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    you can quit!?




    i couldnt quit if my life depended on it, im hooked, upgrading, changing, i cant get enough

    just gotta work at it, trial and error basically :T

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    Quote Originally Posted by FC3S
    you can quit!?




    i couldnt quit if my life depended on it, im hooked, upgrading, changing, i cant get enough

    just gotta work at it, trial and error basically :T
    Is quitting an option a few hundred dollars into the install / planning / building / fabricating? never mind the amount of hours spent researching and figuring out solutions to problems from electrical circuits to wiring diagrams to PC compatibility issues and let's not even talk about the (unexpected problems) like your ground wire behind the dashboard falling off and causing your power windows to stop working... Just doesn't seem worth all this time and effort as well as the expense just to quit, plus it will look a lot better nicely installed in your car rather then your house...

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    exactly!

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    Ive had a car PC for almost 4 years now, and Ive had my share of issues. I just had to replace the mobo and PSU - money I didnt really have but Ive come too far just to say 'Oh well, back to CDs'. I couldnt imagine my truck without the carputer, and I hate driving in other peoples cars due to the lack of 1000's of mp3s and internet. Once you get all the bugs worked out and it runs 100% you'll be glad u did it.
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    Call it quits, you dont have the patience.
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    Patience and time are two different things. I went the laptop/tablet-route because i work fulltime, go to school fulltime (most of the time) and do not have a garage/autoshop or the tools to work on an integrated carputer. i had built one for my hummer last year but scrapped the idea when i realized i would have to take the interior of my $65,000 truck apart - something that i wasnt willing to do.

    If you have the time and the tools it takes to trouble shoot electrical issues, PC issues, OS related stuff, etc, then go for it. I do not have that ability so I chose an alternative route.

    Having a laptop gives me almost the same level of functionality as having a hardwired computer in my car. the only thing i can think of that i can't do is add PCI cards (like tv tuner, soundblaster sound cards, etc) but the onboard stuff that i am using is absolutely fine for what i need.

    This is why i would seriously suggest that people think over their projects before starting -hard wired carputer or just throw a laptop/tablet into your car/truck. I wish i had thought of this when i built my hummers carputer - which i wound up selling for a $300 loss last year. oh well, i learned my lesson and will be using a laptop/tablet exclusively from now on.
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    wow, you had it all working & then because an issue popped up, you ripped it ALL out in a fit of rage???

    one thing I can tell you is this takes a lot of patience... & it will feel like 2 steps forward, one step back.... but I think you gave up when you ripped it out.... at least temporarily at that point...

    rage & installing a car pc are not compatable... step back, take a deep breath, & reevaluate where you went wrong & where you want to go with this... these forums are full of equiptment for sale from your very situation... it just isn't a drop it in & forget it solution... you will need tons of patience & a real thick skin when things do go wrong... & it's almost inevitable that things WILL go wrong... this is why having a completed & trouble free install is such a huge accomplishment, because many will quit way before they get to that point...

    I won't advise wheather you should quit or not... only you can decide that...

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    I spent two hours troubleshooting mine last week, opening panels, checking wires with multimeter etc. Opus had 12v power but PC refused to boot!!!

    Sat there ages pulling my hair out only to find that it wouldn't come on because my car battery had gone flat , well not flat but below the cut-off threshold for the OPUS.


    Bump started the car and everything was fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    wow, you had it all working & then because an issue popped up, you ripped it ALL out in a fit of rage???
    I did it out of anger and also because I knew I was going to have to take it back to the dealer. I wasn't sure if they would repair it under warranty if they saw all my wiring in it. I've still got the lengths cut and all. This weekend I'll give it another go.

    Quote Originally Posted by ShawJohn
    I spent two hours troubleshooting mine last week, opening panels, checking wires with multimeter etc. Opus had 12v power but PC refused to boot!!!
    That happened to me early on. I removed the negative from my battery for a few minutes while I worked on something else. When I reattached it the Opus started up like normal and kept working since. I'm not sure what really happened with it or if what I did really fixed it though.


    Oh, and it's true...I have NO patience. Time is something I do have though. Sooner or later I'll get through it. I'm taking a week off from work next week. While I'm not at the beach I'll be working on the car.
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