Bunch of questions / Starting Work Log
Hello all, I'm Timm3h and I'm sure you guessed .. I'm new around here. I'm working on my first "car-puter" and of course, have some questions. I plan on turning this into a work log as soon as things start .. well .. working, but until then, I do have some things I need to get cleared up.
Meet The Shank .. (Originally known as Daz, but my girlfriend wants it to be called The Shank .. thoughts?) .. my 1999 Mazda 626.
I seem to have the handicap that I know plenty about computers, but nothing about car audio and power. Most of my questions are actually about powering the computer .. so let me get started ..
I'm plan on putting a VIA EPIA MII10000 Mini-ITX, mostly due to the fact that it is the most inexpensive miniITX I could find with a CardBus slot (planning to put an Orionco card in there). I've been reading a lot of stuff on this site (special thanks to Bugbyte for all the helpful stuff I've read so far) and I still don't seem to understand how to power my system. My plan is to run directly from the battery (a splice in the power line or however you connect up to it) to the power supply and then from the power supply to the motherboard, a hard drive, and a few (3) fans. Now from the looks of it, the Opus can be hooked directly to the car's power, but I don't understand how that then hooks to the ATX on the VIA motherboard. Is there an adapter, or am I missing sometihng all together? I just looked at the other recommended power supply, the M1-ATX. I also assume that one can be hooked directly to the car's power? I believe by looking at the M1-ATX and reading about it, I might go that way, unless I get different feedback. I was talking to my brother about this stuff (he knows more about cars than I) and he said I should, for safety, put a fuse on the power cord coming from the battery. Any input on this idea? Doesn't seem like it'd hurt.
How fast are the boot times on some of your systems? What if you just wanna run to the store really quick, but want to bump some tunes on the way? I would think you could put hte PC in suspend mode, but after reading some more, I realize that does drain the battery. How do you all overcome this problem? I would think booting windowsXP on a 600Mhz processor would take a lil' longer than a quick trip to the store.
I've got / am getting a Lilliput 7" screen. I've read a couple of things about people having problems with them. Any input on this? Is it worth it to go with the lilliput .. granted I'm getting it on ebay for half the retail cost ..
Another major issue I'm having is deciding whether to keep my cdplayer or not. I have the stock speakers in my car and my CD player is acting as the amp for my speakers ..
Here's my center console ..
I have two ways of going about this ..
A. Leave the cd deck in there, buy and AUX adapter cable and try to find somewhere to mount my 7" screen. Finding somewhere to mount it is my main problem. If I leave the deck, I would be able to just listen to CDs if I so choose w/o having to boot the PC. But as I said and will say again .. Where th heck could I put it?
B. Lose the deck and mount the Lilliput in it's place .. like this ..
And then have to buy a small / good / cheap amp in order to boost the audio for my speakers. I love the way it looks and if I messured correctly, it should fit in there nice and snug .. though some minor adjustments would be expected.
Which way would you all go?
If I were to choose to go with getting a new AMP, here's some pics of where I would mount the PC and the AMP ..
Right side of my trunk .. AMP
Left side of my trunk .. PC
I think that would look extremely cool .. I have some other amazingly cool ideas, but I think I've done enough damage for my first post.
I really hope I don't **** anyone off because this place looks like an amazing resource .. heck it already has been. I do appologize if some of this stuff has been answered a million times. I looked through the FAQs and the work logs and I don't believe I saw any answers to these questions.
I appreciate any input! Thank you so much!