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finally got mine. Installed windows and street deck trial, so far very happy with it. No issues - runs well in my opinion. here's a couple pics if anyone is interested. Havn't yet installed it in my car, still plotting where to put it - I do have a double DIN slot but my 7" will be there...
Really cool feature is you can play a mp3 disc, cd, or dvd without booting into windows.
Altho it was $533 its a really nice all in one solution for people that do not want to build a pc.
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I have been looking at this unit also. A few questions :
1 How loud are the fans?
2 What is audio quality like? Do you get RCA pre-outs to connect to an amp with decent S/N ratio? Or do you have to use AC97 codec speaker out?
I think the unit is neat, but I still would like decent audio quality. S/N ratio for the AC97 codec is abismal...
fans are pretty loud to be honest, the other day I had my car fan + aircon on full bull and the car fan was definitly louder than the units fans. I turned up the radio couldn't hear the car fan anymore so... ? don't think it would be a huge issue for me.
With regard to the sound i'm not too sure, still not in the car and just got cheap PC speakers plugged in so can't really tell about the quality.I'll find out for you tho.
I have one of the frist carma pc's evermade, Lilliput for those who know them of that name. (lilliput has just put there name on the prouduct due to we only have the rights in the US, Canada and Mexico) . I have been involved with Carma PC (DQT Data Quest Technologies) for somethime now. You could say from the start. I am not a computer wizard or all the brains behind all of this, but I am involved with
When I first got involved, I was and have been worried about one major thing. Heat. Being from Ohio it does not get as hot as some states. That is why I have been in a test car in florida for the last 8 months with a full unit installed. I must say,,, The GPS was one the best things I have ever used on the road. I bought micorsoft streets and maps for the USB device and installed Iguidance software.
I am not trying to go on about alot of nothing so I will try to explain my goal here posting. I now there are alot of unanswered questions about this prouduct and we have not been talking much at all. I have done my own install in my car and used a sony 500 watt amp. Yes, I feed my amp off the low-level output on the sound card. Works fine for me even the bass.( are Ideals of making a USB amp that would work with units.) I had to modify the dash for my test car.(black 94 sunbird. Sun loves black) I installed a 7" touch screen. I have been using the 1g cpu. 512 mb. I will be upgrading in Octobet for I am planning on a return to the Ohio state.
We have new ideals that are comming soon. Our first goal was to ensure our product could handle wear n tear on the road. Well,, I have not been gentle with mine. I have operated my unit in extream temps in florida. an average day, car windows up and sun blazing can hit temps of 160 F. I have turned on and off at least 5 times a day in all differant temps since I have been here. I have only built my own confidence up in our prouduct.
I will be posting more info and pictures as I read questions and will try to help in any way I can. I am one person and I work full time other than Carmapc. One year ago everyone thought we were crazy. Were not crazy. The world just wasn't ready for this yet. Wait till ya see our new face plates and monitors with a built in LED FM tuner for the carma unit.
One other thing I would like to add here,, We have been working on our web site and have had a few problems here and there. We are a very small company and do what we can when we can. We are small now so we can get this right the frist time. and not bite off more than we can chew.
When my car is off and not running I hear the fans. When the music is on, I hear no fans. I feel better knowing the fans are there to help keep the unit cool. You can ajust the speed of the fans in the bios.
More coming later. We are working on a installation video to help on the install on these units that will be posted at a later time online. I will keep you updated on when it is ready.
What do you guys sell them for?
Hey Aisdale, good to see you finally got around to posting some pix.
Seems your really pleased with the unit.
Well done champ!
New Car PC Build list in progress
Hi there guys. I Bought one of theses unit. and I didn't have to pay for any additional costs. and yes it does cum with a TC10000 motherboard. the only problem i had with the company "lilliput" was I bought the computer with a 1gb memory ram. but they were out of stock so they snuck in a 512meg ram.
I know a guy that works there ( I talk to him threw msn messenger ) and they refunded the difference of the 1gb ram. here is the web site if you need it
oh and it werks like a charm....
if any has any more question. I can give you that person i talk to @ lilliput!!
Aisdale, how is your car pc going, have you installed it yet? I just got mine the other day, ordered it it with a 7 inch touch screen. Have not installed it yet but connected it to my monitor at home, you were right the fans are quite loud! I'm having problems with the inbuilt bluetooth, I can't seem to pair it with any of my other blueetooth devices ie Motorola V3x and my Laptop. Be interested to know if anyone out there have the same experience. Lastly, what frontend are you using? I found out that CENTRAFUSE is availble here in OZ, just don't know if this is compatible with my CoPilot Live Laptop GPS.
I havn't installed it yet unfortunatly. Still gathering some hardware GPS mouse,mini-wireless kb and a few odds and ends. My folks have been in USA and the UK the last month and a half so i've asked them to bring the items back for me as its a hell of alot cheaper than sourcing them locally.I don't want to install until I have everything I need else its gonna be a hack.
The bluetooth was 100's for me - paired it with my Nokia N80 and could connect to the internet, share files and do what ever really, I havn't tried any other device but it worked fine first time with me... I'm in South Africa - I have Centrafuse installed at the moment and its the buisness! I've found it runs better than the other Frontends, I also liked Roadrunner but I found it seemed alot slower and slugish in menu's compared to Centrafuse, maybe i didnt have it set up right *shrug* You lucky that Centrafuse has maps for OZ, I'm a bit stuck in that regard, we do have gps apps but they far from touchscreen friendly - Hench ordering the keyboard. If anyone can find one I will be SERIOUSLY impressed, i've searched hi and low eventuall gave up. The best I could find was www.handymap.co.za seems good but i downloaded the demo and a keyboard is needed for sure.
Your question about the copilot... im not too sure to be honest. There's a whole forum dedicated to Centrafuse so I recon your best bet would be to ask there and i'm sure someone will help you out.
Good luck with the install - Keen to see the pics!