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    Smallest Setup

    I'm trying to determine how to make a small setup that can fit into the center console of a 96 Blazer. I've made a system before with a bookpc, but I'd actually like something a little smaller without the Floppy but with the DVD. I'm really trying to get something similar to the Auto PC unit at the following link:

    http://www.gnetcanada.com/

    That unit is nice, but for $1300, I think I'll build it myself. I'd like an all-in-one unit, but if necessary I'd buy case and mobo seperately if needed.

    Any help is appreciated.

    -Bradley

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    The EZGO.

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    Go with a Single Board Computer (Wafer 7850) which measures the same size as a 3.5" HDD. Throw in a laptop harddrive, a DVD drive and you've got what you want.
    I've got a new car, but this one doesn't have a carputer. Definately a situation to be rectified. Sell me a DWW-700M!

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    The only thing I think is interesting is the software. Any info on the software?

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    What MOBO does that EZGO use?

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    The EZGO looks like a solid system, but the price at directron is kinda high. I heard tigerdirect.com sold them, but they appear to be out or not selling them anymore...anyone know where to get these cheap?

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    Nothing you can buy...least not yet. For $369 though you can get it...not bad bad price for something so small... Speaking of which, if anyone is looking to get the ezgo, I email directron...the page is way out dated...the prices for the extra parts should be updated soon. Or you can browse their site and add what you want...IE Celeron 900 for $53 instead of $100 for 700mhz.

    PoBoy
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    FYI: I sold my 96 4Runner and bought a 1985

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    The via epia (eden) is only 6.7"x6.7" which means you could very easily make a din sized computer (which is exactly what i'm doing)
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    Definately go with the EPIA C3-800 not the Eden processor. The C3 is slow enough the way it is. IF however, you only plan on mp3 and cd playback you may be fine with the Eden. Anything more and you'll want the C3.

    I was at about 30% utilization decoding mp3's and only 60% decoding a Divx movie (although I don't think it was encoded at a very high quality--looked fine though).

    I have decoded DVD's (using Ogle) and while some of the video was choppy (during fast action scenes) it was tolerable.

    GNOME does NOT like the board though. Not at all! I had this hideous beeping that continued until I rebooted the computer.

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    I didn't have any problems with mp3, dvd or divx AT ALL

    i used winDVD, winamp, and mplayer2
    aka Kumaneko
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    Maxima of Doom - project thread - photo gallery
    mp3car system is currently FUBAR and finances do not allow for a correction of that situation
    Real computer hackers use a rotary cutting tool on their motherboard.

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