Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - 05:50 am, by: Justin Cook(Justin)
Yeah mac minis are ok, but you still need to mount it somewhere (can be easily stolen) aren't THAT small, and are more expensive than what I have made but apart from that are cool.
Installed (will be finished today). I HIGHLY recomment the Zalmann sound card, outputs enough power to the amps to be well worth it. Also allows fade etc. As its also a computer controlled device has all your normal equalizer stuff with a software program
Amps installed, one power wire to go for front speakers. OPUS installed, computer installed, wireless installed, sound card hooked up.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - 08:36 am, by: Callum Finch(Sigeneat)
Haha i lol'd so hard at Dwight when he took Ryan on that sales metting ... "What was that?" ... "It was the tortured souulllsss" ... "Was that your cousin?"
MacMini is in my budget because i can rip it out and take it inside as a HTPC; however that may change now (Just bought a x360) The theory is to either sit it in the centre console or glove box with the wires loose where it plugs in >.>
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - 07:29 pm, by: Justin Cook(Justin)
I also just bought a SupraStick and installed it, I was setting it up (it has a 9pin serial connection) on the in Car PC. So much better than a laptop, although the text is a little smaller
WOOT, first use already. BE WARNED you need a kick ass battery. I believe I will be gettin an Optima Yellow Top, because it just SUCKS power. Also for some reason seems to suck power even when off. I might look into that, because I believe it shouldn't do that.
Callum I don't remember that bit in the office, but the show has just grown on me Totally excellent stuff. Everybody loves to hate Dwight
Sounds like you need to have a way of powering the unit from a powerpoint when working in the garage etc. When downloading to my xbox which uses a 240v invertor i simply plug the xbox into an extension lead for the duration.
Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 08:32 am, by: Callum Finch(Sigeneat)
Justin; PC hardware runs in a form of "Standby" or "sleep" when you soft-off (ie, shutdown or power off by the standard mainboard pin). The reason for this is because of the ATX power standard or some which mandates wake on lan, wake on keyboard, wake on mouse, wake on mouse fart.. etc etc..
If its a fangled intel chipset as well, it will wake on sudden power loss. Ie, you lose power to your house, when it comes back the PC will power back up again@!!
See if you can rig up a switch to the external power source that turns off when your ignition does and connect to a turbo timer or some *Shrugs*
Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 02:21 pm, by: Tim Appleton(Timbo)
Callum Finch wrote on Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 08:32 am:
See if you can rig up a switch to the external power source that turns off when your ignition does and connect to a turbo timer or some ••••• *Shrugs*
You're thinking of a relay. Just be careful that it will shut-down your PC when the car is turned off (I guess the reason for the turbo timer???). So maybe a switch to a relay is a better option, instead of hooking it up to the ignition. Or just a switch if the amp draw is low enough.
As well as a sandisk extreme III 4gb cf drive, a bootable cf to 2.5" adapter, 2x3.5" to 2.5" HD adapters, 1gb of kingston ddr2 533mhz ram, 160gb 5400rpm 2.5" HD and a USB wifi card. There is a couple of other items to get but these are the main ones to get me going. Also going to be using destinator 3 for my satnav and already have a garmin usb GPS for that, and its tested and works awesome.
The only prob with CF drives at the moment is there not UDMA drives like normal IDE when in the adapter, there PIO. There is a new chipset out that is able to do UDMA for CF drive, so there'll be adapters soon with this chipset on them (I'm still waiting) They'll be very quick then, as the access time is like 0.1ms compared to 5400rpm 2.5" which is like 10ms.
Friday, October 27, 2006 - 05:44 pm, by: Adam Barry(Acdchook)
Benjamin Burgess wrote on Friday, October 27, 2006 - 01:44 pm:
Also you use Winxp Lite to speed up boot time.
Any variant of XP is ultimately sub-par for a small, specialised system like that. A stripped down, specialised *nix kernel would be far faster booting, and would also help alleviate cooling issues, as a much lower-spec CPU could be used to achieve the same tasks.
well you can boot windows xp in a carpc setup in around 7-10 seconds once its fully opimized. Why would you want to screw around with *nix when all the software is already available and working on windows xp?
A couple of ideas i've had for my system (not sure if they've been mentioned):
You can set up your power switch to put your computer in standby mode quite easily, so you could either just be sure to hit the standby button before turning your ignition off, or have the computer power supply hooked straight up to the battery so the computer is always running until you manually put it into standby mode. You could also rig up a system to do this automatically when your turbo timer kicks in (if you are a TT owner)
You can download the UBD non routing product off torrentspy to do a gps tracked street directory. Its not full blown sat nav, but i like it better as the map detail is exceptional and that sat nav b1tch is crazy stupid anyway.
Give it wireless lan! that way you can load mp3s onto it straight from your computer. Just set up an access point in your garage or near your driveway or something
Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 10:33 pm, by: Adam Parisi(Kooks)
You could just go usb for keyboard and mouse cables, and I believe I saw a usb to vga adapter somewhere, for if you want to add an extra monitor when you don't have any extra outputs on your video card. Or, something even better, if you have a pda, use that as a remote for everything, just connect via bluetooth or wifi.