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Old 15th October 2008, 18:13   #1
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I figured that I will share my install
CarPC based on VIA Epia SN10000EG Mini-ITX motherboard, with 4GB Kingston HyperX Memory, 40GB laptop SATA Hard Drive, M2-ATX Automotive Power Sypply and built in dasboard 7 inch touchscreen.
ICE consist of whole set od PowerBass Xtreme Series apeakers, including front componens, rear coaxials and subwoofer, all powered by JBL GTO75.4 and GTO75.2 amplifiers.
Image gallery available on my website:
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Old 15th October 2008, 20:18   #2
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Hello stapi,

Was the ICE installed in Birmingham? I could not find any photos of your system, please do post some, thanks.
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Hello stapi,

Was the ICE installed in Birmingham? I could not find any photos of your system, please do post some, thanks.
I installed everything by myself.
On the website there are 4 galleries, need to press button next to thumbs to switch between them.
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Old 16th October 2008, 10:11   #4
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Looking good man, great stuff for a DIY!

Is that plexiglass you have there for the enclosures? Maybe chuck in some LED lighting to give them a glow in the dark

How are those drivers your running, Iv never heard of them before.
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Looking good man, great stuff for a DIY!

Is that plexiglass you have there for the enclosures? Maybe chuck in some LED lighting to give them a glow in the dark

How are those drivers your running, Iv never heard of them before.
I was actually thinking about some lighting there, probably will get around to do that soon.
I am really happy with speakers, great quality and sound. I am not an expert but I used to have Hertz system in previous car and I think that this one is much, much better.
For more info you can visit PowerBass website here.
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Old 17th October 2008, 15:09   #6
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Thanks for the link.

The Spokesmodel sure does look like she's got power'base'

I see the extreme series has a silk tweeter dome. Im not a big fan of the space-age design of the speakers but hey what the hell if they sound good it doesnt matter. The X looks very similar to Sony 'X'plod!

How would you rate them... Loud... Laidback etc.

Here's an image to get you started on the lighting, it will be cakewalk for you consider your entire ICE was DIY
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I think thats a little bit too flashy for me, but I will probably stick some LEDs or neons in there.
I am quite new to all Car Audio stuff so I am definitely not an expert, but I was highly recomended to get PoweBass and I recon it sounds good. They are not really loud, but i guess I would get more out of them with better amplifiers. rear coaxials sound clean, tweeters seem to be of a really good quality and I am seriously happy with midbass 4XLs - they are quite lound and very clear. Sub would definitely use a better amp though.
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@ stapi: the link returns error 503 - Service Temporarily Unavailable. can u please post pics of your carputer project here?
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@ stapi: the link returns error 503 - Service Temporarily Unavailable. can u please post pics of your carputer project here?
They must have maintenance there.
I uploaded couple of pics, you can also find some more on my picasa album
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Stapi incidentally I was talking to one of my boys whose been in texas a while. He says the PB xtreme subwoofers can give some of the big boys a run for their money. The amps are supposed to be decent too. Just a heads up
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@stapi : WOW. one of the cleanest carputer setup i ve ever seen. please post some technical details too.
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Excellent install, @stapi. Even your audio stuff has been done really well.

Air circulation might be a problem for the electronics, though. You should have drilled some holes in the perspex sheets to allow some air circulation.
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Technical info:
Motherboard: Via Epia SN1000EG (integrated 1GHz C7 processor)
Memory: 4GB Kingston HyperX
HDD: Toshiba 2.5" 40GB
Power Supply: M2-ATX
Monitor: CTF400-M
All running Windows XP and Centrafuse frontend.

I am planning to put some fans in there as I am aware that it might be a problem on a warmer day.
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hey friends
nice and clean setup dude, really like the placement of stuff in ur trunk, tell me something wouldnt it be more easier and clutter free to buy say a second hand laptop and take apart the screeen and the lower keyboard thingy which contains all the hardware, power it from the car batter using a 12v adaptor , use a slim small wireless kb or mouse if needed and attach the whole thing to a car lcd or use the stock one, i know its easier said than done but i guess this setup will be easier to set up and less prone to damage from shocks , right?
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tell me something wouldnt it be more easier and clutter free to buy say a second hand laptop and take apart the screeen and the lower keyboard thingy which contains all the hardware, power it from the car batter using a 12v adaptor , use a slim small wireless kb or mouse if needed and attach the whole thing to a car lcd or use the stock one, i know its easier said than done but i guess this setup will be easier to set up and less prone to damage from shocks , right?
Yeah, it would be easier, but then, whats so satisfying & exciting in getting an already working, bolt on system fixed to your car? it cannot be called as a carputer project then.

@stapi: did you buy the display for 298 euros?

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