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    Possible Computer

    I am looking at this potential computer for my carputer - it is a HP 6005P Usdt AX220 - it has a display port output(which can be converted to HDMI) and VGA. 2 GB of RAM running windows 7 32 but with a 160 GB hard drive. The power supply is external like a notebook...19.2 on the rear of the computer. What do you think? I was thinking about getting a notebook style adapter...I thought i saw someone using one on here like that.
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    I would power that box with a Carnetix p1900 http://store.mp3car.com/Carnetix_CNX..._p/pwr-010.htm and plug into that power supply. it should have enough power and as a bonus it can also give you 12v for your monitor and if you buy the 5v add on, it's good for a hub or 2. Good luck SNO

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    Couple things... Unless you have a place for that in your car now you may find issues mounting that unit. You will be much happier with a smaller unit. You don't have to go crazy like some of us and get the latest and greatest but with what is coming out now you really should look at a NUC or something small like that. You should be able to find a very small computer for less than $200 that will work much nicer for you than that machine. They may still require an external DC to DC converter but they won't get as hot, will require less power and will fit much nicer in your vehicle.

    With windows 7 32 bit you will really want to have 3 to 3.5 gig of ram onboard if at all possible. You may find you will run into issues with just 2gig of ram. My girlfriend has issues all the time with hers and using the latest firefox or internet explorer.

    Otherwise if you feel you MUST use that computer I would suggest the same thing as Sno. Your machine requires 135 watts which comes out to atleast 10 amps when your vehicle is running and closer to 12 when not running. For comparison sake, my i5 based Car PC with intel 4500 onboard graphics and much cool stuff the pc will run under 80 watts full speed. But then again I spent $600 for my unit altogether. Not including monitor.

    Also, your computer does have a VGA output. That will be more than sufficient for any screen you will be installing in your vehicle unless you are going to do a 15 inch or bigger screen with very high resolution. Even a 1200x800 resolution screen will find very little benefit in going HDMI or display port over using the VGA. In other words you will not likely notice a difference.

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    i agree with previous posts. Of course it will do the job but its up to you to decide if this can fit you or not. You can simple start with this and then go to something that needs less power for running.

    The small mobos are quite low on power consumption. And in the car it is important as sometimes it can lower ur milleage per gallon.

    I am running a miniitx with two screens and my fuse is 7.5 amps and never been burned .
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    I am on a budget here...I have to work with this computer...twins...mortgage...all my money pretty much goes to my family. I spend nothing on myself. I have this computer for now. I am looking around for a 64 bit copy of windows 7...if that comes around then I will upgrade the memory to 8 gig or abouts. After a while I plan to change things around but I want to get something going.

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    This is going in a minivan. I actually thought it was along a small size for a PC. Yeah I know there are smaller but always been a reliable computer. I have been using it as a DVR computer until now and never had any issues running anything on it. A 2.8 ghz machine with a Radeon 4200 might not be what some people consider a massive machine, but not a bad computer either.
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    Make sure your cards are solidly mounted and try to get rubber isolators for your case if you can find them. Any add on cards will likely come loose in a vehicle if not locked down well. You want as much onboard stuff as you can.

    What are you using for a monitor?

    If you are that limited on resources and you still want to accomplish this you may want to consider a laptop. You can pull one apart easily and I have seen them around me at yard sales for less than $50 for "decent" laptops... The two biggest issues you are going to run into are that anything loose in the case will cause you issues. If you DO have add on cards (PCI PCIe etc) you may want to remove them if not system critical and replace them with USB devices or similar. You CAN use Silicon to help lock down any loose cards. Once dried it will insure cards don't rattle free but you may not be able to change the card easily at a later date. If you ARE using an add on graphics card you can do much better than what you have for video for very cheap.

    Without being too negative you should also consider if you really can afford a carPC. You will find a car pc will end up costing more than you plan for as you try to get things working. If you are worried about getting the necessary components due to cost you may need to reevaluate the value of having a carpc with what it will cost you... Unless you happen to have a small LCD laying around or are going to mount a cheap full sized monitor and use a keyboard and mouse you are going to find you are going to have "challenges" to your setup if your budget doesn't allow for unexpected expenses. And anyone here can tell you that a carpc will quickly become money pit as you find more things to add...

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    I have a liliput 7 inch 669 HB model. I can afford more but I am also redoing the entire car. I just want to use this computer, later I can upgrade. I ahev seen peope befre with a start out computer. I have many computers sitting around.

    Never mind I am starting to remember why I hate coming to this forum anymore. It used to be about people that enjoyed building these computers now it is just a ****ing contest who can build the biggest system. There is nothing wrong with this computer. It has served its purposes well and is faster than what people think. Everyone rushes out and buys the latest computers when the could just take a coupe minutes and work with what they have. I have over 20 years experience working on computers it is nto like I am some idiot that found a computer in my room and said "Hey I am going to stick this in my car...hur hur". I come here because the car pc aspect of this I am new to still. I have been following this forum since back when it started. right now I am running 2 amps in my car and I have my install pretty well built. I hate to ask questions anymore.

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    When i posted these pictures I have plans on what to do with it. I was mostly asking about the power supply. I haven't doe anything to the computer itself because I just started looking at it today and I still have to get my monitor mounted.

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    That computer will be fine for anything that needs to be done in a car. You have my personal recommendation on power supply, but if money is an issue then maybe a 300-400 watt inverter is your answer for the time being. Driveline would be a great front-end on that computer as well. You might want to run a power switch wire to the front of van for ease of turning on and off if you go inverter route. Good luck SNO
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