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Thread: About to take on a crazy interior overhaul for my custom bmw showcar. Some ?ís & pics

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    no1 ... you've got a point there, with being able to use short analog jumps... but i'm more concerned with problems other folks have experienced on this board with usb cards. i.e. windows not recognizing it when coming out of hibernate ... or slamming the volume all the way to 100% ... On boad sound cards certainly suck and should never be used ... but PCI sound cards and good quality RCAs shouldn't produce any noise.

    Of course the best situation would be to use a PCI card ... and run optical back to a DSP ... mmmmmm yes
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    Nice to see another bimmer person on the forum. I am just getting started here as well with my 2002 M3. I remember reading your progress on DTM and following all billion pages of it

    Have fun!

    AdamR

    PS - is the car lowered?

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    ATI makes some fine video cards, their drivers used to suck and that has made me shy away from them, but apparantly they are much better nowadays from what I hear. If you don't plan on playing any games on the computer then I would just buy an nForce2 motherboard and use the on-board graphics. It has a GeForce4 MX for the on-board graphics and will be fine for most light-weight 3D applications, it can also drive 2 monitors with separate displays. Since the separate displays will be using multi-monitor technology built into windows, I *think* the two touchscreens should work together just fine, but I have never tried it so I can't say for sure (I know that if you hook 2 mice up to the same computer they will work together just fine).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST43LTH
    Nice to see another bimmer person on the forum. I am just getting started here as well with my 2002 M3. I remember reading your progress on DTM and following all billion pages of it

    Have fun!

    AdamR

    PS - is the car lowered?
    Sorry I didnt read about your car not being able to be lowered because of the body shop..... Sorry.

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    Huh not being rude here just trying to give you the best advise I can so please take it that way.

    I suggest getting professional help (so to speak). Getting a PC to work in the car and do all the things you want is not an easy task by any meens. EVERYONE will tell you they had some form of problems with their install. With all the things you want to do you are going to have one hell of a time getting everything to work right.

    Also where is no "one stop software" solition for what you want to do. You will need to use a bunch of different external (from your normal interface software AKA: MediaCar, Frodo, Media Engine etc etc) which tends to take away from the other all effect. OR you will need to write your own software.

    I'd hate to see you put all that work into it and never get it work right or worse, give up on it completely.

    Good luck with your car. Maybe you can see if anyone from the board is near you and you can ask for assistance from them or atleast check out their setup.

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    Hi BEHMR, body work looks sweet and your ICE & carputer sound like a fantastic setup. My carputer is still in the design phase at the moment but for using dual monitors check out the link below. I haven't used this personally but it seems to get recommended quite a bit in here. Keep us posted on your kick-*** system!

    http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/

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    As far as the video goes, you can easily run 4 screens by using two video cards. I accualy have 5 monitors on my desktop when I'm at school all showing diffrent things. The only trouble is if the touchscreen software will be ok with it, but I don't think it will have a problem. For sound quality the soundblaster is by far not the best, though it's not bad. Since you sound sold on it I guess it dosn't realy matter anymore but there are many professional level sound cards that have better audio quality for the same price. The reasion the soundblaster is so popular is it has good quality sound without taxing the system, most pofessional audio cards require more system resources but will give better audio quality.

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    really nice ride man, that setup w/ the console for front and back looks like it'll be really clean. If i were you i'd try and keep to a low power usage pc. I'm not sure sound quality is going to be affected much, depends on what type of sound you're going to be playing methinks, mp3's are only going to sound so good, DVD on the other hand... esp if your headunit can recieve a multichannel input. If you do decide to go with a larger more power hungry pc i bet you could use dual Opus power supplies and have one power just the mobo and cards and the other powering drives, fans and screens. just some ideas i could be waaay off.
    hey! just read your story and noticed yer going to SBCC, i'm at UCSB, sucks you don't have the M3 anymore, but we oughta meet up and cruise sometime, those mountains are fun. How's that adj suspension canyon carve?
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    Behmer, please tell me more about your OBDI software!!!

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    Hey Behmer you need a little bit of this, for a real show car.


    4x4 in a turbo stylee.

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