Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Would you use this 'extra' laptop as a carputer?

  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    36

    Would you use this 'extra' laptop as a carputer?

    I know alot of people here run laptops as carputers and I was wondering what you thought of me using this laptop. We don't use this laptop any more so it just sits around doing nothing. I'd like to setup a carpc and figured "why not use it".

    The computer in question is a Dell Inspiron 5000. Its got a P3 500Mhz processor and 512MB RAM and is running Win XP Home. I'd need to add a DVD ROM drive and I would also pick up a Docking station on eBay to make it easy to remove from the car for safety.

    I don't know if there are any concerns with using it or if there is anything I am not thinking of. I'd probably want to run an in-dash touchscreen and a couple of headrest monitors. I would also want to have seperate video to the headrests and dash so that passengers could watch DVD while the driver used NAV. I know others have done this in their cars and I hope to do the same. I just wanted some feedback on the idea with regards to this specific computer.

  2. #2
    Calm
    Down
    Or
    Get
    A
    2
    Week
    Vacation
    -Love
    The
    Forum
    Policeman
    Wiredwrx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    3,605
    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    I know alot of people here run laptops as carputers and I was wondering what you thought of me using this laptop. We don't use this laptop any more so it just sits around doing nothing. I'd like to setup a carpc and figured "why not use it".

    The computer in question is a Dell Inspiron 5000. Its got a P3 500Mhz processor and 512MB RAM and is running Win XP Home. I'd need to add a DVD ROM drive and I would also pick up a Docking station on eBay to make it easy to remove from the car for safety.

    I don't know if there are any concerns with using it or if there is anything I am not thinking of. I'd probably want to run an in-dash touchscreen and a couple of headrest monitors. I would also want to have seperate video to the headrests and dash so that passengers could watch DVD while the driver used NAV. I know others have done this in their cars and I hope to do the same. I just wanted some feedback on the idea with regards to this specific computer.
    Can you think of a reason it would NOT be good?

    Michael
    ...I love the French language...especially to curse with...Nom de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperies de connards d'enculés de ta mère. You see, it's like wiping your *** with silk, I love it.

  3. #3
    Maximum Bitrate v8 scimitar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    743
    I don't think that is going to support separate video. I assume as you need to add a dvd drive it doesn't have one and if it doesn't have that then it wont have on-board mpeg2 decoding making dvd's hard to play with a 500 processor. If you drop the ideas of the video then I think it will work just fine.
    Visit my site V8 Scimitar

    SP13000, 300GB SATA HD, 1GB DDR. Opus 150, K301 screen, Cisco WIFI, AQmax GPS, RoadRunner and FreeDrive, Sony MEX-R5 head unit. 4 years installed and it just keeps running!

  4. #4
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    36
    So I'd probably have to add a video card of some sort....and I am guessing the existing card is probably part of the MOBO itself. I'll see if I can find the specs for it. I suppose I could get an external video card of some sort???

    My other concerns are processor speed and heat. I know this laptop tends to run pretty warm to the point that I wouldn't want to use it on my lap. Am I asking for trouble running it in a vehicle even if I rarely drive for more than 1/2 hour at a time?

  5. #5
    Maximum Bitrate
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Denver
    Posts
    487
    you will end up spending 10X the time and probably the same cost as building a dedicated system for your car... sell the laptop on Craig's list, take the $300 you might get for it and get started on your carputer...

    shutdown/startup is always difficult... (as compared to a standard motherboard)

    you will battle relentlessly with serial ports, GPS, mouse, video, etc... every step is an uphill battle... ask a Mac CarPC person, it just means more work...

    my first setup was a Via 800MHz that i picked up for 300... that included a crappy 12v power supply, 512MB and a 40gb drive... I got the GPS for $50 on ebay and the screen is a necessity... piece by piece I have "grown"... lessons learned is that you should do it right the first time, it is much cheaper that way...
    EPIA SP13000, 512 DDR400, Seagate 300GB, Belkin PCI 802.11g w/external antenna, Holux GM-210 GPS, XM Direct w/ serial, Dlink FM, Opus 120 p\s, Rockford P4004 amp, Xenarc 7" VGA touchscreen custom mounted in double din spot -- see pics and write up here!!

  6. #6
    Maximum Bitrate Ruffy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    511
    depends on the laptop. Something that low I wouldnt consider. You wont get $300 for it. $100 would be very very optimistic if you sold it.

    It's power is just not enough for what you need. Forget about playing dvds. Forget about divx or xvid or h.264. You'll only be able ot play the low end stuff. Forget about running a front end along with a media player and gps. It'll either run dog slow or not run at all. Forget about dvds all together. Mpeg2 compression is very taxing.

    You could use a frontend just for music. But at that point its not really worth the hassel as you'll have to spend money on getting it al hooked up and working in a car.




    I have a HP ZE2000. It has 1.5gb of ram(upgraded), a AMD Sempron 64 2800+ chip (1.8ghz) and a ATI Express 200M Video Card. I also put a DVD+RW Burner in it (Free)

    I paid under $400 on black friday last year. If I were to use it in my car I could just buy a new laptop this year that would probably be better than this current one for the same price.

  7. #7
    Low Bitrate Kato's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    82
    Not True..I have a thinkpad T20 - P3 ??mHZ...128 megs of ram...runs DVD, Divx etc just fine...

  8. #8
    Raw Wave shotgunefx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    1,800
    I had a Dell Latitude 466mhz as my first carpc. Granted I was running linux, but for most stuff it was fine. I could listen to music and open up other apps without problem. Never tried to watch a dvd on it though.

  9. #9
    Maximum Bitrate
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Denver
    Posts
    487
    well Kato, I think the point is that a low end computer means low end performance... people always start with a low end system and say "I just want to play music", then they think I want GPS, movies, games, etc... so the system demands must remain simple...
    EPIA SP13000, 512 DDR400, Seagate 300GB, Belkin PCI 802.11g w/external antenna, Holux GM-210 GPS, XM Direct w/ serial, Dlink FM, Opus 120 p\s, Rockford P4004 amp, Xenarc 7" VGA touchscreen custom mounted in double din spot -- see pics and write up here!!

  10. #10
    Raw Wave shotgunefx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    1,800
    Quote Originally Posted by mgithens View Post
    well Kato, I think the point is that a low end computer means low end performance... people always start with a low end system and say "I just want to play music", then they think I want GPS, movies, games, etc... so the system demands must remain simple...
    True, but 500mhz still goes away. Not saying he should or shouldn't, but if he has it, and spending big on a new setup isn't an option, it's not too bad.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Everything for a laptop based carputer
    By jbrown9709 in forum Classified Archive
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-27-2005, 09:36 PM
  2. Replies: 15
    Last Post: 03-26-2005, 02:46 PM
  3. 1987 Mustang GT with Laptop Carputer?
    By Hopperhawk in forum Newbie
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-09-2004, 08:59 AM
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-26-2004, 07:29 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •