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    Newbie building first carputer

    Hi all,

    I've already posted in a couple threads looking for help and have to say this is a very responsive community. I'm happy to have landed here!

    The system I'm installing is based around a Compaq R4000 with an AMD 64 3500+ 2.2 GHz processor and Win 7 32 bit. I've got a Pioneer 300Wx4 amp installed and an 8" touch screen in my center console. This is all going into a 1994 Mitsubishi Galant I've done a little work to. I'm planning to run RR with the Reborn skin. I've got a Delorme Earthmate GPS I had lying around I'll use for GPS and a cheapo bluetooth dongle I'm trying to get working with the .net plugin. I'll also be using the computer for running my tuning software and data logging via the OBD1 port (I've got that covered with the tuning software).

    It should be a whole lot of fun when it is done but I'm running up against a steep learning curve with RR!

    I'm also looking at ways to mount the laptop so it has some shock absorption to help protect the HD. I may also relocate the display to a fun location like the passenger's sun visor with an on/off switch so it has a larger, secondary screen.

    I've toyed with integrating the touch pad from the laptop into my center console for finer control than the touch screen offers but it uses a tiny ribbon cable I haven't been able to source.

    At any rate, I'm looking forward to poking around the site more and learning what I can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eclipsh View Post
    I'm also looking at ways to mount the laptop so it has some shock absorption to help protect the HD. I may also relocate the display to a fun location like the passenger's sun visor with an on/off switch so it has a larger, secondary screen.
    there has been huge discussions on vibration/shock absorption materials and methods-- at this point, there is no evidence that any shock-absorption material will extend the life of any hard drive any more then if the hard drive was mounted solidly to the vehicle(the famous example-- one forum member had a hard drive last through 2 vehicle-totaling wrecks with a hard drive solidly mounted to the car). there has been some very good arguments that some shock absorbing material can cause secondary vibrations, which can cause the hard drive to fail even faster...

    Quote Originally Posted by eclipsh View Post
    I've toyed with integrating the touch pad from the laptop into my center console for finer control than the touch screen offers but it uses a tiny ribbon cable I haven't been able to source.
    just use a usb touch pad:
    http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...ories-_-968335

    there used to be a much smaller one somewhere--one that didn't have a bezel, or any buttons, but i can't seem to source it at this point..

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    Thanks for the info on vibration not being an issue. How about cold? I've read plenty on that being bad. My car has to sit outside in the winter at least some of the time so it'll see below zero (F) at times. I'm looking at picking up a small SSD for that reason alone. I may also try to locate the HD next to a floor vent so I can direct heat directly onto it to warm it up quick.

    The USB touch pad will probably be the way to go. I've got an Innovatek TM-868 for the touch screen and it isn't very accurate. That's fine for switching songs etc. but for my ECU tuning software I need better control.

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    ^yeah, cold is more of a issue.. though imo, at the very worst, the carpc wouldn't boot until the car warms up. my carpc is important, but not enough to try to circumvent any cold-temp issues-- mostly due to the extra cost that cold-tested gear costs..

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    I got it all installed. Here is what the dash looks like. Forgive the mess, I just finished getting it all in.



    I eliminated the ash tray and put my buttons, LED power indicator, USB and amp power switch there.



    Unfortunately I got a little PVC adhesive on the surround. I'll have to sand it and paint it before it really looks right.

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    looks great!!

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