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    Installing and E-Machines in my 99 dakota

    well heres my story. i have an old e machines that i dont plan on using for anything. currently my gf's sister has it until she gets her own comp (been waiting a loooonng time here) so i cant give any specs atm. has anyone installed one these successfully? i know its mostly low end parts but il work with what i have. the graphics card is an Nvidia G-force 5800. iv been planning this install out for months now learning as much as possible. this forum has been a major help. iv learned more here in a few days than i have scanning the web for months. anyways, im figuring that il have to swap out the hard drive. i would like to get it all on a flash drive for better stability but that seems like it might be costly and a little too complicated for me. so for a cheaper solution i was thinking getting a laptop drive and getting the adapter. im just worried about the life span of a HD in a car. iv read all about the horrors of crashed drives from bouncing around as well as people getting into wrecks and the HD functioning like nothing had happened. any recommendations?

    i just want to get this done with spending as little money as possible. i want the only major purchase to be the touch screen. with that said id like to hear your input on affordable touchscreens. id like to keep it under 300.

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    You have much to learn.
    Star here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php

    HDD life in a car is not an issue.
    The graphics card is overpowered and should be replaced with something that uses less power. Onboard video is ideal in that regard.
    You can keep it right about your $300 budget by keeping what you have and getting a DC-DC power supply and touchscreen.

    Search the forums for information about e-Machines. There may be issues to overcome, depending on model.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    thanks. i wasnt sure about the graphics card but that makes a lot of sense. so you dont think il have any problems with the original hard drive. keep in mind that this comp is about 4 years old, and not top of the line at all, not even close. and thanks for that link its been helping alot.

    i dont plan on getting started on this for a little while. i have to wait till i get my pc back. so its still in the planning stages. but thats good cuz otherwise id be tryin to put everything together right now and most likely mess something up. im planning on doing something similar to this

    Project 2003 Dodge Dakota

    i saw this set up and fell in love. its a shame that that truck was wrecked. i was originally planing to install it under the back seat( truck is a two door). they lift up to reveal a storage compartment. i was going to cut out the plastic and mount the pc in there but after seeing this that idea has gone out the window. it solves lots of problems and makes the design and install easier. also il finally have a center console!! lol

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    i noticed that pretty much everyone has there comp power in some way hooked up to their ignition. i dont really want to mess with all that or buy any extra parts. couldnt i just wire everything up and use a button to power the comp on and off? or am i missing something here?

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    anyone??

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    The only way you could just use the power button is if you had a sufficiently powered power inverter. That would work, but it's a terrible solution to the problem.

    Darque already mentioned that screen + DC-DC power supply is within your budget, he mentioned the PSU for a reason. Get one.
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    oh i plan on using a DC-DC converter. but i would like to know if its necessary to wire it to the Ignition. could i just bypass this and wire it to a switch to power it on and off? instead of having it power up when i turn the car on. im assuming if this is possible that it would also get rid of the problem of making sure that my PSU can make it through cranking. although not a big problem i presume but a problem none the less.

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    Well if you get an intelligent PSU why not use it? You could if you wanted to just wire the ignition wire to the +12V input also which would allow you to do whatever you want manually. Just why would you want to?
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    well how about this. lets just figure what would be easier. wiring it up to the ignition or bypassing the ignition all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegodfather420 View Post
    oh i plan on using a DC-DC converter. but i would like to know if its necessary to wire it to the Ignition..
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by thegodfather420 View Post
    could i just bypass this and wire it to a switch to power it on and off? instead of having it power up when i turn the car on. .
    Yes. But this is as much, if not more, trouble if using an intelligent PSU.

    Quote Originally Posted by thegodfather420 View Post
    im assuming if this is possible that it would also get rid of the problem of making sure that my PSU can make it through cranking. although not a big problem i presume but a problem none the less.
    An intelligent PSU can be set to delay the "on" pulse until crank is done.

    Quote Originally Posted by thegodfather420 View Post
    well how about this. lets just figure what would be easier. wiring it up to the ignition or bypassing the ignition all together.
    six of one, half dozen of the other.....


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