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    2003 Mazda Protege 5 Install

    I've been doing my research and ordering my parts for the past few months and the time has come to start the install.

    First let me give a rundown of the parts I'm using:

    Windows XP Media Center 2005
    Gigabyte GA-K8N51GMF Micro ATX AMD Board Socket 754 [view]
    AMD Turion 64 Mobile MT32 Socket [view]
    512mb Corsiar
    Western Digital 200GB SATA
    USB CD-RW/DVD ROM
    Lilliput 7" TTF Screen
    M2-ATX PSU

    2x - Monster Cables 1/8" jack to RCA, sold at Radio Shack by the IPOD acc.
    1x - SYBA PCMCIA PCI to Cardbus Adapter [view]
    1x Flexible PCI Riser/Extender [view]

    The motherboard has surround sound out (seperate ports for front and rear speakers as well as a subwoofer). I used the Monster cables and ran them from the motherboard to the amp.

    I orginally had intended to use the smallest Micro ATX case I could find but I decided against it. I went to Home Depot and picked up some plexi glass to make the case.

    I used the PCI Extender to wrap the PCMCIA Bus around the back of the motherboard and the card now mounts in the same direction as the motherboard (pictures coming later today). I used spare plexi to build up some small peg stands to mount the motherboard on. Once the glue dries I will be able to mount the blocks to the base and then the pegs to the blocks. At that point I will need to attach the side panels. From there its just a matter of mounting the hard drive to the top and the PSU to the side and I'm pretty much set.

    I've already tested the computer in the car with no problems. PSU works, PC works, monitor works. I like the MCE for the interface and the remote works well in the car so I am probably going to keep using it instead of a front end.

    I have a GPS mouse to run iGuidance but I wont worry about that until the PC is hooked up.



    Pictures and updates to come!

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    I'm sure you're wondering why I needed the PCMCIA Bus. I have a Sprint PCS Connection Card to have internet in my car using the new high speed Power Vision service.

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    Does CnQ work with the mobo and cpu?

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    The info I got online was that the mobo you used doesn't work well with the CPU....

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    Being that it is a Socket 754 chip there is no "works well" and "doesn't work well". As long as the auto detect works in the BIOS there should be no problems. I own a computer repair shop and I am 100% confident in my choice of equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiztope
    Does CnQ work with the mobo and cpu?
    Yes, there is a Windows driver for the CnQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splash-X
    Being that it is a Socket 754 chip there is no "works well" and "doesn't work well".
    This isn't entirely true... There are features of the CPU that are natively supported with the need for drivers, etc... such as CnQ...
    So... thats why I was asking..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splash-X
    Being that it is a Socket 754 chip there is no "works well" and "doesn't work well". As long as the auto detect works in the BIOS there should be no problems. I own a computer repair shop and I am 100% confident in my choice of equipment.
    and By the way... I'm a network engineer, and even I know that with a processor that was intended for laptop use, things can be hit and miss with feature support for desktop hardware... much less, the mATX form factor...
    Hence the need to get real peoples opinion!

    In any case, I'm glad to hear that it is working well! It's the next thing on my upgrade list...

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    heres my opinion...the cardbus adapter is a waste of cash. just go with a epia mII mobo.. its proven in the carputer world and a good solution
    Is this where the witty comment goes?
    97 Black pearl Mazda Miata MX-5 Carpc V2? maybee..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealth97
    heres my opinion...the cardbus adapter is a waste of cash. just go with a epia mII mobo.. its proven in the carputer world and a good solution
    Unfortunatly that setup will simply not perform the tasks I need. This isn't just your ordinary play music, surf the net, play a DVD computer. Since I am in the PC repair business I need to use Remote Desktop to access a remote computer, I need to use Outlook constantly, and many other processor intensive programs.

    In the long run, compare the cost/performance of my setup vs that of which you suggested and for the small price difference the Turion will our perform hands down.

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