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Thread: '05 Nissan Altima- Intel D945GCLF2D Mini-ITX in Center Console (Storage Bin Mod)

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    I am researching how to hardwire my eeepc power to the car battery. I have yet to find any posts with picture examples or detailed how to's. I have read many posts briefly stating that this is probably the preferred method over that bad word... "inverter".
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    Time to Go GREEN!

    Ok I have started a post under the forum location for powering laptops/netbooks. Here is the link: Solar Charge your Laptop/Netbook.

    My plans are to implement solar energy in my car for charging my eeepc (to start with...who knows where else this may lead to )

    In short..here is my brainstorm schema. Please follow more details at the link I posted above located in the 'Powering your Laptop' forum section.

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    Soooo... here is my revised idea. See more details at the forum post for powering your laptop.

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    '05 Nissan Altima- EEEPC 2G Surf CarPC Using LCD Rearview Mirror as Monitor Reply to

    Ever considered the EeePC T91 tablet? You could fold the screen down and operate it via the touchscreen.

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    That model actually seems real cool. Although it is LED backlit, I wonder how it looks in sunlight. Either way seems like a good upgrade from my 2G surf.
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    How does your "mirror" work as a mirror? I know you have the reverse camera, but I'm still curious if the rearview mirror can still function as such when you're not using it for video.

    Overall, I really like the install. The idea of using your Wii remote in car is pretty sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xygar View Post
    How does your "mirror" work as a mirror? I know you have the reverse camera, but I'm still curious if the rearview mirror can still function as such when you're not using it for video.

    Overall, I really like the install. The idea of using your Wii remote in car is pretty sweet.
    The mirror is polarized an works great as a rear view mirror. At night I don't have the drama with those people that like their high beams. Regarding using it as a monitor..this solution is only temporary and serves its purpose. I will say that during the day it is not as bright, but that can be adjusted on the mirror, in addition, it is connected to a pc-to-tv converter box and I tweak the brightness more with converter box.
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    Time for a Change?

    I am considering swapping out my EEEPC for a Fit PC 2. The first generation of this small form factor PC had some cons and possibly limitations as a CarPC. This newer generation has stepped up its cpu and remains lower power along with more features. Check it out and tell me what you think.

    http://fit-pc2.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
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    I think the Fit2 sounds great at first, but it's an expensive solution with some downsides. Its main advantage is that it's pre-packaged.

    The Atom Z530 used in the Fit2 has 512KB L2 cache, where the Atom 330, used in the D945GCLF2 mainboard, has 1GB of L2 cache. The Fit2 uses soldered-in memory, meaning you're limited to 1MB. Buying an open system means you can use more memory.

    You can easily go to a faster video processor by changing to the new boards available from Logic Supply. I particularly like the look of the Zotac IONITX-A-U, which uses the Atom 330 with Nvidia 9400 graphics and onboard power supply.



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    At $189, it's a faster, much-less-expensive solution that allows up to 4GB of memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdholtz View Post
    I think the Fit2 sounds great at first, but it's an expensive solution with some downsides. Its main advantage is that it's pre-packaged.

    The Atom Z530 used in the Fit2 has 512KB L2 cache, where the Atom 330, used in the D945GCLF2 mainboard, has 1GB of L2 cache. The Fit2 uses soldered-in memory, meaning you're limited to 1MB. Buying an open system means you can use more memory.

    You can easily go to a faster video processor by changing to the new boards available from Logic Supply. I particularly like the look of the Zotac IONITX-A-U, which uses the Atom 330 with Nvidia 9400 graphics and onboard power supply.



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    At $189, it's a faster, much-less-expensive solution that allows up to 4GB of memory.
    Thanks for the suggestion which actually agrees with another alternative mod I am thinking of doing in my car.
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    Glad to help. There's an interesting and lengthy review of the Zotac board at Anandtech. Here's the comment that got my attention: "The general application performance of the Zotac Ion isnít actually any better than the Intel D945GCLF2. Itís when you look at GPU-enabled applications that the Ion holds any real performance benefit. Blu-ray playback or 3D gaming are its real performance strengths; if you plan on doing neither then the platform isnít very useful." That persuaded me to stick with the Intel D945GCLF2 board I have, which cost only $80.
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