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    Post Got all my crap, any pointers?

    All of my equipment arrived and I am going to start putting it together.
    This is my first time putting a PC together, installing an operating system, configuring BIOS, and everything else pretty much. I have a book that walks me through but I know experience teaches you numerous tricks along the way. If anyone has any of these little tricks (hardware, software, OS, whatever)please feel to post it.

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    First problem: The fan and heatsink that came with the PIII are too big. The heat sink collides with another heat sink that was already on the board adn two capaciters.
    I have a smaller fan and heatsink from a Celeron 766 that does fit. Am I risking frying the processor with the smaller fan, or am I going to have any other issues because of the smaller fan?

    [ 12-13-2001: Message edited by: steve671 ]
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    Set up your computer and get it functioning in your home the way you want it to in your car. Its much easier that way, especially if you have problems that require temporaily removing hardware.
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    very true...
    Also think portability.
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    Hey steve671,
    You need a good heat sink on that chip or you will fry it i suggest going to the motherboards website and checking what heat sink they prefer. by the way what is the board that you are using?

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    The motherboard is a Shuttle FV-24
    How do I know if the fan/heatsink that does fit is a "good" fan/heatsink?
    Car computer and console.

    Shuttle FV-24, 100gig, DVD, 10.4 VGA TFT, 866MHz, 128MB Ram, Keyspan remote, DC-DC

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    how are you hooking up your LCD.
    You got just about the same specs as me

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    What is the speed of your new CPU?

    My tip -- when you get around to running wires through your car, run lots of extra. Run an extra 2-3 runs of cat5. You can always use it down the road for control switches, LEDs, sensors, etc. Very nice to not have to tear your car apart again to hookup a switch, especially for those of us with cars that require removing seats..
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    xcuetippx: With an analog controller from EarthLCD, uses the VGA output on the mobo.


    jshrieve: It's a PIII 933MHz
    Thanks for the tip.
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    Cool

    I agree with jshrieve 150% on running extra wires. Run as many as you can fit, and be sure to run some thick (fused!) power cables and ground cables. You never know when you'll need them.

    Also, setup your hard drives with a small Windows partition (500MB or so) and the rest as your data partition. Keeps things seperate, and makes it easy to reinstall or reimage Windows when (not if) it becomes necessary.
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