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    just wanted to introduce myself

    Hello to all,
    I heard about carPCs a few years ago and started searching the net. I came across this forum and I browsed for a while, but ended up losing interest due to my meager student budget. I'm back now with renewed interest. I've found myself reading here a lot lately and figured it was time to register as a member. I've finished school (I'm still broke!) and I'm ready to explore the world of in-car computing.

    I plan to do a full system in the next car I purchase. Hopefully, that will happen by the end of the year. In preparation, I want to setup a PC in my Escort. I figure the best way to learn is to get your hands dirty.

    My cousin gave me his old PC, an e-machines P3 600MHz. This will be the foundation of my 'experimental' carPC. My goals for building this PC are that its cheap and that I learn as much as possible along the way. I will continue reading on these forums because I have already learned so much from you guys.

    Ive had a PC in the house since the early 80s, but even with a head start, I didnt keep up with the PC boom. I regret not pursuing the hobby of 'playing' with computer hardware/software. I feel very comfortable assembling a PC (built my first one last summer) and with hardware in general. But I know absolutely nothing about software and programming. I hope to pickup some knowledge in that area.

    Finally, I'm a car enthusiast first, and a computer nerd second. My main passion is anything automotive-related. I plan to purchase a Nissan 240SX (200SX for the guys across the pond). I spend a lot of time on NICO, a Nissan and Infiniti forum. Check it out if youre a Nissan fan. I always refer guys from NICO to this forum when they ask about car PCs and LCD screens.

    Thanks for reading...
    Jay

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    From newb to newb... welcome!

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    good luck on your journey, it will be fun
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    Good luck with your project! Hope to see it soon in "Show off your project"
    Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?

    Currently : Audi A6 - no install

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    Hey, I am also a member of the NICO forums...great "community" for Nissan/Infiniti owners... I am also looking in to starting a CarPC project with damn near the same computer..an old eMachines with if I remember corectly a 600mhz processor too..lol...whaddya know...well, all I need is a touchscreen LCD like the Lilliput or something cheaper and I will be on my way.. (Kinda on a REALLY limited budget...lol)

    Well, good luck to you, and hope to see you on the NICO forums...BTW I am the same there too Maverick7687, and I own a 1993 240sx Hatch...Peace,

    Mav

    EDIT: YES, I know this thread is old...My bad...

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    Hey, a fellow NICOnaut! My SN on NICO is IWannaS15.
    I'm working on using a PSOne LCD as a display but I'm having some video card problems right now. But these guys are very helpful and really creative.

    I was looking for a S14 over the summer, but that's on hold until the spring. I hope you saw Burnin240's install in the audio forum. Nice stuff...

    The playstation LCD is 5" (not a touchscreen) but requires some modding. I got is used at EBgames for $45. Its an option worth considering but I cant say too much since I havent gotten it working yet. Good luck with that eMachines. Theyre not the best designed PCs. www.e4allinc.com has some good stuff about them.

    See you around...
    My first carPC!
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    Celeron 633MHz - 10GB Seagate - 64MB PC100 - Win XP

    Soon to actually find its way into the car!

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    Hey

    Hannibal, I frist of want to wish you the best of luck with your carpc endevour, its a great learning experiance and rather addicting. I my self have been doing this for 3 years.
    I'm on my 5th car pc (i've changed vehicles, put pc's in friends cars and keep re-designing my systems constantly)


    With that being said, here's some advice: I wouldnt use a PSone screen because the resolution is very bad. Where it might be good to watch a movie or play a video game, its not very good with computers. I'd really consider getting a lilliput or xenarc VGA monitor.

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    Thanks for the advice. As I said above, I'm a car guy first and PC geek second. My Escort isnt worthy of a full PC install or even a $300 LCD screen. (No offense to the Yugo drivers with $2000 systems)

    I'm just trying to get some experience while I save up for the car and the nice system. I'm not even planning to mount the PSOne screen; it'll be under the seat when not in use and sitting on the center console while driving. Its only function (at first) will be to display Winamp. I will try video/DVD on it, but I'm not expecting much.
    I'm sure I'll look back and realize what youre trying to tell me, but anything's better than a AM/FM radio right now.

    I'm beginning to understand the addiction. I was hoping to do this basic setup for under $100. Ive already spent $45 for the Sony LCD, $40 for the video card, and $40 for a graphic LCD I got before I decided to try the PSOnce screen. And I havent even bought more memory yet.
    My first carPC!
    MP3/CD player
    Celeron 633MHz - 10GB Seagate - 64MB PC100 - Win XP

    Soon to actually find its way into the car!

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