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    Where to install new computer?

    Hey this is just a general question. I was wondering why do some people install computers in the trunk and then route the wires to the front, instead of just putting the computer in the dashboard or underneath the passenger/driver seat.

    Just wondering does different functionality or form factor play into the position of the computer in the car or is it just personal preference?

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    some people dont like to put it under the seat, others dont have that much room :T

    plus, theres no way ur gonna hear the computer if its in the trunk, lol

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    It's mostly a matter of space and making it look clean.
    Also, if it's in the truck, there's almost no chance of a passenger jacking with the PC.

    There are lots of installs with the PC in a center console or in the dash or in the glovebox, too. It's all a matter of personal preference.
    Ultimately, mine is going to go in a storage space in the back of my truck cab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dasickis
    Hey this is just a general question. I was wondering why do some people install computers in the trunk and then route the wires to the front, instead of just putting the computer in the dashboard or underneath the passenger/driver seat.

    Just wondering does different functionality or form factor play into the position of the computer in the car or is it just personal preference?
    My car is a convertible. The pc is in the trunk because that's where the most room is, and it is locked away even when the top is down. Also, my car's battery is back there, so I didn't need to run any heavy gauge power wiring. How often do you need to get to the PC anyway?
    ~Jimmy

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    Thanks

    Hey thanks a lot, this is like one of those things where you think you've figured out a lot of the technical details except the most basic stuff. But its these basic things that can get you screwed in the long run, so thanks again.

    Also, I was wondering if someone could direct me or tell me what's the temperatures that the car can get in different areas of the car, and what's the maximum temperature the comptuer can handle when its idle and when its in use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasickis
    Also, I was wondering if someone could direct me or tell me what's the temperatures that the car can get in different areas of the car, and what's the maximum temperature the comptuer can handle when its idle and when its in use.
    It all depends on the computer, really. My AthlonXP-M setup can run stably at about 150ºf. I don't recommend running it that hot, by any means... I'm just saying it can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dasickis
    Hey thanks a lot, this is like one of those things where you think you've figured out a lot of the technical details except the most basic stuff. But its these basic things that can get you screwed in the long run, so thanks again.

    Also, I was wondering if someone could direct me or tell me what's the temperatures that the car can get in different areas of the car, and what's the maximum temperature the comptuer can handle when its idle and when its in use.
    I'm using the fanless version of the Via SP-8000. My case (Morex 3688B) has a fan but I am running without it plugged in for several months just to see if the system can handle it. It has been over 100 degrees the last few days and I have seen no issues.
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    I just posted this over in another thread, it seems that it would do some good here as well:

    Quote Originally Posted by setite
    On another side, not thinking of money, but of performance. Now I live in Las Vegas, so my trunk is going to be hotter than hell and there is not a single feasible way to change that. Now I wonder if I would benefit more from making an enclosed case, buying an enclosed case, or building some open aired case.
    no case?

    I'm not running a case. (click the below pic for a larger pic)



    More pics: http://www.mj-garage.com/cpg/display...album=12&pos=3

    It's been 105 or so here in the DF/W area for a week +. Every day when I come out of work, my car temp gauge reads at 111+. I've yet to have a single problem with the computer. It's booted up and been playing music flawlessly for over a year now. It probably gets more air flow like this than most CarPC designed cases.

    Also, as for mounting it under the seat, just take a look at this thread. If it's the only place you have avaliable, that's ok, I guess, but just read this thread. Many times the points brought up in it haven't been fully thought out by most people who mount under the seats:

    FAQ: Reasons for not installing anything underneath the seats.
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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    Thanks

    Thanks again for all this information and the link to the other thread. It clarified so much stuff for me.

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    You're very welcome.
    It's nice to be appreciated. It happens so rarely on these forums.
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