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    LEGO Breifcase Carputer

    This is my first carputer project. I have built countless computers and have a fine knowledge of electronics so it was not too daunting.

    Here are the specs:

    The carputer is housed by a 1985 LEGO breifcase that I found looking around through my childhood things. I took an ATX board with 333mhz FSB Socket A. I used an AMDxp 2000+ CPU, 1gb of 333mhz DDR ram, 40GB Harddrive, and 128mb DDR ATI Raedon 9200 GPU. This is powered by a 250 watt PSU. I use a 7" touchscreen for the display and a holux GPS device for navigation.

    The car i have this in is my 1996 ford countour which looks decent and runs like....well it runs.

    The installation is not the prettiest for a couple reasons:
    I have no clue how long this car will last so I wanted to ensure I could remove the system without too much trouble.

    I refuse to have more money invested into an Auto-Accessory then I have invested in the car.

    I just though the LEGO briefcase was a nice touch. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

    Here are the images.

    -The Doc

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    i have that case in blue.

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    Haha....that LEGO case brings back soo many memories....used to have that same kind.
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    On a cold and grey Chicago morn' another little baby child is born - In the ghetto
    And his mama cries - In the ghetto - And his mama cries - In the ghetto
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    If you can do without the CD changer you could probably get rid of the audio switcher and just hook up the DVD player's audio output to the computer's line in and then all you'd have to do switch the video input of the screen.

    Also, what's the PCI card that you have on there?
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    Its actually an AGP card, ATI raedon 9200 128mb DDR video card. I chose to use that instead of going with the onboard video. (I like using the standalone Ge-Force Platinum and it requires significant video processing)

    I thought about dropping the cd changer and tried to, but the in dash reciever is made to work with the changer and if it does not have a signal from the changer it will not play audio through that CD source. Its pretty lame. Also If I hook the audio from the dvd through the computer i would always have to have the computer on to play dvds, which kinda sucks if you are parked somewhere for a few hours as all the power required drains the batery faster than the alternator can charge at the low rpms. (I discovered this while watching movies in the parking lot I was sleeping in waiting for the Daytona 500)

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    Omg man , if it wasnt for this thread I would have never remembered those lego cases.

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    Great work with the creativity! I still have one of those cases laying around here
    AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
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    -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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    OMG that is hilarious!! Great idea, man!

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    why not make an entire case of lego's ??

    surround the screen with lego's...

    hell.. even a lego keyboard....

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