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    Good morning gents. I am currently in the process of purchasing a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer LS, and was very impressed with the install someone else posted here in a 2002 Trailblazer.

    I am a volunteer firefighter, and will be installing a warning light control system, the Federal Signal Smart Siren SS2000, and want to emulate that into touchscreen capacity (done by someone else in another forum of mine in a 2006 Acura TL with very nice results).

    I also want to do stereo controls, and GPS into it as well (go figure). My amp for my sub has RCA inputs, so I was thinking possibly a sound card with the same outputs, or have others had enough success with a converter cable from whatever outputs from their CarPC to RCA?

    I am definitely up for purchasing used parts, even if its just for an initial setup, until I can afford a more complex setup.

    Anyone have any suggestions to offer up? What price am I looking at? Some of the netbooks are pretty "powerful" these days, I am sure powerful enough for these applications, but I think a custom built specific system might be better.

    I am going to be consulting with my "techie guru" this week for his input.

    Thanks in advance!
    As of 4-10-14

    CarPC Progress: 60%+ Starting from scratch with old laptop. Trying to figure out how to get all the programs I want/need for RideRunner!
    My Build/Install Thread

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    i remember helping secret52(worklog--though his was a Code 3 Compact) with installing some of his siren parts, though he never integrated it into the touch screen..

    it should be entirely feasible with a fusion brain, though i don't have one, and never programmed one, so can't help in that aspect.


    what do you mean by stereo controls?

    rca-connectors are over rated.. it is a safe bet that any adapter above $2-3 is good enough to not adversely affect the sound quality (unless you are really into sound quality, and can tell the audible difference between polypropylene, and electrolytic capacitor crossover components) i would not say that you need to worry about a sound card unless you have more complex car-audio needs.

    gps shouldn't be an issue, but i don't use it, so can't help(the bu353 is a popular reciever)

    cost: i would expect to be around $500-1,500 obviously depending on parts cost(the monitors are a more expensive part), my first setup was about $800 w/ all brand new parts, but has now risen to over the $1,500 mark after going through 3 sound cards, and a different motherboard..

    netbooks seem to be getting more common around here--the atom processors are good for most tasks as long as you don't expect them to be super snappy. custom built systems depend on the quality of the parts, but in most cases, should be just as good, and imo, easier to service because you built it, so you know how to fix it easier..

    i don't know how much your techie-guru knows, but most of the IT-Admins i talk to about my carpc aren't too crazy about the idea..
    My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
    "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


    next project? subaru brz
    carpc undecided

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    • #3
      Ok, after much deliberation, I have decided to use my current 4 year old laptop as my platform for my Carputer, and "downgrade" to a Netbook, here are some specs:

      -Inspiron E1705, Intel Core DuoProcessor T2500 (2GHz/667MHz FSB)
      -17 inch UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-screen WUXGA, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
      -1GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 Dimm, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
      -256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
      -120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive for Inspiron 9400/E1705
      -Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, English
      -Integrated 10/100 Network Cardand Modem, for Inspiron
      -8X DVD+/-RW Drive, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
      -SoundBlaster Advanced Audio for XPS M1710
      -Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps) for Inspiron 9400/E1705
      -Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Module (2.0+EDR), for Inspiron9400/E1705
      -Remote Control for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition,English,for Inspiron
      -6 USB 2.0 outlets
      -DVI and VGA outputs

      All I will need to do is read some more posts on how to wire up ignition to power switch, possibly a delay for cranking, and purchase a touch screen since this seems to be a pretty good system for a CarPC, no? RAM can also be upgraded.
      As of 4-10-14

      CarPC Progress: 60%+ Starting from scratch with old laptop. Trying to figure out how to get all the programs I want/need for RideRunner!
      My Build/Install Thread

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      • #4
        ... noone?
        As of 4-10-14

        CarPC Progress: 60%+ Starting from scratch with old laptop. Trying to figure out how to get all the programs I want/need for RideRunner!
        My Build/Install Thread

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        • #5
          a bit overkill for carputer, i am sure you could find a cheap atom/i3 setup and maybe use that laptop as your home media center since its already setup that way just add another gig of ram to it SNO

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SNOtwistR View Post
            a bit overkill for carputer, i am sure you could find a cheap atom/i3 setup and maybe use that laptop as your home media center since its already setup that way just add another gig of ram to it SNO
            Already have a desktop. Originally spec-ed this laptop out 4 years ago before I had a desktop, and I rarely use it anymore.
            As of 4-10-14

            CarPC Progress: 60%+ Starting from scratch with old laptop. Trying to figure out how to get all the programs I want/need for RideRunner!
            My Build/Install Thread

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            • #7
              well then you already have your answer, shame to waste that big screen sitting in the back somewhere ... but it will be a smokin system no doubt. just add another gig o ram hehe post some pics when your doing it and good luck SNO

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              • #8
                Just bought a Lilliput 669GL with Double Din mount off Fleabay.
                As of 4-10-14

                CarPC Progress: 60%+ Starting from scratch with old laptop. Trying to figure out how to get all the programs I want/need for RideRunner!
                My Build/Install Thread

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