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    building a carputer could use feedback

    Hey Guys

    I have a list of parts I want to use if anyone has feedback on the parts that would be great.

    Via Epia M10000
    7" indash touch screen
    512 ram
    80G hardrive ata
    probably a 90W DC/Dc converter (could use feedback on different models)
    pioneer slot load DVD player ( i will also mount in my dash)
    wireless keyboard and mouse
    GPS unit (not sure yet)
    USB FM radio ( not sure yet)
    USB wireless network card

    That will get me started i am going to try and do the moldings myself from fibreglass

    I have a 2001 pontiac sunfire Gt
    I live in canada and the parts are harder to track down I only found 3 places i could by the Mobo

    Any one in canada can help with tracking parts down that would be great

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    What kind of slot dvd player you'd be using? If IDE, you might want to invest in an IDE to FireWire converter. This would depend on how far your mobo'd be located from the dvd drive.

    Also, you might want to invest in a voltage regulator & shut down/power on controller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gt__1
    Via Epia M10000
    You can buy the M10000 from anyone who sells motherboards. It usually comes with the low-power, acceptable CarPC performance Via C3 processor.


    Quote Originally Posted by gt__1
    512 ram
    80G hardrive ata
    The 512 RAM you should be able to buy anywhere (man, I hope so). The 80G drive - get a laptop hard drive - it's better for taking the shocks on the road. Sure, it's more expensive, but you want more "hardened" equipment. BTW (shameless plug), this is all outlined in my soon-to-be-released book "Geek My Ride" - coming in April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gt__1
    pioneer slot load DVD player ( i will also mount in my dash)
    While you *could* do this, I suggest using a laptop-style optical drive. The spring-loaded spindle prevents the disk from bouncing around while the car is in motion, and you don't have to worry about stuck discs (whereas it would be a nightmare with slot-loading optical drives). Another reason NOT to get a slot-loading drive is due to the fact it can't take a 3.5" disc, and for whatever reason many manufacturers ship the "mini" CDs with drivers (maybe it's to be cute, but it sure can be annoying).

    Quote Originally Posted by gt__1
    wireless keyboard and mouse
    Gyration makes a fantastic product called the Ultra GT. Their mouse solution is gyroscopic (meaning you can just move it around in the air... very cool) http://www.gyration.com/ultragt-compact.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by gt__1
    GPS unit (not sure yet)
    USB FM radio ( not sure yet)
    DeLorme and Microsoft now have GPS packages for $99-$129, including the receiver. Just make sure the receiver has a clear view of the sky - you can't keep it under your seat!

    Quote Originally Posted by gt__1
    USB wireless network card
    Either a built-in PCI card, or get a Belkin compact USB WiFi adapter - around $50 (US) and available from any CompUSA or many computer stores. The Belkin's nice because it's small and has no messy wires. Linksys and D-Link also make similar products.

    Good luck!

    Best,

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