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    Planning a Carputer. Any Suggestions?

    I found this website about a month ago... there is alot of great information. I am getting ready to put a carputer in my 2000 Mustang. I have searched and searched the forums but am uncertain about a couple things...

    Do people normally run everything off of 1 power supply or 2?

    Should an Opus 150 power my system? Or should I look at other mb/processor combos? I used the power calculator and came up with 178 watts peak on the Athlon XP and 160 watts peak on the Duron.

    Also, how do I find the consumption at different voltages?

    Here is what I have come up with:

    Ahtlon XP 2800 (not the mobile)
    Gigabyte Motherboard
    Onboard Video
    1 stick 512 meg DDR
    80 gig 5400 RPM 3.5 IDE hard drive
    Chaintec AV-710 Sound Card
    PCI Wireless Card
    Delorme USB GPS
    XM PCR Radio
    DLink USB Bluetooth Adaptor
    DVD Rom Drive
    Opus 150
    Lilliput or Xenarc 7" Touchscreen (can't decide which one)

    Alternative Option
    AMD Duron 1.2 GHz
    2 sticks 128 Meg PC100
    Everything else the same

    I would like to have the best performance possible, since I will not have any head unit in the car. I will be running straight into the amps from the soundcard. I prefer to use the processors, motherboard, memory and hard drive I have listed above since they are all laying around the house. The only components I would need to buy for either system is the sound card, opus power supply and the screen. From my research it looks like I am cutting it real close on power consumption, so would I be better off biting the bullet and buying an Athlon Mobile processor and 2.5 hard drive?

    I have some pictures of my car at mustang.clevelandbusinessconsultants.net I am really looking forward to having the carputer.

    Thanks

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    Here is the answer to 1,2 and 3

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thanatos106
    Here is the answer to 1,2 and 3

    Good luck!

    Thanatos.
    I am not sure if I am missing something, or the answers are not there... Since I found the site a month ago, I have been looking through the posts for 1-2 hours per night.

    I guess my main questions are, I know for power consumption I would be much better off with different processors, but is anyone successfully running an Athlon XP near 2800 without using invertors? If so, are you using 1 dc-dc power supply or 2?

    Is it even possible to run 2 (I thought I saw someone mention that they were running 2, but have been unable to find that post again.

    Thanks

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    Do a search for keypower if you want a higher wattage psu. Otherwise I'd recommend just getting an OPUS 150 and trying it out with your Duron. If that doesn't work you can always buy a mobile athlon.

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    I just finished “officially” installing my carputer this week after a LONG arduous one and a half years. Work and the Girlfriend took most of my time. I used a 150 opus at first and it worked with my setup but I’m using a mini-itx board and 2.5 HD so that might not help you much with your questions. But since I have tried many different setups with my 2000 mustang, I can help if you have any questions on how to set things up with installation and such. I’m going to post my project soon and show how I replaced my stock CD and head unit and fabricated my screen into the dash.

    2000 Mustang Convertible
    7” Xenarc 700TSV
    VIA EPIA M10000 motherboard
    1 Gig Ram
    40 Gig 2.5 Hard Drive
    Soundblaster USB MP3+ soundcard
    Delorme Earthmate USB GPS
    WinTV FM USB
    Panasonic Slotload Slimline CDRW/DVD
    M1-ATX Power Supply
    VoomPC case

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    CHEAPO GPS Receivers

    I've tried the cheapo GPS Receivers... Delorme & Pharos... Get rid of them! Pieces of garbage! Delorme's sensitivity is PATHETIC. Pharos' longevity is DEPRESSING! I kept exchanging/returning so much at Best Buy, that the clerk got mad at me.

    I wanted a "Socket" GPS receiver, but not enough money... but very impressed from seeing in my buddy's carputer. So I went with the Holux GR-213... Absolutely awesome in sensitivity.

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    Planing a Carputer?

    DONOT SPEND $129 for Microsoft S&F or for Delorme Street Atlas...

    Instead, get the Holux GR-213 for 75 bucks

    and

    get either Destinator or Iguidance for ~150...

    You'll be glad you did. A extra $100 or so bucks goes a LOOONNNNNGGGG way.

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    The Holux looks good, I am gussing its better then my BU-303, is it water proof?



    Quote Originally Posted by JackWong
    DONOT SPEND $129 for Microsoft S&F or for Delorme Street Atlas...

    Instead, get the Holux GR-213 for 75 bucks

    and

    get either Destinator or Iguidance for ~150...

    You'll be glad you did. A extra $100 or so bucks goes a LOOONNNNNGGGG way.

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    Waterproof

    Yes, it's waterproof... I wouldn't trust it though... I hear some people had some issues with relying on asian promises... not very good

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