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    multiple system in carputer

    Dear all,

    Is it possible to have an acutal system that work like the onflight entertainment system such as the airlines use. As you may know each individual seat has its own operatable entertainement modules. However I dont believe that an airline will stuff 200+ sysems to staisifed 200+ seatings, or does it?

    What i am trying to say is that I wish to install a carputer in my RV with 3 touch screens, 1 up front and 2 at head rest, and each can operate on its own via touch screen. For instance, i can operate my concosle unit as i needed ie. gps, mp3, dvd, etc.. and the kids in the back can listen to music, watch movie, or anything that is availeble on their own screen and operate it using touch screen all on a single system. It sounded like a single system act as three.

    any advise?

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    No specific advice.

    Just to say.. wow.. that is one ambitious system you have planned there.

    I have enough problems getting just ONE basic carPC to work.

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    What you're talking about is something akin to a media-server and several client machines. A concept I'm considering for a friend's (rather large) house & boatdock & stable.

    You'll have one system with all the content on it, and the rest of the systems will have nothing on them but the barebones OS & software necessary to interface with the server.

    How you're gonna make room for all this, much less power it is another story...and paying for it is gonna be expensive to say the least...of course, if you're talking about 3 touchscreens, you already know expensive.

    Oh, wait...you said an RV...so room shouldn't be too terribly much of an issue...still, for the clients I'd go with a nano or something similar, and something bigger (to accomodate a larger hard drive presence) for the server.

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    id guess you would have to do a server/client setup. one main server with all the movies/music stored on it which can also be used as your main unit for your gps and whatnot. then 2 client computers with just a basic mb with a small hdd to install an os on. you would also need a router and 3 adapters.
    as far as i know this kind of setup isnt possible with just one computer. i have no idea how an airline does it but they're setup is alot less complicated because they're only doing minimal things.
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    I've set up a couple of "MagicTWIN" systems by JetWay I believe, and they work very well. Basically you have 1 computer and the hardware splits it into 2 fully functional computers using only 1 OS and 1 liscense of everything. Things are damned fast too. The applications I use them for is AutoCAD, and I had 2 CAD-2007 running at same time with only 2.4Ghz P4, and 2Gb of RAM. The board I use is the P4MTWIN I believe, you can find it at NewEgg for like $45. You could never tell that it was 1 computer doing 2. It is a Micro-ATX.
    To solve the 3rd, you could virtually split the screen of the second user so you only have 1 mouse cursor, but 2 seperate instances of media player and then map the 2 players to different sound cards if they will be used for simple things. If they both want it at same time, no go.
    But for splitting 2 ways, the magictwin thing really works and you get 2 everything and it works quite flawlessly. Setup is a ***** though... If you want more than 2, then you will have to do either the thin clients like the others suggested or I did see somewhere this gadget thing that plugs into USB, and video card and splits. Modular too, so you can have like 16 I think daisy chained. Forgot where I saw it, but seems like the software version of the MagicTWIN.
    Oh yeah, the twin thing needs a dual head card like a 6600 or a 6800 or, well you get the point.

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    MultiComputer Solution -A-: a server (ish) kinda of main unit running Citr!x, and 1-5ish clients of the lowest caliber. The clients need just enough screen res to present the apps... and very little memory at all..

    MultiComputer Solution -B-: a server (ish) kinda of main unit running GoGlobal from GraphOn(a citrixish clone), and 1-5ish clients of the lowest caliber. The clients need just enough screen res to present the apps... and very little memory at all..

    One Computer Solution: a multi headed server(ish) unit running VMPlayer (1-3 guest os) just put a touch screen where ever you want the other units.

    Linux can also do the Client/Server senario for free.

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    thats a whole lotta ish
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    I'm interested in that VMPlayer one. How does that work? Could you go more in detail please? It just peaked my curiosity...

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    thx for all the feed back

    this was what i had in plane first b4 posting. a amdx2 with 1 g ram system with 2 vga 2 sound cards + on board sound. all touch scrn have vga suprt and two av ins connect all vga using Nview screen splitting/extend whatever. palce WMP for the driver headrest tch scrn and wamp for the psngr side touch scrn. WMP uses sound card 1 via into tch scrn head phone jack and snd card 2 to the #2 scrn. onboard connects to the headunit aux in for the main console.

    i have a seperate digital braodcasting unit connected to all tch scrn AV1. when digital tv is requested you can flip to vidio 1 for viewing. but the pobelm with that is tch scrn function is usless. you can only operate DVB via remote control. for av2 i connected a ps2 system to all scrn.

    what my concern is will 3 tch scrns interfer with each other while in operation? From my understanding tch scrn act as a mouse isnt it? i dont think it is possible to connect 3 mouse devices to a single system or does it?

    hope my question isnt too confusing to read

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    multi-mice (controls) is indeed possible.. but there is only ONE pointer on the OS. so w/ a multi-headed unit as you've described.. (and I outlined) it can get a bit tricky. --pushing buttons on a touch screen isn't so hard.. but things like OSK can get complicated in a hurry.

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