Thursday, September 08, 2005

Part 2 - Types of Computers

The first Item that needs to be discussed is the types of computers that you can use to run your car computer setup.

Powerful Desktop
Example: Intel P4 or High Speed Athlon Desktop Processor
Pro: Can run everything under the sun
Con: Takes a lot more power to run (needs bigger power supply)

Low Power Desktop
Example: Via Processor
Pro: Significantly lower power consumption
Con: Significantly lower processor power

Pro: Easy to remove from the car to prevent theft
Easy to obtain power adapters to power the computer from the car
Con: More expensive for high speed machines
Small problems on auto power on

As you have seen in previous posts, I opted to use an AMD Athlon processor. I mostly made this choice because I had one lying around, but I also like its speed and moderate power consumption. You will see over the coming days there there are infinite ways to set up your car computer and everyone's is unique to that person's wants and needs.


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