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    Xbox Carputer possible?

    OK, first things first,

    1)I have already searched the boards and don't see much on this subject.

    2)Yes, it is possible to mod your xbox to use a 3rd party OS called EvoX, and it's pretty cool and very functional.

    3)Text readability (I'll get to that later)




    From what I have seen on TV and the net, It is possible to hack an xbox to use as a PC (well, a computer that has almost the same functionality as a PC). Since an xbox can be hacked to be used as a PC, it should be possible to use a hacked xbox as a carputer.

    I don't really have any interest in using my carputer for anything like GPS, just as a media box (ie DVD's, DIVX, and of course MP3's, etc....) Plus being able to play xbox games in my truck is a plus, but not while driving of course!


    Evox is a 3rd party OS designed to run on the xbox. There is a very good media player embedded that I think will be really cool to use.

    The text readability issue with PC based systems hooked to LCD screens (using TV-Out) is one of the reasons I'm considering using a hacked xbox. Since it already comes with a good quality TV-out built-in. I've seen the Micro$oft media center PC hooked up to a TV at a local electronics store, and the text readability is TERRIBLE. A freind of mine uses his DVD-ROM on his PC as his DVD player, and he says he had to memorize the buttons rather than read them when he's using his TV. But with an xbox, I assume the text readability would be very good, even with an LCD screen, besause of the makeup of the signal. Is my assumption correct?


    Also built into the xbox, it comes with all hardware need to get going (execpt the modchip of course). With a 733MHz Intel chip (some will say it's a pIII, and some will say it's a celeron, but it's actually a PIII derived chip). And of course it comes with all the RAM, HDD, and connections built in. That's a plus for me since I don't really have all that stuff lying around, and don't really want to go buying stuff everywhere.

    So I can't run windows, so what! I think this adds up to a good all around option for me. Has anyone else done this before? I figure I'd check this board to see other peoples experiences.


    Here's a link to the recent
    TechTV segment on xbox modding.

    This is where I got the idea to use an xbox as a carputer. This will answer alot of questions anyone has, or feed your curiosity.


    Here is a very good xbox modding site, I guess it's the same to xbox mods as this site is to Mp3 cars.

    Post back what you think of this idea, good or bad.

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    Re: Xbox Carputer possible?

    Originally posted by jigjew
    I assume the text readability would be very good, even with an LCD screen, besause of the makeup of the signal. Is my assumption correct?
    No it's probably not going to look any better for text. The way text looks on a TV screen depends on the size of the text, the quality of the screen....several things


    And the X-box doesn't do any special stuff with it's tv-out
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    Using component video or s-video will improve the picture quality:

    http://www.xbox.com/system/high+defi...talog=cat%2dus
    http://www.xbox.com/system/advanced+...talog=cat%2dus


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    You can get hacked cables which let an xbox display VGA out as well. Paired with a VGA LCD, that should look really nice.

    Some xbox dvd drives in them won't read CDRs at all, which might be a bit of a pain..

    You might have to think about overheating problems if you're in a hot area. My xbox blows out rather warm air in summer, and i don't know how well they tolerate temperature extremes like your car's boot..

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    Originally posted by starfox
    Some xbox dvd drives in them won't read CDRs at all, which might be a bit of a pain..
    that's the 1.0 thompson drives, but rw discs work ok.

    http://www.xbox-scene.com/versions.php

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    Hmm... that seems really interesting actually... I'm going to do more research on modding an X-Box... the only issue I see is modding the X-Box to be connecting to a 12v power source...

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    that's the only downside I see as well, but some people have succesfuly modded their PS2's to 12v power, so I don't think it will be a problem to get done.

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    It has a psu aswell, could be modified or changed into a dc-dc one.

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    there's a guy I know currently trying to adapt an Xbox to accept 12V input. He's not hacking it to use as a PC rather just to use it for an in-car gaming console. If he figures it out I'll get him to come over here and post just how he did it.

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    I"ve got my xbox all modded and It has a thompson drive and it won't read **** other than dvds..... it sucks! but anyway if you wanna use the xbox as a media player get XBMP
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