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    Quote Originally Posted by seangh View Post
    . . . I suspect I may attempt a double din sized install as my next project... (like MPR90)2002 Mazda Miata CarPC but that's down the road.
    I like the in-dash location. I started out with an underseat carPC, moved on to an EeePC sitting on/in the dash, and am now building a double-DIN installation.

    I think your brother's concern about shock is valid -- just mounting the Voom with some rubber biscuits on either side of the mount feet will help, although mounting it vertically will present some additional challenges.
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    If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.

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    Well - the trunk is not working out so well at the moment. While I tested the PC in the trunk, I never did so during the day in warm weather. After getting everything buttoned up, I took the car PC out on its maiden voyage on Saturday in 80+ degree weather only to have it crash.

    The bios reported a CPU temp of 211F - which I'm assuming is about 30 or so degrees above the normal operating temp for the VIA C7. On the bench, the temp would range from 130 to 180F and I never had a crash.

    So, I need to consider:

    1) Better ventilation - I'm thinking of running some flex hose connected to air scoops that I would discreetly attach somewhere. Also run additional fans.

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    2) Relocate computer to the cabin (behind the seats on the shelf) or build a double din unit and mount in the dash like MPR90 2002 Mazda Miata CarPC
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    Quick update. I did relocate the CPU behind the passenger seat, but still had over-heating issues. I think it's just a bad CPU at this point. The whole computers a mess since it's crashed so many times - it's time for an upgrade.
    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qormVFoTyFE[/media]

    Just bought a new Atom MB. Hopefully that will solve my over-heating issues.
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    Update. Just replaced the PC with a Appradio2 with my Samasung Galaxy S3, ARLiberator and CarHome Ultra. With the 120.00 pioneer rebate (valid thru May 31 2013) spent 250.00 on the whole thing at Crutchfield and they throw in the Pioneer connection kit (65.00) and all the accessories required to install the radio. although I did have to buy the Samsung brand MHL dongle for S3 separately . It's really the way to go.
    Last edited by seangh; 05-29-2013 at 08:46 AM.
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    I have a 2001 Miata also and.....

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    Not much to show pics wise. It's a straight forward double din installation. Pull out the stock Cd / Radio. Attache the metra kit for the miata to the appradio2 (it's a really lame, flimsy kit, but it works amazingly) attach all your need ed wires etc. slide it in, snap, crackle, pop - done.

    The trick with the appradio2 is to have the correct set up with your Android or iPhone. That means you need to root your Samsung Galaxy and install AppLiberator or jailbreak your iphone 4s / 5 and install the appradio extensions app.

    I have the Android set up - works great. I'm basically using my android on the appradio2 touch screen with a car app - CarHome. You can also double punch the appradio2 home button and it brings up an option to switch to radio when you are in app mode. It's the way to go. CarPC;s as such are passe IMHO, especially for a tiny Miata.
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    Anyhoo - this MP3CAR forum doesn't seem as active as it used to be, but if you want more info related to using AppRadio and SG3 Android, this post on appradioforums is pretty much all you need. The forum is chalk full of good info in general. http://appradioforums.com/Thread-Sam...up-Description
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