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    Question My setup

    I am currently in the works of setting up my mp3 computer, and was wondering if you guys could give it a look over...
    I tried a FM-modulator for a while, but it was hard to ignore the crappiness of its quality, so, I am looking into buying a cheap head-unit, Aiwa CDC-z117
    So, tell me if this looks disant, it has a AUX input jack in the front.
    But, I will also be driving my car next year to High-school, and to College (I'm taking Post-Secondary classes), So, I don't know if I should get a setup with a nice CD-player visible, SO I was thinking about getting a disant Tape-player, with Aux-in on the back,
    like this Pioneer KEH-P1010

    So, which would you suggest, since I really won't need the cd-player, because I will have the mp3 computer, it would be kind of nice, but I can't really justify spending an extra hundred on it.
    One more thing about the radio, I have a 1988 Lincoln Continental, and was told I would have to have a custom shop put in a radio (which would cost over 150$), because the hole in my dash is larger than a standard stereo, because the standard stereo I have right now has an extra compartment attched to it for tapes, I was told that I would have an extra 1/4 gap all the way around the radio, what could I use to fill this in with?

    Next, comes my computer.
    I have a Compaq Prolinea 575e, which originally had a p75 chip, but I put in a p120 chip (I don't know if its running at 120mhz, but it would actually be better if it was under-clocked so it will run cooler.)
    I have a SB16 for sound, and am running MPXplay for the MP3's.
    Right now, I have a 1 gig HD, and I might put another 1 gig in, but the Compaq takes funky rails, and as it is now, the HD is inbetween the Case, and were the CDRom goes, so it may get a little hot. The nice thing about the Compaq Prolinea is that it is rather compact (hehe, thats a funny pun).

    For Power I have a Portawatz 600watt inverter in the trunk, and I sacraficed the switch on it, so that I cut it out, soddered the wires that were on the inside (It looks bad now, but who cares, its in the trunk) and used Cat-5 to run it to the dash, and put in a nice Toggle switch, and I put in a 12 volt LED, that is powered by the computer when it is on.

    I am not sure how I am going to hold down the Inverter and computer in my trunk (Their was nowhere to mount the inverter, I would have)
    I am thinking of using some Velcro Tie downs,
    or, putting in some L-brackets and wing-nuts,
    put I want some cushioning to, so I'm not sure, I may use the tie-downs, and put a big piece of foam under the computer.

    So, thats my basic setup, any one want to give me some hints or tips?
    Clarion 200watt head unit w/ Aux in.
    Kicker 800watt 4 channel amp
    In a 96 Grand Prix SE.

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    Also, one more thing..
    Is it safe to put a small motorcycle battery in the trunk, so that when my alternator drops below 12v, my inverter doesn't crap out?
    And if so, how would I go about setting it up?
    just have the lines from the inverter plug into it, and the lines from the battery/alternator plug into it aswell, and use it like a large capacitor?
    Clarion 200watt head unit w/ Aux in.
    Kicker 800watt 4 channel amp
    In a 96 Grand Prix SE.

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    the hole in my dash is larger than a standard stereo...what could I use to fill this in with?
    How handy are you working with plastic ?
    You can make your own "radio plate" using plexiglass or thick plastic.
    Some of the better stereo shops have precut plates available for different cars, they also have wiring kits that make installations much easier.

    Try these guys if you can't find a supplier locally or on the web:
    Crystal Sonics, Glendale, CA
    (800) 545-7310 (818) 240-7310 (in CA)
    These guys are great, carry a lot of stuff and have good prices. (no web tho , me thinks..)
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by lstrunk:
    [QB]I am currently in the works of setting up my mp3 computer, and was wondering if you guys could give it a look over...
    I tried a FM-modulator for a while, but it was hard to ignore the crappiness of its quality, so, I am looking into buying a cheap head-unit, Aiwa CDC-z117
    So, tell me if this looks disant, it has a AUX input jack in the front.
    But, I will also be driving my car next year to High-school, and to College (I'm taking Post-Secondary classes), So, I don't know if I should get a setup with a nice CD-player visible, SO I was thinking about getting a disant Tape-player, with Aux-in on the back,
    like this Pioneer KEH-P1010

    either one will work
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    So, which would you suggest, since I really won't need the cd-player, because I will have the mp3 computer, it would be kind of nice, but I can't really justify spending an extra hundred on it.
    One more thing about the radio, I have a 1988 Lincoln Continental,(fun car) and was told I would have to have a custom shop put in a radio (which would cost over 150$), because the hole in my dash is larger than a standard stereo, because the standard stereo I have right now has an extra compartment attched to it for tapes, I was told that I would have an extra 1/4 gap all the way around the radio, what could I use to fill this in with?

