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    risky?? like i said my risk was at most 300 bucks.

    just save your old computer when you upgrade, and wait to find a deal on ebay for a screen.
    then you halfway there.

    and just cuz they werent designed to run in cars doesnt mean nothing.
    i mean i had pci popping out, hard shut off of pc (just alot of abuse all around) and it all still works.

    i think maybe a little more education into general electronics, cars,and computers, and you might not have such a gloom outlook.
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    I think it's a great time to be in the carpc market. Just watching the Intel keynote video about streetdeck got me pumped up about what could happen for in car computing. I know companies will take it and run and say they did it all first... but everyone here has been doing it before there was such a thing as an ipod.

    I think the screen upgrades and power supplies have been amazing considering the niche of the market. I think that what has happened with transreflective will be supported even more when auto manufacturers take that technology farther, using their larger financial banking, and make it even better and cheaper.

    I have to say in a year I think prices will be so tempting that even MORE people will be surfing around these forums. It's only getting better in my view... not stagnant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 84RegalRider View Post
    risky?? like i said my risk was at most 300 bucks.

    just save your old computer when you upgrade, and wait to find a deal on ebay for a screen.
    then you halfway there.

    and just cuz they werent designed to run in cars doesnt mean nothing.
    i mean i had pci popping out, hard shut off of pc (just alot of abuse all around) and it all still works.

    i think maybe a little more education into general electronics, cars,and computers, and you might not have such a gloom outlook.
    It's probably because I've finally gotten the education into general electronics, cars, and computers that I have a relatively gloom outlook. When I first got into this, I thought all you needed was to get an inverter and some spare computer parts and you were off to the races. I didn't mean this post to become so negative, I wanted to spark some conversation on where the industry was and where the industry was going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwapMeet View Post
    It's probably because I've finally gotten the education into general electronics, cars, and computers that I have a relatively gloom outlook. When I first got into this, I thought all you needed was to get an inverter and some spare computer parts and you were off to the races. I didn't mean this post to become so negative, I wanted to spark some conversation on where the industry was and where the industry was going.
    I'm sure none of the posters want to come across as negative they just want to point out there are more pros than cons and that you won't be able to take a handful of parts off the shelf from multiple manufactuers and hope for a positive end result without a little work on your part in integrating everything together. A little research and experimentation works wonders.
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    hmm totally different then you. once i got in education in "general electronics, cars, and computers" i got even more excited. i mean almost anything is possible.

    like i got my 1984 car to interface with my carputer. all thanks to knowing general electronics (to find out what voltage everything was at and what it meant) auto knowledge so that i know what dwell, tps,mc sol, all those meant and know what i was reading, and computing (had to make my own program to interface with the ecu).

    when i first had my carputer all i did was grad an invertor, spare computer parts, and bought an lcd, ati remote,mini keyboard, and i was off and happy.
    maybe i got lucky with it being so easy and cheap.

    lcd probably was made it so great.
    hehe
    10.4 touchscreen (gaw, so it works with gloves and ifs it dirty/geasey), daylight readable, dimmer, 10-15 volts and only cost me 50 bucks.

    so maybe if i didnt have it i might be a lil more like you.
    but maybe people like their screens and dont have too much trouble.
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    I have to agree a lot with this post. I have been waiting and waiting for the carputer to reach the level of modern head units. The only reason I can think for them not being able to match the features of a good hu yet is because the people who are writing the software and designing the hardware are not car audio/video professionals. The hardware has come quite a way and I understand that there is just so much a community like this can do to solve hardware problems but the software that is available for carputers is just so far behind, sound quality wise, imo. When is there going to be a front end that supports going fully active, has both parametric and Para graphic eqs and can do drc? These features have been around in the car audio SQ scene since the 80's (excluding DRC of course).

    RedGTI has some good counterpoints to a lot of what is lacking with carputers. Personally I care more about what is being done to fix the issues and when we could realistically have a complete solution for us all.

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    man, you guys don't realize how EASY it is to put a pc in a car now adays....

    there are dc/dc solutions made just for this purpose...

    there are screens made to actually fit in the car...

    there is usb plug & play....

    there is a huge forum dedicated just to this subject, with free frontends & many knowledgable people with tons of examples & tons of support

    the list goes on & on...


    sure there will be better stuff in the future, but unless you plan on spending a lengthy vacation in some cryogenics storage, you have to live for today with what you have today....

    in 1969 I doubt there were anyone saying
    "man, how can you guys drive these cars that are out today... they use inferior carb's that rely on a mechanical blockage of air when cold to enrichen the mixture, they use polyglass rienforced tires that squirm under the extreme weight of the vehicle, there is only a mono am radio in the dash, there is no indication of where you are or where your going, & when they do get stuck, there is no way to actually call anyone for help.... I'll wait till there more evolved before I start driving"

    it's all relative, but today is a great day to install that pc

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