It is a nice lower power cool running motherboard, but I think you lose any possibility of mpeg playback. I don't have one, but that's what I remember from my research.Carputer/componants:
Epia500m? the 533mhz fanless motherboard. with surround sound.
You might have problems with both of them fitting in the slots at the same time. But it depends on the card size and layout. Unless your ports are spaced a little.pci to pcmcia converter with over motherboard riser card, along with a laptop wireless card using cellphone networks for unlimited high speed internet access, and a free slot. The free slot will probably go for a wireless lan card, depending on how it turns out.
All sounds pretty good. Except the mouse, come on man, touchscreen!usb keyboard, mouse/trackball, possibly gps(debateable at this time)
Laptop 2.5" hard drive (size indetermined at current point), slim slot load (if plausable)cdrw/dvd read combo drive, both with adaptars.
small fan to ventilate fanless pc (better safe then sorry)
I don't know, from what I read it sounds like a pretty good power supply, but as for the wattage, you might wanna try some of the calculators around here to figure out the total wattage of the system.dstx(?) 200watt power supply, along with a/multipul accesorry power supplies. Quick question, this will work as an adiquate startup/shutdown controller correct?
All good here.USB hubs, X3, one in the glove box, one under motherboard, in radio din, and one in the center console/backseat area.
a/Several usb 2.5" hard drive enclosures, for easy, quick removal/addition of files.
Again, I think this is a little on the low side. I would say 512 is the minimum, but go nuts, you'll see how much you need for what are are planning to do with it.256 mb of ram. This *should* be pleanty for the carputer, but time will tell, and it isnt alot of cost, considering that I have it just laying around.
If there was a little smiley biting another one I would use it. OS doesn't really matter to me, so use whatever you want.Software:
Windows 2000 (I am using this, pretty much no matter what so bite me)
That all sounds well and good. As for the dynamat, do you have a special feeling for the stuff, or are you just thinking you need sound damping? If you don't care what you use, there are plenty of substitutes out there that are cheaper. Peel 'n Seal is one of them. I used it, great stuff. Cheap too. There was some other stuff out there too available from Master Carr.front end, unknown. I will get to this after I have everything all together.
alt upgrade. Either single 200amp conversion, or ac removed, and dual 130 amp alts installed, depending on cash flow at the time.
00 guage wires, ran from front to back, to second battery in the trunk for subs/sound system.
3-5(hopefully 5, depends on how much room in the doors) 6X9's, 2 6" midbass, 2 3.5" tweeters, anything as far as subs go, depend on cashflow. Cheap will be 2 10", expensive will be custom designed 5-6 sub system, made for sound quality, shooting for a good sound. Compleatly FUNCTIONAL surround sound.
Lots and lots of dyno matt or acceptable sound deadiner.
Overall I give your planned system something like a B. You could go higher on certain components, but I don't really know how much power you are going to need unless you say "I wanna play DVDs for 24 hours a day!" or "I wanna built an embedded Linux rig for strictly MP3 play" So go nuts, and report back on the progress.