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alex dekker
2004-10-23, 12:20
On Saturday 23 October 2004 18:33, Richard Purdie wrote:
> Having tried and failed to persuade Slim Devices to build an in-car version
> of the SliMP3/Squeezebox, I was forced to take matters into my own hands
> :). I've managed to build a system which works in-car and runs the standard
> SlimServer software.
>
> Have a look at http://www.rpsys.net/myc3/ for more info.

How does it handle loss of power? Is it permanently connected to the car
battery? I guess if you made the HD read-only or used journaling whilst its
in the car, it would handle power loss gracefully. You can also get ISO-slot
sized MiniITX cases, possibly this one:
http://www.itx-warehouse.co.uk/Product.aspx?ProductID=154

You could even have a mini pc with a WLAN card in the boot, and have a normal
squeezebox up front, connected to the aux input of your head unit.

alexd

Jack Coates
2004-10-23, 21:58
....
> You could even have a mini pc with a WLAN card in the boot, and have a
> normal
> squeezebox up front, connected to the aux input of your head unit.
>
> alexd

that's a Miata, you can't even fit a boot into the boot :)

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Richard Purdie
2004-10-24, 04:03
alex dekker:
> How does it handle loss of power? Is it permanently connected to the car
> battery? I guess if you made the HD read-only or used journaling whilst
> its in the car, it would handle power loss gracefully.

I've taken power from the lighter socket for convenience. I've got it
mounting things partly readonly and partly journaled as you guessed. To
update the music, I'd probably make it remount writeable journaled and then
remount back to readonly when finished.

> You can also get ISO-slot
> sized MiniITX cases, possibly this one:
> http://www.itx-warehouse.co.uk/Product.aspx?ProductID=154
>
> You could even have a mini pc with a WLAN card in the boot, and have a
> normal
> squeezebox up front, connected to the aux input of your head unit.

This would run in the boot with a wifi card... ;-). The problem with the
above miniITX case is its at least twice the size and would need an inverter
to run it - something I wanted to avoid.

Robin Bowes:
> In order to be able to change the music on the disk easily, it would be
> an idea to fit the HDD in a hot-swappable cage, i.e. plug the drive into
> some other PC, load with music, then plug back into the MyC3.
>
> Alternatively, activate the USB and/or Firewire interface and use
> external HDDs for the music library (e.g. Maxtor OneTouch).

I'd suggest just moving the whole thing! The MyC3 is about the size of some
external HDDs ;-) (Physically its the size of 2 and a bit standard
harddisks). You can just plug in power and connect to your network to update
(or in theory a USB2USB lead - I've not tried that...)

> Either way, you could load the O/S onto some sort of flash memory rather
> than the HDD.

I wanted everything as one unit rather than several boxes :). It has a CF
socket and I'm sure it would boot from it though...

--
RP
http://www.rpsys.net/myc3/

Richard Purdie
2004-10-24, 14:31
I'm conscious that discussion about this project isn't entirely appropriate
on this mailing list.

For that reason I've setup a mailing list which I'll answer any further
comments on at http://tim.rpsys.net/mailman/listinfo/myc3

Please direct any comments to that list (myc3 (AT) tim (DOT) rpsys.net) and subscribe
(or watch the archives) if you want to follow any discussions.

Cheers,

Richard