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    Making a Car Computer; Need Your Help!

    Hey guys, This is my first thread at this board. Iíve been thinking in the past couple days about installing a computer in my car.
    To be honest with you, I thought its going to be a simple thing. But nowÖ. I think its not.

    First, here is what I have on my mindÖ
    I want to have a computer that can play mp3 files, DVDs, TV and connects to the internet.
    I went shopping this morning and got a Creative sound card, which has front and rear outputs. I also got a VGA card, 80GB HDD and a TV card which would allow me to watch TV on the computer.

    The computer is going to be either Intel Celeron4 2.6Ghz, 512MB DDR ram or AMD 3.2. Theyíre both at the same price. So Iím not sure which to get. I want something that doesnít heat much.
    Iíll also install a wireless network card. Since many parts of the city provide wifi hotspots. Which should allow me to connect to the internet while driving. And Iím going to install a Bluetooth card. So I can connect other computers to my car computer to transfer files and stuff.
    Iím thinking about getting a computer external DVD drive. So I can put it in the glove compartment to make it easy for me to put data CDs or play movies while driving.

    I Donít think Iím going to have any problems building the computer cuz I believe I know what I want exactly and how to do it. But the problem is I know nothing about cars. So far and after taking a look at the forum I realized Iíll need to get an amplifier for my car cuz I donít have AUX in (Iíve got a 2002 Mercedes C200 SC).

    Things in my head right nowÖ
    1-What kind of touch screen should I get? I saw the 7Ē one on this site. But its expensive and too small! Any other options?
    2-how is the computer going to take electricity from the car?
    3-what software do I need to make the computer suitable for a car use?
    4-this might sound silly, but where the hell am I supposed to put the computer case? The trunk?
    5-can all those stuff keep up with the heat? It gets REALLY hot during summer.

    Last but not leastÖ please tell me what I should keep on my mind and what issues should I look up to help me accomplish my project.

    Thanks for your time!

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    1: Well you can always buy 8-9-10" screens but if it will fit in nice...
    2: For your plan you will need a inverter for like 300 watt. You setup isnt excactly lowpower with the cards.
    3: Check out the software section
    4: If you have a normal case then yes, maybe there is some room under the backseats or else on the spot where the spare wheel is? Thats why most people have VIA boards, theyr small! I put mines behind a panel in the back of the car
    5: It doesnt get that hot, you can back clock your pc a bit or install some fans.
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    1 - 7" is defs not too small for in car use
    2 - you need a special power supply read in the power supplies forum, most people rave about opus ive had problems with the 90w version
    3 - look in the software forum there are several programs avaliable
    4 - wherever you can make it fit
    5 - how hot is really hot? and i have heard intels run cooler than amds but dont take my word for it

    edit: 2 - ahh yes or you could use an invertor if you really wanted to
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    amd tend to use more power and heat a lot more (nem Intel with HT also heat a lot)...but I'd go for a small via project

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    I just checked my car dimentions...



    OK, Only the CD player and that black space thing... 9W x 5H, at the bottom 8.5
    Now i'f i'm going to cut some of that alluminume it will be 10.4W x 5.5H and 9.5 at the bottom.

    still small!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;_;

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    So get one of the big 15" fold-down screens
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    Well... unless they're all from the red states...

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    Take out HU and cubby hole, replace with 7" Xenarc touchscreen from here at MP3Car.com

    Get an Opus 150W also from here.

    Connect all together and enjoy


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    Quote Originally Posted by Confused
    Take out HU and cubby hole, replace with 7" Xenarc touchscreen from here at MP3Car.com

    Get an Opus 150W also from here.

    Connect all together and enjoy


    Garry
    I'll need a 300W case. and there is no Opus 300W. So what should I do to avoid voltage drop issues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fear Effect
    I'll need a 300W case. and there is no Opus 300W. So what should I do to avoid voltage drop issues?
    Use less pci cards :P
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    You'll "need" a 300W home PSU case, which will give you probably about 170W useable power.

    Or, get the 150W Opus, which will provide about 170W of useable power.


    People have been powering 3.2GHz P4 systems from a 150W Opus.

    "Never judge a book by it's cover" = "Never judge a PSU from it's 'output'"


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