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    My first cap pc attempt

    hi all.
    im thinking about putting a car pc in my ford transit van.
    first of all i want to know if i have to have a car pc designed for a car or can i use a small desktop pc as i have an old hp small factor pc gathering dust in my draw, its 2.8ghz 1gig ram and the psu is 160watts.

    in my van i have 2 car batterys, one in the engine bay and another rigged up in the back with an isolator switch, also a 600 watt invertor, so would this do to power a pc.

    also have 8" touch screen in the front, and a jbl amp.

    and can the pc audio connect to the amp?

    i also have a 200W DC-DC 12v Mini Power Supply PW-200V if thats any good to use,

    any info / help would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice203 View Post
    hi all.
    im thinking about putting a car pc in my ford transit van.
    Great idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by ice203 View Post
    first of all i want to know if i have to have a car pc designed for a car or can i use a small desktop pc as i have an old hp small factor pc gathering dust in my draw, its 2.8ghz 1gig ram and the psu is 160watts.
    You can use any size PC you want. Just be sure that you have room enough for it and you can power it in your car

    Quote Originally Posted by ice203 View Post
    in my van i have 2 car batterys, one in the engine bay and another rigged up in the back with an isolator switch, also a 600 watt invertor, so would this do to power a pc.
    I dont see why not

    Quote Originally Posted by ice203 View Post
    also have 8" touch screen in the front, and a jbl amp.

    and can the pc audio connect to the amp?
    You need VGA/DVI in and USB out (for the touch pasrt of it) on the touchscreen to hook up the screen to your computer

    Quote Originally Posted by ice203 View Post
    i also have a 200W DC-DC 12v Mini Power Supply PW-200V if thats any good to use,

    any info / help would be great.
    Off the top of my head, I dont think those are meant for automotivew applications
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    ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+ GF8200
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
    1 GB DDR2 667
    LITE-ON DL-8ATS Slot-Load
    750 GB Seagate SATA HDD
    250W PSU
    19" Hyundai Monitor

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