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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    this is like the "special olympics" for carpc's..... I don't get it.... how can this be worth it to save $60 or $80.... you can get real pc's for dirt cheap..... faster pIII's are a dime a dozen... real decent stuff is only a few bucks more....

    I can understand hacking & rengineering to try to acheive something that couldn't be achieved otherwise, but what's the point of hacking something into something that is otherwise easily available? why choose to be handicapped, aren't there enough challenges in installing a sucessful carpc?...

    someone please splain to me
    yeah

    It only gonna be cheap when...

    1) When the unit is bought dirt cheap or was given to you.
    2) You already have the tools to hack it.
    3) The hack is straight forward and its proven to work.
    4) Hack tools can be build easily from the junk box.
    5) Nothing else to buy to make it work.

    But then the results may not be as good as expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    this is like the "special olympics" for carpc's..... I don't get it.... how can this be worth it to save $60 or $80.... you can get real pc's for dirt cheap..... faster pIII's are a dime a dozen... real decent stuff is only a few bucks more....

    I can understand hacking & rengineering to try to acheive something that couldn't be achieved otherwise, but what's the point of hacking something into something that is otherwise easily available? why choose to be handicapped, aren't there enough challenges in installing a sucessful carpc?...

    someone please splain to me

    this computer consume only 30w, can your beat that?
    this computer weight almost nothing, can your beat that?

    this computer saves me monney compared to those small pc
    this computer come with a wireless keybaord/remote, does your?

    the simple why.


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    i bought the connector for 20$, so for 90$ i got one working, i want two so for ~40$ i get a second one(maybe a little more) then after i'll start seeling somes locally

    and hum, they connect to tv, witch is alright for me cauz im buying a 5" lcd with composite and areally got a 20" tv im gonna trow in my van.
    Project: The 1300$ geek van(1300$ for all, incl. the van cost)
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    What A Nice Day!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    this is like the "special olympics" for carpc's..... I don't get it.... how can this be worth it to save $60 or $80.... you can get real pc's for dirt cheap..... faster pIII's are a dime a dozen... real decent stuff is only a few bucks more....

    I can understand hacking & rengineering to try to acheive something that couldn't be achieved otherwise, but what's the point of hacking something into something that is otherwise easily available? why choose to be handicapped, aren't there enough challenges in installing a sucessful carpc?...

    someone please splain to me
    hahaha, that's an awesome way to look at it.

    I'm just hacking it to learn about hacking it. When I'm done I will turn it into a NAS or something like that. Mine won't be used in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agashka View Post
    this computer consume only 30w, can your beat that?
    this computer weight almost nothing, can your beat that?

    what does weight have to do with anything :/

    its in a car, you're not carrying it, and i doubt anyone races with a pc in their car, thats just pointless

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    Quote Originally Posted by ik632 View Post
    I'm just hacking it to learn about hacking it.
    You are excempt then

    To save money like this thread implies is a nono

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris31 View Post
    You are excempt then
    Once my super powers are fully developed I plan to use them for good: I'm actually hoping that I'll learn something useful from the process. Either way, it's a good cheap way to spend my time goofing off (wife likes the cheap part).

    In the mean time I'll try my best to help the people who want to use it for something constructive the best I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FC3S View Post
    what does weight have to do with anything :/

    its in a car, you're not carrying it, and i doubt anyone races with a pc in their car, thats just pointless
    cauz mine will be kinda hot-swappable, i'll carry it with me , get it out the car alot of times. Fits perforecly in a bag
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    Quote Originally Posted by ik632 View Post
    Did you end up buying one of the premade ones or did you order the parts to do it? I'm trying to find a cell phone cable (usb or serial) that I can use by cutting the end off. I also have an old Handspring Visor cradle (a serial one and a usb one) that I think already has the level shifting stuff in it. So, I need to look into the cradle first to see if it has what I need before I buy anything.
    Not sure if it would work or not with the RM but we use nokia DKU5 cables off ebay to datalog Honda ECU's instead of buidling a MAX232 cable from scratch.

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    For me, the 12v input is great.

    I built a Touchbook CF27 system that turbocad mentioned that runs XP and roadrunner, I like the 12v input, but it's only 300mhz but has a touchscreen but the LCD has a 5" cable

    Just about every system has its tradeoffs.

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