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    Talking Please advise a newbie

    Before i go ahead and spend a weeks worth of money, i just wanted to check a few things.

    Below are the items i want to buy...

    Lilly 7" tft lcd touch screen monitor and a 300w power invertor.

    Now at first i thought i can hook up the computer to the cigratte lighter, but then i thought this is where the screen will be plugged in.

    How do i go about connecting the computer to the battery using a invertor. Im sorry, but have looked around and cant seem to find a clear answer. What do i connect the wires to, and which one do people recommend.

    Also, can anyone advise on a suitable screen/size to have or is the one I have chosen good?

    I have an oldish P2, 256mb ram, running windows server 2003, but might get windows media centre if it all works fine.

    Does this look good?

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    7" or 8" is a good size.
    AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
    Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
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    -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
    -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adiwood
    Before i go ahead and spend a weeks worth of money, i just wanted to check a few things.

    Below are the items i want to buy...

    Lilly 7" tft lcd touch screen monitor and a 300w power invertor.

    Now at first i thought i can hook up the computer to the cigratte lighter, but then i thought this is where the screen will be plugged in.

    How do i go about connecting the computer to the battery using a invertor. Im sorry, but have looked around and cant seem to find a clear answer. What do i connect the wires to, and which one do people recommend.

    Also, can anyone advise on a suitable screen/size to have or is the one I have chosen good?

    I have an oldish P2, 256mb ram, running windows server 2003, but might get windows media centre if it all works fine.

    Does this look good?
    You could hardwire the screen to the back of the lighter, or better still run it from a 12v line from the PSU

    You connect the inverter with the positive wire (with a 12v in line fuse) to the red wire (+) on the battery and -ve wire to the black wire (-) on the battery. You might also want to throw in a switch on the positive side.

    256mb on WS 2003...... that might be a bit tight with a P2 unless you strip it down

    "Does this look good".......... well it will probably work, but in all honesty you'll probably be disappointed. You might be better off saving some extra money, buying yourself an Opus power supply and having shutdown control features. Why use Windows Media Centre when you can use dedicated CarPC touch screen front ends such as MediaCar and FrodoPlayer. Finally think about upgrades. Once you get that fitted, you'll probably want GPS, and a DVD drive...... all with a P2.....get ready for hanging and BSD's.

    And now I've finished writing this I'm still wondering why on earth you would want to run WS 2003. The clue for its' intention of use is in the name

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    An inverter is hooked up like an amplifier. One cable straight from the batt with an inline fuse, and one gnd. The screen you chose seems to have many issues. Get a Xenarc.

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    nd now I've finished writing this I'm still wondering why on earth you would want to run WS 2003. The clue for its' intention of use is in the name
    I dont really want to run it, its jus that is whats on the spare computer I have!

    How much does it cost to build a smaller pc? Have looked around, but prices very so much!

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    Get a Xenarc.
    I have just been looking at this and from a Securtiy point of view it would be good, as the screen folds in dosnt it on some models?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adiwood
    I dont really want to run it, its jus that is whats on the spare computer I have!

    How much does it cost to build a smaller pc? Have looked around, but prices very so much!
    Depends on how small you are talking about. Micro-ATX is no more expensive then the standard ATX.
    AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
    Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
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    -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
    -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adiwood
    I dont really want to run it, its jus that is whats on the spare computer I have!

    How much does it cost to build a smaller pc? Have looked around, but prices very so much!
    matx board - 30, Celeron Processor/heatsink - 50
    or Epia m-ITX with on board chip 90
    HD - 25
    RAM - 25
    DVDrom - 20
    Case - 20
    Floppy drive - 5
    Optional USB soundcard - 30
    Optional Opus 150w - 150

    These are all conservative estimates, and if you are from the US then you can cut some of these prices in half. Ebay is a good source for components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adiwood
    I have just been looking at this and from a Securtiy point of view it would be good, as the screen folds in dosnt it on some models?

    No, it doesn't. That would be an indash housing... Anyway, take your time, you don't need to learn everything today...Read as much as you can this board. I can assure you you will find answers to questions you've never though...
    Best of luck.

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    The ciomputer i have at the mo works fine, and for what i currently want to do - e.g play music, will work fine! Thats my first hurdle. Once i have that then, i can look into upgrading the pc etc.

    It all looks really good, and as I have only started looking into this today, i dont want to rush into it.

    Regards + thank you for the advice. Great place!

    Adrian

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