I have had a carputer for a while and don't really have reliability issues. But plan on reinstalling everything once a year or even more to keep everything "Fresh". Don't install ten different plugins at once and think it will work out of the box. I always install 1 plugin (or piece of software) set it up and use it for a few days-week or so before I can say "it works"
I never had a problem with the cold weather in the teens down to below zero except the monitor is a little slow refreshing but thats was it. No problems with the computer booting up.
It is the kind of hobby that takes time to get everything the way you want. And then takes even more time and Money than most think.
But I love it!
I had lots of problems with my Atom rig before. It was really annoying, even though I only used it for navigation, music and internet.
Now with my i5, its a total different world. Even though I now use much more USB devices.
It can still get tedious to get something to work at the first time, but it works now after youre done with that configuration.
Right now its as stable as a double DIN HU - I have very high standards in that matter.
Most problems are Software related anyway. I got rid of the buggy stuff and only use software that works well and is still being updated.
JoyCons support for example is just ******* awesome. I told him 2 problems I had and 1 feature I would like to see and a few weeks later everything was fixed and implemented.
Fantastic. Of course he got a good donation for that level of support. If everyone would have that level of support for their Car PC software, there would be much more Car PCs.
Oh yeah, I have one issue:
The M3-ATX's interference is just horrible. I REALLY wish they will make an updated version soon that doesnt produce so much interferences that any Car PC radio gets useless and even remote door lock controls sometimes wont work. I also dont really feel comfortable driving with such an interference-artillery, but there is no alternative for my uses.
Been driving an i5 with an M2-ATX for over a year with no problems whatsoever. I've used it with XMPCR, HD Radio and an assortment of other radios and tuners and haven't noticed any significant interference. Something to think about...
Originally Posted by Gullimonster
Ive got something better - something to look at:
Originally Posted by VegasGuy
This is a known problem.
Anyway, the M2 isnt the M3. Interference of the M2 can be easily be fixed by connecting the 2 screw holes to ground. The M3 obviously doesnt have anything like that.
knowing how to properly set up and install an automotive PC is the key. My first install over ten years ago had issues... Now I have the most complex system I have ever had, no problems what so ever. Experience goes a long way. Its a trial and error process that takes time to master.
Update: Post quoted above from 12-18-2005. Only one issue, I needed to replace the p0wer switch because I left it mounted in a way that allowed flex and the w1re failed at the flex point. That counts as an installation issue in my book. Remainder of the set up (0S, programs, and h4rdware) all fine.
Originally Posted by TruckinMP3