First install of car pc working :)
I got my car pc working in the car for the first time today - i wouldn't say that i installed it yet though :)
Standard HP Vectra Desktop PC
- PIII 500mhz
- 192MB Ram
- IDE 3.5" 5400rpm 8GB HD
- SB Audigy II
- Windows XP
- Lilliput 7" TS (Powered off 12v rail from opus)
It was my first time seeing the opus in action, powering up and hibernating the computer with the car key! Very cool! The original psu that was in the pc was a 90W supply. Is it ok to power the lilliput from the opus like that? If the original psu was 90W and now, it has a 150W supply, i'm hoping it will work out. Next thing is to make the auto-on mod to the lilliput!
I just ran the pc on the passenger seat beside me. I went over some bumpy roads and stuff and there were no skips or crashes, etc so hopefully, that's a good sign! The 500mhz pc had no problem running xp and frodo. The only thing that is not ideal is that the bios of the computer takes up most of the boot time. I've searched the bios but these doesn't seem to be a skip tests/quick boot option. Still for a pc that's been sitting idle for 2 years and has found a great new use, i can't complain!! :-)
Here's a link to some pics of my dash and what where stuff should go!
My stereo does not have AUX in so i'm going to get rid of my head unit and use my pc connected to an amp to run the door speakers. I'm going to connect a sub also so i'll have 4.1 in the car :)
Has anybody used the 12V output from the opus to connect to the Remote connection of an amplifier? If that's ok to do it would be ideal for me!