Uneducated isn't bad. Not doing anything about it is!Originally Posted by mitesh114
Any PC can be used in a vehicle. Obviously, a desktop PC with a larger monitor would be very inconvenient. The one in your link is more than sufficient.I am looking to buy a PC (http://www.itx-warehouse.co.uk/Produ...?ProductID=432) and was wondering if you think it's good to convert into a car pc. I don't exactly know what i'd have to do to make this into a car pc but I do know that I'd like this to turn on and off with the car and also be able to use it as a normal pc for home use. What would I need to change in this machine if I wanted to achieve this?
To pull off what you want, you need a 12v DC-DC power supply and a shutdown controller. The Opus products do this with an all-in-one unit. The M1ATX will also work and also has the shutdown controller. There are also other DC-DC power options or you could use a cheap inverter, but you'd need to purchase a seperate shutdown controller. Inverters are also inefficient and tend to generate more noise, which sucks for audio quality.
You'll probably also want a smaller screen that's more suited for the tight confines of a vehicle. The store here sells several models from Xenarc and Lilliput, with or without touchscreens.
I suggest going to the FAQ Emporium forum here and start reading. It's got most, if not all, of the information about what you want to accomplish.
Also look at the Show Off Your Project forum. Lots of people post pictures of their installations. It's a great source of ideas.