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    Originally posted by thenominous
    I posted it in the empeg forum, flame on!

    http://empeg.comms.net/php/showflat....&o=0&fpart=all

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    I wish those guys luck getting their Empegs to do GPS navigation.

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    To each his own I guess... If they cant understand that building something like this into your car is half the fun than I guess they should stick with a prebuilt system...

    Funny they should flame putting a computer in your car, probably just upset they spent all that cash and can only play music...

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    Originally posted by phil.45
    I wish those guys luck getting their Empegs to do GPS navigation.
    Dont speak too soon

    http://empeg.comms.net/php/showflat....fpart=all&vc=1

    http://empeg.comms.net/php/showflat....&o=0&fpart=all

    http://empeg.comms.net/php/showflat....&o=0&fpart=all


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    I guess I dont see how practical it is to get a gps to talk to the Empeg when it is still limited by its display. Why not just get a standalone unit? And they think we are crazy! If ALL you plan on doing is just music and dont want to enjoy the process of planning and building a carputer then I admit, the empeg unit would fill that need very nicely.. However, if you want a gps that is actually usefull in getting you from one address to the other, DVD and Music video capability, Internet access, address book, and whatever else you want a carputer makes sense.

    And bagging on the setup shown in the article because it had a full sized case, ect.. is understandable to a point (if you didnt appreciate its capabilities) but with the EPIA M boards and slim/slot dvd drives it is possible to have something small enought to fit in the dash.

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    Originally posted by mikeinsanmarcos
    To each his own I guess... If they cant understand that building something like this into your car is half the fun than I guess they should stick with a prebuilt system...
    empeg owner responding.

    Personally, I don't want five cubic feet of my car storage space taken up by a computer that I'll never use for anything other than playing music. Keeping it all in the dash makes a lot of sense to me, not to mention the engineering that went into making it shock-resistant that I would have a hard time duplicating. (Of course, there's no reason you couldn't put laptop hard drives in whatever you're using, but there's a little more to it than that.)

    Also, some of us have lives and don't want to reinvent the wheel. If it's more fun for you, great. I hope you had fun doing it, but just because it's fun for you to argue with computers is no reason to assume that it would be so for us. Personally, I just wanted a lot of music in my car.

    Note that many of us are computer professionals and are more than capable of doing what you did right now. (I could, with the exception that I'd have to do some research on power issues.) We just chose not to.

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    Originally posted by phil.45
    I wish those guys luck getting their Empegs to do GPS navigation.
    From that, I infer that you can.

    Our current biggest hurdle is the data for GPS navigation -- directional roadways, intersections, etc. Where did you get your data?

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    Is there really any comparison?






    Now I have to admit the "Geek" rating on getting an empeg to display gps info is very high and it must make them very proud but they claim we are the "geeks"?

    No Flame Inteded, just trying to uncover some double standards...

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    Originally posted by wfaulk
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    Also, some of us have lives and don't want to reinvent the wheel.

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    Then explain why there is such interest in getting the empeg to give you GPS information? There are many GPS units that can be bought that will do this VERY well!

    Your limited exposure to what goes on in this forum explains your ignorance, so I wont even bring up the size issue..

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    Id say that yes it is. Ive used GPS on a laptop in the car, I havent yet tried it on my empeg (my gps unit needs a new battery and I cant find one ).
    From my experinces with M$ Autoroute, it would be far, far easier with a simple map display that requires little of my attention to focus on a screen and look at all of the pretty map drawings, having to zoom into it when I get close to difficult junctions etc.
    Id rather concentrate on where I am going. now maybe I am being unfair as I have only tried GPS a couple of times in this way.
    I do tend to prepare for a trip of any distance, and am unlikely to spur of the moment decide to drive halfay across the UK, and as I do already have an empeg, the GPS is a handy addition. It's pretty much GPS cira 4 years ago.

    I like the idea of a car puter, but with no offence intended to the guy in the article, that box wa REALLY far too big, and it will go down as a purely geek fringe to most folks that read it. There are better solutions on theis board, maybe they will feature in a future article.

    Dave

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