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    designing need input

    Hello all, Alot of good info here. I have searched and found information on my install but want to recap it and see if anyone has any improvments i can do.


    I am restoring a 68 chevy and planning to fabricate the whole cab so there should be no size problems.

    My plan so far is to have a Comp to run all my audio and video. And hopefully with a few relay boards some other functions.

    I have some knowledge of computers and a limited amount on car audio.

    COMP

    ECS k7s5a mobo
    at least 512 DDR ram
    Gforce 2 DDR 64 meg
    Sound //// still unknown
    large hard drive 40 plus
    1.4 AMD athelon 266bus

    AUDIO

    2 12 subs
    4 midrange
    2 tweets
    1 amp for subs
    1 amp for mids
    1 amp for tweets
    No head unit
    and x-over if needed

    Brands unknown yet

    Video

    hopefully 4 inch touchscreen for driver/truck/audio control
    at least 10 inch display for console - DvD and visuals with music

    I know this is an ambitous plan but think i can do it.

    My questions are

    1. Sound card - best to use? i dont think i will go with digital at this time just have to give up surround for DvDs
    2. Power issues - plan to run and inverter for comp - any forseen problems with this? any ideas on inverter size?
    3. Software - Planning to run Winamp so far - Also found a program called Talisman alows design of a new shell for windows and can set to boot - Any other software ideas?

    Setup and Connections

    Audio from comp should run to amps with RCA correct, if not using digital?

    Display i plan to use a svga monitor so no converters just straight out from video card. The smaller screen unknown yet hope to find a vga or svga small enough and use windows multiple screens.

    Thanks in advance any help or ideas would be great.

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    Hey,

    For the 4in touchscreen, have you seen the USB lcd touchscreen at www.massworks.com ? It's designed to control various programs (including winamp), and might be worth looking into.

    An inverter will run the computer fine I guess, you don't want a DC-DC psu? Why are you running an Athlon in your car? In the summer I would think it woudl get pretty hot.

    birrman54

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    That screen looks like it would work great. thanks for link.
    As for AMD have used them for years and like. I plan to place several fans for cooling.

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    Hey,

    Yea the ID-75 is exellent for controlling software but due to the USB limitations it can't really display video.

    Don't get me wrong, I love AMD, (I'm using several athlons at home) it's just that due to their heat output, I am hesitant to use them in my car because I think they'd overheat.

    I ran a P3 550 instead.

    Also, the tasks of my carpc wouldn't take advantage of a faster Athlon cpu.

    birrman54

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    the problem you might have with using an inverter is alternator noise. Some people have gotten ride of it easily, while others have not. Look into a DC-DC PSU and see if you can fit that into your budget before jumping to an inverter.
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    You are right about the overkill on the 1.4 i think i have a mobo for a k62 in my pile and then just get a smaller chip.

    About the dc-dc power will it run a standard monitor say a 15inch flat screen?

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    The Screen at massworks has software to play MP3s
    Found it at http://swiki.cc.gatech.edu:8080/ahome/173 while surfing around tonight
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    The Screen at massworks has software to play MP3s
    Found it at http://swiki.cc.gatech.edu:8080/ahome/173 while surfing around tonight
    "Geeks dont need girlfriends we can ping ourselves"

    Sony Vaio 2Ghz 40G HHD, Routis 2004 GPS, 7" VGA TS Lilliput, BackUp Camera running RoadRunner with Simplistique Skin.

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