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    ITX board and CPU that will run Vista

    so I just discovered the whole world of computers in cars and instantly decided I needed a media center in my car. I didn't even know about ITX form factor. It's been a dream of mine for years but I had no idea people were already doing it.

    anyway - i'm a huge media center fan. I have several at home and at work (work for MS) and I want to run Vista in my car.

    Has anyone tried running Vista on one of these ITX boards? Is it possible to use Micro-ATX in a car with the DC-DC power supplies? It seems like it would be easier to build a beefier box with micro-ATX especially since Vista needs a pretty beefy video card for all the media center 3D menu animations.

    open to any suggestions or advice.

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    I should think that a mini-itx board based on i945 chipset and a Core 2 Duo mobile 2 ghzish with 1-2 gig dual channel ddr2 should be fine for Vista. There is a thread about mini-itx core duo boards in the general hardware forum
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    Quote Originally Posted by danwheeler View Post
    so I just discovered the whole world of computers in cars and instantly decided I needed a media center in my car. I didn't even know about ITX form factor. It's been a dream of mine for years but I had no idea people were already doing it.

    anyway - i'm a huge media center fan. I have several at home and at work (work for MS) and I want to run Vista in my car.

    Has anyone tried running Vista on one of these ITX boards? Is it possible to use Micro-ATX in a car with the DC-DC power supplies? It seems like it would be easier to build a beefier box with micro-ATX especially since Vista needs a pretty beefy video card for all the media center 3D menu animations.

    open to any suggestions or advice.

    thanks,
    dan

    I run a micro ATX with a 200watt dc/dc PS. This is with a 72 watt AMD processor, 256mg Nvidia 6200, and two stick of DDR. I am probably right at the limit of the 200watts though. I will soon be replacing this with a spare 939 board and AMD 64 3200, because this processor uses less power.
    Turbocharged 2000 Explorer 5.0 AWD, SCT tuning software, Carputer w/ Athlon XP2600 and 8" Lilliput custom molded into dash, Terk Commander XM, Rand McNally and MapPoint, bluetooth, and 802.11x

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin146 View Post
    I run a micro ATX with a 200watt dc/dc PS. This is with a 72 watt AMD processor, 256mg Nvidia 6200, and two stick of DDR. I am probably right at the limit of the 200watts though. I will soon be replacing this with a spare 939 board and AMD 64 3200, because this processor uses less power.
    thanks, i see your spec there in your sig. I'm not too concerned about size - i'd rather run cheaper, more common components like micro ATX and spend a little more on a good power supply.

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