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    Will a 300mhz computer work??

    hi this is my first day in carputers and my first post on this subject. first saw a carputer recently and i have to have one.

    okay i have an old packard bell 300 mhz 256ram(i think) 2.7gb(a bigger hd is obviously needed). its all messed up from viruses spyware all that good stuff, but im pretty sure it would work fine after a reformat(has been working fine for like the last 37 years. lol more like 5 years).

    2 questions
    -can this work as a carputer? if not what would the minimum that would be needed?
    -If the packard bell does work can this computer run xp?
    -The main use for this will be audio playback but am very interested in gps. it has a video chip but its a piece of $h!t will i need to get a video card?

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    It CAN work, but not well. Xp will run but it will take a bit to load up media and folders being the speed it is. Packard Bell sucks ***, always falling to crap after 6 months, so daon't waste your time. You can build an excellent carputer for about $400, or $150 using old parts that suck.

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    hey my packard bell is tight. lol i know its a piece. its reliable though. absolutly no hardware problems except my floppy disk eject button broke. other than that it hasnt had one problem.

    so i should look to get a more capable puter. k

    what programs are there that will make this work? like that ones that look like the navigation systems in oem cars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lominono
    hey my packard bell is tight. lol i know its a piece. its reliable though. absolutly no hardware problems except my floppy disk eject button broke. other than that it hasnt had one problem.

    so i should look to get a more capable puter. k

    what programs are there that will make this work? like that ones that look like the navigation systems in oem cars?
    There's a whole forum here on GPS units, software and whatnot.
    Read there and you'll find out about all the software options, as well as popular GPS receivers that people are using.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Well, you need a bigger hard drive, get a nice fast one. But the processor and RAM is just too slow. Keep Windows 98 on it if you want any type of good performance.

    Will it work? yes, but it will be slow.

    Is it a Pentium or a Celeron (that will also make a huge difference) If it is Celeron, I personally wouldn't bother.

    Also think about getting 512M of ram for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lominono
    hi this is my first day in carputers and my first post on this subject. first saw a carputer recently and i have to have one.

    okay i have an old packard bell 300 mhz 256ram(i think) 2.7gb(a bigger hd is obviously needed). its all messed up from viruses spyware all that good stuff, but im pretty sure it would work fine after a reformat(has been working fine for like the last 37 years. lol more like 5 years).

    2 questions
    -can this work as a carputer? if not what would the minimum that would be needed?
    -If the packard bell does work can this computer run xp?
    -The main use for this will be audio playback but am very interested in gps. it has a video chip but its a piece of $h!t will i need to get a video card?
    Yes this can work.

    Don't bother with XP, OK it will run but will be pretty slow. If you ARE determined to use it, then use nLite to cut it down. I would recommend looking for Windows 98 with 98Lite. The important thing is reducing the OS overhead.

    Road Runner is likely to be your best choice of Front End, though I would recommend removing any flash elements replacing them with simple graphics.

    All navigation software is going to be slow - Although Destinator works fine on a 220Mhz StrongArm it will be slower on a 300Mhz Intel, partly due to the overhead of the VB interface with MapMonkey or Freedrive, but mainly due to the fact ARM processors use RISC (says the guy who remembers his ARM-based 12Mhz Archimedes being faster than a DX4-100).

    If you keep it all simple, lose any background processes then you *should* be OK. Give it 6 months and you might yearn for something faster, but it's worth a shot isn't it, and if you can get it doing what you want that's a feather in your cap, and partly the good thing about this hobby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lominono
    2 questions
    -can this work as a carputer? if not what would the minimum that would be needed?
    -If the packard bell does work can this computer run xp?
    -The main use for this will be audio playback but am very interested in gps. it has a video chip but its a piece of $h!t will i need to get a video card?
    If you are thinking about Win XP, your machine would be able to run it. I believe the minimum system requirements is 200 MHz for XP. My first carputer was a 400 MHz running Win XP Pro.

    It was an old emachine and I still have it to this day. If you are looking to upgrade your machine, you may want to think about how practical it is. You might spend almost as much money buying a brand new hard drive, older style ram, etc....just to upgrade that old machine.

    You need to weigh your options, and determine if you can just afford to get another used machine that is slightly newer. There's always deals and trades in the For Sale section.

    You may think your machine is dependable, but it's a whole different story in the car. My eMachine works great, but vibration caused it to lock up, reboot, etc.....even with a new hard drive. Parts would wiggle loose, short out, etc.

    If you are interested in a completely set up used system, PM me. I have an Epia 800 complete setup for sale for $500. Includes, case, power supply, 80 gig hard drive, in dash touch screen, and more. It's a system I got using some of my old carputer parts that I've upgraded along the way.

    If you would like to see pics of my install, with the 400 eMachine tower (done years ago), check out my car. It's a www.mobile-effects.com
    In the image gallery, under Mobile-Effects Install/Project -> Ford Aspire.

    If there's anything specific you want to ask me, just shoot a PM, I sometimes lose track of all the different threads I post in and might not see a response posted here. Good luck w your system!
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    yeah im definitely gonna get a new puter for this or a more capable used computer.

    i was just wondering if the pb would be to old for it.

    anyone have any ideas of what i can do with the packard bell? right now its just wasting space and id rather see it do something than nothing. i understand that the computer is a piece and wouldnt care if i hooked it up to a toaster to just show the temp of the heating coils i just want it to do something. i would hate to throw it away it works just fine(just alittle slow).

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    oh yeah thanks for all the help peoples.

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    I have alot of older PC's acting as print servers in offices. I also use them to monitor networks in other locations. I just run a little application that pings every IP in the office every so often and tells me if they are responding or not.

    But the print server idea is the best use I've found.

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