Not sure on the watts yet, I'm going to have to sit down and determain what I'm going to use first. I dont' remember what processor is in it but it's old and slow. I want to say 333Mhz but I'm not willing to put the farm up on that. For my modest needs I'm going to need hard drive space and RAM more than speed. I've put 1gig of ram in already and I think I'm going to ditch the IDE HD for an external HD. One of my conserns about having a carputer is having it walk away with, at the very least, your email user and pass info. Not the end of the world but if I can prevent by simply using a small firewire drive that I can pop out easily...cool. Maybe someone can help me here too. Thumb drives are getting pretty big now, I've seen 4gigs, has anyone tried to set one up as a boot disc? I could leave my IDE in place for music and vids and put all my OS and keychain info on a thunb drive.What processor are you planning to run and how many watts do you expect to need?
Oh man, you should find an old school monochrome monitor and an old Atari and hook it up if your not into the carputer thing. How cool would that be to be playing Pong in green and black while pounding the windows out with your sound system?To be honest, i am not interested in carputers. The only reason I plan on installing one is for processing the SQ sound system and so I can have all my music library in the car. I don't need GPS as I like old skool maps I was even going to run with no monitor, but I think tuning will be a pain without one.
Perfect, that's exactly the help I'm looking for, thank you. I will have to check into the power connector/model I have and get started. I'm not hung up on the Opus though, if anyone has better ideas on power and sleep solutions I'd like to hear them.The Opus 250W will work with the old G4. It will not work with one particular generation of G4 (quick silver?), which uses a strange bigger power connector on the motherboard.
As I said before, I don't think any of it is "needed", these are toys and hobbies. Since this isn't going to be a tool that I'll depend on for my livelyhood, even thought my Mini has come in very handy for work, I don't see any reason not to dig into an old G4 that's not really a usefull part of my computer family any longer and put my Mini in my house. Perhaps set it up as a work station or even try putting it to work as a media player in my living room (do I detect secondary project?).Otherwise the G4 should work fine as a car computer, I had used mine for about 3 years, before replacing it with the mini. However, I do not see any advantage over the mini except for the option to have multiple screens and a better video card (is it really needed that badly in car?). The rest (audio, storage etc.) you can add thru FireWire or USB.
When I started looking at changing things up in my truck I considered hacking up my old G4 TiBook first. The monitor cable/ribbon has gone bad on it but the computer has funtioned great as a desktop computer for the past few years. I just boot it closed and use an external monitor and keyboard. The only reason I dropped that idea was I couldn't make even the modest improvements that I wanted (audio and video) any easier than the Mini. The only upside would be the built in keyboard and how thin it would be once I removed the monitor.