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    Question Why a carpc and not a mp3 player?

    Hello,

    I have been reading quite a few messages posted on this site about carpc projects. I was wondering if anyone is using the PC for something other than playing MP3 music files. In my opinion, a PC is an over kill for this application. There are digital media players/changers from Kenwood that can store 20 GBytes of music, small footprint, and compatible with certain receivers for about $500. The new Apple iPod costs about $300 and performs the same function. I guess you can use the PC to play games, watch DVD movies, or display roadmaps. I spend most of my time in the car commuting to and from work so I don't really need the PC functions.

    I am contemplating whether to put a PC in my car or just buy one of these dedicated MP3 players for my car. Please advise.

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    it really all depends on who you are, what car you drive, and how much money that you have.

    I chose a mp3cd player due to space constraints

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    Quote Originally Posted by wassup
    In my opinion, a PC is an over kill for this application. There are digital media players/changers from Kenwood that can store 20 GBytes of music, small footprint, and compatible with certain receivers for about $500.
    All very true... now. Wasn't true 4 years ago when I put a PC in my car though. That's my excuse.


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    but can a mp3 unit play dvds/divx and do gps. Along with emulate NES and other platforms.

    ahh lets see.. wifi also.. i don't think so. hell most car gps installs are around 2-3k for a nice one.
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    Very Ture. !

    But belive me the thrill you get in building and installing something so different and not to forget the surprised faces of the people who look at it, trying to figure out what exatly are they looking at.

    Think about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mastero
    Very Ture. !

    But belive me the thrill you get in building and installing something so different and not to forget the surprised faces of the people who look at it, trying to figure out what exatly are they looking at.

    Think about it

    Mastero

    I agree with Mastero, I was at a family reunion not to long ago and my truck was the talk of the town. Makes you feel good when you have done it yourself. The GPS cam in handy also for that long trip to GA.

    Reggie

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    I hate getting lost. I mean I HATE it. I'm something of a control freak. Also being a geek. I decided that getting a GPS system would be really really cool. I also like to wardrive. Rather then have 2 expensive systems, why not combine them? So I did. Unfortunately, looking down into my passenger seat to see my GPS on my laptop was not at all safe. To remedy this, I decided to go the car computer route, though still laptop powered. I've added a dash mounted touchscreen to let me avoid looking down. A griffin powermate to control my winamp, and now as a bonus, I can see the AP's I pick up on the touchscreen. (illegal as that may be.)

    There is also the cool factor. People really are wowed when they see systems like this. It's so far out of the ordinary. And to be able to say " I built it all myself. blows them away.

    Another reason I've done it is to be anti Ricer. I like seeing a useful car modification. I'm tired of people who put a giant muffler on their car and think that makes their car so much more useful. or better yet, the kid at my old high school who spent so much money installing a heads up display, removing the door handles and getting new rims that he had no money to paint the damn thing, and ended up having to sell it.

    Mostly I'm doing it because I need a project to take up my free time. I'm also getting a lot more for my money. My father spent over $1000 to have a street pilot 3 installed in his car. So far, I calculate I've spent about the same amount, and I can do much more then just navigate with my system (the laptop I'm using was a gift, and does not figure into cost calculations)
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    To see if you can and say that you did.

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    you can sum it all to 1 word, Expandability. The possiblity is endless. What you can think of, it can be done with a PC based MP3 player.
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    my #1 reason for a car pc is because i built it myself. also, when i started the project there were no mp3 car players.

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