Just installed a carputer, have a problem...
I just installed my carputer today and I having a problem with it. I had it running for 4 hours (with the car running) without any problems. I restarted the computer, and got an error that it could not load windows since hal.dll was missing or corrupt. I tried the recovery console, couldn't get it going so I reinstalled windows. Worked fine for an hour or two. Then while editing a frodoplayer ini file it locked up. I restarted the computer and got the error again. I wasn't at my house, so I drove home and parked the car for an hour, after that it booted up fine. Did a couple more things then restarted the computer, and got the hal.dll error again, restarted it, and it loaded windows but everything loaded very slow.
It seems to me like the hard drive is not getting enough power and is either slowing down or quitting all together. Any other ideas? I know my setup is pushing it as far as power is concerned, but I had the components around the house that I wanted to try to use.
Here is my setup:
P4 2.6Ghz 533 fsb
1 stick 512 meg ddr PC3300
Western Digital 160gb hard drive 8 meg cache 7200 RPM
Biostar Motherboard with onboard Geforce video
Creative Labs Audigy 2 PCI sound card
XM PCR USB
USB Gyrations wireless keyboard and mouse
16x DVD Drive (power disconnected when not in use)
XP Media Center
The power for the Xenarc is not hooked into the OPUS yet. I plan on using an XM direct with serial connection, but was unable to get it working yet.
I am going from the audigy straight to my Precision Power DCX800.5 amplifier. I have MB Quart components in the front and rear, and 1 Orion XTR 12" sub. The computer is mounted in the trunk.
I have a Celeron 2.2 GHz that I was going to try, but it is at work. I wasn't sure if that would make a big enough difference in the power though. I am thinking about picking up a new laptop hard drive and giving that a try instead of the WD 160gb, but wanted to get some other opinions first.