car pc in a 3000gt, have a few questions
This is my 1st post on the site. I have read through a lot of different forums though. I am planning on putting a car pc in my 93 Mitsubishi 3000gt over the summer. I have looked at different setups but this is what I am planning on doing:
Mini-ITX on ebay:
VGA screen on ebay:
this post as well. Thanks - Charlie
That will cover the majority of the setup. I will remove my ash tray and replace that w/ a touchpad mouse and I can have a small keyboard that can be stored in my glove box. I already have a Co-pilot GPS and a slim DVD drive. I have read about devices that will start your pc and shut it off automatically when the ignition is turned, but I think I will keep it simple w/ a power switch. XP doesn't take long to boot or shut down if you tune it properly.
I would appreciate it if anyone could help answer a few of my questions:
1. I want to mount the lcd where the stock double din HU is, so I will be eliminating my deck. Is it possible to hook my speaker out on the mini-itx computer to my stock amplifier in my car? The 3000gt has a stock amplifier under the center console if I recall correctly. Is this a hard thing to do?
2. The mini-itx computer already has a DC power supply and it comes w/ an AC to DC power adapter as well. Since the car runs off DC, can I eliminate the power adapter and hard wire it as long as I have the bios to not automatically start when it receives power? Will there be any problem w/ the voltage fluxuating? Or is there some kind of power regulator that I would need to keep a constant voltage??
Any other suggestions are also welcome. I have seen a guy w/ a black 3000gt vr-4 w/ a carpc, and I am hoping he will stumble accross
no its only an sl:( but I still like it
Thanks for the links. But now I have another problem I have to deal with. I had a compaq proliant 5500 server that I wanted to get rid of it. Some guy on our college Campus wanted it so I traded it for his abit MB w/ a 950 mhz processor, and a 512 and a 128 ram chip. My friend has a board almost like it so we put it in his computer. The board started fine and but wouldn't see the hard drive. Then the monitor went dead. So we switched monitors but the same problem occurred so we put my video card in to see if it was his card. About 20 seconds later my video card started smoking. I think the motherboard he traded me is a piece of crap. Now I have to talk to guy who traded it to me about it. Does anyone know a good way to go about it? I am not on my good pc right now since I no longer have a video card and I can't get his email address until I get another video card.