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01-11-2009, 11:10 AM
I attended a robotics convention a while back and they were handing out free ITX boards (yay). So I figured I could use it to fulfill a new dream and put a computer in my car. I'd like to be able to test it on my desk before figuring out how to fit it into my car.
Does anyone know if I can get a car power supply for the board and just hook it up to a 12v battery? Also, has anyone used linux to run a car computer GUI?
On a related note, does anyone know if there are any programs that will integrate GPS navigation, weather information, and possibly traffic information into one system/screen?
01-11-2009, 11:15 AM
Some years ago I read a Slashdot story about putting a Mac as a car computer. If that guy could do that to a Mac, I'm certain it's possible in Linux.
01-11-2009, 11:21 AM
Check Minibox (To view links or images in this forum your post count must be 2 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.) for power supplies.
I thought to build one before aswell. But then I got a little bit sceptic due to the fact that electronics don't like when it gets very cold.
01-11-2009, 08:22 PM
Hopefully it has a standard 12v plug (most are). In which case you can just by a 12volt cigarette lighter plug and use that. Or hook it up to the main accessory wire.
01-12-2009, 01:44 AM
mp3car.com is a really good place to start for this kind of thing.
A car-puter has been long time pipe dream of mine too.
01-12-2009, 08:43 AM
You could use the cigarette lighter, but I would not know if that's enough power. I believe it is 12V, however.
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Or, (this sounds incredibly stupid, be warned) you could find some way to hotwire it to your car's battery. That would give lots of power, but is incredibly dangerous sounding.
01-12-2009, 01:35 PM
You could use the cigarette lighter, but I would not know if that's enough power. I believe it is 12V, however.Yep it's 12v unless if it's an old car with 6 volt system or a truck with 24v.
However I would use the ISO standard connector otherwise used for radios with a fuse between. Thus make it a invisible installation avoiding unessary cables lying around in the passenger compartment.
01-12-2009, 02:26 PM
Go to a store and get you a 100 watt power converter. They retail between 20 and 40 dollars. I have one that powers my laptop off my car battery and it works like a champ.
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