilities

    http://www.fit-pc.com/index.htm

    Check it out, its on the cheap, and could handle basic carPC needs. I think its...$280?

    500 mhz processor with 256 MBs of ram. Not bad
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    Looks awesome with great potential (especially the low power draw), but, 500 mhz would hurt for a lot of people as far as being underpowered goes.

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    Wow...its hard to believe that it only draws 5 watts. I am running a carpc with xp and centrafuse on a 550mhz p3 machine and it runs just fine with no lag. I am not sure how that 50 mhz will affect performance though.

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    fit-PC Specifications
    w AMD Geode LX800 CPU @ 500 MHz
    w 256 MB DDR (non expandable)
    w 40 GB Hard disk, 2.5" 44-pin IDE interface
    w Dual 100 Mbps Ethernet
    w SXGA graphics controller, from 640x480 up to 1920x1440
    w Two USB 2.0 high speed ports
    w Speaker and microphone interface
    w RS-232 serial port via RJ11 connector
    w Single 5V supply, 3-5 watt, fanless operation
    w Size: 120 x 116 x 40 mm, 450 gram
    w All aluminum case, black anodized finish. Splash and dust resistant
    w Operating temperature - 0-70oC
    w Gentoo Linux preloaded, kernel 2.6.20.
    Windows XP easily installable using USB CD-ROM drive
    Seach for GEODE on these forums. People have used Geode-based systems in builds before.
    It's low power-draw, but also low-powered. You're not going to be rocking 3D visualizations or ripping DVDs on something like this.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Geode NX != Geode LX
    Now Galileo is real. Muhahahahaha :p

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    Is the CPU upgradable? If I had a spare AMD would I be able to toss it in? Kinda get rid of the OVERLY low CPU size...granted, it would pick up the draw but not by much if I did a small upgrade...

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    thats neat, i had an 800mhz amd, with 512ram and to be honest that just about coped running PC navigator, Road Runner & Phone control.net (Using decent skins ).

    You would have to really tweak windows to get the best out of that, but still its a great idea and size!

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    sorry, I'm pretty sure it wont be upgradable. Its not an intel/amd cpu so it will have a weird socket, and unfortunately, its RAM isn't upgradable.

    Install Xp Lite, that works on the barest of systems just fine. (AKA XP without the CRAP)

    I see no prob running the music, frontend, and navi all at the same time. (I'm a legacy hardware buff, i can't throw an old PC out)
    CarPC status:

    [XXXXXXXXXX] 100% Complete
    [XXXXXXXXXX] 100% Installed
    [XXXXXXXXXX] 100% Software

    CarPC v1.2 is now in effect. Software updates and hardware additions to come.

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    http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/small-lov...iny-310537.php

    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...2194852,00.asp

    I know that Roadrunner needs a bit of a system to run on...I don't know how well a Geode at 500Mhz does...but a Mini-itx 10000 (1Ghz) system is the equivalent of an 800Mhz cpu...and that is about as slow as you can go for RR.


    But it is tempting.

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    Runs from 5 Volts. That would be temping to buy. Easy to get a steady 5 Volts from a car.
    Um, I guess this is where you put something witty.WITTY

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