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    Angry Newbie w/h ?'s

    Hello! I am new to this site and board. Putting a computer in my car has been a long dream and I finally think I'm going to fulfill it. The system I plan to use is an old Packard Bell, 150MHZ, 32meg ram, 2gig HD, nothing real fancy but will work. Here are my questions, please note I'm not a real good handyman and would like to buy aftermarket parts:

    1. Will a power inverter that plugs into my cig lighter work good? I wanted to mount this behind my consol and run an extension cord all the way to my trunk and hook up to a surge protector. Then I'll have power outlets in trunk. If so, what kind should I get, where, and what kind of cost am I looking at?

    2. After I got the computer in car w/h power, how do I get a screen in the front of the car? I need it to be ready to plug & play. I will have a keyboard/mouse in back of car to operate computer. Bascially this is for SHOW.

    3. How can I hook the sound up to my system? I have a 400 WATT amp now and subs etc. Any ideas?

    Thanks, I really appreciate it. I don't have a big budget and would like to be able to buy the screen premade and can hook to comp. My main concern is hooking it up to play over all my speakers. I plan to actually get a keyboard/mouse in front with me using cord extenders. A buddy extended his keyboard cord 15 feet once and it worked fine. I shouldn't have a problem their. Mainly a screen and sound. PLEASE help and thanks again.

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    1. your best bet is to buy a DC-DC converter (look for it under "MP3Car Hardware" on the main mp3car.com web page. it'll be slightly more expensive than a DC-AC inverter, but its worth it. a power inverter that plugs into your cig lighter will work, but if it's for show then thats not what you want to do

    2. depends on the screen. If its an RCA/NTSC model then you are gonna need an RCA out card (they cost about $30). from there its real easy: go to radio shack and buy a sheilded RCA cord and fling that sucker to the front of the car. If you want to use a laptop screen then you have to buy a $200 controller card from www.flat-panel.com and a VGA exstension cord (im not sure where to get these or how much they are).

    3. Depends on your head unit:
    If you have an AUX or CD-IN jack, use that. you get the best sound quality with this method.

    There is a way to hook into your amp, but i cant recall the wiring and you indicated that you did not want to do this (for technical reasons).

    You can also get an FM modulator from www.partsexpress.com which loses some sound quality, but usually only the true audiophiles notice. it runs $50.

    the least desirable way, but by far the cheapest and easiest, is to use a cassete tape adapter. you CAN do this, but I dont suggest it for aesthetic reasons as well as the degradation in sound quality.

    A note on the Keyboard/mouse: you might want to reconsider placing them in the trunk. look into buying a Chicony IR wireless keyboard off of www.pricewatch.com because they only run $27. either that, or run the KB/M wires to your backseat. trust me--its gonna get REAL annoying if you have to stop the car to get to the computer.
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    Thanks for the help. Here are two new questions:

    1. How would I hook it up to the audio system itself. What kind of wire? I have a Sony Head Unit, heres a picture of it:



    2. Could I get another car battery and hook an power inverter up to it and have it in my trunk?

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    Just a note to you again, I really want to just have standard battery outlets so I can have options of hooking up other stuff. I saw this power inverter that hooks up to a car battery and I was wondering if I could hook it up to another battery sitting in my trunk? Also, I'm slightly confused on getting the audio over all my speakers. What can I look for on my head unit. I really appreciate your time and patience, I'm eager to set this up.
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    Okay, a bit of a rant. The first thing I did six months ago before I ever made a post was read every single post ever made on this board. Then I only posted when I had a question that didn't seem to be fully explained in the earlier posts. Why do we keep answering the same questions over and over again? Do some work people!

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    I really agree with Kevin... Not only it will answer all your questions but it also might give you some new ideas as well as any common problems that people had when building ans installing their Units. So I guess going over this BB will be very helpful for anyone who is just starting to build thier in-car computers and mp3 players

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    Originally posted by jamzdaman:

    2. Could I get another car battery and hook an power inverter up to it and have it in my trunk?

    Yes, you can, but only if you hook it up to the altinator properly. If the altinator can not charge up both battery's then nothing in the car, or the car itself will work.
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    I totally agree with Kevin. Before people post the same old question again, they should search the board. Everything jamzdaman has asked has been answered before.

    I also have another little beef. Before anyone attempts a project like this, they should have at least an elementary knowledge of computer hardware and electronics. Judging by some of the questions asked (and answered), this is not true. There are many good books that will introduce you to both topics. Radio Shack sells a small book called "Getting Started In Electronics" for $5 that should take no more than an hour to read. Computer books are everywhere. Please, people, know what you are doing before you start a project like this. It will save you both money and frustration..

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    thanks for the help

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