5 1/4 Form Factor Mini PC
Has anyone used one of the 5 1/4 form factor computers with any success? This is the cheapest I have seen from Tiger
But do not see an included HDD. Guess would have to use ?laptop HDD or USB. If USB would prob increase boot time.
I have the prior version zpcgx
It uses laptop drives for the hd 2.5mm and a slim optical drive. You can run external ide devices - either firewire or usb 2.0. The MOBO has 3 ide connectors- be careful 2 are standard ide and 1 provides power( although it is a standard ide connector) I also managed to run the laptop drives externally with 40 conductor ide cables with laptop adapters pulling power from the 3rd ide connector.
It uses a 19v ac/dc laptop style power supply that feeds an internal dc/dc power supply to step-down to the required voltages. I am looking to mount it in my trunk. It is a nice unit, I am running it straight from my cars 12v power without issue so far- some say I will blow it up running it this way though. It will not survice crank with this setup so I procured a 4ah 12v batery and a relay for a tank circuit. I hope to have this mounted permanently this weekend.