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    bab,

    Are you saying it has 2 IDE ports? 44 pin is simply the 40 standard IDE plus 4 pins for power. I have adapters for putting laptop hard drives in a standard computer, but I've never seen anything the other way around. Does it have a hole to put a laptop CDROM in?? I have one of those..

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    alecl,
    Well, there is a small ribbon that comes from the mobo to a small card which in turn has an internal connector for the laptop drive and an external 44 pin. I have an adapter to connect a laptop drive to a 40 pin ide. Actually, it will work with this setup if I use it on the internal connector. There is a small (1" long) 44 pin ribbon cable that plugs into the ide riser and then into the 2.5" drive. I can plug the adapter into the internal connector and plug a 40 pin ribbon into the adapter and run it out of the case to hook up my HD caddy.

    I am also looking at getting an ISA mp3 card, which would allow me to use the crappy 486 cpu to play graphics, etc. BTW, the p-133 model Hi-Tech is selling is a touch screen (look for models ending in 't'). I decided to get the cheapo model, but if someone does go for the touch screen and gets it working in dos/linux, I would definately reconsider for a measly $350!

    p.s. If anyone is considering mounting this in view in their auto, be careful. It is no laptop - the thing weighs a good 8-10 lbs. Someone (not me) may want to tackle pulling the lcd out and mounting it separately. I may just yank it out to save space and heat and run a small vfd out of parallel/serial. Seems like a real waste, though.

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    It should play MP3s just fine, but in case you're wondering, the parallel port MP3 decoder is called LP3 and can be found at http://www.lp3music.com .

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    From the website of the lp3, there may be two problems. First, it says that the parallel port cannot be used while it is playing. Does this go for parallel lcds too?
    Also, it requires external power. It may be a real pain to rig up power from the computer to this thing. Otherwise, it would be perfect.

    Speaking of decoders Jupiter, how did that ISA decoder card work out? I may get one for this system to take the overhead off the processor.

    Anyway, I tested the system last night and the sound is definately NOT 16bit! I will pull the vivo90 out of my system and test it to see if it works at high bitrates.

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    The Planar site says these discontinued units ARE NOT Y2K COMPLIANT. I guess that's why they are unloading them so cheap.

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    Well, since civilization will end I guess that I won't be able to listen to mp3's in my Mad Max Mobile.

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    Mp3's aren't date reliant, so if any system is not y2k and doesn't run date critical apps you can set the system clock to jan 01 1970 and it will run for 30 years more before you have to re-set it

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    bab (or anyone), how difficult would it be to stick a different motherboard with a faster processor?

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    Well, it would be pretty hard.
    You may be able to get a notebook motherboard in (maybe it is a notebook motherboard - I haven't had much experience w/ them). It's hard to tell, it really is pretty tight in there. The motherboard is completely hidden under the HD, sound card, isa slot bay, wires, etc. I've built many a desktop system, but I really don't want to mess with taking this one apart. Looks pretty much like a custom job to me.


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    Well, bab, I still haven't gotten around to getting that MP3 decoder card. I'm really dragging my feet with the whole car MP3 thing because I'm too much of a perfectionist. I've decided I should save up my money, go all out and get one of <a href="http://adirect.advantech.com/asp/detail.asp?ID=PCM-5820-E0A1">these</a>, an Advantech SBC a la Hugo's mp3mobile, with onboard sound, ethernet, video, USB, and IrDA. And you ought read my other post about the 12 x 40 VFD I got off eBay for $5.00 ($12.50 total with shipping).

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