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    sell laptop and build custom pc in glove box...

    I have been thinking about selling my HP zt1135 laptop and buying the parts to build a computer in my glove box with a epia 12000.

    Do you think i could do it with out a case and just get some nice lexan glass to close out the glove box? what would i need to do that? whats a good small psu i will be powering:

    60-80GB 2.5" HDD
    512 MB ram
    usb - pcima WIFI card
    Delorme Earthmate GPS usb

    what am i missing? lol i cant think right now...

    i have built may computers before (mainly servers and a few shuttle pcs) but do you think i should get a mini ITX case? or build it into my glove box?

    I know some of my Q may sound Noob but i have been resading the forums for months, i just want to get away from my laptop now, and get a real setup.

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    CD/DVD-rom? screen? am/fm/sat radio? Sound Card?
    All depends on your budget. It seems that nothing can beat the opus, so that's what I'd recomend. Search around for others' experiences with the 150 and 90's, go 90 if you can for price and the ability to use usb devices and not power them when the comp's off.
    For the case, a piece of lexan or plexiglass would work, just don't forget some sort of vent holes. Apart from the lexan you'll need motherboard stand-off's and to devise not only how you'll want the motherboard situated, but also how you'll mount the hard drive.

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    haha. i knew i forgot something.
    Yes it will have a CD/DVD, i have a 7" tuch screen that i already have powered but is it better to power it from a regulated soruce?
    all radio is coming from my HU, and for sound card i just need USB for the XA-300.

    the more i think about it i think a real case would be better cause then i can take it out of the car if i want.

    any one know how hard it is to make your own case out of plexi/ lexon, i have seen the pics and it looks so easy but i know i would make it look bad. lol

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    Just out of curiosity, why would You not use the laptop? Im planning to use a laptop so any comments on pros/cons are appreciated.
    ich bin anders...

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    actually, I use to use a laptop in a docking station. there was really no problem. its large plus was it had a battery to run off of when the car's power was cut or a bump in the line for power, like acceleration or air conditioning (driving a civic here...)

    but alas, I will be selling mine also if the tablet PC i bought off ebay works out for me.
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    The reason i want to sell it is i dont want to tear it up to put a wired power switch up front and the way i have it mounted in the trunk it takes about 15 min to do a hard reset (hold powerbutton) it has locked up a few times last week that has made me have to do that.

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    then why don't you get it's docking station? less costly to hack that then you laptop:
    example

    the non-dock option is to do a wake on ring on the modem jack and set your bios as such:
    Shutdown/Startup Controller for laptop
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    Thatís what I have been doing and it works ok till it get s critical error and to do a hard reset takes 15-20 min to do.

    But I have just cleaned up the system a lot and am going to modify my laptop box so I can fold the seats down and slide it out the back and maybe make a remote power button.

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