The ac controls move under the cd holder on actory nav models so that will be easy ang guess what I found out as well you see the cd holders well they happen to be the exact size of a laptop cd drive so I ordered a slot load for it I am stoker about this project the only thing I need to decide is on what pc to get honestly I would have no problem buying the best so any recommendations would be awesome I have looked at the other threads but all I want is an awesome pc that can handle the job I want it to boot really fast as well
I think the most reliable board and most common among minitx is the VIA Epia, but for reall performance you should get a mini itx based on a Pentium M CPU. Mind you, be carefull what exactly you choose, as some mobos don't realy work with the opus 150W (best DC-DC PSU on the market; it also can manage a Pentium mini itx based system, if there are no arguments between the two).
If don't plan a mini-tx system, but want a powerfull P4 system, that could only run through an inverter, but there are a couple of issues here also, mainly heat. Powerfull desktop sysmte generate A LOT of heat, and in the car, that heat tops with the heat from outside and all. So, in MY opinion, if you want a powerfull system, that would still look proffesional and act proffesional, go for a mini itx mobo and a DC-DC PSU. Check out i-base, they have a few boards that support Pentium CPU's.
Epia's are great, but when it comes to graphics they're really, really bad. They do a splendid job as a car pc, but the downside (although I don't see it like one...) is that you coudn't play the latest games on it, with the onboard graphics, but then again you could always get a PCI graphics card. Mini itx systems are less challanging,as you'll never have to worry abbout heat generation, or power draw.
You can see there are a lot of options out there, so making a decision is pretty hard...
The dash looks like it will be an awesome piece. Good job so far!
I run a fairly powerful system in my car. AMD Sempron 2600+, EPoX micro-ATX board, 512MB RAM, 160GB SATA HDD, Creative Sound Blaster Live! USB, Linksys Wireless-G PCI Card, 5-80mm fans, CyberPower 4-port USB hub, USB keyboard, Holux GPS antenna, Rechargeable Wireless Trackball mouse, and Lilliput 7" screen. It is all running off my Keypower 250W DC-DC Power Supply with the micro Shutdown Controller . I couldn't be happier with the setup. I built a custom box for the whole thing in my trunk, it takes a bit of space but it's a mustang, there is only so much I could put in that trunk anyway , honestly I don't miss the space.
As Cris said, there are a lot of options, a lot of them very good, as for the best I would say that depends on your setup, what you want to do with it, how much space you have, etc. Good luck!!
It looks great so far....and *****in' car!!!!!
Progress: |##########| 99.99%
- Tweaking and enjoying!!!! Never really done.....
Beautiful car and to be honest you look like you have the money to build a seriously nice system. I would definitely go with a tiny pentium Mobile system. I would suggest athlon mobile using nForce 2 so you can get custom resolutions but as you are using a 4:3 screen you can run standard resolutions so a pentium M board with intel extreme 2 graphics will be fine.
If you have the money go for a single board computer style PC - they are quick and very efficient and small. Otherwise look for a miniITX P4 or pentium-M board (i can usggest a few to you for around £180-250). Don't go for too high spec on the CPU, you don't need it.
My one concern is that screen. How does it connect to a PC? do you have a VGA controller or is it LVDS or a pure TFT (laptop style etc etc)?
Yes I have an lcd controller its all touchscreen as well its actually very expensive to go the route I went with the tft screen however it looks so good so it was worth it will post some more pics as I am going to do some work on it today