Newbie, but surely no Dummie
Hello all, and greetings from the windy city.
First off, i'd like to say that this is my first post. Second, i would like to comment on the quality of this discussion board. It is THE most informative board i have EVER come accross. Please keep it up for the betterment of the digital music era. The world needs more discussion.
With that out of the way, I was just browsing the internet today, and I am no stranger to the mp3 world out there...in fact, i have my own ftp server dedicated to it. (msg me if you are interested.) I found my way to this site, and I flipped. Great concept. Lets do it. however, since i am practical, i thought i would post my thoughts and ideas (having never tried a carmp3 player at all)...i do have alot of questions which i'm sure can be answered with the vast knowledge that is contained in the members of this AWESOME site.
so here goes:
1) After seeing the rather interesting post by Alien8 and his beginners guide type discussion, I happen to agree with some of his points such as a removable drive bay. first because of the temperature damage that a hard drive can suffer, and also because even if your friends dont have a removable drive, you can just put one in your home machine, load up napster and get whatever you want anyway. The drawback is that i dont have the slightest clue as to what kind of shock a removable drive would take without being damaged.
2) why do 32 bit cards only output at 16 bit?...reason i ask is i'm a network consultant, and i have a very indepth knowledge of computers and such, and i've never heard such a thing.
3) also, there is nothing wrong with ethernet as even if it takes 30s extra to boot up, who cares. it takes my car 30s to warm up before i drive it anyway, but i'm sure i will not want the wait time once i start building. although ethernet can have its advantages. the filetransfer option is excellent, but with certain programs, you can remotely administer a pc via a network connection such as pcanywhere, or my favorite is RAdmin 1.11 (search for it on download.com)...this way, if you have no monitor, you can work on the pc as if you were sitting in front of it. but i guess networking isnt for the average hobbyist either, so i could see both ways.
4) even though this is very far planned for the future, i plan to write my own OS dedicated to mulitmedia and remote administration...perhaps i should call it Rynix *laugh*
5) as for lcd screens, i'm very much in the gray area when it comes to this. basically, i think i will just break down and buy a 6" or 8" lcd screen that has a standard rca input, and use my old trident providea 9685 card to output to it. if anyone has a really indepth detailed faq or page on the different types of screens to look at, please feel free to post here. also, do i read this right?: winamp will output to a little tiny lcd screen that is like 4x20 or 2x20?.....or do you just need specific software or a plugin.....i'm a very visual person, so i'm going to need SOME way to either control the computer or at least view the songs playing and my playlist.
6) eventually, i'm going to incorporate the following items, but for now, i'm going to just concentrate on getting digital music into my car hehe:
a) DVD/VCD playability
b) psx player or equivelant
c) definitely a Global Positioning Device (its a car, and its a computer why the ***** not)
d) perhaps if i have ENOUGH time on my hands, i'll install multiple systems, and have them networked to play internetworked games...you can never get enough of mech 3 or quake 3
7) I hear everyone talking about these IRMan controllers, however no one seems to talk about exactly what they do. What do they look like, how do they interface with the OS? etc...
finally, i would just like to list the components i plan to use, and if anyone has comments, why hell, this is a discussion board, and i'm no dictator, so please feel free to discuss your points of view.
List of components:
Motherboard: generic at motherboard with built in sound and video if possible
CPU: 200mhz MMX or more chip (i'm sure that a slower one would do, but if i'm going to upgrade the features later, i suppose i should start with enough backing to get it going.
Memory: pc100mhz SDRAM 32 minimum, however i'll probably use 64 as thats the optimal ammount for windows 9x
Operating system: windows nt workstation would be my os of choice as the 9x system seems to crash on me alot more, but given the low use of the computer, i think that 9x would suffice just fine (plus windows nt would require you to logon every time you booted the system unless you found a decent work around)
sound card: if not built into the motherboard, probably a 32 or 64 bit card creative labs style (you cant beat a sound blaster)
input: looks like everyone just uses a standard keypad to control winamp, so i guess i'll go with that unless the IRMan has benefits i can afford.
i will most likely install a NIC just for the remote administration capability, and i have a dozen of them laying around the house anyway.
hard drive: standard ide hard drive. i've got a 4 gigger laying here with no home...looks like it does now.
no floppy, no cdrom (after initial install that is)
well, there you have it. i'm sure i'll get flamed forsuch a long post, but i do hope that this post will give some REAL bonified newbies answers to some questions that botehred me....i look forward to your replies.
Later all, and if anyone here is from Chicago, let me know. maybe we could get together and talk ideas.