lots of general questions... MP3/portable DVD
Ok, so i seemed to have collected the parts I want to build my low profile machine around, i just have a few things i need yet.
This is what i am going to use
Micro ATX Thunderbird board... it has onboard everything but it comes with an AGP slot and two PCI's
ATI AIW Radeon, TV in/out, dvd-decode, video capture, need i say more?
I am gonna use the Radeon with some type of riser card that angles it over the PCI slots.
Probably going to grab a DVD/Writer combo if anyone has any brands to recommend i would appreciate it.
Ok, stuff i still need to pick out.
A case, not sure if i should buy my own or build one, i think if i bought one (we have these sweet 2.6 inch cases at work) i would need to cut a hole for the AGP card to be mounted...
LCD screen for the front, i would probably throw the LCD screen where the floppy went so i don't have a whole heck of a lot of space, any ideas? I want the screen to be able to list of song titles for MP3's, as well as DVD information (kind of like a VCR) it would most definately have to be backlit, because no one watches a DVD in the light :)
This thing for the most part is going to be a car MP3 player and portable DVD player, i would ideally like to get it all working in linux but i am fairly certain that won't happen.
I am going to be throwing a 900mhz TBIRD into the system, i think i will just vent the thing right out the top of the case because the clearence is so low anyway.
Let me know what you guys think, do you think the idea will work? I would like to use this machine as my primary machine, 'cause i carry my comp everywhere, especially to work, and a full tower is just not pheasible.
Also on the same note, i thought of an intresting mod that i could add to it, not sure if i have room.
Does anyone know if would be possible to add a infared interface to the thing so i could use a TV remote and Car stero remote in order to shuffle through tracks, play, and pause DVD's? That would be a lot better then dragging a keyboard and mouse everywhere.
I noticed here http://www.crystalfontz.com/cgi-bin/...?product=irman
that they have something along those lines, i am wondering if i could build one or possibly make the Irman smaller by taking it out of the casing and putting it in the case directly...
Also, there is the question of power, the only time the machine will be in the car is when i am in it so i will have to figure out some quick way to disconnect/reconnect it to power and the stero system, which i have absolutely no clue on... I will be putting it in a '96 Bonneville SE, currently the thing has the stock CD player installed.
someone enlighten me here