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    Computer in the trunk -- any problems?

    For those of you who have or are thinking about running your computer in the trunk, what are the concerns/drawbacks?

    Will VGA make it up to the front dash to the LCD without any distortion? Can you put extra shielding on it to help protect it from, say, speaker wire running to the front speakers or will that not matter?

    What about IDE, can IDE make it from the trunk to the dash? We're talking about 100" here..

    What about USB?

    What about RS-232 (Serial)?

    Thanks!

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    OK...lets start from VGA and Serial I have 10 ft. cable and there is no problem with the reception. USB- no problem also, you can buy an extentsion easily. The only one concern is with IDE cables which support no more than 18" in length. I don't know anyone who would use a longer one, but you can be the first one (someone on this forum offers any length custom IDE cables).

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    So how do you guys have dash-mount CD drives if your computer is in the trunk? One of those [IDE]-->USB adapters/housings?

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    There is a link newegg . I recommend to pick enclosure with USB and then if the cable is not long enough just buy extension for it.

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    ok, actually now that I think about it, there are IEEE1394 ones too - my friend gets these for like $20.. as long as it works, that will make me happy.

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    i picked this up, its powered by the usb port. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...onics&n=507846

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    People have also had sucess with ultra long custom made ide cables (well sheilded of course) that are usable for dvdroms, but hdds create too much cross talk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MP3DUB
    People have also had sucess with ultra long custom made ide cables (well sheilded of course) that are usable for dvdroms, but hdds create too much cross talk.

    Any specifics you could share?

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    How can you further shield a VGA/IDE cable? Wrap it in foil?? Any better way?

    Do the molex IDE cables make it over longer distances than the flat ribbon IDE cables??

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