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    is this a good carputer

    hello,

    im new to the site and want to install a full fledged carputer in my ford sporttrac. i dont want to build my own system so for the specs i was looking for and the space i have available (and funds) i just wanted to ask your opinion of this system on ebay. i was hoping this would work because it seems to be expandable as well.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...129972465&rd=1

    next question is about the power to run the unit. i understand there is an opus and itps? i have researched for about 30 hours so far and im still not clear on the following:

    1) do these eliminate an actual inverter?
    2) whats the difference between the two?
    3) do you see any problems using either the opus or the itps with that particular carputer i am looking to get?

    thanks a million in advance, you guys have some amazing projects and talents!

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    1) you don't need an inverter if you have either of these.

    2) opus is more expensive, ipts is cheap. But ipts is only a voltage regulator, you still need a power supply to supply your motherboard/harddrive/etc (pw-70?). Opus has regulator built in. Opus can also handle higher wattage.

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    Cappuccino PC

    Hey Rob I am still working on a complete write up for the mysporttrac.net but here are a couple of deals on ebay that may work for you:

    PC1 - Ends in 7 hours

    PC2 - Buy it now 325

    The PC you show in your link is kind of thick. I dont know if it will fit under the back seat of the Explorer. Plus it is AC powered so you would have to A) replace the power supply or B) use an inverter. It would be better to get a PC that is DC powered like the Cappucino PC. Then you just need an ITPS and a DC2DC converter like this one:
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    man that dude on the first ebay add had the biggest incredible hunk hands ive ever seen

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    I hope you meant HULK!!!
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    No, I think he ment hunk
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    wkolodny,


    i saw that cappuccino pc but dont want to buy it because the hard drive is smaller than i wanted and it has a cd rom. i need a 40 gig and a dvd drive which is what this other system has for less than $100 more...

    i measured the clearance under our sport trac seats (thanks for thinking about that) and we definitely have the 5 inches needed. i found a photo album that was actually 1 inch longer and put it in there to check, it fits!

    the power supply is what im totally ignorant on. i understand the cappuccino is dc ready (although the auction includes an ac adapter) but since i already determined it is too small for my needs i have to understand the power conversion as well as the start up/shut down control. does the opus handle it all? what is an average price for the opus? is there a wiring project on it? thanks again!

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    hunk?

    hahah. there goes my day!!

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    Opus power supplies are not cheap. Your looking at between 160 and 200 dollars or more. As for the hard drive capacity you have to be careful. That PC has a desktop drive in it. It is generally not recommended for a mobile environment. Laptop drives have a much better survival rate. You can pick up a 40gig laptop for around a hundred. http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...149-015&depa=0
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    HAHHAAH yeah i meant hulk, damnit, HULK NOT HUNK--man i feel stupid

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