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    Cases & Durability...

    Hi everyone, just spend the last 6hrs reading through various posts...lots of great info! Anyways, thinking about running a PC set up in the car, and I really only have one question at the moment. I've checked out the opus solutions board, seen their cases, not bad at all, looked elsewhere as well. Well in my search on the board I came across a case.

    http://www.casetronic.com/Product/Ba...minicheck.html

    How much abuse or bouncing around can a cheeper case handle, or one like this? I know the ride wont always be smooth.... Thanks!

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    just bolt it to the body and not worry about it
    Quote Originally Posted by menudude View Post
    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SjLucky
    just bolt it to the body and not worry about it
    hmm, alright, sounds like there isnt much to worry about I guess....I just dont like worrying about anything breaking

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    you might do something to reduce vibration coming off whatever you'd be bolting it to. The next time you're a passenger in a car, put your bear teeth against some part of the metal body.... know imagine your harddrive.

    but in general this stuff is suprisingly durable
    car computer rev 5: 8" lilliput and usual suspects

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    I suppose some rubber grommits (sp?) would do the trick...good way to think of it like that

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    That Casetronic Travla C134 I linked either...I found a price in Euro and converted it to USD...is that case really $194 USD?! I really liked that case someone tell me there cheeper or I screwed up.

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    I bought the C134 at Essential Computer for US$149. However, it has some good and bad points:

    Good:
    1) Very small, ALMOST DIN size. It is a bit longer than most DIN openings
    2) Very nice unit with EPIA M10000 motherboard, slim HDD, slim CD/DVD.
    3) Somewhat quiet, but still not silent. Case fan can be heard in car depending upon where you mount it.
    4) The case is well built and very solid. I've been driving mine for the past month with no problems (mounted in glove box with no vibration dampening).

    Bad:
    1) Comes with an external AC power supply (brick) which provides a regulated 12v to an internal ATX power supply. It is difficult to find a good (ie easy) plug-in replacement for this AC supply if you don't want to run everything off of an AC/DC inverter. Opus won't fit inside the case.
    2)VERY tightly packed. It is a challenge to route all of the internal wiring if you put HDD & CD/DVD inside, and use all the front panel connections.
    3) Most people find the length too long to fit in the radio slot in the dash.
    4) You can't use the PCI slot since there's no room in the case.

    All in all, it's a pretty good, durable case. I'm happy with mine (after power supply mods).
    MikeH

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    Yeah, It looks like a very tight package with everything in there and wired. But this is nice and small and would go great under my driverside seat. Id like to keep the box small so I can place it in the cabin. The other PCI slot would be nice, but since it comes with most everything that I would need I guess I cant forsee a use for it. I wouldnt mind going with a OPUS box...but size is gonna count and being able to use normal sized hdd and cdroms will cut down on price ...and too bad I cant get to my car at the moment otherwise I'd go measure...Thanks for all the info everyone!

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