My notebook plan (long read) please advise.
Frontend: Latest Mediacar version with the brushed aluminum Nissan skin. I have an 05 Nissan Altima 3.5SE.
I have a dell Inspiron 7000 notebook computer. I have upgraded the memory to 192MB's and the hard drive to 5400RPM 40 GB drive.
It has an old USB 1.0 port so for usb 2.0 I found this: (Zonet 2 Port USB 2.0 PCMCIA expansion card (creates usb 2.0 ports for notebooks) $24.27 with $10.00 rebate @ buy.com)
USB 2.0 Hubs are a dime a dozen.
Now that I have usb 2.0 I'll be using usb 2.0 for most devices.
For the 7" Touch screen I am of course looking at the Xenarc that this site sells. $429.00 plus shipping.
For DVD I am not sure how to go and could use your advice. My notebook has a dvd drive so should I just use that or should I get an external usb 2.0 dvd rom? The external would be great cuz I could mount it up front in the glove compartment but I am not sure it is worth it. I could just pull over ever two hours and put a new dvd in the laptop. (mounted in the trunk.)
MP3 player- winamp with Mediacar.
Sound: here is another problemo. My laptop has cheazy sound and I am concerned how it will sound through my car head unit. Is there a good external USB soundcard that you recommend? (think cheap).
The External USB SB Audigy is about $100.00 on ebay (after shipping) and that is more than I want to spend.
Win-TV Decoder with FM radio USB version. $73.53 at buy.com
TV antenna?: There are several on e-bay but I don't know what is good. My rear window is tinted plus my rear window has the built in radio antenna. I am not sure what is best. Help?
GPS NAV: I ordered the combo kit that has the i.trek usb mouse and Iguidance 2.0 for $192.00 tax/shipping incl. I am happy with it so far. Just testing using my notebook on the passenger seat the last few days.
I bought a docking station/port replicator for my notebook. I'll mount it to the underside of the rear deck in the trunk so I can slide my notebook in and out and take it with me everywhere.
Power cable for notebook: I don't have one for the 12volt car setup. What do I need? I'll end up cutting off the cigarette lighter style attachment and just hard wiring it to the 12volt system. Does that sound right?
I have heard that it is going to be a pain to get it to boot up when I start the car and shut down when I turn the car off. I'll have to hack the system most likely? Any ideas how this will work?
Items like rear view camera are nice but not a concern at the moment. But what other stuff am I missing?