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    Advice on which computer to use for my CarPC

    Ok now that Centrafuse 4 has iPhone/iPod touch support, I'm re-motivated to get my CarPC installed...

    Now I have two options currently for the hardware for my CarPC:

    Screen: Molded in Dash Lilliput EBY701.

    Option 1:
    Axiomtek SBC86807 Mini-ITX motherboard with a Intel Pentium M 1.8Ghz CPU
    1GB DDR Ram
    120GB 2.5" IDE Hard Drive
    Pioneer Slot-Load DVD+-RW
    M2-ATX 12V PSU
    Navibe USB GPS
    USB Bluetooth
    USB WiFi

    Option 2:
    My old work laptop, Dell Latitude D620.
    Intel Core Duo T2500, 2.00Ghz
    2x1GB, DDR2-667, 2 DIMM
    Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    60GB Hard Drive 9.5mm SATA 7200RPM
    8x DVD+/-RW
    Dell Wireless 1490 Dual Band WLAN (a/g) Mini Card
    Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth
    9-cell (85WHr) Primary Battery
    Navibe USB GPS


    Now I think the Laptop would be more powerful, but I'm unsure how to power it and switch it on and off with the car like I can easily via the M2-ATX PSU with the ITX PC...

    I guess option 3, would be to buy a new ITX board... the Axiomtek doesn't have any SATA ports...

    Suggestions or comments?

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    Using CF, you're probably best off using the more powerful PC, since it's quite the resource hog. Not sure if you're going to be happy with the laptops graphics card performance though, definitely try it out on the bench first and see how you like it. For power, you could use the carnetix: http://carnetix.com/CNXP1900.htm . It also has a startup/shutdown controller as a bonus.
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    Also get an SSD instead of a spinning disk. CF takes forever to load on a standard hard drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malcom2073 View Post
    Using CF, you're probably best off using the more powerful PC, since it's quite the resource hog. Not sure if you're going to be happy with the laptops graphics card performance though, definitely try it out on the bench first and see how you like it. For power, you could use the carnetix: http://carnetix.com/CNXP1900.htm . It also has a startup/shutdown controller as a bonus.
    Hmm yeah that's interesting... Maybe I should consider another front-end... Main thing it has to do is interface nicely with an iPhone/iPod touch to read the playlists and media from it... I'm not sure that I really care a huge amount about having Nav built-in (that's why I chose Centrafuse originally as it had Nav with Australian maps... and it was one of/the only one to have that) as I now use Navigon on my iPhone... So maybe I should look at different FE software that has good support for the iPhone... Any suggestions there?

    Quote Originally Posted by tripzero View Post
    Also get an SSD instead of a spinning disk. CF takes forever to load on a standard hard drive.
    Yeah I had thought about that actually... and I could get away with a small one as I don't plan on storing much media on the drive... I like to use my iPhone as my source as its easy to update from my main media library... I have a 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD in my MacBook Pro and its a huge difference especially in bootup time, so yeah that will be a must...

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdie View Post
    Hmm yeah that's interesting... Maybe I should consider another front-end... Main thing it has to do is interface nicely with an iPhone/iPod touch to read the playlists and media from it... I'm not sure that I really care a huge amount about having Nav built-in (that's why I chose Centrafuse originally as it had Nav with Australian maps... and it was one of/the only one to have that) as I now use Navigon on my iPhone... So maybe I should look at different FE software that has good support for the iPhone... Any suggestions there?
    Nope, sorry. I can't stand ipods, so I don't pay much attention to what supports it. I'm not saying don't use CF, I'm just saying if it's the only thing that meets your needs, be sure to plan appropriately.

    Quote Originally Posted by birdie View Post
    Yeah I had thought about that actually... and I could get away with a small one as I don't plan on storing much media on the drive... I like to use my iPhone as my source as its easy to update from my main media library... I have a 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD in my MacBook Pro and its a huge difference especially in bootup time, so yeah that will be a must...
    SSD will help some, that's for sure. Since you're planning on using an ipod, you shouldn't need much room for media, yeah?
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