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    Hey Coffee,
    You asked everyone what they thought were their carPC advantages VS a smart phone/iphone so I promptly gave you my reply.

    "All big advantages for the CarPC, although most of us can't play Crysis like you!"

    I game a lot on my spare time, and my hobby is carPC's.
    Essentially, to me, this is an advantageous recreational activity that I can do in my car. If you don't game in your car, or via using that marvelous phone of yours, then I respect that. However that exclamation point at the end of your statement tells me you were pwned!

    Have you given up on carPC entertainment in lieu of Android? It seems to me that you're not satisfied with your build.

    "How do you make calls or access the internet when you go outside of Clearwire's relatively small coverage area? It seems just as limited as T-Mobile's small 3G coverage, but without the ability to roam on EDGE."

    I have no issue with ClearWire's coverage area.

    ClearWire is home based in Kirkland Washington. The state where I reside. ClearWire spearheaded this new technology, and has teamed up with Sprint to saturate their coverage area. Welcome to 4G, aka WIMAX. I can travel from my house to the Seattle airport with a high speed wireless broadband connection. Calling my brother in Texas, he was overcome with amazement about how clear the reception was, and thought I was dialing from next door. We video conference regularly from my car to his house. Don't confuse this technology with what your dainty little device accepts. Read the article below, may it enlighten your spirit as it did mine.
    http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archi...081201corp.htm

    I've been satisfied with ClearWire going on two years now, it looks like things are getting better.

    *sent to you via carPC in front of HomeDepot.

    Happy CarPuting!

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    Everyone will have different answers for this....

    I would not give up the results I have for a different solution, my install is simple and does what I want. When you can say you are happy with your solution, what ever it is, that will be the right answer for you.
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    Absolutely TruckinMP3, I concur.

    My latest build is a third PC installation attempt at getting things situated the way I'd like them to be. After much trial and error, I'm pleased to say that i am happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dMand View Post
    Absolutely TruckinMP3, I concur.

    My latest build is a third PC installation attempt at getting things situated the way I'd like them to be. After much trial and error, I'm pleased to say that i am happy.

    My needs are simple, old school, Music and a keypad to change songs
    I even removed the monitor and mousepad. Not much to see and nothing looks worth stealing.

    I get my music with no commercials and no CD swapping. I do not have the touch for fiberglass or the patience to develop the skills.
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    wow truckin, I don't know how you manage to get away without a monitor. Like the saying goes, "if there's a will, there's a way." I have no doubt in my mind that it IS possible to pull off such a feat like that. However, I wouldn't know where to start in that situation.

    The only reason why I put such a huge monitor in my car is because it was a deal of the day at BestBuy. It was a 'display model' without a remote, box, VGA and power cables or instructions.

    At $89.00, for what looked like a brand new 17" widescreen LCD, who needed those? lol... Nevertheless, the sales attendant assured me that it works. So I turned the monitor over to look at the back, and the moment I seen a lable that read "+/-12V DC IN", I grabbed it and told them I didn't need a bag. Ha!

    You know, the passion for carPC's could be a very expensive hobby. However, I do also shop at goodwill and the local pawnshop for parts.

    As far as the computer goes that I put in my car, it's a 4 year old frag box that I use to game with. Stashed away in the corner of the closet, I decided to dust it off, mount it in my ride and spruce it up with a lil' T.L.C.

    Happy CarPuting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dMand View Post
    wow truckin, I don't know how you mnage to get away without a monitor. Like the saying goes, "if there's a will, there's a way." I have no doubt in my mind that it IS possible to pull off such a feat like that. However, I wouldn't know where to start in that situation.

    The only reason why I put such a huge monitor in my car is because it was a deal of the day at BestBuy. It was a 'display model' without a remote, box, VGA and power cables or instructions.

    At $89.00, for what looked like a brand new 17" widescreen LCD, who needed those? lol... Nevertheless, the sales attendant assured me that it works. So I turned the monitor over to look at the back, and the moment I seen a lable that read "+/-12V DC IN", I grabbed it and told them I didn't need a bag. Ha!

    You know, the passion for carPC's could be a very expensive hobby. However, I do also shop at goodwill and the local pawnshop for parts.

    As far as the computer goes that I put in my car, it's a 4 year old frag box that I use to game with. Stashed away in the corner of the closet, I decided to dust it off, mount it in my ride and spruce it up with a lil' T.L.C.

    Happy CarPuting!

    I was using a 14inch lcd that took 12v. I found I did not look at it. The PC boots > launches WinAmp > a plug in does auto play. I have a keypad set up to change songs and turn shuffle on and off. The play list has songs I like.

    The motto: KISS
    Keep it simple silly.
    To shut down I can use the keypad but generally turn of the 12v master switch that allows the PS to get + 12volt.
    That means no power at all to the PC components.....

    I get music in about 40 seconds
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    That is freakin awesome!

    I can relate to not looking at the monitor. I usually turn mine off after I load the music playlist. Once it starts playing tunes, I shift her into gear then drive down the road.

    Your procedure is waay cool, thumbs up! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy CarPuting

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    my answer is fun i love having something to do when i come home, each has its own advantage and disadvantage instead of comparing the 2 i like to try and find ways to combine themto make life more awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by dMand View Post
    Hey Coffee,
    You asked everyone what they thought were their carPC advantages VS a smart phone/iphone so I promptly gave you my reply.

    "All big advantages for the CarPC, although most of us can't play Crysis like you!"

    I game a lot on my spare time, and my hobby is carPC's.
    Essentially, to me, this is an advantageous recreational activity that I can do in my car. If you don't game in your car, or via using that marvelous phone of yours, then I respect that. However that exclamation point at the end of your statement tells me you were pwned!
    I think you are misunderstanding the reason and the tone of my post. Let me repeat this loud and clear for anyone else who is taking this thread the wrong way.

    I am a CarPC fan. I like my install.

    I just want to get some feedback from the community on what others see as the advantage of having a CarPC over some other device that can do some of the same things. I used my android phone as the comparison because it has some feature overlap with my CarPC. It certainly isn't better than a PC. It isn't even the best smartphone in the world... hardly marvelous, simply good enough. All I wanted was some feedback and you took it as an attack when I complimented your install.

    That you can play a game like crysis at an acceptable framerate on a car pc is nothing short of amazing, given the heat and power constraints. Makes me wish I lived in a cooler climate so I could do something similar. The WiMax stuff is awesome, too. I wasn't attacking it, I just wanted to know what you would do outside the coverage area. It's not an issue for you, so that is cool.

    Oh, and I DO game...

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    Thumbs up

    Expression is at times misunderstood on bulletin boards. An exclamation point can be deduced mistakenly.

    I'm looking for a 'handshake' icon to announce all is well. No hard feelings CoffeeJolts.

    *watching a video about the Android Phone. Pretty nifty little device!

    Happy New Year!

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