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    A car PC with endless possibilities!

    I have a Ford Galaxy with a double-DIN looking headunit. It seems the perfect fit for a built-in 7" screen, but then I will not have a "normal" car stereo any more, so the best solution for me would probably be a 7" touch screen in an in-dash housing line this one: http://www.digitalww.com/DWW-7VGT.htm. Then I need to replace the current head unit with one being only 1 DIN size with AUX input for connecting the car PC.

    The PC itself I plan to build in a custom made case made to fit in a the trunk in an existing "pocket" above the rear right wheel. It must also be possible to remove the car PC and use it in my living room also (see functional req. below for explanation) I'm thinking about using an EPIA MS (brand new) main board without any external slots on-board and use only the necessary cables to and from the connectors on the main board ( http://www.via.com.tw/en/Digital%20L...617EPIA_MS.jsp and here
    http://www.viaembedded.com/product/e...herboardId=281). I have considered the brand new EPIA nanoITX board, but it does not seem to be available in shop anywhere yet and I wonder if the board will be capable of running heavier apps or if the performance is too poor...(http://www.viaembedded.com/product/e...herboardId=221)...any thoughts?

    Using the EPIS MS miniITX with it's 1 GHz fanless processor, 1 GB RAM, large 200-300 GB hard disk, a slim-line slot-in DVD player/CD burner and this power supply: http://www.mini-box.com/pw-80.htm I hope this will be a good starting point. Then I will use a USB based GPS , a USB based sound card (if necessary?) and a USB 2.0 based card reader. In addition I will use a USB based TV card with stereo FM radio (http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/pages/pro...a_pvrusb2.html) to be able to watch TV or listen to radio on the PC (this is mainly a nice-to-have thing :-) and a USB based wireless network for connecting to my home network for downloading MP3s and movies to the harddisk + software updates and internet access.

    For powering the PC at home I'm thinking about this http://store.mini-box.com/ituner/ac12v5aswpoa.html or this: http://store.yahoo.com/ituner/ac12v9aswpoa.html.

    As I say: There are endless possibilities with a car PC and I'm happy to receive suggestions for additional usage!

    But having 3 small kids, time may be a huge constraint for the build process...and possibly put limitations on the purchase process :-)

    So I may end up being only a guy with ideas and no real show-case :-)
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    Plans + status:
    + Ford Galaxy 2001
    + 7" GAIN (Xenarc) screen
    + 2,5" 40 GB Samsung drive
    + slot-load DVD/CDRW
    + USB WiFi
    - mainboard (Epia SP?)
    - housing (home made?)
    - power supply (Opus 90W/150W)
    - USB GPS + USB card-reader

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    Some nice plans you got there! Would like to see that install when it comes off the drawingboard and into your car

    Think you've covered pretty much of it. But there is something, how are you going to turn on your CarPC? And how are you going to regulate the voltage? On mini-box they say that the pw80 this already does "11v-30v IN" but I can't quite find if the input should be constant (car environments are pretty harsh on electronics and produce nothing near a constant voltage). Anyway the ITPS module should do both. More info on the mini-box site.

    The alternative for the pw80 + ITPS is off course an OPUS. Endlessly discussed on this forum. So if you do a you'll find plenty.

    I myself have a EPIA M10000 + pw70a + ITPS, even got the same power supply for indoor use. Works like a charm.

    PS: Don't you hate it when you run out of USB connectors on your mobo
    Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?

    Currently : Audi A6 - no install

    Second install : VW Passat '97 CarPC
    First install : '87 Audi 80 CarPC

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    I second the recommendation to look at OPUS or the minibox power supply and an ITPS.

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    Interesting what companies call their vehicles in different countries. A friend of mine in HS had a Ford Galaxie 500, but it sure wasn't any minivan. It was a convertible beast! Man, would that thing fly! We would "wind surf" on it. (climb out on the hood and stand with one foot on the hood and one on the windshield going down the road around 70 mph) We were really bored and stupid.

