Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Consensus on PC placement?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011

    Consensus on PC placement?

    From reading these forums, it looks like the preferred install area for the PC is in the trunk. Wouldn't it be better to install inside the car because of climate control??? I live in Texas where it could get anywhere from 20F to 106F. Would it be better to install in the trunk? Why? Thoughts?

  2. #2
    FLAC -zip-'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Trunk is a good location for several reasons.

    1. Safety
    2. If you have amps or other devices
    3. plenty of room to work
    4. hard to steal what you cant see
    5. wires are not exposed
    6. Never had an issue with heat or cold.
    7. Plenty of room for expansion.

    I think it really ends up being what you drive. The carputer for my protege is in the trunk while the carputer in the 350z is in the cabin in a cubby hole behind the passenger seat. That box is very small but has no issues as well.
    2008 350z GT Installed since April 22nd 2011 - Worklog
    2000 Protege Installed Since April 2, 2005 - Intel D201GLY|Fusion Brain|ODBPros ODBII|Engenius|GPS Rikaline|Powermate|Motorized Lilli
    Sound Stage

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    It's all relative. I have a Jeep... the "trunk" is the most accessible and weathered spot in the vehicle. Originally I had it mounted under the driver's seat (and still would if the top didn't leak so badly).
    If you have some serious bump in the trunk, you may want to avoid putting a pc back there too...
    The trunk does make a nice option though for getting it out of the way and having it secure (for most vehicles).
    Some things to think about would be:
    -Power Cycling (if manual power cycling is needed)
    -Optical Media (if you want to do a CD/DVD player)
    -Cable lengths (for video and USB)

    On the other side of the "argument", a dash would heat up a lot too if you do an "all-in-one", and it would be pretty cramped for cabling and air flow.

  4. #4
    Mo' Programming Mo' Problems
    Auto Apps:loading...
    Sonicxtacy02's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Woodbridge, VA
    Blog Entries
    I've had my PC in near every possible location in multiple types of vehicle. Always ends up back in the trunk. Senior Tech Blogger (Want a product reviewed? Contact me.)
    Follow Me on Twitter or Facebook
    Live mp3Car Facebook Chat

  5. #5
    Who am I? HiJackZX1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    I had mine in the center console, then in the back of the seat. Finally my install got so big it ended up in the trunk, which is also apart of the cabin since I drive an SUV. Its just easier to do maintenance when its in the back. I plan on making a partition so the car pc is in its own area.
    Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

    1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
    4X MK808b
    3x Perixx Touchpads
    3x 7 inch Screens
    1X 7 inch motorized Screen
    1x Win 7 PC

  6. #6
    MySQL Error soundman98's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    on the border of northern IL/IN
    i tend to agree with what has been said--and my carpc is currently installed under the passenger seat.

    at first, it makes no difference(because in most cases,your taking apart a large portion of the car to run all the wires), but later on, updates/hardware changes take it's toll-- when you have to remove car parts to get to the carpc, it becomes much more of a hassle to do anything..

  7. #7
    Maximum Bitrate kegobeer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Panama City Beach
    I live in Florida (same type of heat you experience), and I have no problems with my carpc being in the trunk of my car. I prefer putting it in the trunk, because that's where my amps are, and it's also a great place to put power and ground distribution blocks to power everything.
    Last edited by kegobeer; 12-28-2011 at 08:33 PM.
    1999 Mercury Grand Marquis GS with: ASRock E350M1 w/4GB RAM, 80GB Intel SSD, Opus DCX3.120, Visteon HD Radio + HDR-USB, PL-18N wifi, OBDLink Scan Tool, BTA6210 BT, BU-353, Win 7 Ultimate, CF 4.0, Alpine MRP-F240 + MRP-T220, RF Punch 1572s, Kicker 8" Comp.

Similar Threads

  1. So I guess the consensus is to power the LCD off the PSU...
    By ThePistonDoctor in forum LCD/Display
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 06-07-2009, 02:51 PM
  2. Bu-353 placement
    By guizai in forum GPS
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 10-28-2006, 04:33 AM
  3. Radio Solution Consensus?
    By cadence117 in forum Car Audio
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 12-20-2004, 10:19 AM
  4. Consensus on DVD Player Codec?
    By peker in forum Media Engine
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 05-20-2004, 08:04 AM
  5. StarVision 7" LCD... what is the consensus?
    By HACKTHS in forum LCD/Display
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-02-2004, 12:59 PM


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts