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    Unhappy help a newbie out/ i know nothing about computers

    hello my name is jamie im new here so ill have a few questions for all the ppl that has carputers.

    1st: all i know about a computer is getting online and searching the web.
    thats all i do on my computer

    2nd: i had this idea of putting an X-box in my car intill somebody told me to put
    a computer so i can play the X-box and PS2 games

    3rd: i'm going to need alot of help on this if i'm going to do it myself

    now this is what i'm looking for the carputer to do. i'm putting screens in the headrest for my kids and i would like the carputer to be played on them plus though my stereo system. (all aftermarket and a 5.1 system)

    i'm looking for it to play: DVD, MP3,CD,CDR,CDRW,X-BOX,PS2 and any other games that comes in CD form.

    i'd like the houseing to be as small as posible because i would like it under the pass seat of the car.

    i know this is alot of qustion but i'm almost finish buying all of my stereo system so i'll be ready to buy the carputer parts soon.





    thanks alot
    jamie

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    you cannot use a computer to play Xbox or PS2. you will need to buy those consoles. you can use either the Xbox or the PS2 to play DVD and mp3 provided you buy the right module.

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    what about an emulator?? they dont just make them for your old 8 bit games.

    Xtrmeasures the most popular mother board is a VIA ITX. They should host enough power to do all that you are looking for. Plus its has a pretty small footprint.

    Now of course you have to consider how your going to run dc to it. Alot of the guys around here like Opus dc to dc power supplies. They cost a bit but they are worth it in most everyone's option.

    Controling the Beast. This is where everyone splits up. Some go with touch screens, some go with keyboard/mouse combos, touchpads, etc, etc, etc, etc. Really this depends on how your setup is and what it is going to be used for. Since it is going to be used for playing emus and dvds I would suggest touch screens. No keypads or mices to keep up with just touch and go.

    The screen itself I would suggest gettin a VGA over a TFT. Its Hella lot cleaner and crisper. Even though they cost a bit more they are worth every penny.

    I know Im missin something but I cant think of it right now but I think you have enough to get your feet wet with and other memebers can help you out more than I can.

    By the way Good Luck with it man! I wish my dad did it for me when I was a kid. All I had on long trips was gettin beat up by my sister and brother. I hate being the baby of the family.
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    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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    emulators don't work well. on a REAL hardcore gamer PC, the N64 emu was ok. I haven't seen one Xbox or PS2 emu that's good performance on a gamer pc. of course that's with a real 3d card like a geforce.

    do you really need a PC? what do you want to do on a PC that you can't do on a Xbox or PS2 w/ DVD player module? it doesn't look like you want to run GPS or 802.11b. I think you should go to the console+dvd module route.



    sjlucky, what do you mean VGA over TFT? I'm in the process of searching for a display right now and I'm not sure how to understand that. TFT is the lcd technogloy and VGA is just the standard for all pc displays nowadays. heheh remem when VGA actually stood for Video Graphics Adapter in the days of Color Graphics Adapter and Enhanced Graphics Adapter? hehe

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    If he wants to play xbox or ps2/1 games on the computer, for the most part he can. The games are coming released on PC format for most of them. I would also recommend using either a keyboard/mouse, or one hell of a game pad for controlling the games, a touch screen isnt enough.
    I honestly dont know if the 150 opus could handle a true gaming system. A p4 or opturon both take like 50 watts by themselves. The rdram is going to be nasty for wattage, 1 watt or so. The hd, its a gaming system, will take 15-20 watts. You are already up at like 70 watts and havent even taken into account the dvd or vid card. The vid card (radeon 9800pro or Gforcefx 5900) both will take up like 50 watts. that is only 130 watts +/- 5. 150 watts would be pusing it. The youd have to deal with cooling it. The epia 1000 will not be sufficient for gaming.
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    well yea but then he wouldn't be playing ps/xbox games, he'd be playing pc games

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    krystar Did I put my foot in my mouth when I said that? What does Scythe mean by
    TM - 701 ( Touchscreen and VGA kits will be added later)
    Quote Originally Posted by menudude View Post
    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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    Quote Originally Posted by krystar
    emulators don't work well. on a REAL hardcore gamer PC, the N64 emu was ok. I haven't seen one Xbox or PS2 emu that's good performance on a gamer pc. of course that's with a real 3d card like a geforce.

    do you really need a PC? what do you want to do on a PC that you can't do on a Xbox or PS2 w/ DVD player module? it doesn't look like you want to run GPS or 802.11b. I think you should go to the console+dvd module route.



    sjlucky, what do you mean VGA over TFT? I'm in the process of searching for a display right now and I'm not sure how to understand that. TFT is the lcd technogloy and VGA is just the standard for all pc displays nowadays. heheh remem when VGA actually stood for Video Graphics Adapter in the days of Color Graphics Adapter and Enhanced Graphics Adapter? hehe
    yea i was just going to get a x-box then a guy told me if i want just put a computer in your car so you can play both (x-box and ps2) thats the only reason i would put a carputer in. but if i cant play both ill just stick with the x-box.


    thanks alot guys
    jamie

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    stick with the X-box
    92 Taurus SHO - Daily driver - Epia M10000 80GB 512mb 7" touchscreen, Opus PSU etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by SjLucky
    What does Scythe mean by
    TM - 701 ( Touchscreen and VGA kits will be added later)
    that is his signature, its the screen he has
    92 Taurus SHO - Daily driver - Epia M10000 80GB 512mb 7" touchscreen, Opus PSU etc

    93 Black SHO - 30mpg cruiser

    90 Silver SHO - 419whp fun/project car, CarPC to come (for tuning)

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