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    I'm relatively new to this, so I have a couple quick questions:

    1) Anyone done any installs on the newer Chevys? I'm planning my install on a 2000 Monte Carlo SS. Currently, it has the dual deck factory stereo on place, which looks like it might house a 7" screen with very little modification.

    2) Has anyone dealt with http://www.carcpu.com/ ? They have some ready to go type systems but I hate buying from anywhere that I have no knowledge of. Plus, they seem a little pricy.

    I'm sure I'll have more questions later, but I'll check the FAQ for answers first. Very nice work on the installs that I have seen so far.
    2000 Monte Carlo SS - CarPC FINALLY INSTALLED!!!

    CarPC: VIA EPIA-M10000, Xenarc 700TSV, 20G 2.5" HD, Opus 90W, Targus USB DVD/CD-ROM

    Audio: Audigy 2 USB, Alpine 4 Channel Amp, 2 x Alpine 300W 6x9, 2 x Alpine 200W 6.5 (sub coming soon)

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    I think some people have done installs on trailblazers, I have an install going on in a 00 Cavalier. There are a few others, check the finished projects or showoff forum. You might want to research GM Class 1 Databus for your head unit replacement. I can't speak for everybody but I havn't dealt with carcpu.com normally ready to go type systems are great if you want to spend the money but as with home computers you get more for your money if you make it your self. Browse the forums and you will find alot of people making systems out of Mini-ITX's with Opus Power supplies and liliput screens, my guess is the parts for all of those will be a hell of alot cheaper then buying the whole thing at once. Hope that answers your questions
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    • #3
      Thanks, I'll do some more looking around here.

      The only reason I was looking at the ready to go systems is the fact that I know about computers, but I don't know much about car stereo installation and such. But I'll try to bone up. The more money I save, the better amp/subs I can get.
      2000 Monte Carlo SS - CarPC FINALLY INSTALLED!!!

      CarPC: VIA EPIA-M10000, Xenarc 700TSV, 20G 2.5" HD, Opus 90W, Targus USB DVD/CD-ROM

      Audio: Audigy 2 USB, Alpine 4 Channel Amp, 2 x Alpine 300W 6x9, 2 x Alpine 200W 6.5 (sub coming soon)

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      • #4
        Ok, new noob question:

        I have access to a little over $2,000 to build this system. Looking at it from a thrifty standpoint, would it be more economical to use a standard size PC (since you can pick them up so cheap now) over a slim model? Other than space consideration, is there really a difference? Maybe power needed to run it? Would a decent sized Opus be sufficient?

        Basically, I plan on going with the 7" TFT screen, and probably will ditch the headunit all together and wire the sound directly to the amp which will be pushing speakers/sub.

        Sorry if all of this is a rehash. Thanks.
        2000 Monte Carlo SS - CarPC FINALLY INSTALLED!!!

        CarPC: VIA EPIA-M10000, Xenarc 700TSV, 20G 2.5" HD, Opus 90W, Targus USB DVD/CD-ROM

        Audio: Audigy 2 USB, Alpine 4 Channel Amp, 2 x Alpine 300W 6x9, 2 x Alpine 200W 6.5 (sub coming soon)

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        • #5
          Type of computer, depends on what you want to do with it.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by jjh221
            Type of computer, depends on what you want to do with it.
            Good point. Basically going to be a media center for MP3s, DVD, DIVX, etc. Nothing too high-end, but don't want to limit myself in case I change my mind later and add gaming functionality to it.
            2000 Monte Carlo SS - CarPC FINALLY INSTALLED!!!

            CarPC: VIA EPIA-M10000, Xenarc 700TSV, 20G 2.5" HD, Opus 90W, Targus USB DVD/CD-ROM

            Audio: Audigy 2 USB, Alpine 4 Channel Amp, 2 x Alpine 300W 6x9, 2 x Alpine 200W 6.5 (sub coming soon)

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            • #7
              Big time, current age/date gaming. Id go with a Tower. Dont think you would have much fun with an itx system. Plus you are right these damn little 1gig boards cost a lot. GEESH
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              • #8
                Hey any one ever have gaming meets?
                You know like the homies do it in the carwash parking lot.
                We all gather and do same gaming?
                Edit: sorry to stray...
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                • #9
                  If you are unsure on what you want to do my advice is get a standard PC (I recommend Athlon XP-M system simply because of less powerdraw) and replace a PSU with a DC-DC one. However, also keep in mind that if you get a standard size PC it will most likely wind up in your trunk, at which point you have to consider how you are going to access DVD/CD-ROM.

                  As far as carcpu.com, the guy was a member here, but I haven't seen any posts from him in a while.
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                  • #10
                    i am not one hundred percent sure, but i thought the website you are looking at is owned by someone on this board.

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                    • #11
                      ok, time to start piecing this out and figuring out what else i need...so far, I have bought:

                      1) the Xenarc 7" monitor from the group buy
                      2) computer with the following: VIA EPIA-M10000 with embedded C3 Nehemiah 1ghz CPU, 20G slim HD, 256M DDR ram, DC 62.40 Watt power supply with external AC/DC converter, 2 x usb2.0 ports, etc (basically everything except DVD drive)
                      3) Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROM SLIM EXTERNAL DRIVE (power from USB)


                      So what am I still missing (besides an amplifier)?

                      1) USB GPS device
                      2) FM tuner or XM-radio (do they make XM radio that connects to computer?)
                      3) probably need USB hub

                      What else do I need?
                      2000 Monte Carlo SS - CarPC FINALLY INSTALLED!!!

                      CarPC: VIA EPIA-M10000, Xenarc 700TSV, 20G 2.5" HD, Opus 90W, Targus USB DVD/CD-ROM

                      Audio: Audigy 2 USB, Alpine 4 Channel Amp, 2 x Alpine 300W 6x9, 2 x Alpine 200W 6.5 (sub coming soon)

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                      • #12
                        Is it a touch screen?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jjh221
                          Is it a touch screen?
                          yes
                          2000 Monte Carlo SS - CarPC FINALLY INSTALLED!!!

                          CarPC: VIA EPIA-M10000, Xenarc 700TSV, 20G 2.5" HD, Opus 90W, Targus USB DVD/CD-ROM

                          Audio: Audigy 2 USB, Alpine 4 Channel Amp, 2 x Alpine 300W 6x9, 2 x Alpine 200W 6.5 (sub coming soon)

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                          • #14
                            Hmmm, forgot about the Gyration KB and mouse. Definitely going to need a USB hub. Will probably run an inverter until I can get my hands on an Opus.

                            Anything else I am missing?
                            2000 Monte Carlo SS - CarPC FINALLY INSTALLED!!!

                            CarPC: VIA EPIA-M10000, Xenarc 700TSV, 20G 2.5" HD, Opus 90W, Targus USB DVD/CD-ROM

                            Audio: Audigy 2 USB, Alpine 4 Channel Amp, 2 x Alpine 300W 6x9, 2 x Alpine 200W 6.5 (sub coming soon)

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