Proposed system for my Grand Caravan...
I am looking for a few suggestions for the components to my carputer system. The following items are still needed..
802.11g PCMCIA card & external antenna (to mount on roof)
something with a high sesitivity and hopefully high output (200+mW)
antenna needs to be tough and stealthy
5 to 7 inch screens that can be mounted in the headrests
must have composite inputs
USB AM/FM radio
I was going to just get the D-Link USB FM, but I would like to get AM
also if possible for late night local talk radio
I tried to fit as much into this system as I could and think that I have all the bases covered. I chose to go with a dualhead TV-Out video card so that I can have the GPS running on the center console while videos are playing in the back.
Here is my proposed system..
12.1" SVGA LCD screen
ASUS P3B-1394 MicroATX motherboard (onboard Firewire, 1 AGP, 3 PCI, 2 serial, 1 parallel)
750mhz Pentium III processor
256 megs RAM
2 120gig Maxtor hard drives
Sound Blaster Live Platinum 5.1 with LiveDrive
Kensington WebRacer pad
Matrox G450eTV dualhead graphics card
3com cellullar modem card with interface to Motorola bag phone
Polaroid photo printer (prints on Polaroid instant film)
4 port USB HUB (powered)
150W power interter for USB hub, Polaroid printer, XMPCR receiver, external firewire drive
Need to get
external firewire DVD-+RW drive
XMPCR with optical output
Antenna Specialists XM20 Constellation Rooftop Mount Antenna
Garmin 18 PC WAAS enabled GPS
USB AM/FM tuner
USB 6 in 1 memory card reader
Opus Solutions 150 Watt SFX DC-DC Vehicle Power Supply for ATX
802.11g wireless PCMCIA card
ActionTec PC750 dual PC Card Reader
Modular Technology Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) PCI Card
USB Bluetooth interface
video distribution amplifier
two 5 to 7 inch LCD screens for the headrests
whereismycar.com tracking device
tinytrak for Motorola 3watt bag phone
Here is a list of the ports used in this system..
AGP port - Matrox G450eTV card
PCI#1 - Soundblaster Live Platinum 5.1
PCI#2 - ActionTec PC750 dual PC Card Reader
PCI#3 - Modular Technology Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) PCI Card
Serial#1 - Kensington WebRacer trackpad
Serial#2 - Garmin 18 PC GPS
USB#1 - Polaroid Photo Printer
USB#2 - XMPCR XM radio reciever
USB#3 - USB AM/FM tuner
USB#4 - 6 in 1 memory card reader
USB#5 - Bluetooth interface
PCMCIA#1 - PCMCIA 802.11g card
PCMCIA#2 - 3com cellular PCMCIA modem card
Aud Out1 - Front L/R inputs on crossover
Aud Out2 - Rear L/R inputs on crossover
Aud In - USB AM/FM radio
Optical - XMPCR receiver
Firewire - external DVD-+RW drive
VGA Out - 12.1" SVGA LCD screen
TV Out - distribution amplifier -> two 5" LCD screens mounted on headrests
I have also been thinking about adding a rear camera and maybe even an interior camera to get a good picture of the guy stealing my van.. ;) Other features to be added will be a PDA with Bluetooth or 801.11b so that other people in the car can use NetRemote to change music or videos.
I've been putting this project off for the past 3 years, but I think I'm glad I waited since many of these features would have cost a fortune back then.
One of my biggest problems is how I am going to mount the motherboard without a case. I need to secure the PCI cards somehow without the backplane. Has anyone done this before?
Any suggestions would be gladly appreciated.