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    Question about building a carpc

    Hello, I just have couple of questions that I couldn't find...my sister got a new laptop, so I'm planning on using her old laptop to build mine. Is this ok? This laptop is Compaq laptop. I know it's not the Mini-atx motherboard...or i think (i didn't open it up yet) but just wondering if I could just get rid of the keyboard, and just use the motherboard/cpu, and other parts to get the same results...and would I have a problem with power supply if i just buy DC DC power supply and slap it on?

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    The motherboard inside a laptop and a PC are very... very different - well physically. You're better off:
    1) Keep the laptop and rig it to your car somehow.
    2) Sell the laptop and use the $$ to get real PC components.

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    I am planning to do mine with a laptop, I think it should be easier, plus you should have less power consumption, and a battery that will help with shutdown after the car has been turned off. I think though, that you need a laptop with a few things to really get going. USB2 is the most important. Everything you want to add can pretty much be done through USB2.

    This thread shows an auto on module: This is how I plan to go.
    Laptop Auto Power-On / Turn-On Module

    You might as well leave the laptop together. Then if you want a separate KB or monitor, plug them in. IF you need to do work on it, or make some updates, take it inside and do it in comfort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mwmcginn View Post
    I am planning to do mine with a laptop, I think it should be easier, plus you should have less power consumption, and a battery that will help with shutdown after the car has been turned off. I think though, that you need a laptop with a few things to really get going. USB2 is the most important. Everything you want to add can pretty much be done through USB2.

    This thread shows an auto on module: This is how I plan to go.
    Laptop Auto Power-On / Turn-On Module

    You might as well leave the laptop together. Then if you want a separate KB or monitor, plug them in. IF you need to do work on it, or make some updates, take it inside and do it in comfort.

    I am also considering to use a IBM T23 laptop as carpc in my 2004 accord. Lots of people put it in trunk. But it will be hot like a stove in summer. Is that ok for carpc? It seems it is too narrow to put T23 under seats. do you have any ideas?

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