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    Need help planning carpc setup

    Hi all

    I am planning to setup carpc on my 2007 Audi A3
    What I decided so far is to, remove factory double din HU and replace with 7" VGA double-DIN in-dash touch screen monitor.
    Use my old compaq Evo N400c PIII 697MHz(Nlite XP), 256 Ram(may upgrade to 512) with Cetrafuse 3.
    Connect car speakers with my 4 channel amp.

    My questions are:

    1. Is my laptop sufficient to run centrafuse 3 especially for Iguidance navigation?
    2. Where should I connect remote on(blue wire)connection cable from my amp?
    3. Is it ok to power both laptop & monitor from cigarette lighter?

    I would greatly appreciate if some one could help or recommend on this setup.

    Thanks

    vendan

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    1. if i remember right, centrafuse has a portion of their site that lists the minimum, and recommended hardware specs.

    2. you can connect this to a acc wire--usually one in the fusebox, or from the radio harness. the other option is to connect it to the delayed amp power terminal on a dc-dc power supply-- this will delay the amp from starting up for a couple of seconds to try to keep the 'pop' out of the speakers-- if you have that problem.

    3. i would not recommend it for anything more then temporary use. most cig. lighter ports are rated for about 10amps. usually enough for a load like this, but you are relying on factory wiring that might not be up to the job--they technically put it there to allow you to light cigarettes in your car--nothing else.. i know they never expected you to power a laptop from it...

    by running your own power wire, you can make sure that the wire is properly sized for the load, and you can also make sure that it is grounded properly. (something that is a common weak link with factory plugs)

    if you have a poor ground, it can lead to noise in the audio system(called a ground loop)-- just search the car audio section here-- there are plenty of threads about it

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    Thanks

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    I would reccomend to dump this old hw

    "compaq Evo N400c PIII 697MHz(Nlite XP), 256 Ram(may upgrade to 512) with Cetrafuse 3."

    and buy dualcore atom/1gbram that would play nice with cf3.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by lugi View Post
    I would reccomend to dump this old hw

    "compaq Evo N400c PIII 697MHz(Nlite XP), 256 Ram(may upgrade to 512) with Cetrafuse 3."

    and buy dualcore atom/1gbram that would play nice with cf3.1
    if the laptop meets the requirements of cf, i see no reason to do this-- "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"

    it would keep the project cheaper by using parts he already has(but getting new computer hardware is always fun )

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    Hi all

    I checked the website

    What are the minimum hardware requirements to run Centrafuse?
    Minimum: 1GHz processor, 256 MB RAM / Recommended: 1.5GHz processor, 1 GB RAM.

    I tried their trial version in my laptop, its quite slow and freezes when you open destinator.
    I have spare amd dualcore pc, planning to get that onboard.

    Thanks for your inputs.

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