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    Yeah. I still have cobra on a disk somwhere...

    Back in 1999, I had a 9" BW crt screen to put a 'puter in my Opel Omega... that changed to a 10" tft before I even had it in my car.

    I have changed cars 4 times since then (Espace, A4, Scenic RX4, Volvo) and always managed to do some installation without finishing it before I sold my car

    I once came very close with a P200 mmx in my espace, with the 10" tft (which was way too dark) and an inverter. It ran for about 1 hour...

    Now finally I have a xenarc in the dash (we didn't have that in the days ) and am preparing an MII 12000.

    The only thing I would have expected to have evolved was linux gps software, still waiting for that one to be able to ditch XP...

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    It's cool to hear from you guys. If any of you come across your old versions of Cobra, email them my way. I'm always interested in stuff like that, because three more years from now, when every car comes with a computer stock - I'll love to look at the software that started the GUI in car revolution.

    I'll see if I can track down the version that I have as well. I'll let you guys know.
    MP3Dub - I live in Shorewood/Joliet area. We probably live close to each other.

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    true that. Bought a datalux almost 5 yrs ago. Never finished my original touchscreen designed carputer then. Then I got a Neo35, so I strayed away from this scene for a bit. Then I moved to NYC and didn't have a car for almost 2 yrs. Now I'm back and this is all so freakn affordable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnyperBob
    It's cool to hear from you guys. If any of you come across your old versions of Cobra, email them my way. I'm always interested in stuff like that, because three more years from now, when every car comes with a computer stock - I'll love to look at the software that started the GUI in car revolution.

    I'll see if I can track down the version that I have as well. I'll let you guys know.
    MP3Dub - I live in Shorewood/Joliet area. We probably live close to each other.
    Would be if i wasnt in nw indiana at the moment in school . And i still want a character lcd for my car, funny thing is my 5" composite tft cost me about the same as it would to buy a serial lcd, and this was a few years ago now.

    edit: and as a side note, one of those "old timers" (ashsz) installs is still one of the slickest ive ever seen, even with the new fancy bits on the market.
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    I remember when I had an old Compaq 5151 running off an inverter using MPXPlay with a full size keyboard. Playing through desktop speakers!

    Now I have a Epia M10000 with 6gbs and a small PSU, 400watt amp running my custom software.(Tiny Music Embedded, the anti-screen software. )

    I remember when DC-DC PSUs where up to $200 or you had to go all over the place to find parts to build one. I wanted a screen very badly and Cobra was the best software out there.

    My promises to create a product for being able to interface with Sony headunits... (While it worked out in a way, no one cares anymore with our fancy touch screens.)

    Arby's very nice custom fiberglass installation! His is the most memoriable in my mind.

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    Does anyone have Cobra 1 still? I would like a copy of it. PM me or whatever, thanks

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    Sorry, only found II on my disk...

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    Its kind sad though to think that one day all cars might have computers in them. Sure you guys pioneered it, but all this work (as fun as it is) will one day be pointless, as you will be able to buy it cheap in one package. Who knows though, maybe it wont catch on and us hobbyst will have the upper hand forever :-P
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    Started construction of my P1 166mhz based system running windows 98 lite (~45 seconds from power on to music) in the summer of 2000. I got a Sproggy MK2.5 kit and had to source my own transformer because coilcraft had long since stopped giving samples of theirs.

    I developed a custom Visual Basic app to control file navigation and winamp with a 17 key keypad for input and 5" tft for display.

    The first time I fired it up it worked great but the hdd died within a few weeks (it was already 4 yrs old at that point). So it sat for a few months while I waited to upgrade my desktop and donate its hdd to the car project. In January '01 I got the new hard drive back in and this time the screen died within a week or so. I talked to parts-express and explained that I only had about 2 hrs of run time on the screen and they sent me a new one and claimed the inverters failing on my old one was a known problem.

    It worked in car for a few years and 20k miles and I now use it as a jukebox in my garage (where I am currently prepping my next car for stereo and computer use).

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    God this takes me back. When people were looking at running Cajuns in cars when TFT started, but I remember way before that, when people were using Character LCDs, and the first affordable composite TFTs where like so cool, sure it's blured, but it's a picture. Then once TFTs were more the norm, Movies and GPS maps. Like Oh my God.

    It all seemed to fall into place.

    God I've been arround here too long. I've only been a member it seems since 2002, but I'm sure I was browsing (didn't pass driving test till 2001) way before that.

    Spent years dreaming, then signed up in 2002, built first system in 2003, rebuilt it later in 2003, and now, working on the smallest cleanest 2004 install.

    Things are looking good.
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