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    Question 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
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...076&CatId=1210

    But do not see an included HDD. Guess would have to use ?laptop HDD or USB. If USB would prob increase boot time.

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    Didn't meet my needs. I don't know how that page from Tiger Direct can say it is an ideal foundation for a PVR. No video out, no PCI slot for a video capture or video card.

    It is also too big for my use. Strike two. I also really don't need a P4.

    Yeah, you would use a laptop 2.5 HDD in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotoru
    Has anyone used one of the 5 1/4 form factor computers with any success? This is the cheapest I have seen from Tiger
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...076&CatId=1210

    But do not see an included HDD. Guess would have to use ?laptop HDD or USB. If USB would prob increase boot time.
    I think that's brand new. As such, I wouldn't expect to see it in any installs.
    The only drawback I see is the Intel chipset (i845) that may require a P4 or Celeron that would have a relatively higher power draw. If it will accept a Mobile Pentium, this would be an awesome solution.

    You're right about the hdd, though. There doesn't appear to be much room. You could easily run a 3.5" HDD, just have the IDE & power cables running outside the case.

    Realistically, I could see this being mounted behind a dash, although losing most of the case to mount the optical drive at the front. But that's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangster
    Didn't meet my needs. I don't know how that page from Tiger Direct can say it is an ideal foundation for a PVR. No video out, no PCI slot for a video capture or video card.

    It is also too big for my use. Strike two. I also really don't need a P4.

    Yeah, you would use a laptop 2.5 HDD in it.

    With an LCD TV (with vga port) or scan converter and a usb capture card, it might work.
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    If it fits in a 5.25 slot, that would be very useful. My last two SUVs, the Yukon and our Suburban, have both had outboard 5.25 devices. One had the CD player in an external drive, the other had a cassete player. It's a standard 5.25 case, so if I could pull it out and put a computer there... that would be cool.
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    Well, the case is the following dimensions:
    7.25 in (W) x 2.13 in (H) x 10.36 in (D)
    I don't know what size the mobo is, or what size it is removing the top and bottom panels that stick over the side.

    It isn't 5.25 anything but slimline optical drive sized.

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    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.

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    Iwill ZPCgx 2.4ghz cel, 256mb pc2700, external combo drive, 80gb 2.5 laptop drive, xp pro, usb gps, 7 in Lilliput TS , carnetix CNX1900. All mounted ghetto- still experimenting and tweaking.

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    So how would this work? No video onboard or no pci slot? If you going to buy this and put money for the ram,video,Cpu,Hd and etc. Its is cheap just to get a Laptop.

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    I should have expanded what I ment by Video out. It doesn't have TV out, no RCA or S-Video connectors. It is VGA only. That is fine if that is all you need, but I needed TV out as well.

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