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Old 22nd May 2011, 20:14   #211
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no mate. Just upgraded it since there is a slight compatibility issue between the xonar and the m4atx. The power rails didn't provide full power to the xonar and all channels didn't play correctly. The reason for this is not incompetence of the power supply but it's the weird way by which asus has provided power to it. It's an auxiliary cable that powers the soundcard through the power supply separately. And that cable from the m4atx doesn't provide full power. It's a known issue and has been documented before. The opus i am using is really robust and sturdy and reliable. Which means that it's the power supply of choice even though it costs as much as two m4atx's
hope that clears doubts. The power supply hasn't blown. It's absolutely fine and is keeping it's new owner happy
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no mate. Just upgraded it since there is a slight compatibility issue between the xonar and the m4atx. The power rails didn't provide full power to the xonar and all channels didn't play correctly............The power supply hasn't blown. It's absolutely fine and is keeping it's new owner happy
Ah Cool! I asked because I bought the M4ATX myself.

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Old 24th May 2011, 06:49   #213
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A couple of low res, badly taken photos from the phone. To show the pc in the boot.
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And a few work in progress pictures of the touchscreen being installed, and some other miscellaneous stuff.
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Frank, how is the heat management taking place, do you feel there is lot of heat generated from the i3 processor and the HDD??

Also, you have placed the carputer in the boot where it heats up a lot and all the heat will be transferred directly to the boot area, don't you think the CPU might get more hot and this may cause a crash????
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Frank, how is the heat management taking place, do you feel there is lot of heat generated from the i3 processor and the HDD??

Also, you have placed the carputer in the boot where it heats up a lot and all the heat will be transferred directly to the boot area, don't you think the CPU might get more hot and this may cause a crash????
hey. the heat management is just fine the processor and mobo stay relatively cool since there 3 fans cooling them. since there are amps in the boot too, heat does tend to build up when one opens the boot and checks but its just slightly warmer than ambient temperature.
cpu stays at about 55-60 degrees and mobo pch at a decent 80 degrees.
no crashes no skips no thermal issues
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cpu stays at about 55-60 degrees and mobo pch at a decent 80 degrees.
Frank,
I am hoping the decent 80 degrees is Fahrenheit, not Celcius!
If Celcius, 80 degrees is not decent!
With a good case/ventilation MoBo temperature under full load should not usually exceed 50 degrees Celsius.

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EDIT: I just reread the post and realized you are mentioning PCH tempeatures not MoBo!
Disregard the above!

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Yeah, 80 degrees PCH is not bad at all. Goes up to 100 degrees on a hot day and even that is within decent limits.


IN a surprising series of events, a new hard drive has been ordered for the computer.

NO, it is NOT a Solid State Drive. Before you guys take the next object around you and throw it at me, here's the thing. It's NOT a conventional hard disk drive too!!!

WHAT THE HELL IS IT??!?! Can it be BOOOTHHHH??????????

Presenting to you, an old technology that has just caught on. In a big way.

Momentus XT | 7200 RPM | Seagate

Read about this. Features include Quick start up and boot, quick access to regularly accessed files, etc. and suddenly you know it's meant for serious carputer duty.

More reviews here, so you know what I am talking about.

AnandTech - Seagate's Momentus XT Reviewed, Finally a Good Hybrid HDD

Seagate Momentus XT Review | StorageReview.com

Momentus XT Review: Seagate's Marriage Of The HDD And Flash Memory : Seagate

Seagate Momentus XT Review - SlashGear

Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drive review -- Engadget
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That is really a good drive Frank. Could you please share the cost of that drive. It would really be helpful.

One more question..I see that you have used software's like Centrafuse, ASIO4ALL, Virtual Cables and Audio-mulch, could you please let us know if these software were all licensed versions and if yes, could you please share the cost of the all the above software.
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Excellent choice Frank .. this is just the perfect disk for a CAR PC where you practically have minimal writes but max reads. How much did it cost
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That is really a good drive Frank. Could you please share the cost of that drive. It would really be helpful.

One more question..I see that you have used software's like Centrafuse, ASIO4ALL, Virtual Cables and Audio-mulch, could you please let us know if these software were all licensed versions and if yes, could you please share the cost of the all the above software.
All softwares excluding ASIO4ALL are paid softwares and need to be purchased. Full versions of each are in use in my car.

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Excellent choice Frank .. this is just the perfect disk for a CAR PC where you practically have minimal writes but max reads. How much did it cost
Thank you!!
The drive is coming from USA and cost me $100 without shipping and duties.
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@frank

what is the small box kind of thing behind the CPU ?
and considering the position of the CPU does the CD drive tray open?
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The small black box is the BLACK BOX of the car. LOL. NO, it's the portable hard drive.
As for the cd drive, I have a USB one, which is placed in the glove box.
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Got delivery of the Seagate Momentus XT 500gb hybrid (SSD +HDD) drive a week ago.

Ill tell you the philosophy. The carputer is running so smooth that I was hesitant to change anything in it.
Changing even one component (in this case, HDD) COULD throw something off balance or make a difference somewhere, which might result in loss of equilibrium. '

Hence I kept brushing off the thought of replacing the HDD with something else (in this case, the Momentus XT) but today I got some time off, and cloned the drive with Acronic True Image, which took 2 hours, after which I went down to the car and swapped the drive.

I prayed that it would start up fine and it did. Played a song and checked that all is fine :-)

Anyway, this means that the SSD + HDD combo of the Seagate Momentus XT is now in the computer. I just booted it up once, so I couldn't measure any change in performance.

I'll keep you guys updated. I will drive her around a few days and get back to you'll about the performance.
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sir, i have vw vento with the navigation system, i just want to use the obd data to be displayed on the screen its got two video in sockets dont know hich type though, is it possible? if yes can u tell me how. Thanks
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