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    Newbie here

    Hi all,
    So i've got an SC400/Soarer, and i'm looking at removing the EMV and fitting a touchscreen lcd there with a carpc behind it.
    This mobo http://www.foxconnchannel.com/produc...D=en-us0000480
    With maybe http://store.mp3car.com/M4_ATX_250W_..._p/pwr-031.htm for power.
    Is that overkill?
    I'm also a bit confused as to how to connect everything to the factory speakers, but still reading faqs etc..
    Also, as i will be removing the factory tuner, is there a radio tuner, digital or otherwise anyone can recommend?
    Cheers

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    the atom board will work fine for most carpc tasks such as music, and gps.

    the m4 is way above what that board will need power wise,(a m1 will probably do fine) i had started out with a similar setup(atom board w/ dsatx) and it worked fine, but was nice when i had to upgrade to a pentium dual core setup for my audio processing, and didn't need a new power supply.

    the choice is yours.

    most car dashes will not have the room for a board of that size, and if they do, wiring, heat/air circulation, and serviceability can become a concern. i would recommend finding another location in the vehicle to mount the pc-- so that it gets more air, and is easier to service(and you will have to service it eventually).

    also, i know the faq's are a little vague, so post up your questions if the faq's still don't make sense, and i, or others will see what we can do.

    for the radio, i know that there are different radio options available, but i don't use any so i really don't know how good/bad they are. i know there is the griffin radio shark, directed/visteon hd radio hack, boomzbox hd, and hqct available..

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    This is where i'm planning on mounting mine...
    Or i might put it in the dvd changer housing in the boot...

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    Hrmm.. I posted a reply last night..I wonder where it went..

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    This is where i'm planning on putting it.

    Or maybe in the cd stacker casing in the boot. not sure exactly yet..
    Has anyone tried on of these sorts of things?
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/DVB-T-USB-Don...item27b13951f0

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    HAHA couple of days later the first post shows up

    Anyway..
    In regards to power and shutting down windows etc..
    Does the PSU (when you turn off the car) shut down windows? Or just stop supply to the PC?
    what is the normal thing to do? Shut down windows before turning car off? Or is there some automated way of doing it?
    Or does the PC go into sleep mode automatically somehow?(does this drain power?)

    Cheers

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    all of the intelligent dc-dc power supplies in the store will tell the computer to turn on, and will also tell it to turn off. basically, the power supply connects to the power switch button to trigger a power switch action in the computer.


    what the power switch action does-- if it shuts the pc off, hibernates it, puts it to sleep, etc. is defined in the operating systems power settings.

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    Cool, makes sense now thanks

    Would something like this be suitable as an amp for a carPC?
    http://www.cadencestore.com/ProductC...ct=378#details

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    for amps, whatever meets your power requirements will work(compare the rms rating of your speakers with the rms output of the amp)

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    Time for an update, I'm finally gettting back to this..
    Dash before modding:
    http://i51.tinypic.com/2mxontl.jpg
    And after removing EMV and converting aircon:
    http://i56.tinypic.com/2ywsmex.jpg

    I got a 320GB laptop HDD. an Gigabyte GA-D510UD motherboard, and 2gb ram.
    Got the DAB+ radio module from Craig Brass:
    http://www.coolapplab.com/ultimate_c...ona/index.html
    Though i think it's changed since i got it, as mines a little different.

    I've got the Cadence amp mentioned earlier from other forums, as well as this monitor from a MP3car forum member:
    http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...ctCode=MON-016
    also got a PSU from the same member:
    http://www.mini-box.com/M2-ATX-160w-...C-Power-Supply

    Am i able to power the LCD from this PSU as well? EDIT: Actually it comes with a cigarette lighter adapter, which i think i'll use to power the LCD.
    are there any wiring guides to show how things SHOULD be done? There's so much info on this site it's still confusing (half the reason it's taken me this long to get back to it)
    Cheers
    Last edited by Sledge1; 04-14-2011 at 04:33 AM.

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