Originally Posted by Damemorder
Originally Posted by bmsgaffer86
Originally Posted by OLDsman105
so you could use this relay to have your carputer turn on foglights, Nitros purger etc etc etc...?
YEP! you sure could. THe only problem then, and the only reason i havent done it yet, is that you would have to COMPLETELY rely on the computer for those functions (unless you had bypass switches, etc)
Have you ever COMPLETELY wanted to rely on windows? The other issue is boot time. If you didnt have bybass, then you would have to wait the 30 secs or so for your computer to boot before anything is usable.
Linux and windows CE are viable quicker booting more reliable alternatives im looking into.
Check out DamnSmallLinux. A buddy of mine has sub 15sec boot times with full graphics/RAID/802.11G support.
I have looked at various distros. I like them all but have run into major issues.
A. There is NO good
mapping (gps) program for linux. Period. (and i am not good enough to mess with wine or the like).
B. I am not good enough with linux to convert yet, but im getting better
C. Last i checked front-end programs were hard to come by (to control the music and switching of programs)
D. My OBD 1 software isnt linux compatible.
So windows is the way to go really. For now anyways.
Now that i have two batteries i could have my computer SLEEP instead of shutdown. Battery life isnt an issue since i have run 1200 watts of amplifiers off of my spare battery for the last 6 days without it being hooked up to the alternator.
I need to look into compatibility of Windows CE because you build it from scratch with a program, but then have to port drivers. And also Windows XP embedded but that is EXPENSIVE as i get windows CE free through school.