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    "Noob Guide to Mp3car.com" or "Search is your friend"

    This is my start on another noob guide. I hope this is received well.
    I felt the amount of noob bashing and the proportional amount of questions garnering a bashing warranted a post...
    This a forum, a support group. Let's help each other...

    Noobs Guide to Mp3Car.com
    (inspired by fark.com new user guide)

    What is Mp3car.com?
    Mp3car.com is a forum where enthusiasts and tinkers, and electricians, and coders, and graphic artists and various other forms of internet life mingle together to discuss ideas, glean information, and poke fun at one another about subjects related to the concept of car computers.

    Some things that will help you in your search for the bliss that is computers running in cars include the following:
    Search
    Search more,
    Search even more….
    Despite what you may think, the subject has probably been covered before.
    The best thing to do is search for specific terms that apply to your question.
    i.e. I wonder if my 3.5 inch Hard drive will work in my car….
    3.5” HDD will result in an enormous amount of results.
    In fact, there will be more information than you would think. Not only will a 3.5” Hard drive work, some people say it works better. While looking through the various posts there are references to:
    1. The perfect case(ikea)
    2. Hard drive not detected
    3. Scion TC media….
    4. hdd power consumption

    If you think this doesn’t begin to answer your question, you may want to go back to square one and determine if this is really what you want to do.

    for example:
    The "perfect case" thread is a discussion about a metal box that works pretty good for holding a carputer, it even holds a 2.5” disk drive…. Oh wait you wanted 3.5…I guess you will know not use the ikea case…..that’s okay, I had a problem with it myself….

    The "Hard Drive not detected"….. a thread about why this stinking *&$ing HDD won’t show up….there is some info here, read it.. it will apply to you at some point, trust me.

    The "Scion TC media" thread…..look a finished project, or a project in the process of design… I might get some good pointers out of here….you will, trust me, almost every thread except the “Boris needs to change his Avatar” thread will be helpful…..just saying.

    The "HDD power consumption" thread….hrmmm, well, uh, oh……I see. The power supply I use will determine how much crap I can get to run in my car computer….I should probably make a mental note of this….

    In summary of the search feature, I want to know if I can use a 3.5” HDD, yes…
    will it work for me, is the greater question….

    Since I’m not using the Ikea perfect case, I may be okay….
    The Hard drive takes up X amount of power that leaves Y-X amount of power left to run my USB keyboard, the USB drive, the GPS, the XM radio, the DVD player, the Motherboard, 1 stick of RAM….Maybe I should use a 90Watt instead of the 60 watt I was going to use….Man, I learned a lot from searching 3.5” HDD.

    Which is better, Product X or Product Y
    Please see the previous section, Search is your friend.

    Meets
    Meets are the places we get to see our projects in action. If you don’t have a car computer running, Its okay. Its all about getting together and seeing what everyone else has done. Besides, the initiation isn’t painful…….just kidding. Oh wait, there aren't any meets in my area...organize one.

    Finished projects
    Finished projects are great resource for ideas. Furthermore, it is a great place to ask questions like, “how did you mount the USB hub?” and things like that.

    If you really want to ask a question after searching...
    Make sure you ask nicely.
    Don't tell us you don't have time to search...
    Explain what you are trying to do.
    I have an EPIA M10000 w/512 RAM...When I boot, I get an error that says....
    works better than...
    Why won't my computer work?
    If people bash you for asking a question, ignore it. Wait for the nice people.

    Acronymsin alphabetical order...
    5.1/7.1 = Different verions/levels of Surround Sound
    BIOS = Basic Input/Output System A link about BIOS
    DIY = Do it yourself
    FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
    FP = FrodoPlayer
    LVDS = Low VoltageDifferential Signaling...or read this
    M10k = Epia M10000 Motherboard
    MB = MotherBoard
    MC = Mediacar
    OBD = On board Diagnostics(often confused for ODB which is Ole Dirty Bastard who has nothing to do with carcomputers)
    OPUS 90W/150W = OPus 90Watt or Opus 150Watt
    PS = Power Supply
    RR = Road Runner
    RTFM = Read the F**king manual
    YMMV = Your mileage may vary
    0|33| = we all wonder this at times....Boris seems to be the closest.

