MP3car is dead! Long live DC!
EDIT: except for 'My Thread'
MP3car is dead! Long live DC!
EDIT: except for 'My Thread'
it seems like everything i get into, i get into on the decline.
i got into case modding about 3 years ago. just at the start of widely aviable pre-mods.
this is why it was so important for me to do my car. compared to all that mod pc's, car pc's are rare. it was important for me to actually buy individual parts and put something together, rather than buy a barebones with a case and just mount it under my seat.
this is my first car, its a POS, and i love it. ive been driving (legally) for like 6 months, but ive been doing computers, and more importantly computer integration for 3 years. i love driving, i love computers, i combined them.
and my only reason for attending this forum and buying for the store is, simply, it has everything i need. mainly i was having trouble finding a touch screen. the mini itx and slotload i could track down but not the touch screen. found this place, its great.
i personally own a honda. not by chioce, though. if i had my say, it would be a late 60's, or early 70's mustang.
im in the process of writing my own code for a couple of things, and when i finish, i will share, as open source should be.
just my $3.95
mp3car used to be more active, but thats becasue we had lots of problems to figure out, and many skins to make, many advises to give to each other. Now we have the regulars just enjoying on making things better; or it seems. I dont think mp3car is in any trouble of losing hits, there are way too many regulars
Yeah, define "decline". Car telematics are cool and automakers are putting them in everything but they cost big $$$ and don't do everything you can do with a PC. They're non-expandable, proprietary, and expensive.
We've got a ways to go before you can order your Dell head unit.
I've always said how much easier it is today to put a pc in a car than it was when I did my first one....there were no lcd's...no usb.... no opus'.....
but I don't look at this as a bad thing really.... I can remember bying a isa board that had multiple serial inputs.. then had to configure irq's ...adresses & ports...... extending ide cables.... trying to run windows 95 when it first came out......... spending way to many hours just trying to get a dvd to somehow run with a 100mhz processor...after upgrading from a 486..... adding seperate decoder hardware... & then still not being able to get it to even run.....
yeah, it's a lot easier now a days..... but that still doesn't take anything away from it.... oposite really...... NOW its actually sane to put a pc in a car! doesn't mean that you can't still custom install a system that fit's your needs & is unique.... who cares if some ricer can buy something & bolt it in......what difference does that make to your system & your enjoyment of it? yeah..it may be great to know that almost no one has done what you have....but those days are long gone at this point when your looking at a standard pc install in a car...
Strange thread, I think we should all leave our installs alone and never think about improving them.
MP3Car is only getting bigger, why would you use this site? Let's say that commercial rice rocket pulls up next to you and you here welcome to co-poilt. Chances are he paid some audio shop a couple thousand to get a slow *** PC with limited features. While people on these forums pull up with the nicest PC's will the newest features that they paid 1/4 for. No front end is keeping up with all the latest stuff making it important for people to really choose what they want. Anyone buying something off the shelf is always going to pay more and get less. I should know, I sell them for a living.
My point is if you have the time and do the research you don't need much money to put together a nice carpc. If your lazy and just want the thing installed I think it will be the users on these forums providing the carputers. :)
It's all good.
As someone who just built his first carpc after years of planning and research, I doubt there will be an aftermarket option that offers anywhere near the level of customization you can get by building your own for many years to come.
It wasn't too long ago that when I told other computer enthusiasts I overclocked my pc, they would respond instantly that I was going to fry my processor or that it was simply "bad". And having a case with multiple fans and a water-cooled peltier setup was a completely custom endeavor. Now any kid with his parent's credit card can have that setup with no knowledge whatsoever. But the upside is the number of solutions available at great prices, saving me time and money.
Widespread use will eventually translate to more available products and better performance. I don't think you will pay more and get less. Although you will always be able to get more by building your own.
personally i dont think it will ever be as widespread as everyone is fearing like with aftermarket cd players (how everyone has one now).. There are too many problems such as heat ... crashes.. slowdowns after time etc.. that will prevent the average user to install it in their car. Lets face it carpc's are just not too user friendly. So the only ones that are gonna have it are the techie type.
The case modding analogy really doesnt fit cause its a one and done deal.. once you get a case modded thats it.. so those would be easy to buy at a retail store. But with car pc, after the intial setup there is the potential for so many problems it will drive a average user off a wall.
I doubt carputers will ever become mainstream for the masses. To complicated, support costs, development costs and legal issues.
We use home based components and put them in cars. We realize that a hard drive or LCD screen in the dead of winter -30c is not a good thing, but we do it anyway.
Car manufactures would be open to huge lawsuits if they ever integrated all the stuff we integrate. Even GPS in cars are becoming an issue "distracting" drivers. A new feature to Wardrive in TV commericals for Toyota? ermmm no.
Well maybe not as mainstream and common as say laptops, but it is getting to the point of at least people not doing a double take when you even mention the subject. Take me for example. I have been very busy with other things, and have picked up quite a few new hobbies and have not really been around this site for a few years. Upon returning for a look around I am shocked at all the advancements people have made. From the size of the forum to the MP3Car store to the products now available for use. So many things that people commonly struggled with now have easy solutions. Give it a few more years and this will grow to what none of us could have ever expected when we started doing this.Quote:
Originally Posted by -zip-
PS. I think it is hilarious that you can buy a carputer now. Where is the fun in that?