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Thread: Are Car PC's dead?

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    It's not really that small...No, seriously. judoGTI's Avatar
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    This begs of a monty python quote.... to bad Im above that...
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    Definitly not dead, prebuilt car PC's or equivilant headunits just mean it's more popular, doesn't mean it's dieing, people still build their own home PC's as well even though you have been able to buy prebuilt ones for decades.
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    CarPCs are far from dead, the fact that there are commercially available equivalents just shows they are moving more main stream, but for many there are still several reasons why a custom built pc will never be replaced, personally i am planning on datalogging my ecu with my carpc. No commercial unit will ever do that.

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    for several reasons i dont think that the end is nigh.

    i had started a topic like this a while ago but since then i have come to the conclusion that there are as many requirements for a carpc as there are people who want to build them. off the shelf items are all well and good for jo blow who hasnt got a clue as to the potential of a car pc or the ability to build one if he tried. but a quick read of the forums will show that no single off the shelf item can give what every one wants. can you play a game on your kenwood? can you run an emulator? what gps prog does it run? is it the one you like or do you want a different one? can you customise the user interface? does the playlist work the way you want? usb hdd for your car pc.. why not easy. just hook it to the usb ports. if the kenwood gives you all that you want then good for you . but if units like this compromise the way you would like it to work or what programs are running then they are not for you and a custom build is required.

    i have been doing this for so long now i cant remember... at the moment i am betwen car pc's and i am using my ipaq4700 with 2 gig sd card and 2 gig cf card.has music ,gps,movies.want different songs just chage a card... but it isnt right for me i want more..... now for a project built around a pico -ITX mobo.....dream on.......


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    Can you modify your kenwood's software and hardware? The answer is hell no. which is why carPC's will never die. Its ok to take the easy route out but personally my car PC is near bulletproof, boots very fast, everyday and still looks OEM. I considered the pioneer DD unit in the beginning, although nice its no where near the capabilities of the carPC. Plus every touchscreen system I have seen from the after market companies have horrible pixelated GUI's
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    Not according to PC World

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    so... if you don't mind me asking, how much money was this kenwood?

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    I am new the carpc building experience and would have to say it was the best experience ever building. I have built computers for years now, and was very timid when taking a car apart. The wifey and I decided to add a computer to her car since it was a "show" car and i have a new love for this stuff. I wish i could add a computer to my car but funds are not as willing to magically appear as i would have liked. But it is definately in the cars future.
    My purpose in life... to do everything the wifey says too... or atleast thats what she tells me :P

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    Ok here is my pitch. There is are a few problems with these new after-market/factory dins. First things first, which is not too much of an issue, but with those units, you can not usually watch DVDs with some sort of restriction. IE. while your driving. While this isn't normally a problem, what if I want to entertain hot bitc... errr... passengers while I'm driving? But here is my main point: with those units you don't have THE POWAAA !!! What do I mean by that? You can't modify almost every little thing within the front end. You cannot get everything integrated as cleanly as it is with RR. You cannot get your choice of internet or navigation software. You cannot upgrade the stuff. You cannot get a Playstation emulator, and I quote myself here:

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    [get] Time crisis with the gun that has the slide on top... then go down the highway, windows down, shooting b****es (while yelling profanities for added effect)...
    In the end, there is so much LESS you can do with some after-market or stock POS you can buy. Most importantly-- and this mostly goes for n00bs -- you cannot have the pleasure that come from the pain of the carPC, IE you can't spend hours of work, time, money, energy, blood, sweat, (almost) tears and then have it work. I cannot tell you how f**king pumped I was when the PC booted. It was simply amazing.
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    FLAC is for flaccid parksgm's Avatar
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    Interesting read...notice that the author of the article has to put together a "Frankencar" because he can't get everything in one vehicle.

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