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  • carputer in a 99 civic :)

    hey guys

    i want a carputer in my civic! (bet you havent heard that before)

    so basically after lots of research i've come down to the following questions
    - what is the best kinda screen? I have read horror stories of xenarc but people seem happy with lilliput. my screen MUST be single din that pops out to 7" - i have nowhere to mount a 7" dash screen. also best to buy in australia or america? i'll be visiting LA and NYC in a few weeks so if im there i might as well pick some stuff up
    - what about using laptop ? eee pc ? i was talking to some people that told me certain dc-dc transformers cause a lot of noise problems and that made me consider its best to buy one special for a car, what do you think?
    - stupid question but if i bought a deck or even carputer in america, itll still work in australia right? are buttons reorganised different because of LHD or RHD? (
    - i saw all these carputers for sale with only one output. isn't this bad? wouldn't we technically want one with at least a preout for sub, front and rear?
    - suggest me some places in LA (or nyc whichever is cheaper?) that are worth checking out i'll have a car so i can drive around

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    Originally posted by stephanos View Post
    - what is the best kinda screen? I have read horror stories of xenarc but people seem happy with lilliput. my screen MUST be single din that pops out to 7" - i have nowhere to mount a 7" dash screen. also best to buy in australia or america? i'll be visiting LA and NYC in a few weeks so if im there i might as well pick some stuff up
    from what i understand all flipout vga screens are horrible-- they use poor, cheap plastic gears, and the video interface cables like to break-- so really, the best screen is the one that you get lucky enough to not have break on you..

    for shipping, not really sure what carputing companies are in australia, and not really sure if there is anywhere in la that you can just purchase a car vga touch screen-- though i am in central america, and no one around here stocks anything carputer related, so i have to order most of my carputer specific stuff online...

    Originally posted by stephanos View Post
    - what about using laptop ? eee pc ? i was talking to some people that told me certain dc-dc transformers cause a lot of noise problems and that made me consider its best to buy one special for a car, what do you think?
    the search feature can answer a lot of these-- anything with a atom processor seems to do great at most carputer tasks, with the dual core atom being a little more popular due to the higher speed, and low power usage. old laptops, and netbooks(eee pc) are a popular option for carputers

    the power supply issues seems to be less of a issue than what you might think--in the last year that i have been posting, i would estimate that i have seen maybe 50 dc-dc noise topics-- out of hundreds of carputers, and most of them are related to teh m2 power supply, which would not work with a laptop install-- the search feature can tell you more info on that, or check the "ADV. FAQ" at the top of the screen for even more general carputer info.

    Originally posted by stephanos View Post
    - stupid question but if i bought a deck or even carputer in america, itll still work in australia right? are buttons reorganised different because of LHD or RHD?
    a carputer shouldn't make a difference-- it is the interface(commonly called a Front End) your are working with, and there are many options for those. for radios, the last aussie thread i was in i believe confirmed that the radio stations use the same tuning bands (odd thenth numbers-- ie: 97.1, 97.3, 97.5, 97.7, 97.9, 98.1, etc.) so should work fine.

    Originally posted by stephanos View Post
    - i saw all these carputers for sale with only one output. isn't this bad? wouldn't we technically want one with at least a preout for sub, front and rear?
    welcome to the world of nothing lining up like how you want it-- the cruel reality is that there are very few computers that are designed for the actual automotive environment, and because of this, very few computers have the outputs that you need in your car.

    you get around this by using whatever you have available-- either a bunch of rca y-adapters, or using external crossovers, or by daisy chaining your amp inputs, and using the amps crossovers. there is no single "cut-and-dried" method to this, just as long as all the amps get the correct signal..

    Originally posted by stephanos View Post
    - suggest me some places in LA (or nyc whichever is cheaper?) that are worth checking out i'll have a car so i can drive around
    sorry, can't help much there-- i live in a different area(even if you visited me, i still don't have anywhere that i know has anything for carputers)

    and just in case, you missed the easily hidden adv faq link:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php
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