My carPC project
I have been reading on this board and others for about a month. I feel like I have most of the problems figured out save for a few. I hve tried searching for what I am looking for and found some things but they were not posted a fashion I can understand. So please no flame I would just like answers.
1. I have 2 computer layouts I am looking into, 1 is a mini-ATX Epia setup using a 90W Opus PSU and the other is a Athlon mobile setup using about 250W AC PSU. I like the way the OPUS does everything but I would like to have the expandabilityof the Athlon setup because of my background with desktop computers. Since I wanting to do the Athlon setup more ATM, I was wanting to know my options as far as PSUs go. I know I could get an inverter and wire up the com port and some relays to turn it on and off with the IGN key, but I dont know how(Yes I searched). I have found wiring diagrams and such on this site but I need a sort of parts list and then I could probably figure out the wiring diagram.
2. I have read that road vibration will not kill a HDD, but what about bas from a sub woofer? I have a JLAudio 13.5w6v2 and I wanted to put everything in the trunk but I dont want to kill my HDD. Could someone please shed some light on this.
3. I plan on stealth mounting a Slimline drive in my dash, but I hvae not figured out how to make a cable long enough to connect it to the computer. I was wondering if the following would work.
slimline -> IDE adapter -> external drive connections -> USB2.0 -> computer
I dont know if there is an easier way, if so plese let me know.
Thanks for reading and thanks for helping a CarPC n00b out
As far as PSU goes, get the 150w Opus. It will handle the athlon mobiles plus whatever you throw at it. I have this setup with just about every device you could think of hooked up and 150w is plenty.
thats pretty much how the DVD works. you need to convert the drive to USB, and run a USB cable from dash to trunk.
IMO, vibration is vibration, whether its caused by the road surface or a sub. I would worry more about the huge magnet.
BTW, the EPIA is mini ITX (I'm sure you knew that... :))
sorry I was typing right after I woke up this morning, yes mini not micro. sorry.
well I was needing about 220w from a PSU, but if the 150w opus will work
I will post my Athlon specs when IO get home and see if the 150 will still be a good choice.
Also, for the case being close to the sub, how could I shield the PC from the subs magnetic field?