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    Am I missing something?

    I'm in the planning stages for my car pc (going in a 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera)

    Here is what I want it to do:

    Plays mp3's
    gps
    radio (not sure how this is gonna go)
    wireless networking ( getting my songs to the car)

    I have a 466mhz Celeron and mobo, 512 pc133 ram, etc...the pc is pretty much taken care of except the things I need. I would like to use a regular size cd/dvd rom and regular size HD, is this gonna be a problem?

    Here is what I need:
    Opus power supply
    Lilliput 7" touchscreen
    Slot load cd/dvd (usb? Enclosure?
    gps reciever (best for less?)
    usb hub
    wireless card (have wireless card, and AP)
    remote and reciever
    amp (cheap but good?)
    FM tuner (which one?)


    The software I have, or will buy.

    One question, does the opus turn on the pc for you? I know it's stupid, and I could use the but I dont want to wade through just to find this out.

    Thank you, the forum has been very helpful, btw, has anybody ever done this with a cutlass ciera?
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    I know it's stupid, and I could use the but I dont want to wade through just to find this out.

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    The OPUS will simulate a press on the power button which then should turn on your computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CavityCr33p
    I know it's stupid, and I could use the
    Good idea! You do that.
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    Only concern that you may run into are 3.5" hard drives are known to fail a lot. They are not really made to take the abuse the 2.5" drive can. However, 2.5" drive are more expensive and have less storage space. Weigh your options. Spend more, get less, but longer lasting or Spend less, get more, and possibly have to replace it.

    There aren't many options out there for slot-load dvd drive. The Pioneer 107S and the Panasonic CW8123B (DVD/CD-RW) and UJ825B (DVD+/-RW). Both the Panasonics are slim drives.

    Have read decent stuff about the 'EBay GPS Mouse' out of Hong Kong. If there are Serial drivers for it I would use that with iGuidance.

    For software, check out the Software Section. FrodoPlayer is well liked but MMC (a new comer) is making a lot of progress. The less there is to buy, the better.

    One extra note about the OPUS, it also as a delayed shutdown feature. When you turn your car off, the OPUS will turn off your computer at a preset time. This is useful for when you stop and get gas, you don't have to wait for it to boot back up.

    Also, when you do your budget, don't forget about little stuff such as USB and video extension cables, screws, electrical tape, etc. The little stuff adds up fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d_sellers1
    Only concern that you may run into are 3.5" hard drives are known to fail a lot. SNIP
    Derek
    Really? I have heard of just a few Desk top (3.5") drives that failed in a car PC.

    Near as anyone can tell they would have failed in an office install anyway. The only real issue is the 'fluid' bearings have some trouble in low temps, meaning the drive does not spin up to RPM when cold.

    Maybe you sould do more research before spouting bad info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d_sellers1
    Only concern that you may run into are 3.5" hard drives are known to fail a lot. They are not really made to take the abuse the 2.5" drive can. However, 2.5" drive are more expensive and have less storage space. Weigh your options. Spend more, get less, but longer lasting or Spend less, get more, and possibly have to replace it.

    There aren't many options out there for slot-load dvd drive. The Pioneer 107S and the Panasonic CW8123B (DVD/CD-RW) and UJ825B (DVD+/-RW). Both the Panasonics are slim drives.

    Have read decent stuff about the 'EBay GPS Mouse' out of Hong Kong. If there are Serial drivers for it I would use that with iGuidance.

    For software, check out the Software Section. FrodoPlayer is well liked but MMC (a new comer) is making a lot of progress. The less there is to buy, the better.

    One extra note about the OPUS, it also as a delayed shutdown feature. When you turn your car off, the OPUS will turn off your computer at a preset time. This is useful for when you stop and get gas, you don't have to wait for it to boot back up.

    Also, when you do your budget, don't forget about little stuff such as USB and video extension cables, screws, electrical tape, etc. The little stuff adds up fast.

    Derek

    Thank you, a helpful response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d_sellers1
    Only concern that you may run into are 3.5" hard drives are known to fail a lot.
    No they aren't.
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    Maybe you sould do more research before spouting bad info.
    Whatever. I read threads about 3.5"s dying. I did not say that if you use a 3.5" it will die. They have a higher rate of failure than 2.5". Don't like my advice then then don't listen to me. I don't know what I'm talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d_sellers1
    Whatever. I read threads about 3.5"s dying. I did not say that if you use a 3.5" it will die. They have a higher rate of failure than 2.5". Don't like my advice then then don't listen to me. I don't know what I'm talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frodobaggins
    No they aren't.
    You may have read the threads, but the HDs did not 'die' because they were in a car. HDs 'die' in desks too. Also, nice job just focusing on part of the post. That must be what you did in the few threads that mention a HD failure in the same post as it being used in the car. The desk top based hard drives are rated for more G-force than humans. Mine (body and HD) have been in 3 car accidents both work just fine, thou the drive is not sore afterwords.

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