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    Lightbulb Seeking Advice from the Pros!

    With my friend (on the forums) talking about his plans for his "carputer", I find myself wanting to join the gang and have my own set-up.
    I currently have a Sony XAV-7W w/ Playstation for Media Center in my car... now I'm looking to upgrade to something a LOT more advanced.
    I'm not gonna act like a regular newbie because I've been doing my research on the side... What I want is simple, Touchscreen + Computer = Unlimited access to music/videos etc. Maybe keep my Playstation on top?
    Here's a set-up I think i could "roll" with, please give me any input:

    Computer - Iwill ZPC-GX Barebone: Acrylic case, Supports Socket 478 P-4 and DIMM, 400MHz, Up to 2.53GHz, 120W = 249.99

    Hard Drive - Fujitsu: 40GB/4200RPM/2MB/2.5" notebook size = 79.99

    Processor - Pentium 4: 2.4GHz, 1MB, 533MHz, Fan = 139.99

    Memory - Kingston: 256MB, PC2100 DDR, 266MHz = 44.99

    Optical Drive (Slim Drive- CD/RW/DVD) - Any suggestions?

    Monitor - Xenarc 700TSV Best Out There I'd understand from what I've read so far....

    As for Power Supply... I still have to research, cuz' I'm confused and I need to grasp the basic understandings... I already have a 150W Inverter in my car... But I need to know about the other units and what their purposes are... I keep seeing some "Opus 150W DC-DC", and it's pretty expensive... any alternatives?
    Any comment, please feel free to chime in.. I need to learn as much as possible before I jump into this with both feet!
    Thanks guys and girls...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraychild
    With my friend (on the forums) talking about his plans for his "carputer", I find myself wanting to join the gang and have my own set-up.
    I currently have a Sony XAV-7W w/ Playstation for Media Center in my car... now I'm looking to upgrade to something a LOT more advanced.
    I'm not gonna act like a regular newbie because I've been doing my research on the side... What I want is simple, Touchscreen + Computer = Unlimited access to music/videos etc. Maybe keep my Playstation on top?
    Here's a set-up I think i could "roll" with, please give me any input:

    Computer - Iwill ZPC-GX Barebone: Acrylic case, Supports Socket 478 P-4 and DIMM, 400MHz, Up to 2.53GHz, 120W = 249.99

    Hard Drive - Fujitsu: 40GB/4200RPM/2MB/2.5" notebook size = 79.99

    Processor - Pentium 4: 2.4GHz, 1MB, 533MHz, Fan = 139.99

    Memory - Kingston: 256MB, PC2100 DDR, 266MHz = 44.99

    Optical Drive (Slim Drive- CD/RW/DVD) - Any suggestions?

    Monitor - Xenarc 700TSV Best Out There I'd understand from what I've read so far.... Price? Depends on Ebay mood -

    As for Power Supply... I still have to research, cuz' I'm confused and I need to grasp the basic understandings... I already have a 150W Inverter in my car... But I need to know about the other units and what their purposes are... I keep seeing some "Opus 150W DC-DC", and it's pretty expensive... any alternatives?
    Any comment, please feel free to chime in.. I need to learn as much as possible before I jump into this with both feet!
    Thanks guys and girls...

    Regards!
    Well I'm not a Pro but IMO this seems like overkill:"Iwill ZPC-GX Barebone: Acrylic case, Supports Socket 478 P-4 and DIMM, 400MHz, Up to 2.53GHz, 120W" No need for all that. (IMO)
    The Opus 150W is a DC to DC (volts) converter, it takes the cars 9-16 volt system and regulates it to a steady or "clean" 12 volts. (which is what the computer needs)
    Yes, they're kind of high dollar, but it's the best and easiest way to power your system. Inverters work and are cheaper but are much less efficient.
    Your 150W inverter will most likely not power a system and this P-4,2.53Ghz would be alot for the Opus to handle too (if at all), but I'll let the experts answer that...
    Do yourself a favor and reduce the "size" of that MB, and use an Opus PSU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraychild
    As for Power Supply... I still have to research, cuz' I'm confused and I need to grasp the basic understandings... I already have a 150W Inverter in my car... But I need to know about the other units and what their purposes are... I keep seeing some "Opus 150W DC-DC", and it's pretty expensive... any alternatives?
    For a table of a few of the most popular alternatives for power, check this link: http://www.dellabarba.com/ibug/News.htm

    Scroll down to the post on 12/26/2004. Hope it helps and good luck!
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    The ZPC uses a 19V laptop type converter, so an Opus isn't really very useful. It will come with a 90W AC adapter which can power the PC and lots of USB devices so you could start off with that. The DC-DC 19V adapters are pretty hard to find with the right connector but it's better to go that route.

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    Thank you SO much for the replies guys, really appreciate it.
    Curiosity, I see you're using a pretty similar set-up... how do you like it? And basically, what you did was use the adapter that came with the ZPC with an Inverter? Or are you also using some startup/shutdown device? Please keep any suggestions coming guys... Thanks again!
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    I think a processor of that speed will be overkill. Not to mention that with any DC-DC psu's, you run the risk of not having enough wattage. Might I suggest underclocking? It would make it run cooler and lower the amount of power required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraychild
    Thank you SO much for the replies guys, really appreciate it.
    Curiosity, I see you're using a pretty similar set-up... how do you like it? And basically, what you did was use the adapter that came with the ZPC with an Inverter? Or are you also using some startup/shutdown device? Please keep any suggestions coming guys... Thanks again!
    I'm using a DC-DC, but figured since you already have an inverter why not use it. I ordered the PC with the adapter, but I don't think anyone sells it like that anymore. The SDC I'm using is home-made. It's sort of a collection of different ideas including the "ghetto SDC" if you do a search.

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    Okay, so I take it going with the "IWill ZPC" would be too much (especially for a newbie like myself)... I've noticed a common set-up here with the VIA EPIA...
    Would using this (see link): http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT
    (comes with both the case and the motherboard already installed) work with the Opus DC-DC or Carnetix PSU and be a good base? I'd have to add my own Memory (256MB seems fair to me), my own Slim-Type HDD (40G still seems enough to me), and my own Slim-Type disk drive...
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    Fraychild,

    As mentioned by others, the IWill needs a +19V input and has a screwy connector. We're developing the CarNetix P1900 which is made for this type of application. Currently in beta test.
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