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    Newbie with a few Questions

    Ok first off please pardon all my ignorance. I've been looking into using a mini pc to run my car off of. I will need it to tune my car along with datalogging. Now I need to know the possibilities of using a computer. I want to be able to do a long list of thing including the tuning and datalogging. I would also like to be albe to play mp3's, gps and directions, have a tv tuner, radio, cd and dvd. Also the ability to play games so can a computer handle all of this or will i need a regular headunit to control the speakers ? Ok sorry for all stupid questions but hey what is a newbie area for.

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    All depends on a couple factors. Money a factor? What kind of games? State of the art shooters or simple old strategy games such as strarcaft? Or do you mean like soliatair?

    Generally you have two options though custom built which I would go with a EPIA M1000 board or there are some premade comptuers that are mini that come with p3/p4 chips. They are not cheap though.

    TV tuner in my opinion is a waste of money not worth it for measly quality.

    As for the GPS well COPILOT is the best GPS software out right now in my opinion.

    As for the radio/mp3/dvd wel I'd suggest getting a head unit that has an AUX IN and hook the comp up to play sound through a seperate quality sound card for better sq. You get your regular radio and mp3 this way and you can also get a XM pc tuner to connect to the pc (ability to record songs this way). With the dvd just get any slim slot loaded notebook dvd drive.

    All depends in the end though if you want to go custom built and how much money you want to spend much easier to give suggestions then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike00

    As for the radio/mp3/dvd, ...... You get your regular radio and mp3 this way and you can also get a XM pc tuner to connect to the pc (ability to record songs this way).

    Is the Pc tuner better for reception and have an easier User Interface with a touchscreen monitor, or is it better to get the one that connects to the HU.
    I have an Alpine 7998 HU, and can get the XM tuner to connect to that, or go with a PC version.
    which is better???? can they both use an external antenna?? (i know the HU model can!!!)
    what about sound quality??

    Sorry for the thread steal, but I have always wanted to know thsi
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    Ryan

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    The antenna can be changed on the XM Pc from what I understand but it gives good quality with the one that comes with it.

    As for my person choice I say the PC one is better. Why? Because as I said you can record any song you hear on the radio then and don't even have to bother with hooking up your car pc to a lan or having a wireless in it.

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    i was referring to XM on the HU, like Alpine has for my HU. It is more expensive, but is it worth it, or is the computer version with it's software better???

    is there diff software/browders for XM, or just what they give you??
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    Well same sound quality is what I ment. To me the ability to record and search out stations for a song you want like that on the computer is 10 times better then having it hooked up to the radio.

    Besides if the SQ is the same wouldn't you rather have it hooked through your pc if it's that much cheaper?

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