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    Cobbled system WIP

    Hi, long time member from back when I still had a running VW Golf that never recieved a carputer. That car has long since been taken to the heap in the sky. (May her bolts rust in peace)
    My current project involves the hack and slash of a 2001 Dodge Neon.

    Currently all I have is the "Box" (an older HP mini Media center computer)
    It's stats are as follows:
    1.5 GHz
    512 megs ram

    Technically I can install in it a 250 gig SATA HD (the one that came in it) but i'm curious to know how well it will stand up to the daily rigors of my commute to work and back.

    This motherboard does support USB booting via either SD or "Thumbdrive".

    I'm debating on either taking the mobo out of the case and mounting it in a place near my head unit or leaving it as is and mounting it in the trunk.

    The pros of the trunk mount is a cleaner install because everything will be back there. I have a small inverter that I can tap power to easily.
    The con is obviously the length of the monitor cable (in this case USB cable) as well as updating the media from the interior will be next to impossible.

    Pros of a interior install is that nearly everything is easily accessible from the driver seat.
    Cons precious cargo room (center console/glove compartment) will disappear.

    I plan on using a liliput monitor because they seem to be cheaper and good quality.

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    not sure how much info you have read up on, so i'll start from the top..

    if you haven't seen them yet, there is the faq's: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php

    otherwise, the usb boot will be slow-- some have tried it, and it is a pain to get a OS to properly install on a usb drive, and then there is the typically slow read/write times of a thumb drive--they are really too slow for hdd usage..

    another common mounting option is either in the glove box, or under a seat-- there is typically enough room in those locations as well in some cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    not sure how much info you have read up on, so i'll start from the top..

    if you haven't seen them yet, there is the faq's: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php

    otherwise, the usb boot will be slow-- some have tried it, and it is a pain to get a OS to properly install on a usb drive, and then there is the typically slow read/write times of a thumb drive--they are really too slow for hdd usage..

    another common mounting option is either in the glove box, or under a seat-- there is typically enough room in those locations as well in some cars.
    That's REALLY old info. Like info before SD cards and Thumbdrives were commonplace. Besides, who uses Compact flash anymore? These methods I've put forth have Pretty darn high data speeds, (up to 80 Mbit/s for class 10 SD and the USB 2.0 protocol supports up to 480 Mbit/s) so boot times should be just as fast as most anything else. I haven't tested yet. I'm actually about to install an nlite XP install on a thumbdrive and check the boot time.

    As for the mounting spots Under the seat is out because I can barely get my hand under there. But that glovebox looks mighty tempting.

    Thank you for your reply I look forward to more!

    Edit:
    I'm beginning to see the problem with installing windows to Thumb/SD although Linux does fine.
    I have a pre-fit prototype of it running XBMC livedisc. What I need to know is:
    How well will a harddrive cope with daily travel in a car? The suspension in this car is semi rough but not snap your neck after running over a pebble stiff. cause I have a HD that I can slap in here, although it's WAY too big for the reason's I would be using it for. That's the main reason i'm wanting to use some type of flashdrive for the HD.. Plus less power usage.

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