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Thread: Full blown CarPC or eeePC?

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    Full blown CarPC or eeePC?

    Alright, so I'm trying to decide what to do. Humor me for a moment...

    I currently have a MicroATX ECS Goal3+ mobo with an AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.8GHz CPU, two sticks of crucial 1GB RAM totaling 2GB and an 80GB Laptop SATA hard drive. I specifically purchased these items for my CarPC. The mobo has 6-channel onboard audio as well as onboard VGA video. I also have a super-slim DVD drive and 1TB USB hard drive for file storage. Basically I need a car friendly PSU, a case and a touchscreen monitor to complete my install into my Suburban. I already have a 4 channel amplifier to power my stock Bose speakers as well as a sub amp for my 12" sub along with all the needed wiring. My concern is reliability of a full blown PC in my truck as compared to say a netbook/mini laptop that I feel may be more suited for the application due to it being built to withstand a bit more environmentally (temp, shock, etc.) and in a smaller/hidden package... Maybe I'm off or not thinking this thru correctly but my thoughts are to sell of my PC components and purchase an eeePC 701 4G which will fit in my dash along with the screen. I'd install a touchscreen panel overlay onto the eeePC's monitor, install it into my dash and just run my audio from a USB sound card. In addition to potentially being less faulty, financially it makes more sense for me to sell off my PC components and use the funds to buy the eeePC and touch panel overlay... In order to run my current system I need to shell out another ~$200 minimum. Selling my current setup can completely fund the eeePC install. Obviously my current system would perform better but all I'm looking to have my carPC do is decent sounding audio, video (rarely used) and be able to plug in my OBD2 scan tool for diagnostic purposes (and nothing else).

    Decisions, decisions...

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    How is an EEE not a full-blown PC?

    Honestly, I think you're fretting over nothing. The reliability of the setup is dependent on the planning and the quality of the installation more than the hardware.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Thanks for the encouragement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acex008 View Post
    Alright, so I'm trying to decide what to do. Humor me for a moment...

    I currently have a MicroATX ECS Goal3+ mobo with an AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.8GHz CPU, two sticks of crucial 1GB RAM totaling 2GB and an 80GB Laptop SATA hard drive. I specifically purchased these items for my CarPC. The mobo has 6-channel onboard audio as well as onboard VGA video. I also have a super-slim DVD drive and 1TB USB hard drive for file storage. Basically I need a car friendly PSU, a case and a touchscreen monitor to complete my install into my Suburban. I already have a 4 channel amplifier to power my stock Bose speakers as well as a sub amp for my 12" sub along with all the needed wiring. My concern is reliability of a full blown PC in my truck as compared to say a netbook/mini laptop that I feel may be more suited for the application due to it being built to withstand a bit more environmentally (temp, shock, etc.) and in a smaller/hidden package... Maybe I'm off or not thinking this thru correctly but my thoughts are to sell of my PC components and purchase an eeePC 701 4G which will fit in my dash along with the screen. I'd install a touchscreen panel overlay onto the eeePC's monitor, install it into my dash and just run my audio from a USB sound card. In addition to potentially being less faulty, financially it makes more sense for me to sell off my PC components and use the funds to buy the eeePC and touch panel overlay... In order to run my current system I need to shell out another ~$200 minimum. Selling my current setup can completely fund the eeePC install. Obviously my current system would perform better but all I'm looking to have my carPC do is decent sounding audio, video (rarely used) and be able to plug in my OBD2 scan tool for diagnostic purposes (and nothing else).

    Decisions, decisions...
    My vote would be not to go with the eeepc. Based on personal experience I found using the eee to be a pain for the following reasons:
    1. Contrary to popular belief it cannot withstand extreme cold temps. I live in Canada and when I had it installed, during winter when it got to like even say -10C or so it would not boot. I would get boot errors etc. While SSD are suppose to be better for extreme temps I attributed these errors to some of the other onboard controllers eg. SSD controller which are not rated for extreme temps. Comparably I run a regular 2.5"hdd in my car pc and it's booted in like -30C weather no prob.
    2. Because the SSD is so small, depeneding on the version you get you'll need to nlite your install, which is not so much of a pain, but later on when you are trying to add software or modify functionality and you realize you are missing a component you nlited out it's a pain to redo your install just to get it. My current install runs a full XP version which certain services disabled. If I need a service I disabled I can just turn it on. Much easier.
    3. I've yet to see a proper reasonably prices start up controller for the eee. The shutcontrol program does a great job at shutting down the device but for start up you need to do it manually or possibly pay for something like a Carnix to get that going which is expensive IMO.
    4. Because of the SSD size you'll need an external hardrive which will need to be powered. It's power on and off should be synced with the eee mobo so as not to corrupt the drive (using usb port). You'll need a relay for that. In addition you'll need another relay for powering the eee when your ignition is on. In the end you'll probably end up building a project box external to the eee which in my situation made for a messy install.
    5. While the eee's power is ok for most car pc functions if your needs change it's speed will definitely be a limiting factor.

    I could go on but you get my drift... Eee may seem cheaper but trust me it won't be in the long run. I picked up a system from http://www.mo-co-so.com/Pre-Built-Mi...510MO-s/23.htm which IMO was and still is the best bang for your buck as far as full car pc install goes. It's all pre-tested (m2 and all), you pop in a drive and off you go. Makes for a very clean install and gets rid of all the eee annoyances. Now my eee has been re-purposed to my kitchen

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    Thank for the informative reply! I have decided to go with my current system and get the rest of the parts I need...

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    Quote Originally Posted by acex008 View Post
    Thank for the informative reply! I have decided to go with my current system and get the rest of the parts I need...
    No Problem. That's what makes this community is so great. Useful information.

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