    It looked like the red one here
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    I guess Smukkasen opted for this version, because he would rather not see his kids surfing on the hood of his car
    Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?

    Currently : Audi A6 - no install

    Second install : VW Passat '97 CarPC
    First install : '87 Audi 80 CarPC

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    Quote Originally Posted by proTONEd
    I myself have a EPIA M10000 + pw70a + ITPS, even got the same power supply for indoor use. Works like a charm.

    PS: Don't you hate it when you run out of USB connectors on your mobo
    Thanks for the comments! I know about the voltage problem - haven't decided how to go on solving that yet. You say you use the same power suply indoor - I guess that means you have a 230V to 12V thing in addition? Do you have any info about that, since this sounds like a great solution!? It would be the simplest thing to not have to have 2 different external power supplies...

    Plans + status:
    + Ford Galaxy 2001
    + 7" GAIN (Xenarc) screen
    + 2,5" 40 GB Samsung drive
    + slot-load DVD/CDRW
    + USB WiFi
    - mainboard (Epia SP?)
    - housing (home made?)
    - power supply (Opus 90W/150W)
    - USB GPS + USB card-reader

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    Pictures to explain building plans in my Galaxy

    Just a few pictures manipulated to show what my building possibilities are. Here is a picture of the dash board of the Galaxy and a manipulated picture of the same showing 2 possible solutions to the 7" screen placement with and without a head unit.

    (Sorry 'bout the picture quality - had to do a lot of cut&paste from small pictures around the Internet...)

    For the children in the rear seats I would love to buy this: http://www.xenarc.com/product/700yr.html (this screen is bigger, but with a bad resolution...: http://www.xenarc.com/product/800VR.html), but it may cost too much adding this to the cost of the PC and touch screen...

    (Because of wanting the possibility to view movies on the rear screen(s), I will duplicate the VGA output from the PC as the simple solution. Being able to connect also a Playstation, I would buy a splitter device with several inputs and one output.)

    BTW: The comments about running out of USB connectors - can't you just use a USB hub :-)
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    Plans + status:
    + Ford Galaxy 2001
    + 7" GAIN (Xenarc) screen
    + 2,5" 40 GB Samsung drive
    + slot-load DVD/CDRW
    + USB WiFi
    - mainboard (Epia SP?)
    - housing (home made?)
    - power supply (Opus 90W/150W)
    - USB GPS + USB card-reader

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    Btw did you fix your power problem?

    Anyways cause in my car, I bought a Normal 12v Inverter you plug on the batterie and it gives you a 120v power source.. just need to be careful on how much Watts, you need in your car.. In mine i use a 300W power inverter, got a laptop and couple other things hooked on to it.. Now a PC, might take a bit more Juice!

    Look at my sig (mp3_car project) if you wanna read more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazarius
    Btw did you fix your power problem?
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    Sorry, is only in the planning stages - I'm the planning kind of guy who needs to know everything about what is the best solution and which equipment is the best etc. etc. In addition car PC building is VERY new in Norway - almost no expertise and no shops anywhere to get the equipment. Having said that, you probably understand that ordering all of the equipment abroad (USA/UK) means that warranty issues apply and the freight cost is considerable. Also, the Norwegian government add 24% tax on all imported items...

    Well, back to planning - I have to read up on the forum to find out the best possible solution (and cheapest :-).

    See ya!

    Plans + status:
    + Ford Galaxy 2001
    + 7" GAIN (Xenarc) screen
    + 2,5" 40 GB Samsung drive
    + slot-load DVD/CDRW
    + USB WiFi
    - mainboard (Epia SP?)
    - housing (home made?)
    - power supply (Opus 90W/150W)
    - USB GPS + USB card-reader

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    I find that the prices in the UK are quite expensive for carpc parts.

    That is why I had to purchase in bulk. I still have some stuff I havent sold out yet to recover my investment. Lemme know if you are looking for something specific.

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