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Old 05-07-2003, 04:47 PM   #1
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I was thinking a while back that it would be cool to get one of those little lcd screens($100-130) and mount it on the dash somewhere and buy like 200-300mhz comptuer for like 50-100 bucks and you could store a huge amount of songs and/or visuals.

The same type of systems go for like 400-600 bucks. and yours would be completely customizable.

I just thought it would be cool to have an awesome sound system for less than 220-300 bucks.
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you can do that just look for a place that has how to make a power supply that just goes dc to dc instrad of having to go dc to ac to dc
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I don't think the dc to dc will work on a standard computer. Unless you find a special power supply that will supply th + - 3.3 V, + -5V, + - 12V. I am not sure they even make them. I would probably just be easier and cheeper to buy a DC to AC converter then let the PS do the work.
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You would also have to run a linux system so the computer would start up in a resonable amount of time
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im actually going to make a system for my car

im going to use a 15" lcd from walmart
a wireless kb
a trackball mouse mounted to console
a 500 watt AC inverter from home depot
the 233Mhz box in the trunk
a 100G hdd
two marine batteries
an extra alterator

i havent decided on amp or PCI soundcard yet
but read the topic "Computer System" in this forum

also you dont need linux, my 98SE pc boots up in ~30 sec
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Where are you going to put that extra alternator? You'll probably be better off getting a larger one, I think Ty has some at www.domesticperformance.com
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To support a 100gb hard drive your also going to have to get a really decent mb and a decent mb that supports 100gig hardd rdives doesnt support 233 mhz, 600 probably be about right. ALso buy a lcd from ebay. And a hella big fan in the trunk with vent holes somewhere
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1. if you were only running 200Mzh then you wouldn't need a big fan cause it'* only a Pent 1 or 2 maybe.
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Is there going to be a number 2? Anyway...

Normal trunk temp would be extreme and not within the machines normal operating temperature. Trunks stay hot... computers, even low mhz, stay hot. hot x2 = at least sluggish performance and many crashes not to mention the possibility of meltdown
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