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    Another Noob with some starter questions.

    Hey everybody.

    I upgraded my home PC a while back and have a bunch of spare parts left over... I was thinking about installing a carputer in my old car but never got around to it.

    I have:
    Viarama ATX mobo(?) can't find the box right now...
    -onboard sound (OR standard Soundblaster card)
    -onboard video (OR ATI Rage 64)
    AMD 1400+ processor
    Western Digital 40 gig hdd
    256 RAM
    DVD
    1.44 floppy
    2-3 fans (would whatever I have lying around do?)
    Fan controller

    I need:
    PSU - will the Opus 150w work with this setup?
    LCD - Lilliput or Xenarc (sp) probably not touchscreen... pretty much will depend on price... I need the VGA one correct?
    USB GPS (what program would you guys/gals suggest? ease of use & readabilty - for use in USA...)
    Power switch (did some searches on this and came back confused)

    Maybe a smaller mobo? (don't need 4 PCI slots)

    I just need a GPS/MP3/DVD system. I don't need a super-PC to run EQ while I'm at a stoplight or anything. I take long distance trips 2-3 times a year with passengers... need some diversions for them.

    For the questions:
    1. Where are the FAQs for noobs like me relating to stuff like this? Not dissing the board, just a new layout.

    2. Would the Opus 150 handle that setup? Does it come with a wiring diagram/ is it easily understood?

    3. What should I change on the "have" category to "need" category.

    4. Powering on the OPUS when I want it, not when the car turns on... I need a standard on/off switch correct?

    5. I'm figuring 2 fans + fan controller anything I should watch for on power consumption?

    I think that's all now, I'll probably think up some more at work.

    Thanks.

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    1) The faq is actually in the same forum that you've posted your question in. Look at the top of the list of topics.

    2) I've personally never played with a brand new Opus, so I'm not sure what it comes with in the box. However, it is what you want, and there's enough people here to help you figure out what to do with it.
    Just buy the damn opus

    3&4) Cross off the power switch. The opus will turn the carputer on for you when you start the motor. You mentioned you didn't want a touch screen, but you're going to need something to control your setup... Go ahead and put the touchscreen back on your list.

    5) Sound OK to me... whatcha going to put all this stuff into? Regular ATX case?

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    hey, on his #4 question I think he meant if he is able to turn on the carputer when he WANTS to (including when the car is off).
    Thanks. Okay. Bye.

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    Hey, I think you may be right...

    I wouldn't recomend running the system with the engine off anyways. If you're running the output from the computer to your car stereo, the accessory lead will need to be on. If you're running to outboard amps, then you should have the engine running to keep the battery from draining.

    However, I don't see why you couldn't run a switch parrellel to the acc lead that triggers the Opus. That way you get either/or.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbuh10
    hey, on his #4 question I think he meant if he is able to turn on the carputer when he WANTS to (including when the car is off).
    Thanks for the replies.

    I have a <15min drive to work and listen to a local radio station. I wouldn't need to turn on. There are other times when I'm just running to the store I wouldn't need it either.

    If it's hot weather or very cold I might not want it to turn on without the car up to temp. I just want the option to turn it off/keep it off when I'm not going to use it. I did a similar thing to my old sub amp with the wire off the remote line. It kept the police off my back for the ownership of my car. :tu

    I'm still up in the air over touchscreen or track ball + keyboard. (trackball doesn't need a rolling surface

    Well, I have three intstallation options, that is until one/all get shot down.
    1. The glovebox, it is HUGE, the stock navigation DVD player would have gone in there. No, I didn't want to spend 3k in add-on options to get a DVD/Navi that doesn't play any of my DVDs. The more I think about this option... the more I want a stripped Shuttle PC.

    2. Under the seat. People have placed amps and even powered subdrivers such as the Infinity cube under there.

    3. Standard in the trunk location. I'm thinking about mounting it to the rear deck. I would have to remotely install my DVD in the glove box but I'd be fine with that.

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    Ok... some guys on the GPS section were listing all the software packages and I think I'm going with Routis. We'll see if it's what I need/want.

    Edit: It looks like I'll need a receiver too... the prog doesn't come with one (?) The Duleo is more than the software... Will any work with the software or just Duleo?

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    Well, these are miscellanous stuff: But stuff u need:
    Wires (3 for Opus, red, black, yellow)
    Some type of input (since you might not have touchscreen) Keyboard & mouse prefer.
    MINI DIN-to-RCA (if your car stereo accepts RCA AUX in) if not....
    Car Stereo w/ AUX in..........or............FM modulator
    USB Extension wires......(doubt you'll have all the ports @ your fingertip)
    Electrical Tape
    Wire cutters/stripper
    Cable ties

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    Quote Originally Posted by nl4jy
    Well, these are miscellanous stuff: But stuff u need:
    Wires (3 for Opus, red, black, yellow)
    Some type of input (since you might not have touchscreen) Keyboard & mouse prefer.
    MINI DIN-to-RCA (if your car stereo accepts RCA AUX in) if not....
    Car Stereo w/ AUX in..........or............FM modulator
    USB Extension wires......(doubt you'll have all the ports @ your fingertip)
    Electrical Tape
    Wire cutters/stripper
    Cable ties
    Wires... any gauge suggestions? Would my spools of 18 or 20 ga work?

    Input... I'm really leaning towards a track ball and mini-keyboard.

    DIN-RCA adapter... already taken care of. My car forum found about a Aux-in hack that makes the HU think there is a CD changer added on. I can plug right in with the standard 1/8" jack

    As for the other stuff... it's all supplies I can find around my garage

    I just sized up my glove box. I can put a 7.5" (W) x 8.5" (L) x 5" (H) in there... so my mobo will not work in there... Anyone know of a Socket A mobo that would fit that footprint?
    I'm thinking I might have to modify my glove box slightly and get the Mini-ATX offered by Asus, it's 9.6" x 9.6"... I don't know if I'll have enough maneuvering still.

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    Ok, definitely not going to be able to put it all in the glove box. No biggie, I just have to figure out how much wire it's going to take from the trunk to the glove box for my DVD-ROM, also... probably a stupid question. How do I get power all the way up there? Run a line from the Opus in the trunk?

    Do you guys suggest slimline HDDs or should we see how long my WD lasts? :hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowMileLude
    Wires... any gauge suggestions? Would my spools of 18 or 20 ga work?

    Input... I'm really leaning towards a track ball and mini-keyboard.

    DIN-RCA adapter... already taken care of. My car forum found about a Aux-in hack that makes the HU think there is a CD changer added on. I can plug right in with the standard 1/8" jack

    As for the other stuff... it's all supplies I can find around my garage

    I just sized up my glove box. I can put a 7.5" (W) x 8.5" (L) x 5" (H) in there... so my mobo will not work in there... Anyone know of a Socket A mobo that would fit that footprint?
    I'm thinking I might have to modify my glove box slightly and get the Mini-ATX offered by Asus, it's 9.6" x 9.6"... I don't know if I'll have enough maneuvering still.
    I don't know. 18 and 20 are oftely thin for these powers. The recommended AWG is 12 for power and 14 for ACC. That's the wire Opus uses and that's what I use too.

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