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    Derek's 2000 Ford Taurus

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    Have:
    Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro2 v1
    Athlon XP 1500+
    MASSCOOL 5R057B3 60mm Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink This is a slim heatsink and fan (1" tall compared to 3" stock) $10.49 (Not installed yet)
    Crucial 512MB RAM
    AGP right-angle adapter so my video card will lay flat instead of being 5" tall $17
    ATI Radeon 9000 128MB Dual VGA video card $31.95
    ASUS AGP-V3800 32MB videocard (REMOVED)
    Western Digital WD2500 250GB 3.5" hard drive $137 (now cost about $79...)
    Earthmate USB GPS
    Buffalo WLI2-USB-G54 USB 802.11 adapter $42.00
    TRENDnet TBW-101UB Bluetooth module $20.50
    GWC HU2772 USB2.0 7-port Hub $23.99
    OPUS 150 DC-DC PSU $180
    Goldquest distribution block 3 4-ga in/out & 3 fused 8-ga out. Splicing this in the 4-ga cable so the CarPC can be installed under the front seat $1.59
    SP716 Indash screen $305
    8" Lilliput TM-810VGT (Has a dead TS; going to use it as a secondary monitor)

    Need:
    ELK-924 DPDT Relay Board I'm going to use this to mod the ATX cable for my OPUS to do Rando's 5V USB mod $12.14 ***ON ORDER***
    ELK-960 Delay Timer/Relay board I'm going to use this to delay when the amps get turned on to prevent speaker pop 25.64 ***ON ORDER***

    Note: Prices listed are what I paid. Current prices may be cheaper. Prices also do not include shipping. No price either denotes free or I simply do not remember.

    Derek
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    Take a look at my software installation and setup log here. I update this on my laptop everytime I charge something on my CarPC which is currently running on my desk. I update this thread every so often.

    Derek
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    RESERVED...

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    RESERVED...

    Last one I promise.

    Derek
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    where's all the in... just kidding looks like you are on the right track. Where in temple do you live. I used to live in that area. Now I live in austin area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nodnarb
    where's all the in... just kidding looks like you are on the right track. Where in temple do you live. I used to live in that area. Now I live in austin area.
    I live right off Exit 299 behind the Jack in the Box. Spent a few years at Fort Hood before that (not counting two in Iraq).

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    haha Ilive in belton for a few months, then killeen for 7-8 years, the Harker Heights for 2-3 years, now I live in this little tiny farming town I miss the city :/

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    I picked up an ATI Radeon 9000 AGP video card that has 128Megs of memory and dual monitor capabilities (1 DVI & 1 VGA). I'm going to uninstall the drivers for the previous video card and then download the drivers for the new card directly from ATI. I'm also going to use a DVI to VGA adapter so I can hook up both screens to the new card.

    We'll see how it goes.

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    New video card is installed. I also plugged in the right-angle AGP adapter so now the video card sits above the PCI slots. Unfortunately, it sits literally right on the PCI slots. This may cause a problem in the future. I think that I may get another adapter that makes it sit just a little bit higher. The current adapter sits at a height of .95"; think I'll get one that is 1.5" just to ensure some airflow between the videocard and PCI slots.

    Last night I had both screens running at the same time. Unfortunately, whatever is shown one the primary screen is also seen on the secondary screen. So this means that if I've got a video going and switch over to the GPS, the GPS is shown on both screens. Hopefully I can figure out a way to keep the video or VISU showing on the secondary screen regardless of what is being shown on the primary screen.

    Today I learned that my AC adapter that I've been using to run my SP-716 LCD has stopped working. I get to power indicator on the AC adapter and no voltage out. So testing for today is on hold until I can get to RadioShack or WalMart and get a new adapter. I've got tons of adapters around here. Maybe I can find a 12V adapter somewhere without having to spend more money on a new adapter.

    Derek
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    I've been away from MP3Car for a little while now. Things have changed... I've moved from Temple to Austin. Got a new job. Just got a new car. Well, it's not really new... just new to me. I got a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3. I intend to take everything out of my Ford Taurus and put it in to the Focus.

    Year's ago I stumbled on to a site that showed Chris' Focus and some of his tutorials. I was interested in his fiberglass work that he had done with his car. Flash forward a few years later, I now have the same exact car and will pretty much mirror his installation (just with newer and more up-to-date hardware). This was his end results:


    Here are some pictures of my car. Sorry for the quality. They were taken with my camera phone. Better pictures will be taken (hopefully this weekend when I wash the car).


    Derek
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