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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyRacer0013 View Post
    If you want to know about multi zone PC's look at Hijack's build thread, I think he is running a 7 zone setup. Its a bit of a long read but it is also pretty cool what he has done.
    http://www.mp3car.com/worklogs/14375...sed-remix.html
    Well I've read the first few pages so far, that rear system is HUGE! I think you could accomplish similar results now days with a single PC (micr-atx) and a nice CPU and one of the eyefinity cards. There are eyefinity models that can do 6 displays. Also he used 6 separate sound cards? If you have one of the PLUG capable sound cards couldn't you do 4 or so 2 channel zones with each separate output? Seems logical as windows see's these as different ports now?

    Edit: Hah just read the next page and someone mentioned the Eyefinity setup, but he didn't seem to sure that you could run 6 displays off of it and just thought it was for panoramic modes. But you can run 6 displays separately rather then in eyefinity mode.
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    Hdale85,

    You helped me, I will try to help you. For multi-zone, the best choice IMO is NComputing/. It leverages your processor to "thin clients". Each zone will have its own keyboard, monitor and mouse. The user will think they have their "own" PC though it really is only one FULL PC.

    Check it out.

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    Isn't Centrafuse able to do 3 zones without all the virtual PC crap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hdale85 View Post
    Isn't Centrafuse able to do 3 zones without all the virtual PC crap?
    I do not think so, but then again I do not use CF. Also, it is one thing to be able to display three seperate things on three monitors from one machine where one individual is in control; it is something totally different to have three independent controls on one machine. VPC is the easiest, most neatly packed, and cheapest way to do it I know of.

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    Well, from videos I gathered that Centrafuse can do multi zones and you can even control what the other screens have control over which lead me to believe that you could have different control inputs. I may have to make a thread in the Centrafuse section and inquire into this. Is RR able to do any multizone stuff by default? I'm not sure I need controls in the back really. If I were going to run them like they were separate PC's I'd probably just use XBMC or something in the rear since it would be all for media for the most part. Hmm......

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    Ok, I updated the first post to turn it into a sort of purchasing list that I can keep track of a modify when I decide I want to go a bit different route. It certainly doesn't have everything I need so if you guys see something obviously missing by all means let me know. Also if you see features you think I should have or would like to have on the CarPC front let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hdale85 View Post
    7) Rooftop GPS/Cellular/PCS/WiFi antenna GPS 2400 Antenna - http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...M-008&CartID=3
    I believe that this is just an antenna, in which case you will need gps and wifi receivers that are set up for and external antenna.
    Enter the LOTUS...
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    Pre-build thread


    Planning: ::::::::::::
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    Build: ::::::::::::
    Test: ::::::::::::
    Install: ::::::::::::

    Oh, yeah, and build the car... ::::::::::::

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    Ah yes! I knew that. I actually have a GPS receiver I purchased a while back for a CarPC setup. I used it a couple times and it worked nicely. It's around here somewhere I'll have to dig it out.

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    Ok, I found it. I'm not sure if I can use it though? It's a CF card based GPS adapter. It came with a PCMCIA adapter. It's a GlobalSat SiRF STAR III. It has an antenna connection on the side and what not in case you need to use an external antenna.

    http://www.globalsat.com.tw/products...duct_cnt_id=51

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    Updated the list a bit, added some things. I'll be working on the power section a bit later today.

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