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    What I have... but what else do i need?

    Alright so i originally planned to piece together a carputer for my MR2 & one for my F350, but one at a time:P. Anyways i was looking for a screen and found an ebay listing for the following:

    * MP3Car Custom Car Computer (Ampie)
    - VIA EPIA MII12000 Mini-ITX Mainboard
    - 512MB RAM, PC2700 184-Pin DIMM
    - 80GB 2.5" Samsung 5400 RPM Hard Drive
    - Windows XP Home; Freshly Installed, Valid License and Authentic CD Included
    - M1-ATX 12VDC Vehicle Ignition Power Switcher Installed

    * Lilliput 929GL-70NP 7" VGA LCD Touchscreen
    - Remote Control
    - Owners Manual

    * Rooftop GPs/Cellular/PCS/WiFi Antenna
    * Mini USB Keyboard

    i picked it all up for a bit under $300 now i will be upgrading to 1gb of ram and using an additional external hard drive.

    My question is, what is this setup capable of, what should i upgrade and what else should i buy(essentials) (this system is for the mr2).

    Thanks
    Tyler

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    You're going to need the means of wiring the system to your vehicle's electrical system.
    You're also going to need the appropriate cables to connect the system to your audio system.
    Mounting hardware.
    And since it wasn't listed in the ad, you may need software. Most of us recommend a front-end, since it will give you driver-friendly access to any/all functions you want from the PC.
    Search through the forums here to see what front-end options are available. Some are free. Others are not. Some include GPS map data. Some use "download on the fly" or cached maps from a system like Google Earth.


    I have to ask, though...
    If you purchased a PC for your ride, you obviously have some functionality in mind.
    That means you bought this unit with that functionality in mind, yet you didn't bother to do any research about it before you clicked BUY IT NOW.

    I'll tell you this. If you're looking for zippy performance from that PC, you're going to be SORELY disappointed. The Via C3 processor in that motherboard is the equivilant of a higher-end Pentium III in most respects. Thr4owing 1GB of RAM at it will help performance, but only so much.
    Will it handle media playback and GPS and OBD connectivity and all the common functionality that most users desire from a vehicle PC? Yes, it will.
    If you want to play videos or see pretty 3D visualizations on the screen, this system may not be up to snuff.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    You're going to need the means of wiring the system to your vehicle's electrical system.

    You're also going to need the appropriate cables to connect the system to your audio system.

    Mounting hardware.

    And since it wasn't listed in the ad, you may need software. Most of us recommend a front-end, since it will give you driver-friendly access to any/all functions you want from the PC.

    Search through the forums here to see what front-end options are available. Some are free. Others are not. Some include GPS map data. Some use "download on the fly" or cached maps from a system like Google Earth.


    I have to ask, though...
    If you purchased a PC for your ride, you obviously have some functionality in mind.
    That means you bought this unit with that functionality in mind, yet you didn't bother to do any research about it before you clicked BUY IT NOW.

    I'll tell you this. If you're looking for zippy performance from that PC, you're going to be SORELY disappointed. The Via C3 processor in that motherboard is the equivilant of a higher-end Pentium III in most respects. Thr4owing 1GB of RAM at it will help performance, but only so much.
    Will it handle media playback and GPS and OBD connectivity and all the common functionality that most users desire from a vehicle PC? Yes, it will.
    If you want to play videos or see pretty 3D visualizations on the screen, this system may not be up to snuff.
    I am still unsure of what i am going to do for power, however for audio i will be going with Turtle Beach audio SRM. For mounting i will be doing a fiberglass install into the double din, and for software i will be using centrafuse as my friend gave me his copy (1.2) when his car got stolen.

    as for why i bought this unit, computers are upgradeable in every way, and i wanted to get a starting point and build from there. The things this computer must be able to do is record an in car camera, play music and maybe some videos. i am not cheap and dont mind spending a few bucks to achive my goals, this seemed like a good starting point to me though.

    Tyler

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