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    TOTAL NEWBY Cheklist for carpc!!!! New Ideas, Maybe!

    Hey I got into this just a couple of days ago, Im trying to read and learn as much as I can.
    My Idea is to start with a set up that I could upgrade later on.
    As far I have decided to use
    HP-E-PC
    this is going to be powered up to begin with a power inverter, my idea is to make 2 different switches cuztomized into my dash, one to power up the computer (which will be in the globe box) and the other to cut out the inverter to cut the electricity out when I turn off the car so it doesnt drain my battery (has anyone done this if yes please pics)
    Im going to use then a usb sound card (creative mp3) to send the sound to a an amp and then to the speakers and subs.
    Then from the pc for the video I have 2 options.
    One regular touchscreen everyone knows about this, the other one using an in-dash tft connected using s-video to rca out, and using an external usb touchpad which would be molded to the armrest of the car (has anyone done this as well, please pics, any OPINIONS IN THIS IDEA PLEASE)
    the rest would be a usb gps and fm/tm modulator and that would be it to begin with.
    Later I would do a dc-dc power and regulator.
    PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT PROBLEMS MIGHT I HAVE AND ANY OPINIONS
    thanks

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    I'd go with VGA with touchscreen and dc-dc power straight away. Costs you a bit more now but saves you time and money later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trazer
    I'd go with VGA with touchscreen and dc-dc power straight away. Costs you a bit more now but saves you time and money later.
    Ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trazer
    I'd go with VGA with touchscreen and dc-dc power straight away. Costs you a bit more now but saves you time and money later.
    *cosigns*

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    [/QUOTE]this is going to be powered up to begin with a power inverter, my idea is to make 2 different switches cuztomized into my dash, one to power up the computer (which will be in the globe box) and the other to cut out the inverter to cut the electricity out when I turn off the car so it doesnt drain my battery (has anyone done this if yes please pics)[QUOTE]

    If you want to save money, you can get an itps regulator and dc-dc power supply. It's cheaper than an opus power supply and does the same trick. If you use an inverter they are only about 50% efficient. The best thing about the itps is that when you turn off the ignition it will kill the power, but allow you enough time to shutdown windows first. I've got mine wired to a switch on the dash and then to the ignition, so the pc is only on when I want it.
    Hope this helps.

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    As everyone says DC-DC to start with is the way to go. As well as Opus and ITPS, Cartnetix is another popular option.

    I've done what you did (on off switch etc with invertor, then custom DC regulator) and it was like I was in heaven when I got the Opus. It was like a miracle cure... It is the reason why my car PC was working for an entire year integrated with the car until I decided to re-do it for the fun of it.
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