    a stereo installing kit might work, check out some auto part stores or walmart
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    Next, comes my computer.
    I have a Compaq Prolinea 575e, which originally had a p75 chip, but I put in a p120 chip (I don't know if its running at 120mhz, but it would actually be better if it was under-clocked so it will run cooler.)
    I have a SB16 for sound, and am running MPXplay for the MP3's.
    Right now, I have a 1 gig HD, and I might put another 1 gig in, but the Compaq takes funky rails, and as it is now, the HD is inbetween the Case, and were the CDRom goes, so it may get a little hot. The nice thing about the Compaq Prolinea is that it is rather compact (hehe, thats a funny pun).

    not bad,i would buy something faster but what you got is good enuff.(more space needed)1 gig is not alot of music
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    For Power I have a Portawatz 600watt inverter in the trunk, and I sacraficed the switch on it, so that I cut it out, soddered the wires that were on the inside (It looks bad now, but who cares, its in the trunk) and used Cat-5 to run it to the dash, and put in a nice Toggle switch, and I put in a 12 volt LED, that is powered by the computer when it is on.

    This is what I use
    check this out first http://www.surepower.com/isolators.html
    then check this site out http://www.mobile-mart.com/bttryisolator.htm
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    if all you have is a 1 gig drive, then you might as well not even go ahead with the setup. just spend the money on a deck that plays mp3 cds like an aiwa. you can fit more on two cdrs than you can on that 1 gig drive. it is not really worth all the effort of installing the pc if that is all the storage space you have.

    regarding the stereo installation, check out www.crutchfield.com. they have installation kits for all kinds of cars. this includes wiring harnesses and plates to fit around the stereo to fill the gaps. i think the kit is even free if you order the stereo from them.

    jeremy

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    jstrain: Thats all I have right now, I will probably order a 10 gig as soon as I have the money. Also, those stereos I have listed are from Crutchfield.
    Clarion 200watt head unit w/ Aux in.
    Kicker 800watt 4 channel amp
    In a 96 Grand Prix SE.

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    I moseyed over to Crutchfield's site to check what fits your car. All decks were filtered out
    I haven't seen the dash of a '88 Continental for a while, perhaps you could post a pic?
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    lstrunk - I'm not so sure about your use of Cat-5. Let me get this straight, your inverter power switch is wired via Cat-5? If that's a direct power switch, then there's going to be way too much current for Cat-5, you're risking melted cable and an electrical fire.

    The motorcycle battery is a good idea, I'd been thinking of doing the same thing. You do need a battery isolator to hook it up - see the links in Gunmaster's message.
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    Get that CAT-5 cable outta there! Do NOT use Cat-5 cable for power connections. Recable the power with at least 8 or 10 guage ("AWG") cabling.
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    OMS & Tony: I'm not quite that stupid.
    All the power switch does is throw a relay inside the Inverter. I couldn't use a regular relay becasue I was told when I put power back to it after turning it off, it wouldn't come back on without turning the power on and off at the switch. So, they guy that worked at the company that makes them told me, kinda under his breath, that I could take off the front panel and bypass the switch (which was a rather testing job, since the lines going to the switch were just long enough to reach it with the panel on, so I had to reach in their, clip them off the switch, strip em, and sodder another line to it, and then put a wire nut on, within about a 2" space). The line that had went to the switch was just a little larger than Cat-5, but it was a bunch of little lines inside a larger one. And everything ended up working fine. I don't even think you could pull enough power through 4 cat-5 lines to power my inverter, as its a 600watt one.

    I found the Panasonic KEH-1010 yesterday on a auction site, went 2.5x over the original price, and never hit the reserve.

    I called crutchfield, I found out, my stereo hole is 7&5/8 or something wide, when a norml one is only supposed to be 7, and its like 9 inches high, when its only supposed to be 2 (this is because that stupid tape thing.)
    So, the worst that could happen is I get it, can't install it myself, and have to pay a local shop like 130$ os so (thats what they quoted me) which would suck, but I will do it.
    Clarion 200watt head unit w/ Aux in.
    Kicker 800watt 4 channel amp
    In a 96 Grand Prix SE.

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