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    Car Computer Install: Building the Computer

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, shows us how to build a typical Mini ITX car computer. The Heyco grommet protects the power input wires from chafing. He uses a pneumatic punch to make a hole for the grommet and then feeds the mp3Car Quick Release Kit into place through the Morex 5677 computer case. The installation of the motherboard involves installing the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, cpu fan, memory, and Intel wi-fi card into the PCI Express slot. Once the motherboard is ready, the Min-Box M2-ATX is configured and bolted into place. Once the motherboard is installed into place, installation of the CPU fan, hard drive, and top of the case is done. Extra USB ports are extruded from the motherboard with an mp3Car USB Supersize Kit. During the initial boot, testing the computer involves entering the BIOS screen and verifying the CPU, memory, and processor are detected.

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    well, i would love to watch it, but i clicked on the volume, it reloaded in a ipod format--which it appears that it will do if i click anywhere within the video player window, and now, i either need to rewatch 5min, or just not watch at all--i cannot click to go to where i left off without the video going to a different page-- and i have been attempting it for the last 30 min... i can't forward the footage, and press the 'stop loading' button fast enough...... your video player aggravates me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    i really feel sorry for newbs that are trying to learn from this footage-- there is no way to rewatch any part of it....

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    Can you send me a small video of what you mean? I'm able to let the video load ahead of me and click anywhere that has buffered. I can skip the middle in about 1 minute.

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    It plays fine in Chrome. Skipping forward (after it buffers enough) and backwards works.
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    stupid firefox. i tried it in ie, and it is working fine. i'll need to keep that in mind..

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    Yeah I tried it in Firefox.. I could do everything but it kept opening a download this video everytime I clicked..
    I thought a few things seemed to be done the hard way.. but maybe it is me that does things the hard way..

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    ok, time for my comments :

    the ease and simplicity of the press is great, but i wonder if showing you drilling and filing the hole would have been better to prepare people for what they most likely would need to do to get the same effect..


    i know mp3car used to sell it, but i can't find it in the store anymore-- techflex or a similar product, like split loom:
    http://www.parts-express.com/wizards...fg&srchMfg=299

    it would really help keep all those wires outside the case nice and clean.


    newb note: something that you did, but didn't mention--keep the board on a piece of foam, or mount it in the enclosure. not critical, but when it comes time to install the cpu heatsink, without it being mounted to the case or on foam, it can be a little more tricky.


    is there any major advantage to the intel pcie wireless over the one that is included with the zotac board(i believe most use a via chipset)?


    i was waiting for you to drop the screwdriver on the cpu pins the other easy thing to look at to install socket 775 cpus is to line up the 2 notches about 5mm above the bottom edge where that yellow notch is.


    screwing mobo to case-- i like to thread the screws in but leave them loose until all the screws are installed-- sometimes tightening one down mis-aligns the others..


    cpu fan wires-- i like to spin the fan/heatsink assy. while holding the fan wire connector, so the wires twist around each other, so you end up with a 'rope' of wire-- if not, there is always that one rogue wire that likes to stick to the fan blades...



    great job on the video!

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    Some good comments there ^^^
    Yeah I was highly interested that all the parts were put on the board before it was installed... I always put my board in first so that I don't break the board trying to put bits on..

    The other thing I was going to say was I usually just put the backing plate in then slot the motherboard in.. Not sure if space constraints made you do it the way you did..

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    i normally do that as well, but i assemble mini-atx boards in full-atx cases, so i have tons more room...

    for a small case like that, it would have been much easier to assemble most of it outside the case. no matter how skinny you are, working on a case that small makes everyone feel like they have fat fingers...

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    Yeah I know what you mean..
    I put a mini itx system together for a friend in this case:
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=16855
    I did it all in the same order in the case like I normally would but there were a few bits that took a little bit longer....

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