Car Comp 2 project starting soon! Questions...
Wow, I haven't posted here in a loooong time! Some of you guys might remember my "Car Comp" project in my 1999 Mustang:
Anyways, I sold the Car Comp last year, and I'm finally looking at doing something like it again. On the side I have been into the Xbox modding scene heavily and want to put a modded xbox in the Mustang instead of a computer. Here is my basic plan, let me know if you guys have any suggestions:
I plan to mount a modded xbox underneath my passenger seat. All the components (motherboard, daughter board, 80gb hard drive, etc) will be stripped from the factory casing and mounted flush onto a peice of metal or plexiglass so it fits under the seat. I will be able to turn the Xbox on and off via the DVD Remote (using a custom module). The xbox will be controlled by a Logitech Wireless Controller (uses RF not infared) along with the standard Xbox DVD Remote (i'll reroute the IR eye to the dashboard). I will use a Xenarc 700TSV-B 7" Widescreen LCD mounted in the same place as the Xenarc screen pictured above in my car. I plan on hooking the Xbox to the Xenarc LCD via VGA using a X2VGA converter (http://x2vga.com/) to get the best possible picture. The Xbox will boot straight to Xbox Media Center (www.xboxmediacenter.com for screenshots) because it will primarily just be used to play MP3's off the hard drive.
A couple questions....What would be the best way to feed power to the Xenarc LCD and Xbox? I was thinking of just hard wiring a small power inverter, but is there a way I could make the xbox and screen turn on everytime I start the car and turn off when the car is turned off?
Thanks for your help.