    Some Helpful Links
    HOWTO: Get sound from PC to car stereo
    HDD Mounting
    XM on carputer, THE GUIDE
    OPUS 90 W Questions
    Other Power related links
    Surround Sound(5.1)
    Noob - How to get into BIOS
    Grounding Things
    Displays - Evrything we know and believe about Lilliput, Xenarc, and LinITX/mm400/Tview

    Other Links These are manufacturers sites, they have a load of information that may or may not pertain to your project. Generally, MP3car.com will have more detailed information and specifics to guide you along.
    Opus Solutions(Power, cases, complete systems)
    Carnetix (power, cases, complete systems)
    Via Embedded (Motherboard stuff)
    Xenarc (displays)
    Lilliput (displays)
    Mini-ITX site

    Foosball
    Does not cause taste loss, unless you play with your tongue....
    (to be continued)
    EPIA M10000, 512 Ram, Opus 90, GPS, XM, 7" Xenarc, Pioneer HU
    Status:
    Installed & Working....
    Custom enclosures
    Newbie Guide

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    ok, but you need to add the acronyms section and whatever common lingo is used, because we don't all know what RTFM means

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    Typically noob bashing is done be egotistical assholes who dont know **** about car computers, anyone who truely knows carpc's knows that designing a system with the components we have available to this date is pretty diffacult. Ask all the questions you want, even if you think thier "dumb" there is no dumb questions, just dumb poeple trying to anwser those questions.
    Progress [I will seriously never be done!]
    Via EPIA MII
    512MB RAM
    OEM GPS (embedded)
    nLite WinXP pro on
    1GB Extreme III CF card
    Carnetix 1260 startup/ DC-DC regulator
    Software: Still, re-Writing my existing front end in .Net

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    If people would just learn these three thing : , and . That would cut the number of posts in half, just the 2 cents of a noob.
    Install { 50% } Complete for now.
    But stable and running happily

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    Yay... I was mentioned... and so way my avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntellaWorks
    Ask all the questions you want, even if you think thier "dumb" there is no dumb questions, just dumb poeple trying to anwser those questions.
    can you get taste loss from a foosball table? sorry couldn't resist

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    See here's a good example of a bash.

    SVT RANGER: I see you are on here just to flaunt your knowledge of how to use icons. I applaud you for opening your mouth and removing all doubt you are a fool. The fact you bought a ranger suggested it but thanks for confirming my assumption. DICK!!!

    Now did i need to do tha...NO. But it felt good to bash someone who keeps using those same stupid ******* icons. Now seaching is a good way to find info. I havent once found anything ive wanted in a search. But i have found lots of other off topic things that were very helpful. Now i propose that this site has a member rated LINKS page sorted by the same categories as the forums. That would be a great way to keep a lot of repetitive posts out of the forums. ITs not gonna help to just keep telling each newbie to seach, search, and search some more.

    I personally havent started installing my carPC yet. I have lots of ideas as to how i want to incorporate everything and install it. So i look for actual in-use information.

    AND to those of you who keep posting the "you need to seach icons" i invite you to ******* BLOW ME. Im sure it takes just as much time to post a link to a helpfull site as it does to post those icons.

    And to those of you who are very experienced and still take the time to help those of us who are new to this i want to thank you. As im sure all the newbies here would like to do. If i could send you each a pet moneky i would. thanks this is a kick *** site.

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    lol, i've been searching the old fashioned way. Going through the threads and seeing whats being said.
    When I have asked some questions, i've had some good people answer.
    That being said, I just discovered the search option on the top of the page, lol.
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    1% complete. (I'm still planning it out)

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    If i could send you each a pet moneky i would. thanks this is a kick *** site.
    Yes, it is a kickass site.... I want a monkey!

    4/4/05
    Added Links
    Added Forum Links
    Updated Acronyms
    EPIA M10000, 512 Ram, Opus 90, GPS, XM, 7" Xenarc, Pioneer HU
    Status:
    Installed & Working....
    Custom enclosures
    Newbie Guide

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    Added LVDS and a link to description of LVDS
    EPIA M10000, 512 Ram, Opus 90, GPS, XM, 7" Xenarc, Pioneer HU
    Status:
    Installed & Working....
    Custom enclosures
    Newbie Guide

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