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    Can you guys go over my cost estimate and let me know if its realistic.
    I have a PIII laptop 800 mhz with 60 gigs and 256 ram.

    Monitor - Dynamix (hopefully) or Lilliput ~250 .
    Wiring - ~50
    FM modulator - ~20
    GPS - ~50
    External Wireless Keyboard/ Mouse - ~50

    Total - 420

    anything else missing guys?

  • #2
    That's what I have to win now on party poker =)

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    • #3
      Just curious....why do you say hopefully on the Dynamix? Is it your first choice in screen? If so, why?

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      • #4
        oh its just cheaper, i hope the people who receive them give them good reviews. Poor college student here.

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        • #5
          you could omit the KB/MOUSE if your getting a TS. If your really on a budget, keep those costs for a good WiFi card, then you could update your mp3s via airwaves(if you can get reception at your car that is) And if its a laptop, then obvisouly you wouldnt need it anyways? What would you be using the mouse and kb for that you can reach to the laptop and type or scroll to. As for a FM modulator, DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY, they SUCK. You loose many of the lower and higher frequences, as well as otehrs, as most big radio stations do band compression. A better solution would be to take the kb/mouse money, and your fm modulator money, and buy a amp, then just use the lineout from the soundcard to the amp via 2.5mm jack to rca cables, you can even make your own. And if the laptop is going to stay in the car, think about selling it, and buy yourself(or make) a decent box for half the cost, and use that as part of your budget. Noting else i can think of now, if i can ill edit, or repost.
          Crouching Tiger, Drunken Kitty

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          • #6
            thanks

            thanks.
            I can't sell the laptop, its in pieces. the cover and stuff had broke but the hardware works fine so i am using that.

            i think i have an amp that is built in. Its a bose system that comes with the nissan altima (i don't know if that helps).

            I am not allowed to modify the car itself (much). So will using an RCA output make me get rid of stuff I already have?

            I have the wifi card too.

            thanks so much.

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            • #7
              first off, is your car under warrenty? almost any work that is done to the car, not by the dealership or by a licensed mechanic will void the dealerships bumper2bumper warrenty, i dont have time now to research if the boss audio systems amplifier has a rca input, im sure it does, if not some sort of wires that do the same thing, google it and you shall find it. Just remember, if you have to modify it, make it so you can remove it without any traces, that way if your gas cap goes bad, they wont try to charge you 100$ for a new one because your warrenty is now void =*/
              Crouching Tiger, Drunken Kitty

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              • #8
                yeah its still under warrenty, don't want to lose that.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cheerio
                  you could omit the KB/MOUSE if your getting a TS. If your really on a budget, keep those costs for a good WiFi card, then you could update your mp3s via airwaves(if you can get reception at your car that is) And if its a laptop, then obvisouly you wouldnt need it anyways? What would you be using the mouse and kb for that you can reach to the laptop and type or scroll to. As for a FM modulator, DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY, they SUCK. You loose many of the lower and higher frequences, as well as otehrs, as most big radio stations do band compression. A better solution would be to take the kb/mouse money, and your fm modulator money, and buy a amp, then just use the lineout from the soundcard to the amp via 2.5mm jack to rca cables, you can even make your own. And if the laptop is going to stay in the car, think about selling it, and buy yourself(or make) a decent box for half the cost, and use that as part of your budget. Noting else i can think of now, if i can ill edit, or repost.
                  I have a BOSS FM modulator that works perfectly well. Sounds better then playing from the radio.
                  AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
                  Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
                  Installed.


                  -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
                  -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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                  • #10
                    Actually, I believe that the aftermarket modification has to be suspected to be the cause of the device failure for your warranty not to cover it.
                    If your rod bearings slip apart and shoot a rod thru your fendor I doubt they can try and blame that on your aftermarket HU and subwoofer, unless of course you are pushing 194 decibles, then you have other things to worry about besides a shot engine

                    I know this to be a fact with GM only though.

                    Originally posted by cheerio
                    first off, is your car under warrenty? almost any work that is done to the car, not by the dealership or by a licensed mechanic will void the dealerships bumper2bumper warrenty, i dont have time now to research if the boss audio systems amplifier has a rca input, im sure it does, if not some sort of wires that do the same thing, google it and you shall find it. Just remember, if you have to modify it, make it so you can remove it without any traces, that way if your gas cap goes bad, they wont try to charge you 100$ for a new one because your warrenty is now void =*/

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                    • #11
                      Dynamix got a v bad review, and only 1 person so far has received one!
                      This is the one expensive part, but if u skimp out on it then it is gonna make the whole system suffer when it continually goes wrong etc. If lilliputs are struggling, then dynamix surely is worse! (who knows really?) its all a guessing game.......
                      www.leoncupra.co.uk

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                      • #12
                        That bit about the warranty isn't true for Toyota. The aftermarket accessory would have to be the cause of the problem for them not to honor the warranty. However if you go hacking into the car's electrical system and it later develops a problem unrelated to what you did, they're still going to try and blame you for it. I had some electrical problems in my Tacoma when I first got it and the dealer kept trying to blame my alarm for it. I had to go in with a multi meter and prove it to them that the alarm wasn't the problem.

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                        • #13
                          Get the lilliput from mp3car.com store. It's 290 plus cheap shipping (10 for me to NJ). The fact that you're a broke college student means that when the dymamix breaks, you won't have any money to get a new one. At least the Lilliput is covered by warranty and tested by Ziplock before being shipped out.

                          And, you forgot about power. I'm assuming you can't afford an opus, you're going to need an inverter. I got one cheap off of amazon after mail in rebate (like $15USD) check out costco and search for the power supply section of the forum for more info on inverters (and possible problems).
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                          • #14
                            As for the warranty being voided, it is a LAW that the car maker/dealership must prove that the modification in some way caused the failure.

                            It is for them to prove, not for you to prove that your modifications did not cause the failure.

                            So just make sure you fuse stuff well, and use insulation of sorts to prevent the wires from getting cut and causing fires.

                            And be careful where you cut...

                            edit: this is for the US at least.. not sure about other countries.

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                            • #15
                              google got me this:

                              http://www.enjoythedrive.com/content/?id=8124

                              specifically: The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C. 2302(C))

                              It's a federal law.

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