Carputer 101


manutdfan7

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Hey Guys,

all i wanted to say was that this thread is amazing !!!!!

I had just thought about hook up my computer to my system so i just stared looking into it and doing my research and this thread has been extremely helpful!!!!

iv read threw page 11 and i will def read the rest

thanx again for posting all this

 

manutdfan7

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Mar 30, 2009
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I really should revise this thread, I think I could have clear some stuff up a bit better. If you have any specific questions let me know, maybe I can explain it better or someone else can too.
okay i got one for you

i think instead of putin a comp in my car....i would buy and archos 405 or 505 and run it threw a 7in touch screen in my dash.....

not a headunit....just a touch screen....

my question is will the exact same screen on the archos come up on my dash screen

AND would i be able to control it via that?

 

CJL

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If im using a HU with a carpc, wouldnt I just need a phono plug to phono plug?

Rather than a phono plug to RCA since my AUX input on my HU accepts a phono plug and the audio output from a pc is also phono plug.

 

manutdfan7

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The touchscreen requires a USB port for the touch portion of it, otherwise its just an lcd
so what would you recommend i do ?

 

evilkokonut

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just an update on my system... my screen died and a replacement was at least $200 ... i bought an avic-f700bt navi system instead for $320 and am selling all my old stuff. It ***** that this unit is not nearly as good as what I had, but I don't have time to tinker with my system anymore and it just wasn't economical.

 

18lexusowner

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Regarding the apple mini mac that was mentioned earlier.

Would it be possible to somehow load google maps onto the Hard drive and then use that for navigation?

And then just use iTunes for music?

I'm just a mac lover...

 

kurrupt

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can somone explain newer parts to build a carputer? im looking to build one to run in my vehicle with a 10" or larger touch screen. i basically need it to be able to run my amps and such with just good tuning abilities.

must be able to play cd's and hook up an external hd i have a 1t hd and also needs to have a wireless card in it to hook into my home network. i might also put windows xp on it for a video player and such thats about it i dont really need to be able to hook up an ipod or have navigation.

or can someone lead me to a website where i can read what im looking for maybe a site to order parts from

 

jdc753

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can somone explain newer parts to build a carputer? im looking to build one to run in my vehicle with a 10" or larger touch screen. i basically need it to be able to run my amps and such with just good tuning abilities.must be able to play cd's and hook up an external hd i have a 1t hd and also needs to have a wireless card in it to hook into my home network. i might also put windows xp on it for a video player and such thats about it i dont really need to be able to hook up an ipod or have navigation.

or can someone lead me to a website where i can read what im looking for maybe a site to order parts from
For all the reading you will want and more, http://www.mp3car.com

for buying parts, http://www.newegg.com

Takes a LOT of research to finally get everything you need and working in order. For the most part not much different than building any old computer, just use a different power supply and install it differently. Software is a whole nother battle though. Check out the road runner front end software, its what I use and works great.

You will need Windowx Xp, Vista or whatever or Linux or some sort of operating system installed onto the computer for it to do anything within reason of course.

Most DC-DC computer power supplies and such will have a turn on lead that you can use to hook up the amps too the same as you would a HU

 

SocialStealth

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I think I want to get an old desk top, take it apart, mount the parts in my dash, and get a lcd screen and make it adjustable to reach the passenger seat and about half way to the drivers seat.

Use it to watch movies and store music.

Could I just plug a wire from my computer headphone jack to my headunit's aux-in jack? And play music on windows media player?

or is that a shitty idea?

 

i3abyjay25

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Defiler

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i think we should have a separate forum for carputers
I agree. I'll start one. Go HERE to get involved. //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/wink.gif.608e3ea05f1a9f98611af0861652f8fb.gif

 

bigaudiofanati2

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I agree. I'll start one. Go HERE to get involved. //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/wink.gif.608e3ea05f1a9f98611af0861652f8fb.gif
LOL 2 things glad I have firefox and a mac. //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/laugh.gif.48439b2acf2cfca21620f01e7f77d1e4.gif

 

bigaudiofanati2

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can somone explain newer parts to build a carputer? im looking to build one to run in my vehicle with a 10" or larger touch screen. i basically need it to be able to run my amps and such with just good tuning abilities.must be able to play cd's and hook up an external hd i have a 1t hd and also needs to have a wireless card in it to hook into my home network. i might also put windows xp on it for a video player and such thats about it i dont really need to be able to hook up an ipod or have navigation.

or can someone lead me to a website where i can read what im looking for maybe a site to order parts from
As far as I knwo they only come with windows XP right now. Most of the other stuff most of them have the wireless might have to add a usb thumb drive for that.

 

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